BLUE: info from my personal MLP collection and MLP booklets
GREEN: info provided by other MLP collectors and from pictures
As My Little Pony began to grow, collectors needed places to keep their ponies that they could also play in. This was the year the very popular Dream Castle was introduced, as well as other fun and magical pony places. My Little Pony also started dressing up this year in adorable outfits called Pony Wear. *Note: Colors and styles of accessories may vary from those shown or described.
In Year 2, collectors could now dress up their favorite ponies and make them look even prettier. Pony Wear became a popular trend that would continue for the next few years, and it wasn't long before Pony Wear provided ponies with an outfit for every occasion. Each Pony Wear outfit came with a scented puffy sticker that pictured a pony wearing the outfit. Unfortunately, not all ponies could wear these clothes or shoes as all the packages read: "Shoes will not fit Medley, Firefly (front hoof bent and molded to body), Bubbles, and Seashell (sitting pose)." Ironically, Bubbles ("Best of the West") and Seashell ("The Tea Party") were both pictured on the backcard (and photographed) wearing outfits (noted below). Also, pegasi couldn't wear any of the tight-fitting outfits, blankets, or saddles since their wings got in the way.
Pony Royal (modeled by Bow Tie) includes a magenta cape w/silver lace and white faux fur trim, clear crown w/silver lace and pink ribbon, and four pale lavender shoes).
Sweet Dreams (modeled by Cotton Candy) includes one-piece pink terry pajamas w/white lace trim and pink bow near tail area, pink floral printed nightcap w/pink ribbon, four pink fuzzy slippers, and three purple hair curlers (two big and one small). Sweet Dreams was also included in the "Pony Wear Collection 4", sold outside the U.S.
Best of the West (modeled by Bubbles) includes a white felt-covered cowboy hat w/hot pink band, silver sequined bridle (w/two purple sequins) with attached silver reins, silver tasseled blanket, and pink saddle w/molded hearts & tassels. While this outfit contains no shoes that were said to be a problem for model Bubbles because of her sitting pose, she was shown on the backcard, wearing Best of the West, standing up.
The Tea Party (modeled by Seashell) includes a see-through multi-colored floral shawl (w/purple ribbon in front), straw hat (natural tan; not blue as shown on backcard) with a purple flower & pink ribbon on top (the hat also ties with a pink ribbon), and four pink shoes. While the Pony Wear card claims that Seashell and Bubbles cannot wear shoes because of their sitting pose (back legs bent), Seashell is shown on the backcard sitting, and wearing this outfit. And the shoes do fit her, as shown in the photo, just slipping onto her back hooves.
Great Skates (modeled by Applejack) includes a dark blue blanket w/hot pink ruffle and pink ribbon (variations have a purple center), plain pink saddle, white & pink sweatband and four white roller skates w/pink wheels (& black base).
Parade Pizzazz (modeled by Blossom) included purple blanket w/silver, pink, and chartreuse trim & silver tassels, pink/green/dark blue bridle w/ green feathered plume and attached silver reins, and four pink shoes (not shown, but listed, on backcard and shown here).
The Pretty Parlor was the first of many salons where ponies could go to get "prettied up" for a special occasion. The narrow blue building has a white front gate that opens and closes with the Pretty Parlor doubling as a carrying case for all its accessories complete with a mirror and white display stand inside. On the back of the building, there is a full-color decal picturing Butterscotch looking out a window above a flower bed (that has "Pretty Parlor" written of it) under the My Little Pony rainbow logo.
The Little Pony, Peachy (Earth Pony), came exclusively with the Pretty Parlor. She is pink with pink (straight, standard-length) hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is a group of pink hearts; it is also the exact same symbol that Snuzzle, a Collector Pony (Year 1), has. As the Pretty Parlor is one of the earliest MLP playsets, it is believed that it was actually released before year 2 (approx. 1983), which would explain why flat-footed (like the original six ponies) versions of Peachy have been found (this picture shown the concave hoof version).
Also included was Twinkles, the orange tabby kitten (with brown stripes and facial features). Twinkles could ride on Peachy's back in a pink basket attached with a purple strap.
Other accessories included two hats (in colors as shown or reversed; mine came with a rounded white hat, and yellow flowered hat), a purple saddle with a matching bridle (with heart design) and reins, a pink blanket (that tied with a separate ribbon in the front), two hair ribbons (yellow and green), pink (original) comb and pink heart-shaped brush, and eight name tags (that also pictured the pony's symbol) that could be placed on the front of the stand while you display that pony (tags included the six Collector Ponies, Lemon Drop, and Peachy). Inside the parlor, there are two white heart-designed racks - a shelve for the hats
and hooks for tack. Below, are full-color decals picturing things that belong to Peachy and Twinkles.
The Pretty Parlor returned, unchanged, in Year 3, and also available through several mail offers. In Year 6, the Pretty Parlor was redone in new colors and renamed the Brush Me Beautiful Boutique (in the U.S.) and the Grooming Parlour (outside the U.S.) and later, redesigned as a Kitchen for U.K. ponies. And for the 1998 Little Ponies, it was remade once again as My Pretty Parlor.
The Show Stable was the first home for collectors to keep their ponies in. There was room for several ponies and accessories. The purple roof lifted up and the four front doors of the large white stable (with a blue base) opened for easy access inside. When closed up, it could be carried using the hidden handle on the roof. The roof also featured a removable weather vein in the shape of a yellow pony and arrow. It also had spaces for three of the four symbol flags that came with the Show Stable. The front of the building featured the My Little Pony Rainbow logo with "Show Stable" written underneath (Note: The logo shown is a hand-made replacement; the original was damaged/lost).
The Show Stable came with its own pony named Lemon Drop (Earth pony). She is yellow with purple (straight, standard-length) hair, and purple eyes. Her symbol is a group of purple raindrops. She has a puppy named Brandy, who is light tan with brown ears and facial features.
The interchangeable flags (mentioned above), depicting pony symbols (white with colored decal w/symbol in white; design included yellow w/butterflies [from Butterscotch], pink w/heart [from Snuzzle], green w/flowers [from Blossom], and blue w/white stars [from Blue Belle]). Three flags could be placed on the roof, white Lemon Drop could wear the other on her saddle which had a rope-like design with flowers. It was pink and had a matching bridle and reins a bed with a blanket, a saddle with a bridle and reigns. Other accessories included a white bed (with purple headboard and pink felt blanket, six green fences, two green indoor/outdoor window shelves, two green outdoor window troughs, 3 winner's ribbons (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place; ribbons could hang on the hooks
on the tack room door in the back of the stable), three yellow trophy cups, adjustable pole jump hurdle (white w/yellow pole), and two white A-style jumps, yellow heart-shaped grooming brush, purple original comb, and hair ribbon.
The Show Stable was re-released as a mail order in Year 4. It was also re-released other times in different colors and under different names including Home Sweet Home (Year 7 re-issue) and Megan's Place.
Lemon Drop was also re-released as one of the five Playset Ponies in a later mail-in offer. There is also a Baby Lemon Drop who was not sold in the United States.
In German, the Show Stable was called Pony-Haus.
Descriptions for Lemon Drop are based on the Playset Pony re-issue.
The My Little Pony Waterfall is the perfect place for ponies to play with a working shower that also made bubbles with the special container of Pony Bubbles that came with it (4 oz bottle of pink bubbles). The base of the Waterfall is in the shape of puffy white clouds with a a large smiling yellow sun behind it with a rainbow and cloud-shaped shower. When you fill the base with water (and bubble solution), press the pump near the rainbow to work the shower, and press the pump next to the sun to make bubbles.
Sprinkles (pegasus) was the special pony who came with the Waterfall. As pictured, she is lavender with blue (straight, standard-length) hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is a groups of blue ducks. However, when she was re-released
as one of the Playset Ponies in a later mail-in offer, she was pink. Also included was Duck Soup, Sprinkles' little duck friend. She is orange with a yellow bill, neck ring, and feet.
Accessories included a pink bath foam brush (with raised sun on back), pink comb, aqua terrycloth towel, two purple curlers, and light green hair ribbon.
The Waterfall returned, unchanged, in Year 3. It was later released with different colors in the U.K. in 1986, and came with a pony named Cascade.
The Dream Castle was the most famous Pony place since it was the Little Ponies' home in their first two TV special until it was buried by the Smooze in "My Little Pony: the Movie." The original Dream Castle playset was just like the one on TV, with pink walls and towers, purple base, blue turrets, and three white flags (with dark pink decals). It had a working drawbridge (blue with a raised unicorn's head design) and side that opened up for inside play. Accessories included a blue grooming throne (with a molded pegasus design and purple felt cloth), two yellow jumping rings (not shown), four yellow pony shoes (and blue shoebox), purple royal cape (that tied with ribbon; not shown), yellow table, two blue goblets (not shown), blue oval swivel mirror that says "Majesty" on the base), yellow crown, blue damsel hat (with blue & pink ribbons), blue trunk, yellow basket (for Spike to ride in), yellow star brush, and two hair ribbons. There are also seven felt strips (five purple; long, ribbon cut & two yellow; short, rounded ends). On the box, five are shown hanging in the hall and two are shown hanging in the middle of the castle. Several decals decorate the inside of the castle include a sleeping cat, sack of feed, bench, plant, coat rack, teddy bear, and wall rack (which shown the
Pony Royal cape hanging from it, though the
Dream Castle does not come with the actual cape).
*The ruler of the Dream Castle is Majesty (unicorn). She is white with blue (straight, standard-length) hair (w/white mane streak) and purple eyes. Her symbol is a group of glittery blue flowers. The Dream Castle also came with Spike, the baby dragon, who was introduced in the first My Little Pony special. Spike is purple with green spines down his back, a white stomach, green toenails, and green (slanted) eyes.
The Dream Castle returned, unchanged, in Year 3. It was later reissued in Year 7 with all the colors changed including lavender walls and mint green turrets. All the accessory colors were also changed. Majesty was not included, but Spike was (colors slightly different). However, she was re-released as a Playset Pony in a later mail-in offer.
As more ponies were introduced, collectors needed a place to store and carry them. Shown are two versions of the first two MLP Carry Cases modeled after the Show Stable. This case featured six individual stalls (interior shown; ponies not included) and a blank space to place stickers with the pony's name below the windows which were included with the case. The earliest version showed all the
doors closed on both sides, a yellow handle, and a velcro closure. The second version had two windows open on each
side, portraying various Year 2 ponies (Cotton Candy and Moondancer on the front, Applejack and Moondancer on the back). This case also has the words "Carry Case" in the traditional MLP banner on all four side under the MLP rainbow logo, not present on the first version. The second version is slightly larger in height (probably to accommodate unicorn and pegasus poses) and has a pink handle and buckle closure. On both version, Bow Tie (right) and Seashell (left) appear in the sides on the case. The second version was issued until Year 4 (approx 1986), and the sticker sheet was expanded to include later ponies including So Softs and Twinkle-Eyed. Show Stable cases are © 1983 Hasbro, made by Tara Toy Corp. A third (Year 4) version of the Show Stable case was also made (not shown), and had a fancier front and decorated interior, featuring Sweet Stuff.