1987: Princess Ponies and Attendants
White pegasus pony with white mane and tail (silver tinsel), silver jewelled teardrop medallion symbol
Princess Pearl has always been my favourite Princess Pony. She was the soft, sweet, sensitive one who was beloved of the Baby Ponies because when she cried happy tears, they turned into wishing pearls. She was also an artist, who loved to paint and sketch at the water's edge. Her gentle nature and pale complexion was complimented by the brusque, impetuous dragon Fiery, who adored his delicate princess and would do anything to protect her. To me they were the best thought out pair of the group - even now Princess Pearl is, to me, one of the more memorable of the comic characters.
FIERY the DRAGON
FRIENDLY the BUSHWOOLIE
(N. American release attendant)
In North America, Princess Pearl was called Princess Tiffany (which is apt, if not overly royal, as Tiffany means "white".) . She was sold with Friendly, the blue bushwoolie. In the episode, the Quest of the Princess Ponies, it was she who first ventured out across the crystal desert to find help and who met Paradise in mid-flight. Even in this spoiled, petulant persona, she was still a leading character - but I can't help but think that she was much nicer in her comic incarnation.
Her accessories in the UK and the US varied from issue to issue, like the attendants. Pearl is pictured above with her correct hat for the UK - blue with silver hearts and teardrops, and pink gilt-edged ribbons.