Many of you chimed in with your opinion on the My Little Pony Crisis of 2014, and for that, I thank you! Your input was helpful- and I also felt a little vindicated that other people thought the dolls were freaky, too.
Johnny and I went to Target while they were running a Black Friday/Cyber Monday/some kind of post-Thanksgiving sale on toys. They were offering buy one, get one half-off on selected toy brands, one of which was My Little Pony.
I hemmed and hawed over what to buy. Which pony was the uncool pony no one really likes? Was it possible this kid already had a Rainbow Dash toy?
I ended up getting both a doll and a pony. I chose Fluttershy (mostly because Target had both a doll and pony), who seems pretty chill and not totally lame.