If you grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, you probably played with My Little Pony toys and/or watched the television show. If you existed at all in the 2010s you probably heard of/watched My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and perhaps again, played with the toys. This is a long-running fandom with a huge fanbase that encompasses all sorts of people. As for me, I got my very first pony, Lickety Split, when I was 6 years old, and started collecting and playing with them with a relentlessness that would be seen culturally years later with Beanie Babies (ironically, I never cared about those).
Fast forward to a few days ago, when I heard that WizKids is partnering with Hasbro to release a line of My Little Pony miniatures for painting. I was pumped! I mean, we should have seen this coming; a few years ago we saw the release of the Tales of Equestria RPG game (which Critical Role just did an AWESOME one-shot for, check it out here), the toy collection is going strong, and what’s the perfect combination of those things? Minis!
While I’m not new to RPGs, I am new to miniature painting (I’ve painted exactly one, it was at PAX Unplugged 2018; he’s a goblin named Marv, and I love him). And while I enjoy it, most of these minis are So. Darn. Tiny. My hand shakes, I’m nervous, and sometimes it’s difficult to really grasp a character when you’re just staring at a blank mini. Not to mention all the little accessories the mini holds need different colors so if you’re a casual painter you still need a good variety of paint colors. So you can understand my excitement about these MLP minis. They’re going to be bigger, they only need a handful of colors (and they’re pre-primed, so you don’t even have to worry about that!), and you can paint either your favorite Pony (announced so far has been Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Apple Jack, and Rarity) or use the base to paint your very own Pony character, perhaps for a night of playing Tales of Equestria?
What I love most about these minis is that it makes the mini painting hobby more accessible to a whole new market: kids and families. Parents and children, older and younger siblings, cousins during get-togethers, these are all great groups to paint minis with. And now you have a subject that is already in a child’s knowledge pool, (which they love talking about) so they can be even more excited to paint and spend time with the family (which adults love). It’s a win/win. I can’t help but feel that if I had started with something like this I probably wouldn’t be as intimidated by mini painting as I am today.
If you too are new to miniature painting, check out this Geek and Sundry article about how to get started. The WizKids My Little Pony miniatures release in October 2019, so make sure to let your Friendly Local Game Store know you want some in stock! Are you as excited about this as I am?