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Spotlight On Princess Variants From Round The World
The Discussion of G1 Hong Kong/China Variations, and G1 Foreign Counterparts
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~*~ The Princess Variant Diaries By pinkkittywinks ~*~

Before I begin I would like to thank Taffeta for her enlightenment on hoof markings and wonderful website, Shel-t* for sharing my princess pony passion and letting me use her pictures, Lady Guinevere for listening to my crazy princess pony theories (as well as coming up with a few of her own), Catra for answering lots of questions regarding German princess ponies and dragonstar81 who found out about when the patent for MLP's was granted. As well as other people whose names escape me who have helped along the way.

This spotlight offers an introduction and some detailed explanations about the princess ponies and their variants that were released in the UK, Germany and Mexico.

~*~ Introducing His (!) and Her Royal Highnesses ~*~

The first edition of Princess Ponies (Princess Pearl and co.) were released in 1987 and were sold worldwide (including Mexico* peppermint truly). They were sold in box and came with a damsel hat, wands, pick comb and companion along with: a dragon (UK, Sweden [Sweden got their stock primarily from the UK, so most likely were the UK boxes etc *ladyg] and Italy); or a bushwoolie (North America*). In Germany and France the princesses were sold on a back card with a damsel hat, wand and pick comb, but without a companion. In Germany this set of princesses was sold with different colour hair alongside the standard release princesses.

A second edition of princess ponies (Princess Taffeta and co.) was released in 1988 and this set was only sold in North America in their correct form. This set is identifiable by the crazy tinsel forelock each princess has. They came with a crown clip (to hold the tinsel forelock in place), wand and pick comb. This set did not come with a companion like the first edition.

A set of princess (or prince ponies) was made and released in Mexico. These were based on the North American second edition princesses though they do possesses substantial differences such as in hair colour and a lack of tinsel. They came with a crown clip, wand and pick comb not unlike their US cousins.

Towards the end of the Hasbro line a strange collection of princesses appeared and was sold in the only in the UK. Each princess was rather odd looking and made up of different bits of first, second and German edition princesses with a few happy tails ponies thrown in for good measure. Not only were the ponies all mixed up, but so were the accessories and packaging too.

~*~ Princesses From Round the World ~*~

~*~ Mexican Prince Ponies or Principito Pony ~*~


A set of three princess ponies, based on the second edition US release princesses, were made and sold in Mexico by Auriken. They were sold as Principito or Prince Ponies and were given different names based on precious gems.

Principito Esmerelda (Prince Emerald) = Princess Moondust
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It%20is%20very%20important%20to%20remember%20that%20many%20ponies%20were%20made%20in%20China%20post%201987-9,%20and%20the%20erasure%20of%20the%20Pat%20Pending%20was%20not%20exclusive%20to%20the%20German%20market.%20For%20example%20all%20the%20second%20release%20US%20princess%20ponies%20who%20ALL%20lack%20PAT%20PEND%20yet%20were%20never%20sold%20in%20Germany.%20*Taffeta What%20doe%20PAT%20PEND%20mean? *this%20applies%20only%20to%20Hong%20Kong%20and%20China%20made%20ponies* PAT%20PEND%20means%20patent%20pending.%20The%20pony%20designs%20were%20not%20granted%20the%20patent%20until%201987,%20so%20all%20ponies%20made%20before%20this%20date%20were%20waiting%20for%20the%20patent%20hence%20patient%20pending.%20After%20the%20patent%20was%20granted%20the%20PAT%20PEND%20mark%20was%20no%20longer%20needed%20and%20the%20mark%20was%20erased%20from%20the%20moulds.%20*dragonstar81 New%20information%20on%20patents%20shows%20that%20the%20patient%20was%20not%20granted%20until%20mid%201987.%20As%20the%20German%20princesses%20are%20missing%20the%20PAT%20PEND%20mark,%20this%20proves%20that%20they%20were%20released%20later%20in%20Germany,%20after%20the%20patent%20was%20granted.%20All%20other%20first%20edition%20princesses%20released%20else%20where%20in%20the%20world%20have%20the%20PAT%20PEND%20hoof%20mark,%20indicating%20an%20earlier%20release%20(before%20mid%201987). 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[IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352822&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *this%20picture%20shows%20the%20alternate%20coloured%20haired%20German%20version%20next%20to%20her%20regular%20release%20cousin.%20Note%20the%20brighter%20pink%20medallion%20of%20the%20German%20Princess%20compared%20to%20her%20UK%20cousin.%20Also%20note%20the%20thicker%20brassier%20coloured%20tinsel%20on%20the%20German%20princess. Princess%20Aquamarine%20has%20been%20found%20in%20the%20UK%20with%20the%20bubble%20gum%20pink%20hair,%20not%20only%20that%20but%20she%20has%20PAT%20PEND%20under%20her%20hoof.%20This%20shows%20that%20this%20particular%20version%20of%20Princess%20Aquamarine%20could%20also%20be%20a%20European%20variation%20rather%20than%20a%20German%20only%20variation.%20*Shel-t* It%20has%20been%20noted%20by%20several%20collectors%20that%20there%20are%20differences%20in%20medallion%20colour%20on%20Princess%20Aquamarine,%20Princess%20Sapphire%20and%20Princess%20Amber.%20It%20would%20appear%20that%20the%20some%20princesses%20had%20more%20brightly%20coloured%20medallion%20and%20others%20a%20more%20silver%20medallion.%20The%20differences%20have%20been%20seen%20in%20the%20regular%20first%20edition%20princesses%20(with%20PAT%20PEND)%20released%20in%20the%20UK,%20the%20German%20regular%20first%20edition%20princesses%20(missing%20the%20PAT%20PEND)%20as%20well%20as%20the%20alternate%20coloured%20hair%20German%20variants.%20*Catra%20and%20Shel-t* This%20variation%20in%20medallion%20colour%20along%20with%20accessory%20information%20could%20possibly%20indicate%20two%20releases%20of%20the%20princess%20ponies%20in%20the%20same%20year.%20*Taffeta%20and%20ladyg.%20However%20it%20could%20also%20be%20one%20of%20the%20following;%20factory%20variant%20(ponies%20made%20in%20different%20factories)%20or%20batch%20variation%20(different%20batches%20of%20the%20medallions%20turning%20out%20different%20shades)%20or%20simply%20fading/aging%20of%20the%20paint.%20 UK%20Variants%20and%20their%20relationship%20with%20German%20Princess%20Ponies German%20princess%20ponies%20have%20a%20special%20relationship%20with%20the%20unique%20princess%20variants%20that%20were%20only%20sold%20in%20the%20UK.%20German%20princess%20body%20parts%20were%20used%20to%20make%20some%20of%20the%20UK%20princess%20variants;%20for%20example%20Princess%20Star-Beam.%20She%20has%20Princess%20Amber's%20body,%20Princess%20Sunbeam's%20symbol,%20German%20Princess%20Sapphire's%20tail%20(coral%20with%20pink%20tinsel)%20and%20German%20Princess%20Amethys's%20mane%20(coral%20with%20blue%20tinsel)%20see%20picture%20below. 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B.%20shows%20the%20thin%20tail,%20which%20is%20mixture%20of%20hair%20and%20tinsel C.%20Show%20regular%20issue%20Princess%20Amethyst%20for%20comparison%20of%20thickness%20(who%20has%20both%20the%20thin%20and%20regular%20tail%20to%20make%20up%20her%20proper%20princess%20tail). *all%20the%20tails%20of%20the%20ponies%20illustrated%20are%20the%20same%20length%20but%20Princess%20Amethyst%20tail%20has%20curl%20in%20it%20which%20is%20why%20it%20appears%20shorter. The%20Medallion To%20understand%20a%20princess%20variant%20medallion%20you%20need%20to%20know%20the%20components%20of%20a%20normal%20princess%20medallion.%20This%20is%20because%20variant%20medallions%20are%20made%20up%20of%20random%20parts%20of%20regular%20medallions. A%20normal%20princess%20medallion%20is%20made%20up%20of%20four%20parts. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352686&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] A.%20Backing%20(this%20is%20inside%20the%20pony%20and%20holds%20the%20whole%20thing%20in%20place) B.%20Clear%20pronged%20part%20(the%20prongs%20point%20out%20through%20holes%20in%20the%20medallion)%20 C.%20Medallion D.%20Central%20jewel%20peg The%20image%20below%20shows%20how%20the%20medallion%20fits%20together. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352682&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] A%20princess%20pony%20has%20a%20shaped%20hole%20in%20her%20rump%20in%20the%20shape%20of%20her%20medallion.%20The%20medallion%20sits%20inside%20of%20this%20hole%20so%20only%20that%20only%20the%20metallic%20medallion%20is%20raised. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352811&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *As%20princess%20variant%20misty%20has%20no%20medallion%20she%20show%20the%20medallion%20shaped%20hole%20in%20her%20rump%20nicely! Princess%20variant%20symbol%20are%20often%20made%20of%20parts%20of%20a%20medallion%20and%20not%20the%20whole%20thing%20as%20it%20is%20supposed%20to%20be.%20Many%20variants%20just%20got%20the%20clear%20part%20turned%20round%20so%20that%20the%20prongs%20are%20facing%20inwards.%20Some%20got%20the%20clear%20part%20with%20the%20prongs%20facing%20outwards.%20The%20prongs%20are%20quite%20delicate%20and%20are%20easily%20broken. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352833&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *Shel-t*'s%20Princess%20Ambers;%20one%20with%20prongs%20out%20and%20one%20with%20prongs%20in! Some%20princesses%20got%20the%20wrong%20symbol%20entirely.%20The%20alternate%20symbol%20is%20jammed%20into%20the%20medallion%20hole,%20sometimes%20even%20the%20wrong%20way%20round. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352844&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *%20All%20the%20princesses%20in%20this%20picture%20have%20the%20wrong%20medallion! On%20some%20princess%20variants%20the%20medallion%20has%20no%20metallic%20paint. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352825&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *Both%20Princess%20Dawn%20and%20Princess%20Sapphire%20have%20non%20metallic%20medallions.%20Also%20note%20how%20Princess%20Dawn's%20symbol%20is%20missing%20clear%20pronged%20part.%20The%20three%20oval%20holes%20above%20the%20red%20central%20gem%20are%20usually%20housing%20the%20clear%20prongs. The%20symbol%20variations%20are%20endless.%20Though%20there%20are%20many%20that%20have%20the%20same%20or%20similar%20symbol%20combinations%20it%20is%20very%20hard%20to%20find%20a%20pattern. Common%20Features Amongst%20all%20the%20chaos%20of%20the%20princess%20variant%20features%20many%20of%20them%20do%20share%20one%20similar%20feature.%20The%20red%20ruby!%20This%20red%20ruby%20is%20in%20fact%20US%20second%20set%20Princes%20Dawn's%20jewel.%20I%20will%20add%20that%20not%20all%20variant%20princesses%20got%20the%20red%20ruby,%20however%20a%20vast%20proportion%20did. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352839&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *%20note%20how%20both%20first%20and%20second%20edition%20princess%20variants%20have%20the%20red%20ruby! Hoof%20markings%20for%20first%20edition%20variants%20 Some%20of%20the%20first%20variants%20are%20missing%20the%20PAT%20PEND%20from%20under%20their%20hooves.%20This%20could%20indicate%20that%20they%20are%20the%20bodies%20of%20princess%20ponies%20that%20were%20possibly%20destined%20for%20release%20Germany,%20should%20they%20have%20been%20made%20into%20a%20proper%20princess.%20Their%20hooves%20all%20state%20that%20they%20were%20made%20in%20china.%20*see%20German%20chapter%20for%20a%20pictures%20of%20hoof%20markings Hoof%20markings%20for%20second%20edition%20variants%20 All%20these%20ponies%20are%20missing%20the%20PAT%20PEND%20from%20under%20their%20hooves%20regardless%20of%20if%20they%20are%20a%20variant%20or%20not.%20This%20is%20because%20they%20were%20released%20after%20the%20patent%20was%20granted,%20which%20was%20in%201987.%20*dragonstar81 As%20mentioned%20previously%20in%20this%20article%20the%20lack%20of%20PAT%20PEND%20is%20not%20to%20be%20relied%20upon%20as%20an%20indication%20that%20a%20particular%20pony%20was%20a%20German%20or%20European%20release.%20*Taffeta Unique%20Features Princess%20variants%20were%20the%20only%20ponies%20to%20come%20with%20glow%20in%20the%20dark%20hair!%20Variants%20of%20Princess%20Sapphire%20and%20Princess%20Amethyst/Princess%20Woosie%20have%20this%20type%20of%20hair.%20No%20other%20ponies%20in%20the%20Hasbro%20range%20were%20officially%20released%20with%20this%20type%20of%20hair. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352670&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *Shel-t*s%20Princess%20Sapphire%20with%20glow%20in%20the%20dark%20hair There%20is%20a%20theory%20that%20the%20glow%20in%20the%20dark%20hair%20is%20moon%20dreamer%20hair.%20Some%20of%20the%20moon%20dreamer%20dolls%20have%20glow%20in%20the%20dark%20hair%20which%20is%20exactly%20the%20same%20colour%20and%20texture%20as%20the%20princess%20glow%20in%20the%20dark%20hair.%20As%20moon%20dreamers%20were%20also%20produced%20by%20Hasbro%20there%20is%20a%20strong%20possibility%20that%20it%20is%20moon%20dreamer%20hair%20though,%20sadly%20there%20is%20no%20real%20proof%20*%20ladyg%20(this%20was%20previously%20mentioned%20in%20Lady%20Guinevere's%20spot%20light%20on%20happy%20tails%20variants.) [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352840&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *ladyg's%20Princess%20Woosie%20with%20glow%20in%20the%20dark%20hair%20next%20to%20a%20Moondreamer. Two%20other%20unique%20hair%20colours%20are%20the%20fading%20pink%20and%20silver%20tinsel%20(so%20far%20found%20only%20on%20Princess%20Amethyst%20variants)%20and%20the%20white%20hair%20and%20blue%20tinsel%20(so%20far%20only%20found%20only%20on%20Princess%20Ruby%20variants).%20These%20particular%20combinations%20of%20hair%20colour%20and%20tinsel%20were%20not%20used%20on%20regular%20release%20princesses%20or%20any%20other%20pony. At%20first%20it%20appears%20that%20that%20the%20fading%20pink%20and%20silver%20tinsel%20is%20a%20match%20with%20German%20Princess%20Ambers%20hair%20colour,%20but%20on%20closer%20inspection%20it%20is%20not!%20This%20picture%20illustrates%20the%20difference%20well. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352817&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352828&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *Princess%20Dawn-Rose%20who%20has%20a%20white%20mane%20streaked%20with%20blue%20tinsel.%20Her%20tail%20is%20the%20thin%20part%20of%20Princess%20Taffeta's%20tail%20(white%20with%20tri%20coloured%20tinsel). The%20Only%20Princess The%20only%20princess%20to%20have%20NOT%20turned%20up%20as%20a%20mix%20up%20variant%20is%20princess%20pearl.%20However%20this%20may%20be%20because%20she%20has%20not%20been%20discovered%20yet!!!!! Princess%20Happy%20tails?! They%20have%20already%20been%20covered%20by%20Lady%20Guinevere%20in%20her%20happy%20tails%20variant%20spot%20light,%20but%20I%20feel%20they%20need%20to%20be%20mentioned%20again%20here.%20 Please%20click%20here%20to%20read%20her%20spotlight These%20are%20perhaps%20some%20of%20the%20strangest%20variants%20going%20in%20the%20princess%20variants%20line!%20Some%20princess%20ponies%20parts%20got%20mixed%20up%20with%20happy%20tails%20pony%20parts%20to%20make%20princess%20happy%20tail%20ponies.%20So%20far%20only%20three%20princess%20happy%20tails%20variants%20have%20been%20found.%20They%20are%20as%20follows; Princess%20Moon-Bob%20=%20Princess%20Moondust%20with%20Tall%20Tails%20variant%20Bobbi's%20head. Princess%20Tabby%20=%20Princess%20Ruby's%20head%20with%20Tabby's%20body Princess%20Woosie%20=%20Princess%20Amethyst'%20head%20on%20lavender%20Woosie's%20[*lavender%20Woosie%20was%20sold%20in%20the%20US]%20body%20(this%20girl%20perhaps%20the%20most%20well%20known%20of%20all%20the%20happy%20tails%20variants).%20There%20are%20several%20versions%20of%20this%20variant.*ladyg [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352679&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] Princess%20Moon-Bob%20(left)%20Princess%20Tabby%20(right)%20note%20that%20Tabby%20has%20no%20symbol. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352680&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *lady's%20Princess%20Woosie None%20of%20the%20ponies%20who%20have%20a%20princess%20head%20and%20a%20happy%20tails%20body%20actually%20have%20a%20happy%20tails%20mechanism%20inside%20them!%20They%20have%20tiny%20tails%20holes%20about%20the%20same%20size%20as%20a%20baby%20ponies.%20Their%20bodies%20(or%20head%20in%20the%20case%20of%20princess%20moon-bob)%20are%20defiantly%20happy%20tails%20pony%20bodies%20as%20the%20plastic%20is%20very%20soft%20and%20squishy.%20Also%20the%20Princess%20Moon-Bob%20illustrated%20in%20the%20picture%20above%20has%20a%20happy%20tails%20tail,%20it%20is%20the%20exact%20same%20length%20and%20thickness%20of%20a%20true%20happy%20tails%20tail. MIB!!!!!%20And%20what%20they%20came%20with. These%20girls%20came%20with%20a%20very%20random%20mix%20of%20accessories.%20They%20had%20a%20bushwoolie,%20wand,%20ribbon,%20pick%20comb%20and%20damsel%20hat.%20The%20accessories%20they%20were%20sold%20with%20were%20often%20the%20wrong%20ones%20for%20that%20particular%20princess. Bushwoolies%20were%20not%20otherwise%20sold%20in%20the%20UK%20as%20an%20official%20release;%20instead%20the%20princesses%20came%20with%20baby%20dragons%20a%20different%20one%20for%20each%20princess.%20 The%20damsel%20hats%20are%20different%20from%20the%20regular%20release%20damsel%20hats%20as%20they%20have%20plain%20ribbons%20(not%20gilt%20trim),%20the%20raised%20shapes%20are%20not%20glittered,%20and%20the%20elastic%20neck%20strap%20is%20missing.%20The%20plain%20ribbons%20point%20to%20a%20link%20between%20variants%20and%20German%20release%20princesses%20as%20the%20German%20release%20damsel%20hats%20were%20sold%20with%20plain%20ribbons%20not%20gilt%20trimmed%20ribbons. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352667&g2_serialNumber=2&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/IMG] *ladyg's%20princess%20variant%20hat A%20very%20striking%20feature%20is%20that%20the%20box%20is%20a%20US%20box!%20The%20princess%20names%20are%20the%20US%20release%20names%20and%20the%20box%20shows%20the%20princesses%20with%20bushwoolies.%20Also%20note%20the%20name%20on%20the%20box%20is%20Princess%20Sparkle%20(Princess%20Amethyst)%20yet%20the%20pony%20in%20the%20box%20is%20a%20variant%20of%20Princess%20Amber. [IMG]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352807&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img]
*picture of MIB Princess from Baby Kitten Candy*

~*~ Pricing guide ~*~


Pricing does vary depending on which pony it is, its condition, who is looking to buy and if it has been noticed that she is a variant and not custom bait or broken!

Mexican Prince Ponies = $55 - $150
As Mexican Princes ponies have become a little easier to find of late their price has dropped a little, however they are very sought after.

German Princesses (with alternate coloured hair) = $45 - $80
Princess Amethyst does appear to be hitting higher than normal prices but this is due to her fame on the OC.

UK Princess variants = $40 - $150
Princess Ruby and Princess Amber variants with the clear symbol appear to be the most common and so go for prices at the lower end of the range. The more elaborate (!) variants and harder to find ponies such as Princess Amethyst, Princess Sapphire variants will hit the higher end of the price range.

Princess Happy Tails variants = $50 - $100
Princess Woosie variants are highly sort after and will hit this higher end of the price range.

~*~ Links ~*~


Peppermint Truly's Mexican Pony Site = www.prodigyweb.net.mx/...index.html

Taffeta's Scrapbook = www.etherella.com/scrapbook/

Lady Guinevere's UK Princess Accessories Website = www.slidersweb.net/sarah/mlp/

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Oh wow, thank you for this! I was trying to do something similar for the German princess ponies, but information is difficult to come by.

And this is soooo much better than I could have done! Thank you!

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This is fantastic! On Fire I never thought about how the symbols were made up before, but now it makes so much more sense! Big Ups

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This is just brilliant, thankyou ~ fantastic job, it has answered so many questions I had Happy
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Brilliant! Thanks for sharing! Happy

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Great info!! Happy

I just love the princess variants.. I'm waiting for my fourth one, but she seems to have got lost in the mail Sad

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This was so informative! I only have the Princess Tabby variation, but I can say that there were 2 versions of her made. I won an auction that I had split with Baby Stargaze about 2 years ago with two of them in it. Mine has pink, yellow and blue tinsil, and the other version (which she had since traded) has just blue like shown.

If anyone wants, I can provide a pic of mine with the multicolor tinsil Smile
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princessluna11706 wrote:
This was so informative! I only have the Princess Tabby variation, but I can say that there were 2 versions of her made. I won an auction that I had split with Baby Stargaze about 2 years ago with two of them in it. Mine has pink, yellow and blue tinsil, and the other version (which she had since traded) has just blue like shown.

If anyone wants, I can provide a pic of mine with the multicolor tinsil Smile
Oh, yes, post a picture of her please.
PKW and I both love Seeing Varinants
and another one to ad to the Want list

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shelti wrote:
princessluna11706 wrote:
This was so informative! I only have the Princess Tabby variation, but I can say that there were 2 versions of her made. I won an auction that I had split with Baby Stargaze about 2 years ago with two of them in it. Mine has pink, yellow and blue tinsil, and the other version (which she had since traded) has just blue like shown.

If anyone wants, I can provide a pic of mine with the multicolor tinsil Smile
Oh, yes, post a picture of her please.
PKW and I both love Seeing Varinants
and another one to ad to the Want list

You got it shelti! I will post a pic as soon as I get home!
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thanks all Smile and thank you for pining it ladyg.

i think this spotlight its still a WIP in some ways. there are still questions that need answering and no doubt new princesses to be found Wink each princess is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle Smile

i am pleased that you have all enjoyed reading it, it took some time to put together. i did bash my brains out a few times too as i am sure you remember shelti and ladyg;)

i too would love to see a picture of her princess luna!

so the princess variant number grows again!!! new princesses are always coming out of the wood work. On Fire some of the difference are only very slight too, but it does make them varaints or varaints Wink

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OMG what a magnificent work you´ve put into this!! Love all those pictures, love princesses!! Brilliant! Put all these scattered information into this!

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Wow! That is a great spotlight pinkkittywinks! Are the ones listed and shown the total princess variants known to date? (though I know it is always subject to change!) Great job!

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Here's the pic of Princess Tabby 2 with her multicolor tinsil!
I hope it's a good one:



If you can't see her tinsil well, I will try to take another.
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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Spotlight On Princess Variants From Round The World

princessluna11706 wrote:
Here's the pic of Princess Tabby 2 with her multicolor tinsil!
If you can't see her tinsil well, I will try to take another.

I can see it quite clearly.
Thank you for posting shots of her.
One more to add to my want list, I have about 6 now Smile
I think she is very pretty with her matching mane and tail colors too.

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