The 6 Rainbow Ponies have also been brought to life again, available only in Europe at present, and again we are currently the only UK stockist.
First made in 1984, the set include Windy (pictured below), Starshine, Sunlight, Parasol, Skydancer and Moonstone. They come with their original boxes, and an array of original accessories, plus they are scented and smell super sweet!
They are due with us in late June and when they do arrive with us, you'll be able to hear my scream for miles! The 5 year old inside me is so excited, and don't get me started on my 5 year old daughter!
She has a rather lovely collection of ponies that I've collected for her over the years, including my beloved Bow Tie from my childhood.
A Brief History
Before there was My Little Pony, Hasbro produced My Pretty Pony, intended for little girls to groom and admire. She was slightly bigger than we know My Little Pony to be, but is still recognisable as their cousin.
The smaller, colourful My Little Pony line was conceived by illustrator and designer Bonnie Zacherle in 1982, and launched as a Hasbro toy line in 1983. Each Pony was identified by symbols branded on their flank. The first ponies were garden-variety “earth ponies,” but soon unicorns and winged pegasus ponies joined the herd. Ponies usually came with brushes or combs, and a wide variety of play sets were also produced, one of which we've heard may be remade for their 35th birthday. The first generation, called G1, of My Little Pony ended in the United States in 1992, but continued to be sold around the world until 1995.
The original G1 Applejack
Hasbro introduced the second generation, or G2, of My Little Pony in 1997 with entirely new bodies that were more lean and long-legged. These ponies were not very well received, and are among the least collected ponies.
G2 Sky Skimmer
The third generation, or G3, released in 2003, more closely resembled the first My Little Pony look. They are popular amongst customisers for this reason.
Then, in 2009, the line was revamped once again, with drastic changes to the Ponies’ bodies and faces. These new Ponies only came as the “Core 7” characters: Cheerilee, Toola-Roola, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Starsong. Collectors refer to this update as G3.5.
G3.5 Pinkie Pie
The 2010 debut of a new cartoon series, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” created by Lauren Faust, brought another breed of fans to My Little Pony- young men and teenage boys, often referred to as “bronies”. Their anime appearance is completely different to all previous generations.
Which generation is your favourite? Comment below with your favourite pony from your childhood, which ones you'd like to be remade, and any fond memories you have of them. Do your children share your love for G1, or are they more G4 fans? Let's keep the pony love going!