"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.
You can order reproduction flutter wings that are almost indistinguishable from the originals from a lady in Germany using the name a8aglia and touch-of-an-expert on Ebay. They are called primavera repro wings, but are commonly referred to as "Nora's repro wings" by collectors. Unfortunately, they are not always available, but rumor has it that sometimes she will sell them to you directly if you contact her through her feedback page.
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. Shadowonthemoon on Etsy also sells pretty butterfly style replacement wings.
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."
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.
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.
Here's a tutorial on how to make replacement summer and windy wings: Winger Tutorial
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.
Tutorial and photos courtesy WingsofMasquerade.
Small, thin, flat-head screw driver
Small pliers (needle-nose will do) with blunt end
New hair (Stardazzle's color is Dollyhair Heartthrob)
Zip tie of specific size
Her legs were repaired with some E3000 Industrial glue. Since she's clear, you can't hardly
tell now. Since DB won't shatter, there's never missing pieces/the breaks are clean. This
means its easy to use a really strong glue to get them back together. Why does it look so
good? It is only thanks to the stuff she's made of. Glittery things do not show texture/scuffs/cracks or breaks easily, if at all. The breaks, if you feel them with your finger are still quite obvious. But because she is glittery, she hides them with her own visual texture. It's not a fix that would look nearly as good on a solid color beauty.
Her hair was dirty, so I washed & combed it but, her hair had dry-rotted and it all fell out when wetted. But then, her hair was nothing but a whisp of dry brittle mess anyway.
To re-hair: first, use scissors to cut off ALL of her hair as close to the scalp as you can get. Then, using a small thin screw-driver (or something) start stabbing at the remaining hair in the tail hole. Your goal is to poke it INSIDE of her. It is held in because it is looped around a cross-bar (ALL DB's have this, you can see it in the clear ones) and has a washer on it. The washer is LARGE. The hair clump will fall apart into short hairs inside of her. This will release the washer. She will rattle for the rest of her days, unless you break her in half to remove it. NOT reccommended!
Now you see the cross bar is empty of hair. Look CAREFULLY at the size of the hole. Choose a clump of hair (and measure it to length) that when folded in half will have the same DIAMETER as the hole. If you get it wrong her tail will come out really thin, or be too thick to put in b/c she is hard plastic. Fold this hair in half, and place a single zip-tie at the center and tighten it as hard as you can. Clip off the end, and leave a little stem. You need a specific size one like in this photo because . . .
. . . your aim will be to use the end of the pliers and poke it inside of her. It will squeeze together/compress the hair AND the little tab you left when you tightened it as it is pressed on the tail hole opening. When it goes inside it will "Pop" in and thus be stuck! That's how you want it. That's why the hair amount must be exact. If it's too little, it won't stay in. Too big, and no amount of jabbing will get it in there. Zip tie brand? Commercial Electric 4 inch cable ties. You get get 100 of them at the Home Depot for like 4 bucks. Bargain. Now the mane: It is harder.
Her old mane is actually a strip of clear plastic with the hair sewn into it. It has holes for her neck cross-bars and when she was put together, it was held in place. You can't get rid of it, so use your small thin screw driver to CAREFULLY poke any rremaining hair down into her neck. When no more hairs can be seen above her bead (or diamond) row it is ready. Measure her neck and cut a piece of packing tape to match the length. (the kind with strings in it that is tough and very sticky works well. Lay it sticky-side up on a table, then measure the hairs you want for her mane. Cut the mane hair and place the end on the tape. Use a finger to "Spread" the hair over the tape as evenly as you can. Some strands won't stick, but don't worry they will when . . .
You use more industrial glue! LiquidNails Clear Bond will also work well. Using a popsicle stick (or some flat thing) spread the glue over the hair ends. Really try to grind the glue into the hair...it'll do most of the hair holding from now on. Goop it on all over the area of the tape. Then, put another piece of tape on top of the glue and let it dry 24 hours. It should look like the below photo when you're done.(this has created a 'new hair tab' for her...similar to her old one) Next, using your pliers again grip the strip and stuff it between her bead-rows. It should start slipping right in. Grab close to the edge and push a little bit at a time.
It may look like this See? Can't see the tape at all. But that mane is very thin looking...and what about that curved place on top? No hair's there! That's what the mini-strip is for. The 2nd strip is much harder to place, but still goes in. The bead rows will keep the hair in place again, much like the tail popped in, since the tape/glue part is 'fatter' it won't want to come out again through the little gap.
It looks much better now. You may have to tug it
a little to 'arrange it' amongst her beads/diamonds. In this photo her hair is all the way down to her feet. But, Stardazzle doesn't have straight hair. Use the bobby pin winding method for her curls. Wind each pin, wet, & let dry. Unwind the hair and separate into 2 or 3. Then, soak the hair under running water to re-gather & relax it.
Now she's good as new!
Here are some photos of their construction. I imagine the SweetSteps Ballerina Ponies are similarly put together. Photos via ABCWinter at the MLP Trading Post.
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.
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.