"I've cut all of the pieces out and this is how they go back together...
This part is moulded in at the neck and the hole is for the tail to go out.
Showing the shape of the hole in the head piece - the three prongs are pretty solid and you have to be able to push the pin through the hole to put the head back. It's also very well molded onto the head so you have to cut right the way around watching out for the uneven shape.
There have been various pony collectors who sell reproduction flutter wings that are nearly identical to the originals. Ask on the MLP Restoration Tips & Tricks group on Facebook to find out who is currently making them.
In these photos, courtesy of BabySnuzzle, RoseDust has her original flutter wings, and Tropical Breeze has reproductions.
RedKitsune at the MLP Arena offers a nice tutorial for making replacement flutter wings that look a lot like the originals: How to Make Flutter Wings Tutorial. (SkyLocket on DeviantArt)
Here's a great tutorial on how to make flutter wings out of plastic 2 liter bottles: Little Pony Heaven Flutter Wing Tutorial. They don't look like the ponies' original wings, but are super cute.
Hair Do Ponies
This photos, courtesy Tori Y., shows the inner workings of a Hair Do pony.
For ponies of all generations who's bodies are scented, but the scent has faded, try leaving them in a ziplock bag for an extended period of time. This will often bring the scent back. Be careful not to leave the G1 Sweetberry and Sundae Best ponies in the bag for too long, as the chemicals used to make them smell sometimes turns their hair an ugly brownish green.
Photo courtesy Wysteria_UK.
Various sellers make replacement wings for wingers. Ask on the MLP Restoration Tips & Tricks Facebook group to find out who is actively selling.
Here are photos showing the process of inserting new wings. Pry the square piece off her back. Add a dab of clue and position the wing tabs, then push the square piece back into place.
You can clean the inside of the battery compartment using Q-tips and rubbing alcohol.
Photos courtesy EmBee.
Photos courtesy WickedWonderland.
Scents & Smells
If you need to repair the lights on your Princess Sparkle:
"Most fiber optics use silica monofilaments, which are pretty similar to a really heavy nylon fishing line, that sit directly over a light source. I don't have a Princess Sparkle to test, but I would pull out the old bundle of monofilament, bundle together some very short pieces of thick fishing line and stick it in there. Good luck!"
Information courtesy cookhuman.
A Decorating Starcatcher that has turned a blotchy pink can be fixed with acetone and a lot of scrubbing. This removes the color changing layer, so the pony will remain white. Information from this thread: Found my Fixer-upper!
Photo courtesy MyLittleLofty.
Here are some photos of their construction. Baby photos via ABCWinter at the MLP Trading Post.
Adult photo courtesy KottonKandy at the MLP Arena.
Hope that helps anyone that wants to fix theirs, tho I do recommend to be prepared to fix cracks and fractures, or know how to sculpt/repair them. Its easier if they are a little warm, but sometimes that makes the plastic tear easier (not a good thing) so be careful!!!"
You can order replica surprise twins babies from bigMLPfan through PM at both the MLP Arena and the MLP Trading Post. They are great quality! She may also be able to help with fixing the mechanism on the mommy's belly. You paint them if you want them to look like the originals.
No information on how to fix these yet, but here are photos of how they look with broken mechanisms (loose wires) and intact mechanisms (tightly coiled wires). Here's a YouTube video about: How to Re-tail a Dance n Prance Pony. Photos courtesy Heftysmurf76.
Here are a couple of tutorials about how to remove the heads and reassemble Peek a Boo Babies.
ColorGlow received a more extensive restoration:
I doubt anyone knows much about cleaning these guys, but this brave soul found out that their noses pop off easily if you do need to work on one. Photos courtesy Jodi R.
Here's a Youtube tutorial showing the Re-root of a Barbie horse. The same technique should work on Dream Beauties: Tutorial 🐴 Reroot Barbie horse
Video: How to re-tail a BnG pony
To re-hair a Dream Beauty, start by cutting the hair as short as you can. Then push what's left into the slot for the mane and the hole for the tail.
Separate your replacement hair into plugs and tie them with thread. I 've found embroidery thread to be a good thickness for this.
Fill the mane slot and tail hole with glue and then push the plugs of hair in one at a time. The tail can be pushed in as one large plug.
Style once the glue is dry.
To correct discoloration on a Dream Beauty, cover the area you want to protect from fading then paint the yellowed areas with Salon 40 Creme Developer. Leave the horse in the sun and reapply the cream until you've achieved your desired results.
Dream Beauties can often be repaired using the same techinques as for plastic accessories. Photos courtesy WingsofMasquerade.
This StarDazzle was repaired with glue.
Here's a look inside this line of G4's: Articulated G4 Ponies Tutorial! by Alipes
The eyelashes on this set can be trimmed and styled to lay nicely. Photos and tutorial courtesy Melissa M.
- dip the pony's head in hot water.
- brush the lashes with a bristle brush
- trim uneven lashes as needed
- position a white pipe cleaner under the lashes
- lay the lases over the pipe cleaner and heat with a hair dryer
- brush again with the bristle brush while hot
- repeat as needed
- fold the pipe cleaner over the lases so that they are between it and roll it to curl them
- with the pipe cleaner still in place, heat them again with a hair dryer
- use tips of round nose pliers to grab a section of lashes
- grip and roll the lashes like you would hair in a curling iron
- use a hair dryer to apply heat to the lashes held in pliers for a few seconds
- repeat in sections until you achieve your desired result
Photo and information courtesy AnnoMundi.
"You remove the head and then bend out the whole thing inside her. Then you can remove the "tail ring" which makes it easier to clean the whole tail."
Happy Tails Ponies
You can touch up scratches on plushy eyes with black sharpie marker, but it often has a more coppery color than the black of the eye. Black paint may match more closely, but you'll need to use a gloss paint or seal it with a gloss glaze to leave the eye shiny like it was originally. Some collectors use model paint for this.
Hand washed Glory by Sarah L.
For tougher stains on G1 plushies, and for cleaning giant G3 plushies, use the spray version of OxiClean, and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Many collectors have also had luck cleaning plushies with spray on carpet cleaners. Be sure to test an inconspicuous area for color fastness first. Always thoroughly rinse off any chemicals you apply to your pony. Dried on crusty gunk can be scrubbed at with a magic eraser.
Model paint and Bic Vivid markers can work well for touching up scuffed eyes. Seal with a gloss glaze.