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OMG MLP! - The art of Thornwolf — LiveJournal
I have to say it..I simply have to say it..I am fucking sick and tired of the MLP/Carebears/ OMG Rainbow Brite obsessions. I'm all for the 80's, but when you walk into Hot Topic and see people that weren't even ALIVE when they came out the first time going "OMG this is SO hardcore" I die a little inside. I don't have a desire to mourn my lost childhood, I'm an adult now..I tried that and it didn't work, it just made me feel pathetic. I posted this in the Yerf Forums in the MLP thread..I'm probably going to get flamed for it, but you know what? I don't care..I'm not attacking anyone, its my opinion.

I used to be a very big fan of MLP, and have fond childhood memories of them and was quite into the cartoon.

However, I do not like this whole "bring back the 80's" trend with toys and merchendise that would normally be aimed at children, but is aimed at the aging *born/lived in the 80's* generation. As much as I love the 80's (with a passion) I'm not in any hurry to go out buying mlp and carebears just because I am mourning my lost childhood. Hot Topic for example...*which I hope won't start a new topic within this topic* gives me the impression of a bunch of trendy/goth people who didn't even LIVE through most of the 80's going "OMG MLP is SOOOOOO freaking HARDCORE!" I'm sorry, but when one wears a super baggy Hot Topic sweatshirt that sports a cute fuzzy bear with a cloud on his stomach and a heart on his rear does /not/ allow me to take them seriously and I /certainly/ don't view them as "omg HARDCORE". I shudder at the thought that my precious memories have turned into /that/. Sure we can all feel nostalgic, and it's fun, collect away if you have the means, everyone needs some fun in their life..but I'm almost 19 year's old. I have rent to pay, I cant be spending it on toys I'm never going to play with, even if they are fun to look at.

I'm not ranting or venting..I guess I just don't understand the obsession.

Wolf stuffed animals on the otherhand..well..there's an addiction. *Shamefully scoots away having revealed her weakness*

So, in short, I'm not against MLP or Carebears or whatever in /any/ way..I'm against what they have /become/. I seriously don't like feeling that my childhood memories mean nothing now that they're now available to the public who won't appreciate them the same way I did when I was younger.

There. I said it.

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dragoncreator From: dragoncreator Date: March 20th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I like that the MLP's came back, not because it's now "trendy" or "hardcore" but simply because I still love and have my childhood ponys. (Like you) I don't like these, born-in-the-90's kids running around acting badass because they're "regressing." I never liked the carebears or strawberry shortcake and I'm not going to pretend to because their popular now.

So, I know where your comming from and totally agree. :)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish I had my childhood ponies =/ Mom gave them away *weep*

eww..strawberry shortcake =P I don't understand why people think that merch smells good..I think it smells like..well..not strawberries thats for sure.
dragoncreator From: dragoncreator Date: March 20th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. Heh, I have a smelly tee shirt though. =^^= It had Applejack on it and I got weak. She's been my favorite pony since...forever.
katarina42 From: katarina42 Date: March 20th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, before I got into ponies, I was pretty *hardcore* into Strawberry Shortcake ;) I had a crapload of them. I sold most of them off, but I still have a lot of my ponies, so I guess that says which I really liked better.

My sister was born in 88 - a couple years before they killed MLP the first time. She wears MLP stuff not because it's OMG trendy!!! but because she used to play with Ponies all the time (both mine and her own)...in fact, I think she may *still* be playing with some of my old Ponies and she's 16 now...

They're not just bringing back girls toys, you know. They tried to revive He-Man and they're bringing back Transformers too, much to my husband's delight.

They're cheapening our childhoods, but just think of all the money they're making off of nostalgia!!! OMG!!!!!
reaperfox From: reaperfox Date: March 20th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
But... I never STOPPED collecting. I'm 80s hardcore, but never left it, is all. :)

I DO find it weird when you see kids wearing MLP/RainbowBright/Carebear stuff acting all hardcore when they don't recall it originally - the whole point for me is the nostalgia - it's part of who I AM.

Mind YOU, now they're back - why shouldn't they? Kids DID grow up in the 90s with MLPs - the second generation of MLPs, that is. and kids are growing up NOW with MLPs, too.

I went into Hot Topic and bought up all their MLP merchandise. I am in NO rush to grow up; I'm 22 this year. :)

Something *I* don't like is how MLPs are SO popular now when *I* held up the fort for YEARS being *unique* for collecting them. Now EVERYONE and their cat seems to, and i'm just "one of the many". :P
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
That's another thing that bothers me...and I thought of you when that topic came up in my mind..now those who have been fans for YEARS are suddenly being outshined by those who just started this "fad" because theyre popular now. =( This is EXACTLY how I started feeling when Nightmare Before Christmas stuff came out into the stores. I used to have to search and search and search for the coolest stuff EVER and now its everywhere, and everyones SO HARDCORE cuz they have..omg...singing clay puppets on their shirt. >_
reaperfox From: reaperfox Date: March 20th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
YES! Nightmare's another one. I spent SO much money, saved up for ages, etc. for rare original stuff. Now EVERYONE has it. And, whenever I ask someone who has a Nightmare bag, or something, if they're a fan, they're like "Oh, it's okay..."

... "OKAY!!" WHY own merchandise if you're not even a FAN of the movie? Because it's IN!? GAH.
From: hollyannvix Date: March 20th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I admit, I'm one of the people who goes balistic over MLP ;) Had them when I was a kid, and started collecting them a couple years ago, and then went nuts when they were making a come-back. Altho, in my area, they don't seem to like MLP that much, but the stores are pretty big on Strawberry Shortcake and Carebears (I don't like the new look of Strawberry shortcake...it's just not the same).

I know what you mean about the Hot Topic stuff too, and it does seem a little....I guess the word I'm looking for is...Out-of-place (er...three words). For me personally, I'm in it just to collect the ponies and customize some of them, I'm not much into the other stuff, unless people give me other stuff. It brings back alot of nice memories for me :)

Mmm...pretty pastelly coloured ponies!
kategod From: kategod Date: March 20th, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've found that funny too. Clothes do not make someone 'hardcore', especially when bought from a corporation. Seeing kids who are too young to have ever seen that stuff we did in the 80's is confusing, and funny when you ask them what it was about and they have no freaking clue.

And I'm turning 23 this year so I know what you mean ;p

This is why someday when I have money I'm going to collect Fashion Star Fillies.
blackmtnwolf From: blackmtnwolf Date: March 20th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

You took the words out of my mouth.

I'm almost 19 as well, and although I enjoy seeing MLP and Carebears coming back, I am not too thrilled with what they've become, either. Going over to my cousin's house, we'd play with her MLPs all the time, and living in NJ, I'd always look forward to the MLP episodes. It didn't matter if I hadn't seen the episode or not, I wanted to watch it each and every day at the same time without fail. I used to record the shows. It was even on the MLP's tails that my cousin taught me how to braid. Ahhhh, such fond memories. And then they start coming out with the toys again, and I take a look at them, wanting to collect once more, and I hate how their look has changed so I pass them by.

My family and I went walked around Wal*Mart tonight (oh, yeah, my life is sooo thrilling), and we passed by the TMNT toys while looking for something for my son. A boy was looking for a certain toy, and I glanced at Splinter. He was grey! O_O I lookedat my husband and said, "The old TMNT toys were much better." His reponse: "Yeah, but they're coming out with a different design now." Isn't that the way it goes with everything? They have to make it so it appeals to today's generation. ::sighs::
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