I know the inability to customise ponies would seriously impact how many ponies I buy, and I know I'm not alone in that area. Granted, I customise mainly for my own personal enjoyment, but I've been venturing away from my safe area and I have a few offers waiting for when my schedule settles down.
Surely there has to be a middleground somewhere, it is a scary thought otherwise.
Thanks for the comment.
I agree. I'm downsizing my collection and buy G3 ponies mostly to customize as well. I do hope Hasbro will listen to the fans. ^_^
I really hope things work out alright. Keep us updated to the degree you can! I wish they hadn't gone after you, too. :(
My concern is that if they're going after customizing in general, I'd expect them to go after you first. Your site is remarkably well done and it's the first thing that pops up on Google for 'custom pony.' Hopefully they just have a problem with the boxes.
I admire your work and hope you won't have to stop. I wish Princess Broccoli was sold in stores. I don't really see what Hasbro stands to win by going after artists like you--chances are it will hurt their sales.
Best wishes. Glad you seem to be keeping pretty upbeat even in the face of this.
Thanks for the message. Yes, I'm trying to stay positive. No word from them yet. I really think it's the replica ponies and the boxes that they have a problem with.
It does stink that they chose to go after you. :/ Though on the brighter side, I think it's because your craftsmanship and skill is so high that you're making better designs and ponies than they are and thus their panic that yours are better than the real thing. ;)
Thanks for writing. ^_^ LOL, maybe I should lower the quality of my customs...that way, people won't try to sell my replicas as the real thing. ^_~
Call me warped, but there might be an eventual bright side to all of this (bear with me here) -
Say they're dogging you because your works are so beautiful and look so real. Your customs help keep people interested in ponies and buying them, and lots of collectors know your site and how good you are. Even MLP conventions all over know who you are. <3 Shutting you down would be BAAAAD for PR.
The bright side? Maybe after this whole ordeal they'll offer you a job designing new ponies for them. Hiring a highly-respected customizer to design ponies for them couldn't do anything but help them.
Kinda from out in left field, but a thought. //_^ *huggles* Either way, I'm sure everything will be fine.
I hope they don't ask me to take the whole site down. People get antsy when I post the monthly desktop background a few days late...they're definitely going to get a lot of complaints!
Thanks for keeping us masses abreast of the situation. I'm telling you, if Hasbro tries to pull a stunt and deny you the option of making customs, I will be the FIRST name on the petition to get them to revoke such a stupid decision. :-)
Thanks for the support! I'm going to continue with the non-replica, non-Hasbro based customs until I hear back from them. ^_^
*thumbs up* Sounds good so far! Will be keeping an eye on things.
Well, I still think it's all a big hullabaloo for nothin'. Keep your chin up girl! We'll be here awaiting details and backing you up whole-heartedly!!
2007-01-22 02:58 am (UTC)
I hope you're right. Thanks for the support. ^_^
"just hoping their answer isn't going to be "ALL of the ones made from MLP bases""
Sure, I also hope that isn't!
Ummm...that's my fear too. They'd be losing a LOT of customers if that's their answer.
Aikarin, i read your post on the MLParena, and was deeply saddened that Hasbro was targeting your for this. Thanks for keeping us updated at all times! Honestly, if i wouldnt have stumbled apon your sight, I honestly would have NEVER even thought about buying my little ponies, or finding my old box of ponies from when i was little. Without you Aikarin, ponies wouldnt have excisted for me at all. And without you, i dont think i would be the collector i am today. Honestly, without you, hasbro wouldnt lose alot of buyers!
Eek i ment to say WOULD lose alot of buyers... he he
Awwww...thanks. LOL, I knew what you meant. ^_^
here's to being optimistic!!! it can't be all bad if they responded quickly. hasbro stands to risk a lot of bad pr if they push the censorship envelope. my name would definitely be second on the petition list if it ever comes to that.
I agree. I think Hasbro works really hard to preserve their warm, family-friendly image...I don't expect them to do anything rash.
2007-01-20 09:54 pm (UTC)
Inept Hasbro from SaveThePonies
I find it remarkable that a company such as Hasbro would send out such an inept legal letter to anyone! They should definitely have been clear on EXACTLY what their problem with you're customs are. It appears that the corporation is flexing it's legal muscles into scaring you.
Personally I find it reprehensible that Hasbro should have done this to you, and can only conclude that they are indeed threatened by you're skills and the fact that you so generously share the methods of customizing to others. I do not believe that Hasbro has thought this through at all, they need to work on their customer relations and realize that a significant proportion of their current sales are from people who want to customize ponies. The sale of customs does not detract from Hasbro's sale figures, people who buy a custom pony would not have spent the money on a new Hasbro pony instead of the custom. I do not believe that Hasbro would be able to enforce any attempt to stop people customizing ponies, even if they should try to.
On a personal note I hope that Hasbro takes the time to read ALL of the support you have had from the My Little Pony community of fans. Also I think that they need to be aware of how many people would react very negatively to this course of action.
I found you're site about a year ago when I was looking for information on how to restore original ponies. You're site is well constructed and thought out, also you inspired me to try customizing ponies for my daughter. I wonder if you could organize an on-line petition that we could all digitally sign to be presented to Hasbro to show how strongly the community feels about this.
Kind regards and I hope this works out well for you personally,
2007-01-22 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: Inept Hasbro from SaveThePonies
Thanks for the comments and the support. ^_^
Yes, I'm also surprised that Hasbro is unaware of how customizing is a huge part of pony collecting. I think most collectors have tried customizing, or will try customizing, as part of the hobby.
Someone else also mentioned that maybe they're targeting me because of my customs tutorials. Not only am I making customs, I'm encouraging and teaching others to do it. Hmmmmmm.
As for a petition or boycott...several fans were talking about this, but I think it's too early. Lets wait and hear Hasbro's reply first. Hope for good news! ^_^
2007-01-21 05:28 am (UTC)
¶I am French and fan of my small pony.¶
¶How to make to buy one of them personalized??¶
2007-01-22 03:25 am (UTC)
2007-01-21 08:17 pm (UTC)
HOPEFULLY you can stiil make customs. Mabie on the front of the boxes on the heart you can put Aikarin:)
Thanks! LOL, I think I'm going to skip the boxes for now. ^_^
Even though I change the design on the front, they could still say it's too similar. The same shape and all. Some people are looking into alternate forms of packaging.