Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Little Pony Nite Friends - Princess Twilight Sparkle Review

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle figurine.
The box is entirely salvageable and makes a great display for the figure!
I was very surprised by this one. Who would have thought a nightlight would end up being one of the most quality, screen-accurate, 20%-cooler-est MLP: FiM collectibles to date? Not I. But Hasbro and SpotLite have taught me a valuable lesson about the magic of friendship... or at least about not jumping to conclusions based on a product description. ;)

The sculpt is amazing. It's insanely accurate to Twilight's coronation gown from the episode "Magical Mystery Cure". Everything's there: the layers, the overskirt, the ribbons, the intricately sculpted and painted hoof decorations, even her tiny brooch! After rewatching the episode, I could only point out two trivial details missing from the figure: the brooch isn't white (easily fixed with model paint, if desired), and one ribbon from the back of the collar is absent (had it been included in the sculpt, it would have interfered with the mane, wings, and shoulders). Paint apps are excellent; very clean overall.
MLP: FiM Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle nightlight.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle figure.
MLP: FiM Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle figurine back view.

The stock photos on most retailer websites do this figure very little justice. The actual product, I'm pleased to announce, blew my expectations right out of the water. The material it's cast in is a sturdy vinyl, and many parts of the figure are actually SOLID. The main body is hollow to accommodate the lights inside, but even this doesn't feel fragile. I feel like I could step on this figure and it would emerge unscathed (though I haven't deigned to test it).

From the bottom of her hooves to the tip of her crown, Princess Twilight Sparkle stands at 5 1/2". She's perfectly to scale with regular-sized G4 ponies (aka: "Playful Ponies"), most closely matching the Celestia mold in size.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle nightlight with Princess Celestia figure.

Twilight is battery powered and 100% cord-free. This makes her awesome not just as a nightlight or collector's item, but as a fun, durable toy. :) You're probably wondering what stops her from burning through a new set of batteries on a nightly basis, am I right? Don't fret, the lights will shut off automatically after ten minutes. To turn them off manually, you can also just press the on/off button again.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle figure, lit up.

Speaking of the on/off button... Can you tell where it is? It's hidden in plain sight, but difficult to spot.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle on/off button and decorative ribbon.

Bottom line: This figure is a dream come true for fans who have longed for greater show-accuracy in the MLP: FiM toys. Her price is fair at $16.99 USD, her quality is superb in all areas, and she works well as both a soft nightlight and a toy. I really can't think of any downsides to this one! If you're a fan of Twilight Sparkle, be sure to add her to your collection!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Nite Friends Princess Twilight Sparkle figurine.

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