It's a couple weeks overdue, but I've been busy. Anyway, I went to the 12th annual My Little Pony Fair northwest of Chicago. This was a chance to experience a convention different from the Brony conventions since this is more geared towards the collectors and earlier generations of MLP. However, the fair has since opened its doors to the G4 crowd. As it turns out, in more ways than one.
First, Andrea Libman was one of the guests and it was a first for any of the shows themselves. MLP creator Bonnie Zacherle was there as was one of the designers in Susanne Riette-Keith. The Friday night before the Fair proper, there was a celebratory dinner and Hall of Fame induction. The HOF would induct two people associated with MLP and two ponies. Well, it appears the last couple years, the G1 inductees seemed to be the spiritual predecessors of the current theme of G4. With this year's theme being Cutie Mark Magic, the spiritual predecessors were the "Twice as Fancy" ponies from G1. Last year, "Rainbow Power" was the theme and the Rainbow Ponies from G1 were inducted. This is the third year they have done this, and Firefly was the first G1 inductee in 2013.
Surprising here is that G4 already has three inductees on its own. Pinkie Pie was inducted in 2013, Rainbow Dash followed in 2014, and this year it was Fluttershy. Her voice actress also got inducted. Andrea Libman is the first performer from any of the shows to be inducted into the Hall. It did make for a most interesting night at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg.
Saturday and Sunday were mostly looking at what the Fair had to offer. The Hasbro panel, since they officially sponsor this Fair, has prepared questions with answers that 90% of which were answered with either "stay tuned," or "we can't reveal that at this time." In other words, the questions might have been a bit spoiler heavy. And yes, one person asked about Twilight without wings (ugh!).
I got into the ticketed events such as "Tea with Bonnie" which provided great insight into the early days of MLP with guest Susanne Riette-Keith. Also, there was Sunday's private meet-and-greet with Andrea which I enjoyed. I kind of like these small settings better since I'm usually quiet and reserved, especially when at Main Hall panels at the other conventions.
As for swag, I got more autographs, another photo with Andrea, some Series 3 cards, and Pinkie Pie as a chicken. Yes, the exclusive was at MLP Fair two weeks before San Diego Comic Con. This was my 10th convention and it was a unique experience, but one I enjoyed. It's also the venue for Whinny City Ponycon next April. My next convention will be BronyCon in August, followed by Ponyville Ciderfest (I couldn't say no to meeting Ashleigh Ball) the weekend before Thanksgiving.
So that's where things are right now in terms of conventions. I'll talk about the show here a little later.
That's all for now. More later.