Welcome to my little slice of the blogosphere! Today, I want to talk about a toyline that has captured the imaginations of little girls the world over. Put your hooves together for My Little Pony!
My Little Pony officially came on the scene in 1983, as part of the push by manufacturer Hasbro to make a girls toy with staying power (their previous lines, such as Little Miss No-Name and Moon Dreamers didn't do well... at all) like their boys lines G.I. Joe and Transformers. Hasbro didn't know it at the time, but they had a major hit on their hands. The ponies galloped to stardom with their 1986 movie "My Little Pony: The Movie" (y'know to go along with the similarly cleverly named G.I. Joe and Transformers movies....) and their long-running TV series.
In 1997, the Ponies got an overhaul in looks, becoming the more elegant and race-horse looking than their short and stocky predecessors. This was my generation of My Little Pony, I had three, and a small playset. I just loved toy animals, and the ponies were no exception.
In the early 2000s, a third generation, closer to the original, arrived on the scene with another selection of movies and TV shows. I was a bit old for them at that point, so while I thought they were cute, I didn't have any. Then there's generation 3.5, but we don't talk about them :P
In 2010, My Little Pony was again revived with a brand new cast and a brand new show: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This show was quickly the hit of the year, with it's classic writing and fleshed out characters. The new pony crew of six, lead the herd to superstardom facing off with villains like Teriek, King Sombra, and Discord (the voice of John De Lancie) to save their home, not with physical power, but with good spirits and friendship. The journey continued with the Equestria Girls line, with the popular characters turned into humans, this series is going strong, with four movies so far.
Now I bet some of you are thinking "I've got some old ponies in the attic, I wonder what generation they are?" Well, I can help you with that! The top sites for MLP identification on the internet are Strawberry Reef and Ghost of the Doll (for girls toys in general). If you've got it, these dedicated collectors probably know what it is and who it is.
I love restoring ponies, they're so beautiful when they're done and so many people love them. Here's some photos of my little herd.
I'm T.K. Wilson, Read my blog for great information and stories about dolls, toy restoration, Christian Fantasy and so much more! Blog updates Fridays.