Year 8 marked a downturn in popularity for My Little Pony in the US, probably because the original group of kids who grew up with those adorable little horses were now in high school and other toy lines had sprung up to captivate their little brothers and sisters. Year 8 was nowhere near as large all pony groups issued this year had shrunk from 6 to 4 ponies each. Year 8 also made some interesting leaps with gimmicks long in use but not previoulsy used in Ponyland with the introduction of the poseable Sweetsteps Ballerina Ponies and baby Drink ‘n Wet Ponies.
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BABY SPARKLE PONIES
Baby Sparkle ponies didn’t correspond to the Sparkle Pony set of year 7 but rather took after the names of year 2 and 3 ponies. Their bodies were comprised of the same glittered plastic as the Sparkle Ponies but did not have tinsel in their manes and tails. In Europe, the Baby Sparkle Ponies were released as Baby Starlight Ponies with major changes to colouring and names. These ponies did not have the glittery bodies but did have tinsel in their manes and tails.
Baby pony that’s glittery all over! (*from packaging)
BABY SPARKLE GUSTY: One night, the Baby Sparkle Ponies looked out the nursery window and were surprised to see that Mr. Moon and the stars were not shining. Quickly, the baby ponies flew into the sky to brighten their nighttime friends. Baby Starflower and Baby Gusty polished the stars with soft flower petals, while Baby North Star and Baby Firefly rubbed glistening rainbow dew on Mr. Moon. Soon the stars were twinkling and Mr. Moon was glowing brightly. As the sleepy ponies rested on a cloud, the stars covered them with stardust to make them sparkle, then Mr. Moon wrapped the ponies in a moonbeam and gently carried them to bed. And that is the story of how the Baby Sparkle Ponies got their sparkles! (*from backcard)
RAINBOW CURL PONIES
Rainbow Curl ponies were printed in such a way that their symbols extended up across their backs and in the case of Ringlet, along her wings as well. Rather than being a repeating symbol such as on the Twice as Fancy Ponies, Rainbow Curl symbols extended like a full scene. Their ultra-curly hair also set them apart from previous pony sets and their pastel-colouring differentiated them from earlier Rainbow Ponies.
Colorful pony with rainbow curls! (*from packaging)
RINGLET: How the Rainbow Curl Ponies got their Stripes : In Ponyland, rain poured from the sky for many days. When the clouds drifted away, the Rainbow Curl Ponies skipped outside to splash in the puddles. As Stripes, Ringlet, Streaky and Raincurl danced in the wet grass, they noticed the rain had washed all the colors from the rainbow. Gathering their paints, the ponies climbed up the pale arch and began to paint the stripes with bright, new colors. When they finished, the rainbow gleamed in the sky. To thank them for their colorful help, the rainbow sprinkled each pony with magical rainbow crystals. When the crystals touched them, pretty rainbows appeared on the ponies. And that is how the Rainbow Curl Ponies got their stripes! (*from backcard)
Ringlet had international releases.
DRINK ‘N WET BABY PONIES
Like many dolls in the 80s, the Drink ‘n Wet babies were hollow inside and came with a large bottle to fill with water and give so they could “pee” their magic panties that revealed a printed pattern when wet. Each baby also came with her own changing table.
When she wets her diaper, hearts magically appear! (*from packaging)
BABY RAINFEATHER: How the Drink ‘N Wet Baby Ponies Got Their Magical Diapers: Wearing their new diapers, the Drink n’ Wet Baby Ponies scampered outside to toss a bouncy ball. They threw the ball higher and higher into the sky, until it bumped into one of the rainbow’s stripes. Magical crystals fell from the stripe and onto the baby ponies. The little ponies quickly splashed into their wading pool to wash off the sticky crystals. As they splashed in the water, the rainbow crystals on their wet diapers changed into little hearts, making the diapers as pretty as can be. Now, whenever the diapers get wet, colorful hearts magically appear. And that is how the Drink n’ Wet Baby Ponies got their magical diapers. (*from backcard)
Baby Rainfeather had several international releases.
BABY SNOOKUMS: *Backcards were the same for all Drink ‘n Wet Babies.
Baby Snookums also had international releases.
BABY FLICKER: *Backcards were the same for all Drink ‘n Wet Babies.
Baby Flicker also had international releases.
BABY CUDDLES: *Backcards were the same for all Drink ‘n Wet Babies.
Baby Cuddles had international releases, most notably being several Argentinian variants of differing colours.
SWEETSTEPS BALLERINA PONIES
The ballerina ponies departed from g1 with an odd head mold that wasn’t quite an adult pony nor was it as stylized as a Sweetheart Sister. These ponies had moveable legs which were molded with their ballet shoes and the body of the pony also had a molded leotard. Rather than have a rump symbol, the ballerinas’ symbols were printed across their back on their leotards. Each came with her own tulle tutu.
With moveable legs and head for graceful ballet poses! (*from packaging)
SILKY SLIPPER: How the Sweetsteps Ballerinas Celebrate Spring : On the first day of spring, the Sweetsteps Ballerinas stage a magnificent ballet to welcome the bright sunshine and budding flowers to Ponyland. The Gazebo in the park makes a perfect stage for each ballerina to display her special talent. Silky Slipper glides so gracefully that her feet hardly seem to touch the floor. When Twinkle Dancer spins, her hair wraps around her body like a shawl. No matter how high Tip Toes jumps, she always lands on her tippy toes. And the gentle swish and slide of Posey Rose’s feet sounds like the sweetest of melodies. Listen! The birds are chirping. Spring is here…on with the show! (*from backcard)