When it comes to children’s toys, crossovers are a dangerous game. So color me surprised to learn of the growing love fest between Hasbro’s polar opposite brands, My Little Pony and Dungeons & Dragons.
Best I can figure, it all started last year on Friendship Day which, Wikipedia tells me, is an actual Hallmark holiday. Nevertheless, it was a good opportunity for the Hasbro company to support GenerationOn, a children’s charity that promotes the participation of kids and teens in service projects and volunteering.
What better way to raise money for charity than with a limited-edition t-shirt featuring all your favorite Ponies dressed up like D&D characters?
You bet your ass I bought one.
But, just last week, the unlikely partnership took another step forward. At the annual Hascon fan convention, My Little Pony and D&D teamed up for an exclusive set of translucent pink dice featuring the same art found on last year’s t-shirt. And, while the shirt is definitely sold out, you can pick up a set of Hascon “exclusive” dice today for $19.99.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen My Little Pony break down the barn door and gallop straight into another tabletop gaming brand.
Just last year there was a remarkable eBay auction for an MLP-themed Warhammer 40,000 army. The winner was none other than Marc Merrill, co-CEO and co-founder of Riot Games, makers of League of Legends. Fans of the game Scythe must also have heard of the MLP-themed print-and-play version of that game called My Little Scythe.
What we are witnessing is nothing less than a revolution, dear readers. Soon everypony in the board gaming biz will have their own crossover variant. I can see it now: Friendship is Magic: The Gathering. Twilight Sparkle Struggle. Terraforming Canterlot. The possibilities are endless, and each one is adorable.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, my second grader has early dismissal today and there’s three new seasons of My Little Pony on Netflix.