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My Little Pony's third year was their most obscure. It was like a lull in popularity before their major comeback in Year 4. Most of the Ponies in this year disappeared and were hard to find in stores after the year was over. But Year 3 is credited for several important events including the introduction of the first set of baby ponies available in stores, Megan and Sundance, the first Baby Sea Ponies (and the last adult Sea Ponies), and My Little Pony's second TV special. Ponies also came in several new poses and some now had curly hair! (Note: Pony's hair type [straight or curly] and length is noted below; curly hair [standard length] is slightly longer than straight hair; due to age/wear, hair may be shown uncurled.)
Tootsie is green with blue (straight, standard-length) hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is a groups of pink & white lollipops. There is also a foreign version of Tootsie who had a white body.
These ponies appeared in this years' TV special "Escape From Catrina." Cherries Jubilee, Posey and Lickety-Split came back in Year 4 as So Soft Ponies (otherwise unchanged). Returning from Year 2 were Bow Tie and Applejack (not shown), now with curly hair, as shown on the backcard illustrations (not 100% confirmed, however, some non-US versions on these ponies were made with curly hair, likely based off of the Year 3 re-issues).
Like Year 2, the third year had its own special collection of Unicorns and Pegasi. Several of both types of ponies also were carried over from Year 2: Firefly, Medley, Moondancer, and Glory (not shown); the backcard illustrations show Firefly and Medley now with curly hair, but actually versions are not confirmed. Although some of the new ponies disappeared later, many returned as So Soft Ponies in Year 4. In year 3, Unicorns' and Pegasi's symbols were glittery, either in whole or part. They each came with a brush or comb, ribbon, and round scented puffy sticker.
Heart Throb (pegasus) is pinkish-purple with curly (standard-length) dark pink hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is a group of pink hearts w/glittery silver wings. A known, slightly different version of Heart Throb was made in Italy, with notable changes to her hair and symbol.
Surprise (pegasus) is white with curly (standard-length) chartreuse hair, and light purple eyes. Her symbol is a group of glittery purple balloons w/ (painted) pink strings.
These ponies appeared in this years' TV special "Escape From Catrina."
Like most of the third year ponies, this year's Rainbow Ponies were some of the most obscure ponies. This year, the colors of their rainbow hair had changed to include melon, pink, aqua, and chartreuse; all six have straight, standard-length manes and tails. Returning from Year 2's were Moonstone, Starshine, Parasol, and Windy (not shown); their hair colors and hair type remained the same. Like Year 2, all the Rainbow Ponies had glittery symbols, had two of each type of pony, only this year, they all had new poses. Each came with a rainbow shooting-star brush & original comb and hair ribbon. Starflower, Trickles, Confetti, and Pinwheel (all unchanged) were included in a re-released mail-order set a few years later.
Tickle (pegasus) is purple with blue eyes, and her symbol is three silver feathers.
Flutterbye (pegasus) is orange with purple eyes, and her symbol is four magenta butterflies. Another version of Flutterbye was sold outside the U.S. with a painted (non-glittery) symbol.
Pinwheel, Trickles, Confetti, and Flutterbye were also re-issued as part of several special mail offers in later years.
Megan and Sundance are perhaps the two most recognizable characters in the history of My Little Pony. Always sold together, they not only made their debut in Year 3, but returned in Year 4 as So Soft and Year 7 as Twice As Fancy.
Sundance (Earth pony) is white with curly (standard-length) pink hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is pink hearts, triangles, and dots arranged in a circular pattern. A close-up of her symbol is shown. She came with a pink, velvet bridle with a flower (white w/yellow & green) in the center with attached reins.
SEE ALSO: Molly and Baby Sundance.
Year 3 was the year when a set of Baby Ponies first appeared in stores. They were each the offspring of an adult pony we already knew from this year or previous years. and their symbols were smaller or lesser versions of their mother's. Although they resembled their mothers, each Baby Pony was unique in her own right, some with also having lighted hair colors as well. They each came with their own set of accessories which included a large rocker (some shown) or playpen (some shown) with a heart-printed pad, one white diaper (in a yellow box in the U.S.; in blue Snugfit box in the U.K.), a baby bottle (white w/colored trim), brush, ribbon, and round scented puffy sticker. Other accessories included combinations of the following: stacking toy (multicolored rings & base), duck pull toy (yellow w/pink wheels), bib (white w/pink heart in center and various-colored trim/tie), or ID necklaces (that spelled out "BABY" in raised letters a different color than the necklace). Exact smaller accessories that came with each pony are unknown unless otherwise noted.
Baby Cotton Candy (Earth pony) is pink with curly?? (standard-length) pink hair and pinkish-purple eyes. She has three white freckles on her nose and her symbol is only a few white (odd-shaped) dots. She came with a light purple playpen with white blanket w/pink hearts & pink trim (crib & blanket are the same in U.S. and U.K.), duck pull toy, white w/pink ID necklace, bib w/purple trim, lavender & white rattle, and bottle w/yellow trim (same in U.S. and U.K.).
Baby Blossom (Earth Pony) is pale purple with curly (standard-length) white hair, and light purple eyes. Her symbol three white flowers, and she has three white freckles on her nose. Baby Blossom came with an aqua rocker; smaller accessories include a bib w/aqua trim, pink w/white ID necklace, bottle w/green trim, and rattle (white top, bright pink handle).
The Baby Ponies were later given shimmering new look through a special mail order as Baby Pearlized Ponies.
Third year Sea Ponies had always been the hardest to find. This could be because they were the last adult Sea Ponies ever made. Like Year 2's Sea Ponies, these six new ponies could float and each came with their own shell homes that stuck to your bathtub wall with a suction cup. A new swirl-top shell was introduced and came with three of the ponies. Those same ponies also have a different-colored streak in their mane (straight, standard-length). The other three had curly (standard-length, less full) hair and their heads were tilted upward (on the back card, these ponies were shown with their tails curled back, however, their tails are curled forward like all adult sea ponies, as shown here); note that as Sea Ponies often got wet, their curly hair easily became straight and frizzy, as shown. They came with the original shells, like those from Year 2. Also note that unlike Year 2, some of Year 3's Sea Ponies have a color tips on their find different from their hair color. Sea Ponies came with a shell brush & comb, hair ribbon, and round scented puffy sticker.
Sea Breeze is pale purple with straight purple hair w/deep green streak. She has turquoise eyes, pink fin tips, and she came with a mint green swirl shell.
Year 3 gave us our very first Baby Sea Ponies (German: Baby Seepony). Ironically, they seemed to be responsible for taking the place of the adult Sea Ponies as they continued on into the next three years. Like adult Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies have no symbols, so they are only identified by body and hair color. They have tips on their fins, sometimes the same color as their hair. These Baby Sea Ponies had either straight (standard-length) or curly (standard-length, less full) hair, but due to age/wear, may not be distinguishable in those shown; original hair types are noted below. Baby Sea Ponies were, of course, meant for play in the water, but they needed the help of their sea animal-shaped floats (fish, turtle, and duck) that were solid-colored highlighted with another color on their fins, feet, etc. Since Baby Sea Ponies and floats often become separated, it's important to know who came with what. Each Baby Sea Pony also came with a whale-shaped brush and hair ribbon.
Splasher is aqua with straight purple hair (& fin tips), and purple eyes. She came with a pale green w/turquoise turtle float.
Surf Rider is pale lavender with curly pale pink hair, blue eyes, and pink fin tips. She came with a blue w/purple fish float.
"Ember's Dream" is a story about Ember and the Rainbow Ponies whom she admired because of their beautiful rainbow hair. However, she became jealous when they were invited to a party at the Dream Castle that was for Rainbow Ponies only, and she wasn't invited. That night she had a dream about the party being a trap set by a New York man who planned to cut off their hair to make rainbow wigs. The Rainbow Ponies ignored Ember's dream, and as a result, lost their hair. They also realized that Ember didn't act out of jealousy, but because she cared about them.
Note that the picture on the "Ember's Dream" Listen 'n Fun card shows Baby Blossom, not Ember. Also, there is another version of the cassette that in titled "Amber's Dream", however, the baby pony is still referred to as Ember on the recording. My Little Pony also had other "Listen 'n..." cassette sets including the Listen 'n Look book and tape set, "My Little Pony Adventure Book." One side of the tape contained the story while the other was blank, allowing listeners to record their own My Little Pony story. Another was a "Listen 'n Play" set entitled "Embers", about Megan taking the baby ponies (Baby Firefly, Baby Cotton, Candy, and Baby Glory) on a sailboat that gets caught in a storm, however, I don't know if it had anything to do with Ember, the baby pony. It came with a cassette, Colorforms (not sure if additional ponies were featured), and a picture book (no words; illustrations do not show any version of Ember) where the Colorforms could be placed to act out the story. Again, one side of the tape had the story, and other side was blank for recording your own. Note: Some info on the "Embers" Colorform book & tape is taken from the instructions included on the inside of the book.
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