Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Priced Nostalgia Press (April 27, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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This is a great book to use as a complete checklist of the ponies from the US. My only problems with it are that I wanted a little more. While the book is exactly what it says it is, it would be nice if there were pictures. If not of the ponies, than of the brushes and accessories. And, ideally, it would be nice to have a price list. But other than that...I think this book is great!
I was excited to find a collectors checklist for ponies but a little disapointed when it finally arrived in the mail. There are absolutely NO pictures, sketches, etc of any ponies whatsoever. The checklists seem a little incomplete and there isn't much of a description of each category listed.To be honest the disapointment is really my fault bc the book is exactly what the title is: nothing but a checklist-- i'm not sure how complete though-- but if your a MLP collector there are some websites with checklists you can print out and pictures of each pony and extreme detail to each one. I would recommend saving your money or trying another MLP collector's guide.
My mom has been collecting ponies since she was a kid and recently I decided to start too (though I only have, like, 20 lol). My dad picked up this book for mom for her b-day because he figured this way she could get her want list together and we would know what to get her for Christmas this year. This book was such an awesome idea! Mom and I just spent yesterday going through all her ponies and checking them off in the book. We could even check off the barrettes, ribbons and brushes and stuff in the book too which is cool because mom has each pony with their accessories tied to their leg in a little bag. It was actually really fun because it was like a treasure hunt and we figured out that some of the ones she has are worth alot because the author has little Collector's Value Alerts in the book for certain ponies which is really cool . My mom also discovered that she had some rare variations which made the whole process exciting. The cool part, though is that now all dad and I need to do is breeze through her copy and see what ponies aren't checked off and just get her those for presents and stuff. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a big MLP collection like my mom does because it's the most helpful thing we ever had to help her organize her collection (prior to getting this book, she could never figure out what ponies were on her want list). I actually came onto today because I am going to order a second copy for myself. Even though my collection is small, I want to start getting it organized too and it makes collecting more fun when you know how many pieces are left!
The "Complete Checklist," unfortunately, is very disappointing. It certainly would be helpful for beginners who have little idea of how ponies fit into sets; however, this information is available for free online. The primary disappointment is the staggering number of errors. I opened the book and immediately found dozens of ponies listed with the wrong ribbon colors and the wrong types and colors of brushes. Petty stuff, yes, but the whole point of the book really. And I only really know years 1-3, and there are TEN years of original MLP, so imagine how many errors I didn't even catch. Ms. DePiano is no expert in my opinion, despite her alleged lifetime of MLP lovin'.
I was disappointed in this book. I needed a book that showed the inventory by name, description and picture. This book does not have that.
Clearly, the other reviewer didn't even read the book so I thought I would post a review that was at least based on the actual book. I am a MLP collector with thousands of ponies and like most collectors I won't consider my collection complete until I have EVERYTHING! Firstly, this book doesn't have pictures, however, the back of the book reveals that the ILLUSTRATED EDITION is due out later this year with pictures of every single pony every made. (If there had been pictures in this edition, it would have had to have been over 300 pages long because there is so much information already!) This edition was designed for advanced users, though, so honestly I didn't miss the pictures that much. Any pony collector knows that the hardest part of any MLP collection is getting all the little accessories together and things like brushes and ribbons are hugely important. Pair a pony with her original ribbon and brush and she's worth a whole lot more as any collector knows! I was blown away by how complete this guide was, there is nowhere online where you can find all this information together in one place, and it's incredibly helpful when you are going out to antique stores and need to know which ponies or accessories you still need. I am so pumped about walking around the MLP Fair this year with my copy of this book all marked up so I know which ponies its worth it to splurg on! The book has over 150 pages of information and also includes very cool bonus sections like how to tell your Newborn Twins apart and Collector's Value Alerts as to what the most valuable ponies are. Sure, it would be great to have pictures, but for a serious MLP collector such as myself this book is a million times more accurate and complete than the old Debbie Birge one and I think it is very safe to say that the illustrated edition will become the ultimate pony bible!
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