The MLP Fair was hosted in my home state of Rhode Island at Hasbro's headquarters!
We did a tour of the headquarters but were not allowed to take an pictures within the building or on the tour. They were very serious about this which was a shame, because their hall of memories was the best part! They had little displays of popular toys from the past! They had the original Monopoly game, GI Joes (including a MIB nurse), Lincoln logs, and Tonka Trucks! Of course a big Mr. Potatohead display too!
We also saw the production center where they produce the advertising, both commercials and print adds. It would be a very cool place to work!
We also saw the design center where they put together prototype toys and even got to talk to some of the people who hand paint the pony models!
Then we got to watch a movie premier of a documentary about pony collecting. That is Julie (aka MustbeJewel) who created the movie in the picture with me! (I did manage to get a copy of the movie for myself too).
After a very late night of finishing customs and getting the last few things together it was time for the vendor day on Saturday! I had a booth with a friend of mine (aka mlpgal13)
That's me in costume behind the booth. My pony name is Alexia on all the pony forums. I did the pony drawings on the front of our table (another late night adventure this last week). It was a great day for selling ponies!
Now for the most exciting part . . . the customs contests!
There were 4 different categories to enter this year . .
Artwork and handicraft were two categories, I wasn't able to get a picture of those display tables :(
Then there were the Custom categories
First was Hasbro Inspired, where you re-made a hasbro pony into a different generation, pose, style, etc.
And then the Original Customs, where you had free reign to do as you wanted, sky was the limit for your ideas.
There were many fantastic customs entered! The ponies were voted on by the Hasbro team and Judges and then again by the Pony Fair attendants/ fans. The top two places were announce for each of them.
I am so excited to tell you that the Hasbro Team and Judges voted my Original Custom, Unity, First Place!!!! What an Honor!!!
And . . . The Fans voted my Hasbro Inspired custom, Bubble Bath, 2nd place!!!
Oh My Gosh! It was so exciting!! To not only have my name announced once but to have it announced twice!! It was never expected!
I hope you all had just as fantastic of a weekend!! I promise to get back to the books now ;)