My Little Pony is a brand of toy ponies marketed primarily to young women and children and produced by the toy manufacturer Hasbro . These ponies can be identified by their colorful bodies and manes, and typically a unique symbol or series of symbols on one or both sides of their haunches . Accordingly, the ponies are named after the symbols on their haunches.
Following the related My Pretty Pony toy, introduced in 1981, My Little Pony was launched in 1983. The line became popular during the 80s. The original toy line ran from 1983 to 1995 (1992 in the U.S.) and inspired animated specials, including an animated feature length movie and three animated . The brand was relaunched between 1997 and 2003 (1999 in the U.S.), and then fully relaunched globally in 2003. My Little Pony celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2008.
Generation One: Paradise Estate
The original line of My Little Pony began with Eart! h Ponies in 1982: plump colorful ponies that have a group of symbols on their haunches representing their names. The original earth ponies had flat feet. Later My Little Ponies would have concave feet, more closely resembling actual horse feet. The Ponies were later followed by Pegasi and hippocampus . There were also male ponies (“Big Brother Ponies”) that had slightly larger bodies and feathered hooves like Clydesdale horses.
Many different sets of Little Ponies were produced, starting with the Rainbow Ponies (which all sported rainbow-colored manes and tails) in 1983. Other variations included the So-Soft Ponies (which were entirely covered in flocking), Twinkle-Eyed Ponies (with small rhinestones in place of the eyes), Twice As Fancy Ponies (with patterns covering most of the body), Brush n’ Grow Ponies (which had a longer-than-usual tail stored inside the body that could be drawn out through brushing) and Baby Ponies, which were smaller versions! of their mothers.
The first generation of My Little Pon! ies ran in the U.S. for ten years, ending in 1992, but continuing internationally until 1995. The final year of sales in the U.S. was marketed as the celebration year of My Little Pony.
All packaging (typically a blister pack) came with Horseshoe Points which could be used to obtain discounts on special ponies available in the U.S. only through mail order . Mail order ponies were generally reissues like Majesty, first available only with the Dream Castle Playset, or unique ponies such as the first boy pony, Lucky. Another example of exclusive mail-order ponies was the line of Birthflower ponies, one for each month of the year. All of them were white with pink and black hair and featured Carnation, Violet, Daffodil, Daisy, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Water Lily, Poppy, Morning Glory, Cosmos, Chrysanthemum and Holly. Special babies, such as the baby ponies and Twice As Fancy babies, were also available through mail order. Some collectors actively s! eek out mail-order ponies and a select few, such as Rapunzel, are highly valuable.
International ponies Merchandise Generation Two: Friendship Gardens Generation Three: Ponyville – Equestria Core 7 Merchandise Equestria Animated features Television and theatrical (1980s to Present) Direct-to-video (2000s) My Little Pony Live Custom ponies My Little Pony in popular culture References
Official Hasbro My Little Pony site
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