My Little Pony is making the jump to the 5th generation this year. The new generation will start with a Netflix-exclusive movie and series, as well as a new web-series on YouTube. Along with the new style of animation and characters come a brand new line of figures from Hasbro as well.
First, Hasbro announced that not only the long-awaited 2021 My Little Pony movie will be airing on Netflix in September of 2021, but will also be followed by a series on Netflix too, premiering in 2022.
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Of course, we at MLP Merch at most excited for all the new figures, toys and merchandise thats going to accompany this new generation, and luckily Hasbro is already sharing the first look at what we can expect. This new generation will again see a focus on some core characters. For now we know that earth pony Sunny Starscout, unicorn Izzy and (for the first time) an unnamed stallion will be part of this new core.
First Official G5 Hasbro Figures
So far Hasbro has shown figures of these three ponies, in which its visible that both brushables and solid manes will be featured in the first line of figures. The figures will be taller, more slender and with longer legs, growing more towards a G2 style, but keeping the playful faces of the later G4 figures. An interesting detail is the addition of eyebrows, giving the ponies a more expressive face, as well as feathered hooves.
Sunny Starscouts upcoming brushable figure will rock long multi-colored hair and several accessories to further personalize her. As clearly seen, cutie marks are still present on the figures.
Izzy and the stallion will be released as articulated figures with accessories and even some hefty boots. Something to note here is the heart-icon on Izzys hoof. At this moment its not sure whether this is an ode to G3, or if were going to see a return of scanable codes for app interaction.
Preview of Upcoming Licensed Merch
Aside from official Hasbro figures, G5 will of course be featured in other types of collectibles, toys and merchadise. Hasbro was able to share a first look at some of the items that we can expect to be available towards the release of the G5 movie, including clothing, backpacks, bottles, jewelry and even face crystals. Its clear that Sunny Starscout and Izzy will mostly be featured on these items.
Full Press Release
Below we have the full press statement regarding the upcoming Netflix movie and series, and we hope to have further information and images on the upcoming merch too.
‘My Little Pony’ Franchise Gallops to Netflix with All-New Animated Feature Film and Series
CGI Movie and G5 Series will Exclusively Premiere Worldwide on Netflix
LOS ANGELES, CA– FEBRUARY 25, 2021 – Entertainment One (eOne), Hasbro’s entertainment studio (NASDAQ: HAS), announced the highly anticipated all-new computer animated feature film based on the MY LITTLE PONY franchise will premiere on Netflix later this Fall. Fans can also look forward to the release of a new MY LITTLE PONY G5 series.
After a decade of heart-warming friendships, daring adventures, and endless laughs, the beloved pony world of Equestria is expanding to introduce a new generation of ponies to a new generation of fans. With even more humor, heart, and adventure, audiences will be swept away to a contemporary and immersive pony universe brought to life like we’ve never seen it before.
Animated by Hasbro’s Boulder Studio in Dublin, the new feature film is the first time the ponies will be seen in theatrical-quality CG animation. The movie is directed by Rob Cullen and Jose Ucha with Mark Fattibene as co-director. Cecil Kramer and Peter Lewis are producers.
In the new movie, the pony world of Equestria has lost its magic. (GASP!) Friendship and Harmony have been replaced by paranoia and mistrust, and Ponies now live separated by species. Sunny – a feisty and idealistic young Earth Pony – is convinced there’s still hope for this divided world… but her slightly misguided and often hilarious efforts to change hearts and minds have led to her being branded a misfit. When Sunny befriends a lost Unicorn named Izzy, who wanders innocently into the Earth Pony town of Maretime Bay, the town has had enough. Izzy and Sunny must embark on an epic adventure that will include a daring jewel heist, outrageous conspiracy theories, elaborate musical numbers, and the world’s cutest flying Pomeranian. Their adventures will take them to faraway lands and force them to challenge the status quo by facing their fears and making new friends out of old enemies. The world Sunny has dreamed of her entire life could finally become a reality as Sunny and her newfound friends fight to prove that even LITTLE ponies can make a BIG difference.
The adventures of Sunny Starscout and her friends will continue with an all-new, computer-animated series coming to Netflix.
The MY LITTLE PONY entertainment releases will be accompanied with toys informed by the updated animation style in addition to a robust portfolio of licensed products across fashion, home, publishing and lifestyle categories.
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