Before you begin, a HUGE thanks has to go out to GustyFox for the fabulous pictures and Brazil tidbits. I couldn’t have done this spotlight without that wealth of information. And of course, thanks must be given to the Arena itself, and all the arena members for allowing me a place to hang out, waste time, and learn about these beauties!
Spotlight on Brazilian ponies
Brazilian ponies are some of the easily recognizable, most unusual and contain some of the most sought after ponies ever. They were produced throughout the 1980s by Estrella.
There are a couple of immediately recognizable features of Brazilian ponies. The most well known trait is their bright and shiny body appearance. While not actually a pearly finish, the bodies of Brazilian ponies give off a soft sheen due to the plastic used. Another unique feature of Brazilian ponies is their hair. The hair on Brazilian ponies is different from the hair used in any other country. The texture is thicker, and much more prone to dryness and frizzing, but there are also colors used that have no exact match to the standard pony colors.
The ponies released were not great in numbers, and contain ponies from only a few sets; the original collector’s pose ponies, early release earth, early release rainbows, so softs, babies and twice and fancy.
The interpretation on the ponies released adds to the uniqueness of the Brazilians. Since there was no unicorn mold in the Estrella factory, a lot of ponies switched species when released in Brazil. There was also a series of three ponies that were produced without symbols, which is unique to any other country outside of the so-called prototypes of Argentina. Brazil also released the only version of a non beddy bye eye Baby Lofty, as well as a sitting version of Bowtie.
Brazilian ponies have two types of hooves. The CP ponies and sitting Bowtie have hooves that are flat and smooth, similar to the Auriken ponies from Mexico. The rest of the ponies have concave hooves. All ponies have the Estrella hoof stamp, and a stamp with the date. The third thing about Brazilian hooves is that each one contains a number. (Perhaps a serial number? Anyone know??) Similar numbers are also found on their necks.
Pictures courtesy of hodgemo2 (hooves) and Savahaa (neck)
And, since one mention was not enough:
A HUGE thanks has to go out to GustyFox for the fabulous pictures and Brazil tidbits. I couldn’t have done this spotlight without that wealth of information. And of course, thanks must be given to the Arena itself, and all the arena members for allowing me a place to hang out, waste time, and learn about these beauties!
[Stickied 6/1/09, LadyG ]
[edited to add watermarked pictures love pkw xxx]