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Princess Sparkle, The O. C.’s only My Little Pony special guest star

While there have been jokes about My Little Pony on a variety of shows, there’s been no MLP cameo more prominent than Princess Sparkle‘s turn on the television show The O. C.

Featured in three episodes over seasons 1 and 2, Princess Sparkle was not just seen in the background but was a plot point in her appearances. (The O. C. Wiki can give you a better overview of the episodes she starred in if you care deeply about how she related to the plot.)

But what did this high profile TV cameo do to the collectability of this member of G1 royalty? Princess Ponies were already pretty collectible to begin with and Princess Sparkle’s suddenly stardom rocketed her value up higher than it had ever been before as fans of the television show started competing with collectors for this vintage pony star. At one point she was selling for over $100 dollars!

As The O. C. has been off the air for several years now, Princess Sparkle’s value has gone down from the wild highs it once reached in the 2000’s but she is still one of the higher value Princess Ponies thanks to her brief stint with TV stardom. But now that the market has cooled, you can usually snag one at a more normal price if you’re willing to wait for it.

Where you lucky enough to snag your Princess Sparkle before the great inflation? What’s your favorite MLP television cameo? Do you totally still ship her with Captain Oats?

Cabbage Patch Ponies aren’t part of My Little Pony even though they’re made by Hasbro

If there was an award for Most Commonly Mistaken for My Little Pony, the Cabbage Patch Kids Ponies would win it, hooves down. You can’t blame people for getting confused! After all, they ARE ponies (albeit, larger ponies then a standard My Little Pony) and the ARE branded as being made by Hasbro.

CPK Ponies aren’t fakies either, though many collectors group them that way for simplicity’s sake. While fakies are knock-off MLP toys, CPK ponies are their own entirely separate toy line. CPK ponies came in small, MLP-like, sizes and also a larger size big enough for a Cabbage Patch Kid doll to ride.

While finding a CPK pony when you’re looking for a My Little Pony can be disappointing, there are actually some very nice ponies in that set so you may want to consider starting to collect them as well. They have a chubbier look but there is definitely something cute about them.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Toy Origins: Pinkie Pie

The Original 2003 Pinkie Pie
[photo credit MyLittleWiki

I’ve been wanting to do a series like this for a long time so a big thanks to trviamaven for teeing me up with last week’s trivia question. Now if only we can sneak them all in as trivia columns, I might actually get to do the whole series. 😉

Pinkie Pie debuted first debuted in 2003 as part of the Glitter Celebration Set. She was actually in both the first and second set of Glitter Celebration ponies in two different poses, an early example of the overexposure that would eventually make her infamous with collectors.

See, Hasbro has long insisted that pink ponies sell better than ponies of any other color and Pinkie Pie soon became one of the most hated characters ever as the market was flooded with version after version of this same pony in a variety of poses and styles. Even many of the collector exclusive ponies during the early years of G3 were just special versions of Pinkie Pie. The situation only got worse when she was named one of the Core 7.

For collectors who were used to a wide variety of ponies, colors and symbols, the glut of Pinkie Pies lead to collectors getting sick of her, begging Hasbro to turn their attention to new ponies or, at least, different ponies. But while collectors may have had mixed feelings, Hasbro embraced her fully making her the unofficial face of the new wave of ponies that began in 2003 and continues into today.

Pinkie Pie was also the very first pony made into a walkaround character.

In 2010, Pinkie Pie joined the cast of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Though there was talk of changing her into a pegasus (as they did with fellow 2003 release, Rainbow Dash) they ultimately left her as an earth pony. As the show brought her to a whole new audience of children and bronies, Pinkie Pie has enjoyed new found popularity with her new bubbly personality.

Has the new show finally redeemed this MLP black horse? Only time will tell.

But with Friendship is Magic borrowing so heavily from the first generation of MLP, I had to take a look back to see if maybe there was a proto-Pinkie Pie hidden somewhere in a past generation. Let’s see… pink hair, pink body and balloons… Might her distant ancestor be Twice as Fancy Up, Up and Away released between 1986-87? Her balloons are green and yellow instead of blue and yellow but the similarities are there.

How do you feel about Pinkie Pie? Do you still harbor some ill will or has she wormed her way into your heart?

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic McDonalds Happy Meal Toys in Brazil

So cool! See the press release about them (not in English) here.

The article says (mind you, I read it with an internet translater) they are coming soon. Fans are saying they are already there. Have you see them in your area?

Do their faces glow? What am I looking at here?

While we’re at it, check out the flash site for the toys on the Brazilian McDonalds site here. With games! I took a screenshot for posterity below. Click it to see full size.

Edited to add: See them in action here!

Thanks to Equestria Daily for the video link!