|Q.||How can I identify a Little Pony?|
|A.||Every pony released in the United States as well as several non-U.S. ponies (from the 1980s nd early 1990s [G1]) is on this site, so it's likely that the pony you're looking for is here somewhere. Most of these ponies can be identified using the Pony Identification Search where you will learn the names of your ponies and other information about them. Just answer simple questions about each pony you need identified, and you will soon be taken to the section where you can find your answers.|
If you've searched and still can't find your pony on Dream Valley, due to the numerous variations, foreign ponies (G1, G2), and newer ponies (G3, G4), please see this page for links to other MLP sites.
|Q.||How can I tell a real My Little Pony from a fake?|
Since the beginning of My Little Pony, and even still today, there have been several types of ponies and horses who have tried to copy them (with similar colors and pictures on their bodies). Some have even been made in the same molds as real Little Ponies. However, My Little Pony was only made by Hasbro whereas fakes have been made by several other companies including Remco (unicorn shown; thanks to Anne) and Buddy-L. The pony with the yellow saddle and bridle (thanks to Betty Wilfong) has a jewel on her forehead that lights up and some are said to also make galloping sounds. In most cases, if it doesn't say "Hasbro" on your pony's hoof (or in special cases, elsewhere on her body), it's not My Little Pony.|
There was also line of ponies sold in stores like Wal-Mart in the early 1990s; a result of Hasbro selling molds (mainly Up, Up, and Away's) to an unknown company. These ponies have three red hearts as a symbol, blue eyes, blue eye shadow, and their body & hair colors have been seen in all pink and all yellow. Their hooves are only marked with "Made in China". Other molds may have also been sold, including those of baby ponies.
|Q.||How can I tell My Little Pony from a pony related to another character line?|
There are several other popular characters, past and present, that include ponies in their toy lines that are technically not consider 'fake' My Little Ponies. Some are shown below, emphasizing the individual (copyright) markings and unique characteristics (notably different from MLP): |
Often the ponies mistaken most for MLP was another line of ponies that was made by Hasbro that were actually part of the Cabbage Patch Kids collection. They are slightly larger than MLP, and some do have symbols on their sides, and can be ponies, unicorns, or pegasi. Other characteristics of these ponies are glittery bodies, yarn hair, sparkly hair, large noses, and round expressive eyes (see photo, thanks to KibbitzQueen). To differentiate between CPK ponies and My Little Pony, look for this mark on her stomach: 1992 OAA INC MFC BY HASBRO INC US PAT PEND MADE IN CHINA. This will tell you that it's a CPK Magic Meadow Pony. Note that there were also fakes of these ponies made.
Also shown is one of several ponies from Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer collection (name of pony shown [right; thanks Denise] is unknown but is from Dora's Pony Trailer playset). These ponies are easily recognizable by this marking: "Mattel 2006 Viacom 2006" (year may vary; Viacom is the parent company of Nickelodeon; Mattel is the parent company of Fisher Price, who produces the Dora & Diego toy lines). Also note the half-circle shaped eyes, similar to the human characters. Ironically, there have been ponies with familiar MLP names belonging to Dora (Lickety-Split) and Diego (Starshine [later renamed Comet, shown]).
If anyone knows any other ponies related to other characters, please e-mail me! Thanks!
|Q.||My little girl collects ponies, but can't always remember their names. Can you help?|
While some ponies like Applejack and Pinkie Pie have become historic and/or well-known characters, it may be difficult to keep track of all the names of the hundreds of ponies though the decades, particularly for young children who are just starting to collect ponies as well as parents who may be new to MLP. If your child collects new ponies, the best advice I can offer is to KEEP YOUR PONIES' BOXES AND INSERTS! Each pony's name and picture is printed on every package (there are always a few exceptions), and many are featured in the booklets that come in each MLP package, and can be referred to over and over again.|
A fun and easy craft that can be done with any kind of pony that will help with your child's pony names are tags that feature the pony's symbol, name, and type (if applicable). I used a heart template with a photo of the pony's symbol on one side and her name and type on the other (computer text was easier to read than handwritten), color-coded each pony's colors. Use heavy photo quality paper to print (doing several at a time saves paper) and glue the two sides together. Hang it around the pony's neck so it can easily be removed (taking into account horns for unicorns when measuring length). Even when removed, it can be matched up to the correct pony by matching her symbol.
|Q.||My pony's tail is an entirely different color than her mane. Do I have a variation?|
|A.||You may or you may not. One way to tell that the pony is almost definitely not a variation is by gently tugging on her tail. If it easily pulls out, it's likely that the tail has been replaced with that of another pony. Pony tails are held in with a metal washer that should be at the base of the tail inside her body (if her tail has not previously been removed...you can see it in transparent ponies) and the tail should not pull out with normal play. If the washer is not in place, your pony will probably rattle inside when you shake her...either that or the washer was taken out, which usually means the pony's head has been removed as well.|
|Q.||I have a bird with a very long tail and a symbol on its chest. Is this a Pony Friend?|
No. This bird is a Fairy Tail. Fairy Tails are birds that were made by Hasbro in the late 1980s. Many had symbols on their chests that match their names. They had long combable, multicolored tails. Their talons clasp onto your finger or onto a perch that they each came with (thanks to Pat Cooke for the picture of Twilight Tails; perch shown in not original). They are NOT related to My Little Pony. However, when the Tropical Tails line came out in 1987, Hasbro borrowed four of the birds' named to use for the 1990-1991 Tropical Ponies, only dropping the "Tails" extension that was part of every Fairy Tails' name. Only one Tropical Pony, Tootie Tails, has the exact same name as one of the Tropical Tails birds.|
For more information on Fairy Tails, please visit this site: Fairy Tail Friends
|Q.||I have a long-haired dog/cat that is marked Hasbro and looks like MLP. What is it?|
If your dog or cat is marked © 1989 (looks like © 1983) Hasbro, and has long combable (silky or fluffy) hair, it is a Sweetie Pup or Sweetie Kitty. They came in a variety of breeds and colors (thanks to Tammy for the Sweetie Pups pictures and for the Sweetie Kitty pictures to Debra [original] and Chantel [pastel]). They are NOT related to My Little Pony. There are not to be confused with My Little Puppy or My Little Kitty, which are MLP dogs and cats who are smaller and have holes on their underside (like finger puppets). The dogs have brushable ears; the cats have brushable tails, and both are flocked. It is difficult to see any markings on them.
|Q.||I have a large, furry, pink llama marked © '87 Hasbro. Is this Cha Cha, the Pony Friend?|
|A.||No, this llama is not Cha Cha. For more info on her, click here. The pink llama is called Pony Llama Friend. Click here to learn more about her.|
|Q.||I have some strange animals all marked © Hasbro that look like Pony Friends: a white bear, a yellow winged lion, and a large pink winged dragon on wheels. Their bodies are all decorated with stars. What are they?|
None of these animals are related to My Little Pony. They are all from the Moondreamers collection (dolls with glow-in-the-dark hair from the mid-late 80s). The bear is named Ursa Major; she came with a pink-haired Star Child doll named Blinky (looks a little like Sailor Chibi Moon [Chibiusa/Rini]). There is also a smaller bear who has wings named Ursa Minor (Major's niece). The lion is named Roary the Flyin' Lion. He came with a blonde Star Child doll named Bitsy. The dragon is named Galaxia. She came with a purple-haired doll named Celeste. The stars on all these animals' bodies glow in the dark. The Moondreamers were associated with the My Little Pony TV series in 1987; their episodes sometimes followed the MLP episodes. Thanks to Chantal for the pictures below!
|Q.||I have some colorful hairclips shaped like animals with long tails. Are they My Little Pony accessories?|
No, these are not My Little Pony accessories. They are called Pixietails, are are from a Mattel line of dolls from the mid-late 80s called Lady Lovely Locks. These animals attached to the dolls' hair or clothes, and also to larger animals' hair. These clips included rabbits, chipmunks, birds, mice, sea creatures (fish is shown), etc. and had either curly or straight hair (thanks to Miranda for the picture). |
|Q.||I have a pink MLP (Mommy/Mummy-style) charm I can't find any info on. Who is she?|
Though it is made in the same style, charm (shown, thanks to Carita and Sofia for photo) is actually a Charmkins character named My Pony Pixie. Charmkins were made by Hasbro in the early 1980's, and were a line of human and animal charms and accessories. I think that this charm was made just before the first MLP charm, Powder Puff, from the first MLP fan club in 1984. Pixie hung on a pink lariat necklace (different from necklace shown), while Powder Puff was on a white ribbon choker (both had a similar lattice-style arch). Another Charmkins character hung from a choker, a human figurine named Brown-Eyed Susan.|
|Q.||I have a baby dragon; how do I know if it's MLP (i.e. Spike, UK Princess Pony dragon)?|
I have seen a few different vinyl baby dragons mistaken for the three known versions of G1 Spike and the six Princess Pony dragons. Note that, unlike ponies, NONE of these MLP dragons have ANY Hasbro markings. However, they do come in only one mold, are all approx. 2 inches tall, and have no hair (unlike most others that have been seen). Please compare your dragon figurine(s) to those on the following sections: Dream Castle (Year 2), Ponyland is in Danger! Who Will Save It?, Dream Castle (Year 7), and Princess Ponies (U.K.). Pictured here are some examples of non-MLP dragons, called Darlin' Dinos (thanks to Linda and Susan for photos) and a cute little monster named Figboot (far right; thanks to Carina for photo and CÚdric for confirmation) from the 1984 Strawberry Shortcake TV special "Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name" (thanks Tammy!). Strawberry and friends met the legendary creature while camping.|
If anyone has info or photos of any other dragons in question, please email them to me...thanks!
|Q.||How can I tell if a brush or comb belongs to a My Little Pony?|
Dream Valley provides a complete, illustrated listing of the various My Little Pony brushes and combs, from Years 1-10 (1982-1992) in the U.S. (unless otherwise noted). Note that most MLP combs are not marked "My Little Pony" (except for the Rockin' Beat Ponies' guitar brushes) or "Hasbro", just as many other doll combs are not marked with the character or company names. Some combs are marked with the character name, such as Jem (hairpicks) and Enchanted Horses (brushes), confirming them as non-MLP. Below are some examples of confirmed non-MLP combs and brushes (positively IDed unless otherwise noted; all are in proportion to one another):
Have any other non-MLP brushes/combs? Or have any confirmed info on those shown? Email me...thanks!
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