MLP Merch Poll #159MLP Merch Poll #158 Results
Last week we asked you whether you liked Hasbro's celebration of the 35th Anniversary with the G1 re-releases. The results are overwhelmingly positive, with nearly 42% adoring the release, 23% excitingly awaiting more characters and 19% is positive, but not planning on buying them. This leaves only 15% of respondents not liking the re-releases.

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It's Official: MLP Merch at HWCon 2018
We can finally get the word out that we'll be attending Heart's Warming Con (or HWCon for short) this year, in Haarlem, The Netherlands. And not only will we attend, we'll host the MLP Merch panel on Sunday between 14:00 and 15:00 (local time) and Ilona will have a stand in the vendor area, featuring keychains and prints of her artwork!

We're not going to give any spoilers about our presentation just yet, but we'll make sure to keep it up-to-date with the latest releases from the NY Toy Fair that weekend! Aside from the presentation, feel free to walk by Ilona's vendor stand and have a little chat with us.

It's been a while since our last store finds post, so this one is longer than ever! Because of that we didn't write too many words for each find, but we made sure to put as much images in as possible!
This time we have a lot of long awaited items, including wave 22 blind bags and lots of brand new finds too, like a new FiM Collection wave and Mash Mallows.
If you happen to find brand new stuff in your local store, then feel free to write us a small message with photos.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Twilight Sparkle Vinyl Mini Figure
Remember that strange Pinkie Pie Equestria Girls Mini's figure that was spotted some months ago? Well it looks like we finally now how they will be released. Thanks a lot to one of our readers who spotted them on Lezada which is a Philippians site where you can buy basically everything. You can perhaps compare it to Amazon.
Anyways these figures are released without any accessories and they look more the smaller collectible vinyl figure type so that's what we're gonna call them for now unless Hasbro comes with an official name. We will also list them under the Minis for know. It's unknown yet if these will also be available in the US, we hope to inform you guys about that soon as well.

2017 MLP Merch Battle Winners!
In the last few weeks of 2017 it was time for a second season of the MLP Merch Battles. We received tons of votes, and would like to thank everybody for joining in and casting their votes! We've now collected all the votes and are ready to present the winners to you. We've once again listed the winners for each merch type, including a little summary of what results we find interesting. Are any of your favorites among the winners?

KCompany Launches Line of Cute My Little Pony Plush
The Japanese manufacturer KCompany, who frequently makes plush and collectibles of anime and manga licenses, has officially started a line of My Little Pony plush. The complete mane 6 is part of this first wave of plush, each available in two variants: a sitting pose that's 3.3" (8.5cm) tall and a standing version that's 4.7" (12cm) in height. All ponies have chibi eyes and cutie marks on both sides, and the standing ponies have a keychain hook and charm based on their element.
Price wise these ponies are a bit on the high side: the smaller sitting plush are 1049 yen ($9.27) and the standing ponies are 1379 yen ($12.19).
You can get these plush at the online retailer Rakuten or in various local anime/manga shops. Whether you're able to get it or not, enjoy more images of the ponies below!
Thanks to Stinken1 and Ayu for the info!

MLP Merch Poll #158MLP Merch Poll #157 Results
Last time we asked you whether you liked to 2017 MLP Merch Battles or not, and we're glad to see that most of the responses are positive! Almost 42% loved the battles, and another 26% likes it too, but with a few proposed changes. 14% likes it a bit and less than 2% didn't like it. That leaves 16% of the people that didn't join the battles, quite a low amount we think!
We hope to be able to share the winners of the battles with you all this week, so keep on the lookout for that!

First 2018 MLP Merch Available on Amazon + New Keychain Plush
Around the middle of December we made a massive post on new items that were listed on Amazon, but were not in stock yet. Right at the start of 2018 loads of these items were delivered to Amazon's warehouses and are now available! Not everything is available right away (for example the Applejack keychain), most most of them are.
In addition to these status changes, we also saw two new keychain plush: Cheerilee and Starlight Glimmer! All listings and images can be found below.

MLP G1 35th Anniversary Butterscotch Collector Pony at Target
Time to blow out some candles because this year My Little Pony of officially 35 years old now! And to celebrate that Target now sells the first set of the Year 1 Collector Ponies. This set includes Blossom, Blue Belle, Butterscotch, Cotton Candy, Minty and Snuzzle. They are $9.99 each and each pony also comes with a retro comb and Tail Ribbon.

Let's hope we'll see some more 35th Anniversary goods appear this year. Perhaps during this years Toy Fair?
Thanks to Lulamae_flyaway and afkosek for the heads up!

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MLP Merch 2017 Wrap-Up and 2018 Predictions
We're back from a small holiday break for a new year! As is tradition on our website we look back to what happened last year and what our predictions for next year are. We also take a quick look at numbers and figures of MLPMerch.com in the past year and see if there are some interesting changes compared to the previous wrap-up.

Starting with that post, we made some plans for 2017. Overall we only continue 3 of our 6 plans, being LPS Merch, the magazine database and general improvements in the database. Plans for the G1-G3 and clothing database are still in the works, but we currently have no more plans for an app. Instead, we've improved the database so that browsing is quicker and takes far less data than before. We hope this is a sufficient replacement for an app, which would require a lot of time on our hands.