Hasbro the makers of My Little Pony have really done it this time upsetting parents with their latest makeover of the 1983 classic toy. Over the years the request to make toys gender neutral for boys and girls have worked but this latest mutation has many parents in a rage.
My Little Pony has turned gothic and is now part of a new promotion of the “Equestria Girl” turning the pony into a animalistic teenager. My Little Pony has evolved over the years with the most recent upgrade making parents question the company and their message to little girls with a slimmer sexier toy. Not to mention, the creation of humanized ponies intended to represent teenage girls in high school which is being touted as one of the most shocking changes in children’s toys.
Is the new My Little Pony toy and DVD’s still for the youngsters or is Hasbro veering more towards older audiences as well? The influence of these character toys has a lot to do with how children develop. Elissa, a parent commented, “It takes a village to raise a child. And children, despite it being the “sole responsibility of the parent” to teach them their morals and beliefs, are GOING to learn from their community. The argument that there is an up rise in teen pregnancy and it’s all the parents’ fault is quite frankly ludicrous.”
Adults can agree that ultimately it will be up to parents to decide what their children play with or watch on television. It is difficult to block what they see and hear from others and can be influenced by what they see as popular or fad.
Let’s get a take on a few children’s opinions, one 8-year-old was asked what she thinks of the new “Equestria Girl” and her reply, “That is awesome, I want it!” But not all 8-year-old’s agree, another girl answered, “It’s a human? How can a pony be a human?” Moving up the age bracket, an 11-year-old girl chimed in, “I think its cool, but My Little Pony is for little kids. I wouldn’t play with it.”
Backtracking to a 5-year-old boy with the question on what he thought of “Equestria Girl”, he shrugged and replied, “It looks stupid. That’s not a pony.” Just to be fair, I asked a teenager what his thoughts on the new My Little Pony upgrade would be, he answered, “If it were something for older kids, eh, maybe, but it doesn’t look anything like the original. I don’t play with them so it doesn’t matter to me.”
Weight in with your thoughts on the following questions:
- Where does My Little Pony fit in?
- Will you buy the new My Little Pony as your child or grandchild’s gift?
- How do you feel about this new change in Hasbro’s My Little Pony toy line?