As children of one generation start having kids of their own, toy makers often re-release vintage toys to capitalize on nostalgia.
That's why, in the past few years, we've seen the return of a number of popular characters from the 1980s. Which brings us to tonight's number: 1987.
That was the year that the TV show "My Little Pony n' Friends" went off the air. Almost 25 years ago.
But the ponies are back.
The second season of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" just aired on the TV network THE HUB. The main character is Twilight Sparkle, a unicorn pony sent to the town of Ponyville to study the magic of friendship. It is VERY popular.
Last weekend more than 4,000 fans of the show gathered for a My Little Pony convention. It was a huge event with panels, galleries and a giant merchandise area.
AND the most unusual part - most of the attendees were male. It's true. One of the fastest-growing segments of the My Little Pony audience is actually men. They call themselves BRONIES. As in BROS who like PONIES.
And they love the new My Little Pony show. This weekend, at BRONYCON – for brony convention, of course – we spotted them buying pony art and wearing pony costumes.
It was a diverse group. One guy told us he was in the Navy, another came from Canada, one guy hopes to write for television. We asked why they love My Little Pony. Almost every one of them said, "I love the stories". Stories like the time Applejack tried to tackle the entire harvest alone.
And sure, we know some of you are saying, "Guys who like My Little Pony?" Yeah. They do. And we celebrate people who have enthusiasm and passion for something.
Besides, it might be good if there was a little Brony in all of us.