My Collection Year 5
Baby Fifi had symbols which were visible but had faded pretty evenly. It wasn't too difficult to repaint them because I was able to paint right over the old symbols.
These guys just needed to be cleaned and have their hair curled.
Salty and Quarterback's hair relaxed a lot before I took this photo. I guess that's a good thing because my husband said that they looked like they were members of an 80's hair band when I got them finished.
CloudPuff needed a symbol re-paint. She got stuck in a tricycle when we were kids and has a v shape cut out of her forehead. It doesn't show up if you shove the loose vinyl down and cover it with her forelock.
I think it's safe to say I've finally got my curling technique down. Cloud Puff and Tropical Breeze are also childhood ponies. I clearly remember my parents trying desperately to glue their wings back on after they broke 20 seconds out of the box. They are sisters and Tropical Breeze's name was Ostrich.
This set were also given new wings using the method at Little Pony Heaven.
These guys just needed to be cleaned and styled. What I overlooked before giving them an OxiClean bath was Kingly's nice original factory curl. the OxiClean completely destroyed it. It's too short to put on curlers, so I tried heating up a bobby pin with a lighter and using it like a tiny curling iron. That' didn't work at all. Here they are, Kingsly's 80's "do" and all.
He also has a white mark under his eye that's a factory flaw. There must be something about these guys' paint, it didn't come off even with acetone.
I was so excited to finally get to this set. They're sooo cute! I've got lots of cute little hair ties that are just perfect for little baby ponies.
Jangles had the bit of vinyl that was supposed to pop out when her tail was put in still attached to her bum. I didn't know what to do except pull it off and throw it away, but it seemed like a shame to throw away 30 year old pony vinyl.
They do exist! Ponies that I think look better with pink hair!
I used a very small amount of Petal Pink powder Rit dye in a glass bowl filled with hot water. I just dunked their hair repeatedly until it was the shade I wanted it. I dunked Doodles entire body in because I figured it wouldn't hurt her to brighten up a bit.
I really like her with the re-pinked hair. It makes her match her brother so much better. Doodles and Noodles were my first set of twins I got as a kid. Their mom is Dancing Butterflies and the blue one is a boy.
It's probably time to admit that I HATE curling pony hair. I'll actually put off cleaning ponies so that I don't have to do it. It's so repetitive and time consuming. Ugh. I do however absolutely love styling their hair and putting cute little clips in it! I've figured out that I can get different styles of curls from how I put the hair on the curler. If I put it on spiraled, I get a spiral curl, if I put it on smoothly, I get a smooth curl.
Princess Tiffany had almost no silver left on her symbols. I used silver craft paint to re-paint them. It wasn't an exact match, I'm not sure how to explain it but a lighter silver would have matched better. It's a big improvement and doesn't look bad though. I think some sort of metallic colored paint might fix the smaller jewels which have yellowed. I'll pick some up next time I'm at the craft store and will try it.
Some of the bushwoolies needed paint touch ups. The paint colors weren't hard to mix, but Friendly's purple looked darker once it was dry. You can see in the photo on the right that the paint I used dried matte. The booshwoolies bodies are matte, their painted parts are shiny. Painting over the touch-ups with a gloss glaze made them match exactly. It also helped the purple blend better.
I love love love this set! It's such cute idea and the best accessories! I simply cannot say enough about how detailed and well thought out they are. I mean, a MLP version of twister? With the mat, and spinner, and everything! How much better does it get? It simply doesn't!
I managed to get this set complete and partially MIP. If anyone has the backcard for sale, please let me know! I love the art from these guys.
Pink Dreams had nice original factory curl that I wanted to preserve. It was nice and clean so all I did was dampen it with a spray bottle and wrap it around a straw and let it dry to help tame it a bit.
I'll go ahead and show step-by-step how I make their replacement wings, but again I didn't come up with this. The information comes from Little Pony Heaven. I'm not taking credit for her idea or tutorial, I just want to be thorough in recording what I've done with my own collection.
The supplies to do this are pretty easy to find. A two liter plastic pop bottle, scissors, tape, paper, pencil, and things to decorate your wings like paint, nail polish, stickers, jewels, whatever you like really.
Cut off the curved top of the pop bottle, and cut this piece into two sections. Draw the shape you'd like your wings to be on a piece of paper. I try to match mine to my ponies personalities. I though Pink Dreams would probably have whimsical, cloud shaped wings.
Cut out your first wing and use it as a template for the second. I always mark mine so I can tell which side is which. I test the size of the wings and their tabs before actually cutting them out of the plastic. It's easier to adjust the paper than the plastic. Tape the wing templates on the plastic on opposite sides, this way they'll be symmetrical on the pony.
Cut out the wings and remove the tape and paper. Test them on the pony because once they're decorated they'll be harder to adjust. It's better to cut the wing tabs a bit big then trim them down. If you cut them too small then you have to start over.
I decorated my Pink Dream's wings by painting them with pearlizing medium and dropping glitter onto the wet paint. Once the paint was dry, I added sparkly heart shaped stickers.
This is their display along with the Rock-A-Bye Bed and Sweet Dreams Crib. Yup, displaying the ponies in fancy scenes didn't work at all!
Twilight was the only one from this set that needed more than a surface cleaning and a hair wash/style. She really needed a lot . . . yeah . . . ick! I had no great option other than to de-flock her. That's all my supplies laid out like we're ready for surgery.
I don't think this is standard for most collectors, but I boiled my de-flocks in OxiClean repeatedly throughout the process. I thought it helped to soften the flocking quite a bit and helped remove the bits that had come off so they weren't in the way. You can see how just the tongs took some of the flocking off, it was that soft after being boiled. Then I scrubbed off as much of it as I could with a course toothbrush.
Then it was just regular old rubbing the glue and flocking off her body with acetone and cotton balls. LOTS of cotton balls. Hasbro must have flocked the ponies first, then put their hair in, as there is even flocking between their hair plugs. Old flocking is disgusting. Look at what it left in my sink!
Then go over the symbols and around the eyes with Jasco and cotton balls. I could only find Jasco at Lowe's. The folks at Home Depot didn't seem to know what I was talking about. I think the glue over the symbols protects them somewhat which is why this works. What I don't believe the availalble de-flocking tutorials mention is that if you hit the eyes with it it will smudge them. I messed up her eye by accidentally hitting it. I messed up her symbol by getting acetone on it when I was trying to de-flock the area under her wing. I was pretty picky about this and went over her body repeatedly to get as much flocking off as possible. I also took her head off to get it off from around her neck seam. She needed her eye and symbol touched up ad her hair re-pinked.
I re-pinked her hair first and then curled it. Since I've struggled so much with boil-perms, I've been setting the curls with heat from a hair dryer. This seems to work pretty well. It also makes it possible for me to sit in the living room with the hubby and watch tv or whatever which is way more fun than being a recluse in the kitchen. It really made curling more fun for me. Unfortunately, the big brown stain on her wing had soaked into her vinyl and didn't come off during the de-flocking process. It looks like the type of stain a hydrogen peroxide sun soak would fix, but that would probably re-fade her hair and I don't know how that might affect re-painted eyes and symbols. Regular sun-fading with those areas covered is probably be a better option. If I try it this summer I'll post what I find out.
Her eyes and symbol were painted with acrylic craft paint and sealed with a gloss glaze. That's the most extensive eye repair I've done and I think it turned out great. It looks even better in real life.
My Sweet Dreams I've had since I was a kid. I don't really get the idea behind them, what exactly about them is soft? I do enjoy all the "godzilla baby invades ponyland" jokes they make possible! She was mostly just dirty and scuffed up. There's a scribbled "A" on the bottom of each of her feet. My sister got the same one and I was trying to identify this one as mine. I was just learning to write and I had to try over and over to get the "A" just right!
The dark spots in her mouth are bits of dried up play-dough that have probably been there for more than 20 years. My sister and I used to make play-dough food and feed it to her. I got most of it out with a toothbrush, but there's still some in there. Her passifyer is all smooshed because we used to suck on it. I have no idea how you might fix that. I reinforced the handle on her brush with super glue.
Magic Eraser cleaned her up really well.
I dipped the diaper and bonnet in hot OxiClean. That whitened them up quite a bit. It also relaxed the kinks in their ribbons.
Not a lot to do with these girls except to wash them and style their hair. Mimic has marks on her that I think are mold. I tried scraping at it like I would smooze, but that didn't seem to have any effect on it. Quackers hair looked like it was going to be frizzy, but curling it completely took care of that. Locket's hair was a lot of fun to style!
Not too much to do to these girls except for some smooze removal. Dancing Butterflies and Up Up & Away are originals. I didn't want to re-pink Up Up & Away's hair, that would just be too much pink, but I didn't want to leave it white either. I decided to go with blue to match her eyes. It turned out kind of silvery, which matches the personality I imagine for her. If I were to do it again I think I would go with yellow, that would look really good with her balloons.
These girls did not get an OxiClean bath because of their symbols and the tinsel in their hair. They were washed and shampooed the same way I do all my ponies.
I ran a flat iron set on low quickly through their damp hair to straighten their tinsel. It worked ok. I've tried pulling on the tinsel with my fingers or tweezers as well. This worked but it was too time consuming and too easy to pull the tinsel out.