The United Kingdom:
A Summary of My Little Pony Myths
My Little Pony in the United Kingdom has always been wracked with rumour and myth when it comes to online. Since 1998, UK collectors like myself have been doing our level best to put forward the truth - but yet still the myths prevail. Over the years I have seen more than one collector spend out large amounts of money for something they perceive is a variant - when in fact the pony is only sundamaged. And even now noone seems certain of what is and isn't the truth.
This page is just a summary. To find out all the details and photographs of the pony/ies in question, please click on the links provided.
1. "Art Time".
This myth appears to have surfaced as a result of poor communication. There was a time when a lot of silly fake names were being used for UK release ponies, largely based on translation from other languages. In this case, however, the name seems to have been entirely invented by someone or something over time. The pony's name is correctly PAINTINGTIME - and there is no "Art Time" anywhere in the pony world. Those who claim her name is Artzeit in German are also mistaken - her name there was Klecksi!.
2. Pony Friends and Dolls.
This is one of the silliest rumours that exist. Some collectors still claim dolls were sold with the Pony Friends in the UK. Since Pony Friends were not sold in the UK, that's pretty much impossible! The picture which gave rise to all these rumours was from a US catalogue.
3. Blue-Heart Dazzleglow
This pony does actually exist - what's not true is the fact she was a UK exclusive. The UK had one version of Dazzleglow - pink hearted. The North American line had both blue and pink hearted - so in fact she is a North American exclusive!
4. First Tooth Baby Sundance
As with the above Pony Friends, Baby Sundance with a first tooth was only a prototype. She appeared in some North American marketing literature - but has nothing to do with the UK and was never actually sold in stores anywhere.
5. White Haired Posey
This is one of the most unpleasant rumours because it still persists and a lot of people have lost money on Ebay because of it. There was never a whitehaired version of Posey sold - in the UK or anywhere. Posey's hair fades extremely easily - even through the plastic - and all faded Poseys are sundamaged. This rule also applies to most every pony with that pale colour pink hair.
6. "Non So Soft" Paradise
I can largely understand this rumour, because a normal version of Paradise was extensively promoted through UK literature around 1987. However, for their own reasons, Hasbro did not release her. Therefore, any Hong-Kong made Paradise on E-bay without flocking is a deflock and not an original pony.