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Year 4 was the year when My Little Pony made an incredible comeback after a very slow Year 3. With more new new ponies appearing in 1985, than ever before, My Little Pony came in to 1986 with a movie, followed by a TV series, and even extra ponies as the year went on. This year marked the end of the round scented puffy stickers that came with each pony and replaced them with grape-scented body sticker in the shape of each pony. However, toward the end of Year 4, some ponies came with a sticker featuring another pony, and not herself. Year 4 gave us the long-running So Soft Ponies, Flutter Ponies, and Megan's sister, Molly, all making their big-screen debut in "My Little Pony: The Movie", making My Little Pony more poplar than ever before!
Of all the Little Ponies ever made, there were more So Soft Ponies than any other in Year 4 alone. So Soft Ponies have "nuzzily" or "fuzzily" (depending on the time of the commercial) flocked bodies and came in pastel colors of pink, blue, lavender, yellow, and more. Not only were So Soft Ponies a whole new line of characters for My Little Pony's movie, and TV show, they also allowed some of the more obscure ponies from Year 3 to come back with a whole new look. Generally, so soft fur is lighter than the pony's actual body color, and creates a dramatic difference between the Year 3 and Year 4 versions. All the So Soft Ponies came with a brush or comb, ribbon, and scented body sticker.
Heart Throb (pegasus) is a paler shade of lavender (than the original) with curly (standard-length) dark pink hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is a group of pink hearts, but the silver wings that were on the original Heart Throb's hearts cannot be seen on the So Soft version. In some drawings, the hearts are shown with blue wings, but on the TV series, she is shown with just hearts (with no wings) as her symbol. Baby Heart Throb's symbol is also hearts (with no wings) to match her So Soft mother.
Posey (Earth pony) is yellow with pink (that can fade to white straight, standard-length) hair, and green eyes. Her symbol is a group is of pink flowers w/green stems. The pink and green colors of my So Soft Posey's flowers is significantly darker than my original Posey's flowers, but Posey may have also been made with other shades of pink or white flowers.
There were also new So Soft Earth Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi, all showing off new poses for Year 4.
Lofty (pegasus) is yellow with curly (standard-length) yellow hair, and magenta eyes. Her symbol is a pink hot air balloon surrounded by orange stars.
Truly (Earth pony) is white with curly (standard-length) dark pink hair, and light blue eyes. Her symbol is a green dove carrying a branch, surrounded by pink hearts. She has a hole in each of her two back hooves that fit into a round stand, that she comes with, that supports her rearing pose.
Cupcake (Earth pony) is white with curly (standard-length) aqua hair, and light purple eyes. Her symbol is a group of dark pink & orange cupcakes.
Paradise (pegasus) is white with curly (standard-length) neon orange hair, and green eyes. Her symbol is two green palm trees and an orange crescent moon.
Some of these ponies were released outside the U.S., but they were not So Soft including Shady, Buttons (mentioned above), Wind Whistler, North Star, Magic Star, and Gusty (from U.S. Year 3) who were in a set labeled as "moveystars"/"vedettes from the film", all being featured in "My Little Pony: The Movie". Truly, Paradise, and Cupcake were also made in non-So Soft versions, but were not part of this set. The unicorns and pegasi of that set did not have glittery symbols, as expected.
Twist (unicorn) is dark purple (light fur, but dark body underneath) with (straight, standard-length) neon orange hair w/light pink mane streak, and light purple eyes. Her symbol is a group of white pretzels. She was originally pictured as with pale orange hair and no steak in her mane.
Hippity Hop (pegasus) is mauve (darker body under fur) with (straight, standard-length) pink hair, and blue eyes. Her symbol is three white rabbits. Her picture was especially inaccurate, showing her not only as a unicorn, but in Posey's (trotting) pose. She returned in Year 5 with a new collection of So Soft Ponies.
Twinkled-Eyed Ponies are a lovely collection of ponies with jewel-like eyes that sparkle in the light. All Twinkle-Eyed Ponies had multi-colored hair which set them apart from most other ponies of their time. All the Twinkle-Eyed Ponies Ponies came with a brush or comb, ribbon, and scented body sticker.
Fizzy (unicorn) is sea green with curly (standard-length) pink/white/dark pink/deep green hair. Her eyes are pinkish-green jewels and her symbol is a group of pink w/white ice cream sodas.
Masquerade (pegasus) is yellow with (straight, standard-length) deep green/aqua/yellow-green/chartreuse hair. Her eyes are yellow-green jewels and her symbol is a groups of pink & aqua masks.
Later in 1986, three new Twinkle-Eyed Ponies were added:
Sweet Pop (pegasus) is blue with (straight, standard-length) dark pink/yellow/purple/white hair. Her eyes are dark pink jewels and her symbol is three pink w/yellow (double-stick) ice pops.
Year 4 was the second year for baby ponies, and in this year, they had their own special feature: Beddy-Bye Eyes that opened and closed. Beddy Bye Eyes are round inset eyes with a row of black eyelashes on top, and a colored (different from body color) eyelid above the eye. Each pony came with a variety of small accessories a including bottle (white w/colored ring), diaper (in its own box), pull duck, xylophone w/hammer, bib, (white w/colored trim & pink heart), ID necklace, and a feeding dish w/spoon. Larger accessories now featured high chairs and wagons. I am unsure about the smaller accessories that came with each individual ponies, so they will not be included in their descriptions. And as with all ponies, they came with a brush or comb, ribbon, and scented body sticker. Ironically, half these ponies had mothers who originated in Year 3.
Baby Ribbon (unicorn) is blue with straight (standard-length) chartreuse hair w/neon orange mane streak, and blue eyes (w/dark blue eyelids). Her symbol is a white ribbon tied in a bow. She came with a pink wagon (w/aqua handle & wheels and yellow axles). Her other accessories included a yellow (w/pink wheels) pull duck, pink/blue/yellow/green/pink xylaphone (w/yellow wheels & blue hammer), bottle with green ring, and a white ribbon.
Baby Gusty (unicorn) is white with (straight, standard-length) deep green hair w/red streak, and sea green eyes (w/deep green eyelids). Her symbol is three purple leaves. She came with a purple high chaisr (w/yellow tray).
Outside the U.S., some of these ponies were made with regular (non-Beddy Bye) eyes which including Baby Heart Throb, Baby Gusty, Baby Lickety-Split, and Baby Ribbon. They also came with the same accessories as they had in the U.S. They were also sold with Beddy Bye Eyes in the U.K., only there, they were called Lullabye Eyes.
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