browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Mild Regrets

Posted by on May 5, 2014

Happy Monday!

Today, Ralene Burke is launching her new website, and she is doing an awesome writerly giveaway. I mention this, because I had a little hand in helping her–and my hubby as well. So stop by, say hi, and help her celebrate! 🙂

——–

And now, for something that’s been on my mind of late. Especially, since my little girl turned three and wanted a My Little Pony themed birthday party.

What has Hasbro done to My Little Ponies?

These are not the real deal. When I was a child, I LOVED My Little Pony. Had a few, wanted a few more, but then I grew up. Had to put away childish things, ya know. I’ve always regretted my decision to give away my ponies–that and throwing away the twisted root I found that looked exactly like the wand from Willow. 

Why did I do it? I have no idea. Perhaps I thought they’d always be around. I could get them later when I had a little girl. Well, I have a little girl now, but these? These are not My Little Pony. Sorry.

I don’t know why I can’t embrace the new alien ponies. Maybe others can’t stand the classic version. Or we just like what we are used to, our first experience.

Perhaps it’s because I’m reluctant to embrace the new stuff. Like iPhones for one. My hubby had to drag me kicking and screaming to the store. That is until I finally got one. Oh my goodness! What an amazing cool device that sucks away your time. I just have to see what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter. Ha! The Digital Bubble as my hubby would like to call it.

dragons

A work in progress

And don’t even mention the games!

I tease my hubby all the time about his addiction to the phone, but at least my addiction is not done during dinner or when someone is trying to talk to me or every time I turn around. It’s just first thing in the morning and the last thing at night and maybe at lunch. You know, the dragons have to eat! And their little homes only hold so much coin. Speaking of which, I should check on my dragon egg that is about to hatch! DragonStory anyone?

So I have a new goal for my bucket list. Collect the original My Little Pony, at least just the ones I want. Like Firefly. Hello Ebay. And then I can play ponies with my little girl. 🙂

So what say you? Are you a classic My Little Pony or the new one? Not a pony fan…what was your favorite childhood toy? What are some things you’ve let go of and wished you had held on to?

24 Responses to Mild Regrets

  1. netraptor001

    Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of the updated ponies, either–until we started watching the show. It’s actually a good show with solid writing and characters! I don’t mind the look now.
    Also, you think DragonStory is addictive? It’s got nothing on Blockheads. I’ve exhausted all the Facebook style games, and I keep going back to Blockheads… just to craft one more item or add on to my house or mine a little bit…

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I don’t think I need anything more addicting than DragonStory. ha! I just looked up Blockheads. Yeah, I don’t think I could handle that kind of addiction. I will eventually check out the shows one of these days. My little girl hasn’t found her favorites yet. So we shall see. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Jill

    In our basement we have a bin full of classic My Little Ponies belonging to someone you know . . .
    I still have my first Barbie doll, now dressed in Edwardian garb and standing on a shelf in my writing den, surrounded by my Francie, Skipper, and Tutti, also clad in period attire. Silly, perhaps, but they make me smile. I alsoI kept my collection of Breyer plastic horses, and my daughter loved them as dearly as I had when I was a child.
    Sharing childhood joy is one of the best parts of being a mother. 🙂 My mom was sympathetic to my desire to keep my childhood “friends,” since she always mourned the dolls her mother gave away too soon. Beloved toys are just stuff, yet they are symbols of love and happy times.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Jill! I still have two of my Breyer horses, although they both now lack a foot. Ha! I love that you’re dolls are dressed in type period clothes. I know have an excuse to collect dolls! I agree, they toys are stuff and we don’t “need” them, but they definitely warm the heart with memories. 🙂

      • Jill

        My mom collected dolls and sewed gorgeous clothes for them. One spring, years ago now, she and my dad came to visit, bearing patterns and notions and fabric, and she and Anne Elisabeth and I sewed historic costumes for our dolls. They became little works of art. Fun times!

  3. Bethany J.

    Most of my childhood toys are sort of lumped in with my sister’s toys, like our Barbie collection, Beanie Baby collection, and Lord of the Rings action figure collection…we feel it would be cruel to break up those little animal/people “families!” So they are staying together, at my parents’ house, probably to be played with by all the grandkids collectively in the future. 🙂 I have not gotten rid of beloved childhood toys like those – too many good memories!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes I wonder if it was my sister’s toy or mine, since we did play a lot together. That is a neat way of looking at it. I’ve kept a few baby toys and plan to keep others as the kiddos grow for the purpose of grandkids and memories. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ralene Burke

    I have some stuffed animals in my bedroom on a bench from when I was little. I still have some of my favorite books from back then.My mom still has some of our toys, like Barbie’s, legos, the original “little people,” that she saved for grandkids when they come to play. 🙂

    Thanks for the mention!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and sharing! I still have my little crocheted doll, Lulu…somewhere…But now that I think about it, I’m not sure where she is. Yikes! That is a cool idea. I’m keeping some of the kids toys for when we have visitors with babies and then eventually for the grandkids. ha!

  5. sparksofember

    I like the new ponies but they are very different from what we grew up with. I regret giving mine up, too. I’d actually kept them for years & then when my daughter was just a few months old we had to move. The truck was very full and my brother-in-law was supposed to be moving with us so we knew we needed to clear some space to make room for his stuff. And my husband talked me into getting rid of an army-sized duffle bag full of my ponies and stuffed animals. And then my brother-in-law ended up backing out, so we’d have had the room after all. 🙁 I’m just glad I held onto my backpack full of my Barbies, as I’d treasured them more as a kid anyway.

    I discovered some site talking about customizing the ponies and thought that looked like something fun to try sometime. http://www.aikarin.com/mlp/customs/customtutorials.html

    I never really have time for digital games though My Sims (on my pc) can be fun. As for dragons, something my mom & I do together for the bonding fun is collect dragons at dragcave.net. It’s fun and not nearly the time-investment as DragonStory would be.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Sorry about having to let go of your ponies and stuffed animals, but glad you got to keep your Barbies. We had a few. My favorite was Miko.

      Thanks for the link, I will definitely have to check that out. Love the idea of customizing stuff.

      I don’t have time either, ha! I was really bad in the beginning, but now I’ve curbed my addiction a little. Ha! I keep wondering when the day will come when I delete it and walk away from it.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  6. Lady DragonKeeper

    That would be an interesting point of view, how a franchise you grew up and loved has changed for a younger generation … I’m out of the target audience but I am a huge fan of the new My Little Pony! It was the character design and then the characters and stories themselves that won me over. I second the above comment, you should look into the television show. Some of the lessons are iffy, but there are quite a few gems! My favorites include “Testing, Testing, 1,2,3” and “the Sisterhood Social” I remember when I was a little girl, I always wanted My Little Pony toys, but I only ever got the Happy Meal versions … Needless to say, I’ve made up for that now, haha. My dad has asked why I like watching a children’s cartoon, but when I asked if he’d rather me watch a tv show actually aimed at my age group like “Gossip Girl” and he got quiet really quick. plus, as an art major, I have the excuse of watching for the animation and such. 😛 That’s just my take on it…
    Definitely check out the tv show … People post episodes on YouTube if you want to check it out before letting your daughter watch them. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey! Thanks for sharing! Yes, I will check out an episode or two. 🙂 For the art part, that’s a great excuse. For my little girl, we did pin the “snowflake” on the pony, and I attempted to find the balance between the new and the old. And she has a handful of the ponies, so I’m not completely against them. Ha! I think it has more to do with connecting with fond memories from the past. 🙂

  7. L. E. Carmichael

    I had a Pony collection when I was a kid, and today’s versions just look… wrong. I’m not sure if it’s the animation style or the fact that they all look like they’ve lost weight, but something about them disturbs me.

  8. Lady DragonKeeper

    I totally understand. I’m a huge Star Wars book fan, in which many of the novels took place after the Return of the Jedi movie and recently it was announced that because of the new movies coming out, much of the published novels are called “Legends” and it’s unclear where the characters I grew up loving, such as Han and Leia’s children, will be in these new movies or if there will be different characters. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, wow, that would be interesting to see what they will do. If they change too much, there’ll be an outcry. ha!

  9. Allison Ruvidich

    I have around ten original My Little Ponies, along with one café and one luxuriously spacious castle. ; ) They are in my storage space along with my dozens and dozens of Barbies. No plans on my Webkinz joining them, though. ; ) I’m more attached to the Webkinz– not because of the online part, but because they each had painstakingly elaborate backstories and relationships.

  10. annielizstengl

    Yes, as my mother stated up above, I kept all my My Little Ponies. I loved them SO MUCH as a girl and couldn’t support the idea of parting with them . . . 🙂 Hopefully I’ll have a daughter or nieces someday who will enjoy pink-purple-sparkly Equines.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      That’s great you kept them. I’m sure you’ll find another little girl to share those special memories with. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  11. KC Johnson

    How do you feel about them now? When they first debuted the look I was aghast, but my daughter loves them, and so we started watching the show. I’ve got to say that the look has grown on me quite a bit, and now it’s the older ones that look unappealing.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey KC Johnson, thanks for stopping by! I do need to do a new blog post about these. Ha! My daughter and I have caught a few of the shows and now I LOVE them. And I agree, now the old ones look unappealing to me too. Crazy how that works, uh?

I love hearing from you!

J.L Mbewe - Author