Before My Little Pony, Hasbro produced a 10-inch-tall toy horse in 1981 called My Pretty Pony, intended for little girls to groom and admire. The smaller, colorful My Little Pony line was conceived by illustrator and designer Bonnie Zacherle in 1982, and launched as a Hasbro toy line in 1983.

The Easter-egg-colored Ponies, usually between 5 and 6 inches tall, were made of vinyl with rooted hair that came in a rainbow of shocking day-glo hues. Each Pony was identified by the branding, called “cutie mark,” on its hide, whether that be fruit, balloons, or stars. The first Ponies were garden-variety “earth ponies,” but soon horned unicorns and winged pegasi were added to the line.

But the variations didn’t stop there: Flutter Ponies had transparent, moving wings, while Sea Ponies resembled seahorses. So-So Soft Ponies came covered in flocking, while Brush ’n’ Grow Ponies had manes and tails that appeared to get longer. Pony Friends were other animals done in the same style as the Ponies, while Baby Ponies were smaller versions of previously released characters. Ponies usually came with brushes or combs, and a wide variety of play sets were also produced.

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. G1 inspired two cartoon series, “My Little Pony ’n Friends” in 1986 and “My Little Pony Tales” in 1992.

Hasbro introduced the second generation, or G2, of My Little Pony in 1997 under the Kenner imprint, with entirely new bodies that were more lean and long-legged. These “Friendship Garden” Ponies, as they were called, fizzled in the United States by 1999, and are among the least collected Ponies.

The third generation, or G3, released in 2003, more closely resembled the vintage My Little Pony look. Then, in 2009, the line was revamped once again, with drastic changes to the Ponies’ bodies and faces. These new Ponies, with their extra-large anime-style eyes, 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.

The 2010 debut of a new cartoon series, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” created by Lauren Faust, brought a whole new class of fans to My Little Pony. Young men and teenage...

Some bronies like smaller ponies made out of PVC with molded hair, such as the Blind Bag Ponies, which more closely resemble the cartoon characters. Popular characters from “Friendship Is Magic” include the thoughtful unicorn Twilight Sparkle, the diva-ish unicorn Rarity, the athletic pegasus Rainbow Dash, the celebration-oriented earth pony Pinkie Pie, the bashful pegasus Fluttershy, and the rancher Applejack—a character that first appeared in G1.

Vintage G1 Ponies can be valuable out of the box, but only if the play wear and tear is minimum and the Pony is a rare model. Certain '80s Ponies, like Peachy, are so common they sell for a couple dollars at most.

Some of the most rare Ponies were only available through the Horseshoe Points mail-order program. For example, the limited-edition long-tailed Rapunzel, a Pony from the Fairy Tale series, was only offered through this program, and even then Hasbro didn’t have enough stock, and sent Goldilocks as a replacement.

Other Ponies coveted by collectors were produced in countries like Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, or Greece under license by Hasbro. These Ponies often come as characters or variations that were not available in the United States. For example, a Pony known as Baby Lofty was only sold with open-and-close-eyes in the states, but was produced with regular eyes in Brazil.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Dollreference.com

Dollreference.com

This densely packed index of antique and vintage dolls claims to offer over 10,000 images of dolls from the 1800s … [read review or visit site]

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

Embrace your inner child on this website from the Victoria and Albert Museum, filled with high-quality images and i… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Rhonda Wilson's collection of 1950s dolls, organized by name (Ginny and friends, Littlest Angel and friends, etc.) … [read review or visit site]

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylee's extensive collection of vintage dolls from the 1930s to 90s. Click the balloons to browse. Though Kaylee s… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

My Little Pony Vintage G1 Lot Vtg G1 My Little Pony In The Box! Merry Treat Christmas Pony 1989! Mint In Box!Vintage 1987 Twinkle-eyed Mimic (unicorn) My Little PonyMy Little Pony Baby Sweet Tooth Lollipop Mail Order Unicorn 1984 Hasbro VintageVintage G1 My Little Pony So Soft AngelVtg My Little Pony G1 In The Package! Streaky The Rainbow Curl Pony 1989! Mint!Huge Vintage Minty G1 Mlp My Little Pony Lot Mail Order Ponies 80s Must See Vintage My Little Pony Waterfall ShowerVintage My Little Pony G1 Pegasus Lot MlpSnowdrop My Little Pony Vintage G1* Rare* Htf Germany, Europe ExclusiveVintage Hasbro My Little Pony, G1, Large Lot, 1983 +Vintage My Little Pony Lot Junk Reborn G1 My Little Pony Naut Vintage Costume Wear Astronaut Spacesuit Moc Mip Rare HtfVintage Hasbro 1983 My Little Pony Dream Castle + 3 Extra PoniesVintage My Little Pony Nursery & Accessories LotMy Little Pony Baby Sugarberry Strawberry Mail Order Vintage Pony Hasbro 1987My Little Pony Baby Milky Way Stars First Tooth Mail Order Vintage 1987 HasbroMy Little Pony Vintage G1 Tex Big Brother Cactus Sheriff W/ Cowboy Hat Handsome!Vintage G1 My Little Pony Glow N Show Happyglow Happy GlowVintage My Little Pony G1 Blue ColorVintage G1 My Little Pony Rainbow Baby Babies BrightbowVintage 1980's My Little Pony Lot Newborn Twins Unicorn Hasbro MlpVtg Lot Of My Little Pony Ponies Retired Playsets G3 Ponyville Pinkie Pie+My Little Pony Vintage G1- Gusty Unicorn With Glitter!Vintage My Little Pony Lot Flutter Magic Grow Sister 9 PoniesVintage My Little Pony Paradise Hasbro1983 Argentina ToptoysVtg My Little Pony Pegasus Firefly & Baby Firefly Glitter Lightening Bolt 1983 AVintage Lot Mlp My Little Pony G1 1982 Minty February Birthflower 1983 ParasolVintage G1 My Little Pony Rainbow Pony WindyVintage My Little Pony: Pony And Accessory LotMy Little Pony Vintage Lot Baby Unicorns Wings Clothes Bottle Purple Pink BlueG1 My Little Pony Vintage Lot Princess Bushwoolie Tiffany Friendly Royal BlueVintage G1 My Little Pony Earth Pony Applejack Apple JackVintage My Little Pony 1984 Rainbow Mane StarsG1 My Little Pony Vintage Lot Restore Bait Windy Moondancer Skyflier GlitterVintage My Little Pony 1987 Locket Twinkle Eyed Mint & Rare! 1st GenerationVintage My Little Pony 1983 Bowtie Mint & Rare! Long-hair 31yr 1st GenerationVintage My Little Pony 1984 Baby Pockets Great & Rare! 30 Years 1st GenerationVintage G1 My Little Pony Tropical Ponies Tootie Tails 1980s 80sMy Little Pony Mlp 1980's Vintage Lot Adults Babies Unicorns Mon Petit Stable Vintage My Little Pony Big BrotherMcdonald's My Little Pony Charm 1985 Mint Rare Regional ToyMy Little Pony Mcdonald's Regional Charm Toy From 1985 Mint RareVintage G1 Hasbro Mlp My Little Pony Nursery Accessories & 7 Baby Ponies LotVintage My Little Pony Satin Slipper Sweet ShoppeMy Little Pony Vintage G1 - Hasbro - Strawberry ScoopsG1 My Little Pony Vintage Lot Restore Bait Princess Pink Cotton Candy Baby & G3Vtg My Little Pony 11 G1 Bait/custom/restore Lot Some Rare So Soft Pocket FriendVintage Hasbro My Little Pony Rainbow Unicorn Baby RainribbonVintage G1 My Little Pony Pegasus Heartthrob Heart Throb1983 My Little Pony Vintage Moondancer Moc Vintage Original Brand New SealedRare Vintage Swimming Pool My Little Pony 1986 Hasbro ! Unopened ! Vintage G1 My Little Pony Lot Of 20 Baby Accessories And Baby Pony Apple DelightVintage My Little Pony Lot Of 6Vintage My Little Pony, 1987My Little Pony Vintage G1 Gingerbread Twinkle Eye Earth PonyVintage G1 My Little Pony Baby Firefly Fire FlyMy Little Pony Vintage G1 Moondancer Unicorn Moon Stars Beautiful! Vintage My Little Pony NurseryVintage My Little Pony 1987 Baby Spunky Mint & Rare! 27 Years 1st Generation