Last week, with some of the money I’ve earned via, I made the first purchase I’ve made on eBay in years: a lot of four vintage G1 My Little Ponies. I’ve been talking about picking up some G1s and G2s for a while now to go with the G3s and G4s that make up my Pony collection, and when I won this lot for just under $10, I was quite the happy camper. There’s nothing especially valuable in these ponies – they’ve clearly been played with, but we all know that I find joy in reviving previously loved toys.

My package arrived today, and here are the ponies straight out of the box (apologies for crappy pictures; I’m currently having difficulties with my camera’s memory card, so I’m using my phone for pictures):

These are the first G1 Ponies I’ve owned in years! I had several that survived my childhood tucked away in my bedroom when I lived in Texas, but they mysteriously disappeared, and I suspect my sister stole them from my room and sold them on eBay, as she was prone to doing this with my things while I was away at college.

In this lot, I got four ponies total: two adult earth ponies, one baby earth pony, and an adult unicorn. Let’s meet them individually, shall we?

Probably my favorite in this lot is pretty miss Bow Tie!

Bow Tie was made in My Little Pony’s second year (1983-1984) and, true to her name, her cutie mark is made up of a cluster of bow ties. I’m not really sure why Bow Tie became my favorite of the lot, seeing as I have never had a particular affinity for this earth pony pose. Maybe I just like her coloring. Maybe I find her freckles charming. Maybe I just have a special love of bow ties. Whatever the reason, I’m especially enamored with this girl. As for condition, she could use a bath and her tail is a bit dry, but her cutie marks are still bright and I can’t find any major defects.

The second adult earth pony in my lot is Sundance, in the same pose as Bow Tie, who was made in the third year of My Little Ponies (1984-1985).

Sundance is actually a bit of a special pony as far as production went, because she was always sold with a Megan doll (Megan and her little sister Molly were some of the only human characters featured in the original MLP Movie and the 1986 television series). Although they weren’t often featured together in the movie or television series, the were sold together after they appeared in the 1985’s “Escape from Catrina” television special, during which Megan helps Sundance see that she is special even though she is clumsy. Aww, warm fuzzies. =3 My lot didn’t come with a Megan doll, but I plan to acquire her at a later date so the two can be reunited. Sundance could also use a good bath and has some random blue marks on her non-display side (I haven’t determined yet whether they will come off or not), but her worst problem is her dry hair. At least some little girl braided it so it hasn’t turned into a mess of dry dreadlocks yet, although I’ll be taking the braids out.

The baby earth pony that came with my lot is called Baby Tiddley-Winks.

She was also released in Year Three and was sold as a part of the Lullabye Nursery set. My Little Wiki has provided the story that was written on her backcard (the cardboard backing she was originally packaged on):

Every morning at one minute before sunrise, the clouds magically separate to greet the ponies arriving at the Lullabye Nursery. Inside this enchanting house, delightful surprises await them.

Tiddley-Winks, the Baby Pony, lives in the Lullabye Nursery and prepares an afternoon tea party for all the ponies. After tea and crumpets, they play their favorite games.

One day while riding the lullabye swing high into the air, Tiddley-Winks wished she could swing high enough to touch the rainbow. “Hop on me, Tiddley-Winks, and I’ll carry you to the rainbow,” called a big, white, fluffy cloud as it floated down to the swing. Tiddley-Winks jumped on the cloud and rode it like a magic carpet all around ponyland.

“Look! There’s the rainbow,” she said with a spark of excitement. As she spoke, the rainbow dipped down and tied a pretty lace bib around her neck.

That night, when the ponies gathered to tell bedtime stories in the nursery, Tiddley-Winks told everyone of her adventure with the rainbow.

Doesn’t that story just bleed with the charm and naivety of the 1980s?

My Baby Tiddley-Winks needs a washing, has a bit of tail rust, and has a couple of light scratches/smudges on her cutie marks. But isn’t she adorable anyway?

And lastly, the adult unicorn I now own is named Moondancer.

Moondancer was a Year Two unicorn released in 1983. Of the lot, my Moondancer is arguably in the worst condition, namely because her cutie mark (a glittery silver moon surrounded by stars) has quite a bit of rubbing, and her original white plastic has yellowed over time. She also has a dry tail. She’s sure to present a challenge if I want to try and restore her original white coloring.

For under ten bucks (including shipping), I’m pretty pleased with the lot, even in their played-with condition. Considering that they are older than I am, I’d say they’re holding up pretty good! I’m thrilled to finally have G1s in my collection and I look forward to adding more, although it will definitely be tough to have both the vintage and new ponies vying for my “fun money!” I pretty much plan to buy exclusively in lots simply to save on shipping, so I’m sure each package of ponies I receive will be a treat! I am still hoping to acquire some G2s soon, as these were the ponies from my generation (although I only had one or two growing up), and they are the only generation (other than the 3.5s, which I don’t plan on collecting) that I don’t have represented in my collection yet.

I’ll post again after I’ve had a chance to clean up and get to know these cuties so you can see their transformations!