Bronies love pony plushies. There are many different types of pony plushies available from a range of places including official Hasbro licensed, fan-made, and even some surprisingly impressive knock-offs.
Let’s take a look at the wide range of pony plush types available, as well as where you can possibly snatch one at a decent price… below!
Whether you’re young or old [we won’t judge you] everyone knows My Little Pony plushies are a popular item in the fandom. Background ponies, main characters, and even original characters are available in plush form at a number of different sizes, prices, and types. Some bronies have one or two plushies, and some have shelves full.
Fan-made pony plushies are among the most coveted and elusive. Instead of an assembly line most fan-made plushies require many hours of work from a dedicated individual. That kind of time and dedication to a single plush results in some very impressive artisan crafts and it would almost be criminal to lump them together with cheap toys and knock-offs. Of course, fan-made plushies tend to be the most expensive and hard to find. Even if you do have the cash, some commissions can take months to complete depending on how busy the artist is.
- Usually well-made with high-quality material.
- A range of options available.
- Often custom pony characters [OCs] can be commissioned.
- Handmade with love!
- Often expensive. Like, triple and even quadruple digits expensive.
- Busy artists have a long wait time.
- Plushie is only as good as the artist’s skill level.
- Usually intended for collections, not hugs.
Where to find
Officially licensed plushies are another option. They can be found in most popular stores both online and brick-and-mortar. Sizes, styles, and individual characters may be limited because official toys are less likely to be mindful of fan-favorites and licensing deals can fall apart at a moment’s notice. The image above is rather infamous for being an ugly looking plush, but there are a couple official plush lines out there which are great. The most notable being 4th Dimension Entertainment [4DE] pony plushies which are high-quality, reasonably priced, and loved by many. Their availability may decrease in time as they do not appear to be producing new stock, so you might end up stuck with something like the Twilight above if an official plush is what you’re looking for.
- Widely available.
- Usually reasonably priced.
- Officially licensed meaning you’re supporting My Little Pony.
- Passed safety regulations and is child-friendly.
- Most official plushies are simply ugly.
- Might have to hunt for the good ones.
- Fakes are common, namely with the TY Beanie Baby line.
Where to find
- Ebay [watch out for counterfeits.]
- Most other large stores, both online and offline.
Don’t let the name fool you; knock-off plushies CAN be one of the best options out there! Obviously you won’t be supporting the show by buying these, and most ship directly from China with little to no regulation…but you sure can’t beat the prices! Many of the common knock-offs have quality that can surpass the official plushies and come darn near close to the fan-made ones. Unfortunately the latter can be because knock-offs commonly steal designs from fan artists, so whether or not it’s a good idea to buy these can vary depending on who you ask and what plush you have your eye on. It’s a good idea to ask around and see what someone who already owns it has to say.
- Often dirt-cheap! A nice knock-off plush can sometimes be bought for less than $30.
- Knock-off isn’t the same as counterfeit, at least not in this context. They aren’t usually trying to fool you into thinking it’s official merchandise, they’re just tapping a market the official ones fail to.
- Many of the common knock-offs are pretty decent quality.
- Not likely to be regulated. Who knows what chemicals they use for their materials.
- Sometimes knock-offs steal fan designs, like the one in the image above from PixelKitties.
- When ordering from China you can expect them to take many weeks…if it arrives at all.
- You can never be sure what you’re getting. Some designs are downright defective. For example, the one in the above image might look nice but it actually has two tongues for some reason.
Where to find
- Ebay is probably the best place to look.
- Sometimes mom-and-pop shops will stock knock-offs.