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.
In honor of the Wedding of the Century on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic today, I wanted to ask: When you were little, which ponies did you couple off? Which of your ponies were married to each other or coupled off?
If you got into MLP as an adult, tell us who you ship these days.
When I was little, my favorite pony couple was Moondancer (that I made male) and Glory. Their kids were Baby Moondancer (who, oddly enough, was still female and just totally Daddy’s little girl) and Baby Glory. (Pearlized Baby Glory and Moondancer were their freaky cousins from an alternate dimension. Obviously.)
I also had Special Edition Firefly married to original Firefly. Someone on Twitter told me this was weird and like marrying her to her clone which I never really thought about before. I think I renamed special edition Firefly something like Lighting so it wasn’t weird that they had the same name. That said, I have two friends in real life named Jamie (one male, one female) who are married so it’s not that weird.
My weirdest family was Wigwam who was married to Peppermint Crunch and lived in the Show Stable with their three kids: Little Racer, Frilly Flower, and Baby Wiggles. I keep meaning to commission a fan artist to draw me this because I definitely need a picture of this little family hanging in my office somewhere.
Lemon Drop moved into a Collector’s Case (which, let’s face it, are basically pony condos) with Peachy after Peachy sold the Pretty Parlor to Twilight and Sunbeam and their Teeny Tiny pony twins, Sniffles and Snookums (they waited a long time to have kids, clearly).
Tux ‘n Tails also left Satin ‘n Lace and ran off with Bow Tie. It was a huge scandal.
Anyway, that’s some of my childhood couplings. How about you?
Did anyone couple ponies from different generations?
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 FancyUp, 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?
The following guest post is a bit longer than our usual articles but it’s well worth the read. A big thank you to Rando for this great guest column! -Hillary
The 1980’s – From Muscles and Missiles to Pink Ponies
I can’t be sure how many of you remember the 80’s. Some would say I have no claim to the 80’s – but I was born in 1981. That means I was alive for most of it, but those memories of mine are of childhood. Still, this means I experienced the decade much differently than any teenager or adult and this is where the story begins.
Let’s get the gender issue out of the way. I’m a male, I have always been a male, and I have never felt otherwise. Growing up, I played with Hot Wheels, G.I. Joes and He-Man. I helped my dad hammer nails and build things. I played in the mud, broke things to find out how they worked, caught bugs, and probably touched more gross things than I ever should have. Now, none of these acts should particularly be called boy/male activity, but for all intents and purposes of this article, the general public considers them so – which means, in turn, my 80’s childhood was typically ‘boy’. Continue reading →