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Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls is an original toyline mainly aimed at girls and developed by Lauren Faust of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fame. It's about girls with a planetary theme (known as the Girlaxy) similar to Sailor Moon and their various adventures.

The idea of the franchise came from some homemade dolls Lauren Faust made in her spare time. It's important to note that these dolls are something that Lauren is very passionate about, to the point that she is almost always trying to promote them on her official DeviantArt page or on their official site. She's been trying to get an animated series based on them off the ground for years, in fact Friendship is Magic may have never happened if she wasn't pitching Galaxy Girls to Hasbro in the first place.

The main theme of the dolls is that there are many ways to be a girl, and it encourages girls to be their own unique selves while proving that being girly isn't a synonym for being lame.

The official website domains have lapsed in 2016 and been scooped up by domain squatters, but its latest archive can be visited here, and the Solar Sisterhood Blog (which includes some in-character entries for the Girlaxy) can be found here.note  Sadly, with the loss of the domains, merchandise is only available second-hand.

In 2021, Lauren Faust redesigned the girls, simply for fun and to make them a bit more diverse body type wise. In 2022, Lauren found a viral video by YouTuber Izzzyzzz discussing obscure doll lines, of which Galaxy Girls was part of, and afterward mused about making new dolls.

Compare Planetary Moe, My Moon, Stellarscape and Nebula.

We have a forum discussion about it here.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alliterative List: Moon's list of poetry in her biography does this with six different letters, and the sentence starts with a seventh:
    From her melancholy moments emerge beautiful bittersweet ballads, splendid sorrowful sonnets, lovely lamentable lyrics, awesome ominous odes, ravishing regretful rhapsodies and heavyhearted haikus.
  • Alliterative Title: Most of the girls, although not always with the first syllables.
    • Milky Way: "Starry Eyed Space Girl!"
    • Venus: Interplanetary Performer!
    • Mars: Astronomical Artist!
    • Jupiter: Heavenly Hippie!
    • The Sun: Sizzlin' Solar Sister!
    • Uranus: Intergalactic Intellect!
    • The Moon: "Lunar Lyricist". Hers lacks an exclamation mark.
    • Saturn: Deep Space DJ!
    • Pluto's is defied, as "Cosmic Rocker!".
    • Also Mercury: "Universal Athlete!"
    • And Neptune: Celestial Surfer Girl!
  • Ambiguous Gender: It's been left unclear as to whether Black Hole is male or female. In 2019, however it was revealed that Black Hole was indeed female.
  • Animated Adaptation: Currently only these promos; Meet Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls and Chibis In Space.
  • Animesque
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The physical planets still exist though, judging from this.
  • Beneath the Mask: Pluto's official description is "Don't let her attitude fool you. Beneath her hard-rock exterior lies a heart of gold, and a true friend who's always ready to stick up for her gal pals—with brute force."
  • Big Bad: Lauren Faust mentioned that an animated excursion starring MWGG would have her going up against Black Hole:
    Milky Way’s joy in life is to explore her realm, meet new friends and find adventure. While visiting our Solar System for the very first time, Milky comes across a beautiful, small planetoid. But when she touches it, it shatters into 11 pieces, releasing the villain who was imprisoned inside, the massively destructive and terrifying BLACK HOLE!!!
    Milky must find the pieces of the planetoid and re-imprison this threat to the known universe, but the fragments have been hurled to each of the planets of the star system that surrounds her. As she searches for them, she meets each and every one of the Galaxy Girls, and each girl must use her unique talents to help Milky retrieve the fragments and save the Universe from being sucked in and devoured by Black Hole’s evil vortex!
  • Cardiovascular Love: Venus, who has Heart-symbol-shaped earring pendants, more such hearts on her clothing, and a few of them scattered on the right side of her bio image, whose meaning is this trope, by inference, as Venus is the Roman Goddess of Love, although no such mention appears on her bio description.
  • Cast of Personifications: The premise is personifying the solar system as a diverse group of teen girls who wear roller skates, though the physical planets still exist.
  • Character Blog: Some of the Solar Sisterhood Blog entries are written by Jupiter (and one of them by The Sun).
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Mars is, as the website quotes, "a true space cadet."
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: From the Solar Sisterhood Blog, after Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet:
    The last to see Pluto before her disappearance was Mars, who relayed her experience to us: “I heard a little of what she was saying to herself and I think she said– and this may not be an exact quote– but she said ‘Those &*%!* scientists can %$#@!! If they think they can *&%@# change my %$#* status, they got another &*%%# thing coming! I never wanted to be a &*%@# planet anyway, planets are &*%%#. Who needs those $%##@s anyway!’” Mars continues, “and then I think she said ‘ #@@*’ and ‘&&*%@’ and ‘##$% **&% &##@@, **@#%$$!!!!’ But really I can’t be sure.”
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Milky Way: Midnight, Light Blue, Pale Yellow
    • Andromeda: Lavender
    • The Sun: Orange, Yellow
    • Mercury: Light Blue, Silver
    • Venus: Pink, Fuchsia, Hot Pink
    • The Moon: White, Gray
    • Mars: Green, Purple, Orange
    • Jupiter: Brown, Pink, Buttermilk, Cranberry
    • Saturn: Purple, Yellow, Gold
    • Uranus: Navy, Emerald Green
    • Neptune: Teal, Sea Foam, Hunter Green
    • Pluto: Black, White, Dark Gray
    • Eris: Red, Forest Green
    • Ceres: Coffee, Dark Brown, Green
  • Cool Shades: Neptune has dark sea-green sunglasses.
  • Crossover Ship: Possibly In-Universe, Venus is dating a hand-made plushie of Lil Formers Optimus Prime.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Sun, Moon, and Neptune. And Eris.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Pluto. She's a metal loving goth with skull motifs and depicted as a jerk, but she's described as being deep down a good person.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Eris, as befits someone named for a goddess of chaos.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pluto, to go with her "hard rock" goth look.
  • '80s Hair: Jupiter, Sun, and Pluto.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Jupiter.
  • The Generic Guy: Saturn is the least developed of the characters introduced so far.
  • Genki Girl: Milky Way and Mars.
  • Hartman Hips: All of the girls to some degree.
  • Heart Symbol: Venus's symbol.
  • Hipster: Ceres seems to be based off this idea, both in looks and attitude. She has no symbol because she's a non-conformist. At least, that's the in-universe explanation; the out-of-universe explanation is that Lauren couldn't think of one.
  • Human Aliens: Mars being the exception.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Uranus's attempt at cheering up Pluto after her demotion. As a commenter put it:
    She seems like someone who would say “Don’t worry, statistics show that most people who go through a hard breakup eventually get over it with the help of counseling” and say it with such sincerity that you can’t hate her.
  • Love Goddess: Venus, by inference, with her symbol being the Heart Symbol, but nothing in her bio text is about her being a love goddess.
  • Mood-Swinger: Moon:
    The Moon's emotions change as surely as the tides. They ebb and flow, wax and wane. [...] her mood swings can be unpredictable
  • Orphaned Series: Since the main website domains lapsed, this seems to be the case.
  • Rock Trio: Pluto, Ceres, and Eris form a band called Pluto and the Dwarf Planets. Pluto is the guitarist, Ceres is the bassist, and Eris is the drummer.
  • Rollerblade Good: All the girls wear roller skates. Rather confusingly, so does Neptune...who also spends a lot of time on a surfboard.
  • Rule of Cute: How do these girls travel the cosmos on their roller skates alone? Who cares?! Lauren Faust thought it'd be cute. (That and the fact that Jupiter's animals need only a helmet and rocket boosters to travel safely.)
  • Sailor Senshi Send-Up: The series, which is inspired by Sailor Moon, stars Anthropomorphic Personifications of celestial beings. Milky Way is the equivalent of fifteen years old and is a plucky, adventurous blonde girl. The story of the toy-line revolves around Milky Way assembling a team of planet-based Magical Girls to combat a Sealed Evil in a Can, the Black Hole, that she accidentally released.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Black Hole, as mentioned above.
  • Shown Their Work: They actually use the correct pronunciation of Uranus.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: No-nonsense bookworm Uranus and Surfer Dudette Neptune. Bonus points in that they're twins. note 
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Venus seems to be characterized as this, if this bit from her profile on the official site is any indication:
    "As [Venus] moves across the sky, one cannot take one's eyes off of this heavenly body—but a pretty face is not all this Evening Star has to offer! It takes a disciplined and controlled mind and immeasurable strength to master these moves, and Venus has the brains and the brawn to do it!"