the my-little-pony post

What a sweet, normal-looking pony. (image by seller “carolmcniel” at ebay.)

Yes, I had a bunch of important and meaningful things to write about today and the list just keeps getting longer.Β  But I’ve found myself inadvertently sucked into a strange new world and, to avoid using any kind of willpower whatsoever, I’m going to indulge in and blog about my latest obsessive-compulsive side tour, all thanks to the wackiness that is ebay.

Here’s what happened: Sola discovered My Little Ponies at the YMCA’s child center. She’s probably especially taken with them because I haven’t bought her any new toys in her first 2 1/2 years amongst this consumer-driven culture we’re part of. (I’ve gotten her some dress-up clothes and tutus, which I count as something….)

So, before going to the Y, she’s been making do with the boys’ old train set, a basket of Hot Wheels, and a tub of dinosaurs. Don’t get me wrong; she seems to enjoy them well enough, and we have other things: art supplies, dance music, and sometimes I give her empty toilet paper rolls. She sleeps with a couple of baby dolls her grandparents gave her, but I’ve never seen her play with anything like she plays with these ponies. She loves the ponies. She lines them up, carries them around, gets very sad when we have to leave.

I guess this is sort of like air-brushing? (image: ponylandtours.com)

So I looked into getting her a few My Little Ponies to have at home. And, for those of you who haven’t been My Little Pony shopping since 1984 (or EVER), let me tell you: the new ones are pretty slutty-looking. It’s disturbing, really. They have these longer, leaner legs, Angelina Jolie alien-eyes, and their hindquarters (they are HORSES, after all) are raised up and bumped out in a way that seems more appropriate for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue than the “ponies” section of Toys r Us.

Okay. Call me old-fashioned, but I refuse to board slutty-looking ponies in my home. I did a search to find out where I could get the originals I played with as a girl, and of course ended up on ebay. This is where things get emotional. I had forgotten, until the past few days, how much I LOVED my My Little Ponies when I was young. When I started weeding through the options for Sola and ran into their names—Bowtie, Blossom, Bluebell—it all came flooding back. I remember now which ones I had and which ones I wanted; the way my sister and I got lost in Pony Land for hours; the way we lined them up and carried them around and cried when we had to put them away, just as my daughter does now.

And I don’t mean to offend MLP collectors out there, but…well…I thought I was a bit obsessive. Some of these people not only know the names of the ponies, but the year they were produced, whether they are “flat foot” or “concave foot,” and disclose whether they have “tail rust” in the seller description. (Even after spending gratuitous amounts of time looking at images of plastic, pastel pony-butts, I have yet to understand what “tail rust” is.)

And then I came across this description:

THESE ARE VINTAGE PONIES ALMOST 30 YEARS OLD!! IM NOT GOING TO NOTE EVERY TINY LITTLE SPECKLE, WE SHOULD BE GLAD TO FIND THEM IN GREAT CONDITION THESE DAYS

SOME MIGHT SHOW THEIR AGE MORE THEN OTHERS…HEADS MAY OR MAY NOT TURN…some might rattle..ALL PONIES ARE SUBJECT TO HAVE A VERY VERY SMALL DOT SIZED SPOTS /MARKS, RUBS, OR STAIN…

ALSO I DO NOT COUNT FACTORY DEFECTS AS FLAWS SINCE YOU’D GET THAT EVEN IF THE PONY WAS NEW OUT OF THE BOX!

So now I’m feeling a little self-conscious. After all, these were MY toys. My manufacture date precedes theirs. (By how many years, I’ll never tell.) (Three.) If they are vintage, I am vintage.

Some might show their age more than others. Some may rattle. Some have flaws that you’d get even if they were new out of the box.

And, the best? We should be glad to find them in great condition these days

Well, what am I gonna say now? I bid on Peachy and Tootsie and got them for a steal, and with combined shipping, to boot. Sola—my NEW little girl, in EXCELLENT condition—is looking forward to getting them in the mail. I’ll keep in mind that the further from the manufacture date we get, the more valuable we become….and now I’m going to go check my backside in the mirror for tail rust.


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17 thoughts on “the my-little-pony post

  1. I’m pretty sure we still have a giant box of them at my parent’s house in Oklahoma! My favorite my little pony item was actually an accessory – roller skates. Why a horse needs roller skates I’ll never know…

    • I’m pretty sure we attempted to save ours, too, though I think this means they are in a storage unit in the middle of Missouri that hasn’t been opened for at least 10 years….

  2. I loved MLP. I haven’t looked at them recently, but I’m sad to hear they’ve turned them slutty. If my daughter discovers them, I will probably go with eBay to get vintage ponies too. Great post!

  3. OK, if you’re vintage, what am I??? Hopefully I’m one of the ponies who isn’t showing her age. πŸ™‚ Love the post. You are hysterical!!!

  4. this is so good for so many reasons. hearing your description of the pony evolution — disturbing and true! what memories this brings back.

  5. My son and daughter both play with my “vintage” ponies that my mom so lovingly (or maybe a pack-rat-ish-ly) saved from when I was a kid. They have a blast with them and sometimes they interact with GI Joes too. Anyway, love your take on the new ones, I hadn’t thought much about how they have changed, scary… However, I gotta say, the new MLP cartoon out there now does have an excellent message about friendship. If you’re looking for more material about MLP’s, check it out (although from reading your blog I realize chances are slim to none of that happening). Love reading your blog!!

    • My daughter often lines up Transformers around the table for a tea party. Thanks for the tip about the show. I did look into reviews and many people said the same thing. The only negative reviewer was Ms. magazine. I was SHOCKED. πŸ™‚

  6. I can’t believe that you even noticed a difference! This must be like the long lost relatives saying “my how you’ve grown” whereas a mother can’t even see her child growing under her nose. You are correct, though, they have changed! You just let me know when I can send Sola a giant box of ponies, Barbies and such.

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