|Q.||Why are the copyright dates on my ponies' hooves sometimes different from the year the ponies were issued?|
|A.||The date on each pony's hoof states the year in which their pose (mold) was first introduced, and does not necessarily match the date the actual pony was released. For example, Sugar Sweet's hoof says '83 on it, however, she was released in 1988. This means that her pose was first introduced in 1983. However, Moondancer's hoof is marked '83 and she stands in this pose, and she was released in 1983. To be sure what year your pony is from, check this site where all the ponies are categorized by the year they first appeared in stores, not what it says on their hooves.|
This question could also refer to the claim made on some other MLP sites that the dates given for each year are too early (i.e. Year 1 [1982-83], Year 2 [1983-1984]). When I categorized the ponies, I started from the year on their hooves (before older poses were repeated for later ponies) for easy identification, but throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, in the U.S., new ponies were usually issued in the spring of the year following the date printed on their hooves. For example, I got Cotton Candy (Year 1) in March 1983 when the first six ponies were first issued; Summer Wing Ponies and Sundae Best Ponies were among the earliest Year 6 ponies to be released in the spring of 1988, shortly following their commercials, however Sweetberry Ponies (also Year 6, weren't released until later that year); matching the year on their hooves, however, Year 5 ponies such as Twice as Fancy and Twinkle-Eyed* (and So Soft*, despite their covered flocked hooves) appeared in stores in late 1986. *not to be confused with late Year 4 ponies
|Q.||I've noticed that some of the colors or symbols on my ponies are different from those shown on your site? Is this a mistake or do I have a rare variation?|
|A.||It depends on the pony or MLP item. Since much of the information on Dream Valley is taken from my own collection, you are seeing the most accurate accounts of the ponies and accessories (playsets, pony wear) to the best of my knowledge. Some information was provided only based on pictures in MLP brochures, sometimes leading to the slight differences that are usually justified by the disclaimer "actual products may be slightly different from those shown".
Also, since Dream Valley was founded in 1997, countless variations have been sighted by myself and other MLP collectors, whether it be ponies made in countries other than the standard China/Hong Kong, factory prototypes, or just color and symbol differences, newly discovered ponies and variations are always possible.
|Q.||It is written on the site that some ponies have pink hair (i.e. Posey, Lickety Split), but mine has white hair. Does this mean there are two versions of this pony?|
|A.||Not necessarily. Over the years, a pony's pink hair can fade to white. In some cases, there are two or more versions; as stated above, variations are always possible. However, faded pink hair (from sun exposure) is a common occurrence among older ponies kept out on display. Fading may or may not go though to the roots of a pony's mane or the beginning of his/her tail, and is decipherable if the pony's head or tail are loose and can be removed. I do NOT recommend damaging a pony (with neck glue and/or tail washer in tact) just to determine the original color of his/her hair.|
|Q.||I have two So Soft Ponies who's symbols don't match backcard art; Heart Throb has no wings on her hearts, and Buttons has only three buttons and no stars. Why?|
|A.||Both these ponies were originally made as non-So Soft versions (Buttons only in the UK). For some reason, the wings and stars didn't come out when they were made into So Soft Ponies. I really don't know why, but there's nothing wrong with your pony's symbol. To match this "mistake", Baby Heart Throb (with Beddy-Bye eyes) was made with only three hearts (with no wings) as her symbol. However, several different versions (symbol variations) of Baby Heart Throb (with regular eyes) were also made.|
|Q.||I have a Baby Sea Pony with very soft, cottony hair. What kind of Sea Pony is she and why is her hair like this?|
|A.||This type of ponies are Watercolor Baby Sea Ponies and they came out in Year 6. Their bodies and hair change color in warm water. Because of this, their hair is made differently from that of other ponies. Also note that Watercolor Baby Sea Ponies become permanently discolored with time and may not change color anymore.|
|Q.||How can I find out which smaller accessories came with my baby ponies (i.e. bottles, feeding dishes, "baby" necklaces)?|
|A.||Usually, baby ponies came with one large accessory and a few small ones. In recent updates, I have listed as many of these smaller accessories that I know to have come with certain baby ponies, based on my personal collection, pictures of MIB ponies, and information from other collectors.|
|Q.||Why do earlier G3 ponies (2003-2006) have a magnetic hoof?|
|A.||Believe it or not, Hasbro did not place a magnet in each pony's hoof so little girls could stick them on refrigerators, file cabinets, lighting fixtures, etc... The hidden magnets (with the pink MLP heat logo) enable a pony to activate various pieces (often marked with a heart) included in MLP playsets to open drawers, play music, reveal secret compartments, etc... After the Crystal Princess (2006) line, ponies were no longer made with magnets, but one front hoof still has the MLP heart logo, and the other has a hole in it (not sure why there is a hole though).|
|Q.||How many My Little Ponies are there?|
|A.||At one time, I may have been able to answer this question, but since learning about all the non-U.S. ponies, variations, and new ponies that are continuously being discovered, the actual number of unique ponies has not been determined. The number of ponies definitely passed the 1000 mark years ago.|
|Q.||Is there an official My Little Pony website?|
|A.||Yes. Hasbro's official My Little Pony site features the latest MLP news and products; it currently features the My Little Pony: "Friendship is Magic" series (G4). Also, My Little Pony also has its own official Facebook page as well as an official page on The Hub (site for Hasbro's TV channel), both of which currently feature the "Friendship is Magic" MLP series.|
|Q.||What kind of carrying cases can I get for my ponies? Does Hasbro make such a thing?|
In the early-mid 80s (Years 2-4), three different kinds of MLP carrying cases were made in the U.S., with individual spaces for each pony, styled after playsets including (for adult ponies) the Show Stable (6 stalls, *second version shown [years 2-4]), Dream Castle (2-level with 12 stalls), and Lullabye Nursery (9 horizontal spaces). For G3 ponies, no such cases yet exist, however, the vinyl cases that come with pony set including Picnic Celebration with Applejack, Butterfly Surprise with Avalonia,
Sunshower & Luau, Summer Shores & Ocean Dreamer, Beach Belle & Caribbean Delight, etc. that hold at 3 to 4 adult ponies after removing the plastic insert and backcard. There have never been any cases for transporting large quantities of ponies for the G1 line.|
*At least 3 known versions of this case were made. The first (also year 2) had a wide yellow handle, velcro closures, and all door were shut (no ponies shown), and the third (year 4) had a fancier front and decorated interior, featuring Sweet Stuff.
A carrying case for G3 Ponies was made (seen in Target in Jan. 2007; sorry no photo). The outside of the case is durable pink canvas with a zipper closure, and a picture of Rainbow Dash on the front. It is oval-shaped with two levels and spaces for eight adult ponies (although the corner spaces look like they would only be able to fit a baby pony).
|Q.||What's the best way to display my ponies? How do you display your collection? What about long-term storage?|
Most of my ponies are displayed, in their own room, on narrow, inverted wire (plastic-coated) shelves. Found in any hardware/home improvement stores (i.e. Sears Hardware), their 4½ inch width fit the largest G1 adult ponies (Big Brother, Secret Surprise, Precious Pocket, Rollerskates, etc.), and 16 inch length holds 6 (large adults) to 8 (baby, Flutter) ponies, or 7 regular sized ponies. Hung backward on the wall, ponies are free to to picked up and put back easily. They come in 2 to 4 (or larger??) shelf sizes. This kind of display requires dusting, however, the ideal method to store ponies would be in glass display cases (I have no idea how to acquire those!) Also, 3-tier wire shelves called 'kitchen helpers' are good for displaying multiple levels of ponies on existing shelves. They fit baby ponies best (6 on each level), but will hold 4 adult (average size ponies) on each level. Any of those coated wire racks are especially good for G3 ponies, since they stick with their magnetic hooves, and are less likely to fall off.|
If you are storing your ponies away for a long time, or if you're moving, etc., pack your ponies in plastic (i.e. Rubbermaid) storage bins with air tight covers. Solid (non-transparent) cases are recommended to prevent discoloration, or store in a dark area. Pack your ponies loosely enough so they are not pressed too closely together. Store pony wear and other small accessories in clear zipper bags (to keep moisture out and so you can easily see what you have) in these cases also.
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