My Little ポニー Friendship is Magic is associated with the 2010 relaunch of My Little ポニー toy line, having figurines and play-sets based on it and vice versa; the 表示する primarily exists in order to help market the toy line. Hasbro, the company that owns the brand, has come to see My Little ポニー as a "lifestyle" brand, with over 200 licenses in 15 categories of products. The brand grossed one billion USD in retail sales in 2014 and 650 million USD in retail sales in 2013. The Friendship is Magic toy line receives new iterations approximately every year. The first toys were sold under the Ponyville title like their G3 predecessors, followed によって ポニー Wedding, Crystal Empire, Crystal Princess Celebration, 虹 Power, Cutie Mark Magic, and Explore Equestria.
The series was developed によって Lauren Faust for Hasbro as a reboot of the My Little ポニー franchise. Faust was pitching her own Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls toy line and animated テレビ series to Hasbro Studios' executive Lisa Licht, when Licht asked her to come up with a new version of the My Little ポニー franchise. Development started in 2008, with production of the first season spanning through 2009. Jayson Thiessen storyboarded and animated a two-minute short for the approval of Faust and Hasbro. In the animated short used during early development, Tara Strong voiced Pinkie Pie. The show's primary audience is girls 4-12 years old, and Faust designed the 表示する so parents can enjoy watching it with their daughters. The series has generated a cult following among adults. Fiscal reports によって DHX Media suggest that DHX Media received around 6 million Canadian dollars a 年 for the production of the first three seasons of the show.