Around five hundred different My Little Ponies were available in US stores between 1982 and 1992. They came in all kinds: there were pegasus and unicorn ponies, ponies with insect-like wings, ponies with mermaid tails or seahorse fins, and pony "friends" including a giraffe, a kangaroo, a moose, and even a dinosaur. Ponies came in many poses, in many colors, and with many different features such as glittery bodies, jeweled eyes, scented plastic, color-changing hair, retractable tails, and disappearing symbols. There were boy ponies and girl ponies, and ponies ranging in size from Teeny Tiny infants to the bulky Secret Surprise ponies. It was an impressive collection, to say the least.
Almost every pony came with a brush, comb, or hairpick and a ribbon, and many ponies came with other accessories as well, especially during the first few years of production. Most of the ponies sold in US stores were also available in Europe or other countries, and a few were also sold through mail-order offers, often with different accessories.
Though they were sold individually, each one was part of a set of ponies who shared similar colors, features, or symbols. Early sets usually consisted of six ponies, but in later years sets of four ponies or fewer began to appear. Following the example of Dream Valley, pony sets are divided here into Hasbro Years rather than calendar years, since this was the way Hasbro developed and released new collections of pony sets.
This is a complete list of the pony sets that were available in the US. Click the links below for pictures, names, colors, symbols, mint-in-package photos, and information on accessories and variations.
Year 1 (1982-1983)
Year 1 was the first real year of My Little Ponies, although the My Pretty Pony had been released the year before. First Year ponies are very simple, and were all printed in the same pose (the Flatfoot Pose) and sold with only one accessory, a comb.
Several new types of ponies came out in Year 4. All of the adult ponies printed in Year 4 were either So Soft or Twinkle-Eyed, all of the babies were Beddy-Bye-Eye, and all of the Sea Ponies were pearlized. Flutter Ponies were introduced, and the second Megan and Sundance set was released. Ponies continued to come with brushes or combs, ribbons, and stickers.
Year 4 poses: Gingerbread, Truly, Buttons, Lofty, Paradise, BBE Earth, BBE Unicorn, BBE Pegasus, Rosedust, Honeysuckle, Water Lily
Eight new ponyposes were carved for Year 6, and thirteen of the older poses were also re-carved to allow for raised symbols or movable heads. Four more Pony Friend poses were made as well. Scented ponies were introduced, Summer Wings replaced Flutter Ponies, and the last set of Sea Ponies was released. Ponies came with ribbons and brushes, combs, or picks.
Year 6 poses: two Baby Brother poses (Ribbs and Whirly Twirl), three new Newborn poses (Tappy, Yoyo, Peeks), the three Summer Wing poses, and four new Pony Friend poses. Other poses were altered for the Princess, Sundae Best, and Peek-a-Boo Baby sets.
Year 7 was the last big year for My Little Ponies. Many new kinds of ponies were introduced, only to be abandoned the next year, and several poses made their final US appearances. The last Megan and Sundance set was released. Several new pony poses were carved, including the three Sweet Sister poses poses and the last four pony friend poses. Two older poses, the Baby Bouncy Pose and the Powder Pose, were altered for this year, as were all of the poses used in the Merry-Go-Round set.
Year 7 poses: the three Sweetheart Sister poses, the Countdown pose and Playtime Baby Brother head, and the last four Pony Friends poses. The original Baby Boy pose, which had been available through mail-order previously, was available in stores only in Year 7. Various poses were also altered for the Merry-Go-Round, Dance n' Prance, and Baby Fancy Pants sets.
Year 8 saw six new poses: four Drink n' Wet babies (Flicker, DW Cuddles, Rainfeather, Snookums), a ballerina pose and head, and the Bride pose. The rest of the Eighth Year ponies were fairly simple compared to ponies from the past two years, and each set included only four ponies rather than the six or eight that had been available for earlier sets. Only some of the Year 8 ponies came with ribbons; some ponies were sold with only one accessory.
Additionally, two new kinds of My Little Pony toys were introduced in Year 8: the large Dream Beauties and the tiny Petite Ponies. Dream Beauties were made only during this year.
Six new poses were made for Year 9, three of which were larger than any previous poses, and two of which were smaller than any previous poses. While a few of these ponies came with other accessories, most came with only a brush, comb, or pick. No ponies were sold with ribbons in Year 9.
Year 9 Poses: Bubblefish, Bunnyhop, the Secret Surprise pose, the Baby Ballerina pose, and the two Teeny Tiny poses.
Several new sets of Petite Ponies and playsets were released in Year 9, which was the last year of Petite Ponies.
Year 10 was the last year for My Little Ponies in the United States, and only one new pose, the Fancy Mermaid Pony pose, was carved for this year. Year 10 sets included only two or three ponies (or, in the Teeny Tinies' case, three sets of twins). No Tenth Year ponies came with ribbons, and most came with only a brush, comb, or pick.