My Little Pony: a saccharine-smelling Hasbro toy and cartoon from the 1980s, is marketed primarily to girls and can be identified by their colorful bodies and manes and a unique symbol on one or both sides of their flanks. But Hasbro may have expanded the My Little Pony franchise to a bigger niche audience, the Bronies. A 'Brony', defined on Urban Dictionary.com, is a term used to describe the fan community (usually of the older group, males and females) of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. These men and women are in love with the show's story line, beautiful animation and message of friendship, love and tolerance.
These fans have come so far as to hold there own "Brony" convention, "BronyCon Summer 2012". This Convention drew 4,000 men, women, boys and girls, many in colorful wigs and costumes. Outside the convention center, young men danced and sang along with songs from My Little Pony cartoon that blasted from loud speakers as a video screen on a large truck showed the show's characters.
Inside, vendors sold stuffed ponies, pony accessories, pony signs, pony hats and just about every pony item imaginable. Even stars of the "My Little Pony" show signed autographs and gave inspirational speeches.
I for one had NO idea this group of people even existed. I was more of a Care Bear girl myself...
What do you guys think of this new "Bronie" craze?