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Spotlight on... Spanish Piggy Ponies!
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Welcome to our new feature!

Spotlight on: Spanish Piggy Ponies

[img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352307&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img] Minty%20courtesty%20of%20GYPSYWILDFLOWER%20-%20thanks!
One%20of%20the%20more%20curious%20additions%20to%20the%20My%20Little%20Pony%20universe%20can%20be%20found%20in%20the%20form%20of%20what%20have%20affectionately%20been%20named%20\"Piggy%20Ponies\".%20These%20strangely%20adorable%20ponies%20are%20unique%20in%20the%20world%20of%20variants%20and%20often%20provoke%20a%20love%20them%20or%20hate%20them%20response. For%20a%20long%20time,%20they%20were%20thought%20to%20be%20bizarre%20fakies%20based%20on%20the%20early%20collector%20pose%20issue,%20simply%20because%20they%20looked%20nothing%20like%20any%20other%20MLP%20we%20knew%20about.%20However,%20then%20came%20the%20discovery%20of%20a%20number%20of%20Piggy%20Ponies%20mint%20on%20card,%20thus%20proving%20that%20they%20actually%20were%20real.%20The%20name%20\"Piggy%20Ponies\"%20is%20partly%20a%20hold%20over%20from%20the%20time%20when%20they%20were%20more%20a%20source%20of%20amusement,%20and%20it%20relates%20to%20the%20unusual%20shape%20of%20their%20body,%20which%20makes%20them%20look%20chubby,%20and%20their%20defined%20hooves.%20 What%20makes%20them%20so%20special? Pretty%20much%20everything!%20Piggy%20ponies%20are%20the%20only%20adult%20ponies%20to%20have%20beddy-bye%20eye,%20similar%20to%20the%20babies%20of%20the%20normal%20US%20issue.%20Most%20have%20painted%20eyelashes%20as%20well,%20but%20it%20is%20possible%20that%20some%20were%20born%20without%20this%20feature.%20They%20also%20have%20a%20very%20different%20body%20shape%20from%20any%20other%20pony%20(as%20shown%20below),%20which%20is%20much%20more%20squishy%20than%20the%20standard%20issue.%20 [img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352321&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img][img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352303&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img][img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352301&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img] (Thanks%20to%20Ahrian%20for%20Snuzzle,%20Escarchita%20for%20Lemondrop's%20eye%20and%20leaper%20for%20Cotton%20Candy's%20eye) Unlike%20many%20other%20foreign%20variants%20(though%20not%20all!),%20piggy%20ponies%20have%20completely%20smooth%20flat%20feet%20with%20no%20markings%20on%20them.%20Their%20hooves%20are%20also%20distinct.%20 [img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352305&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img][img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352309&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img] (Thanks%20to%20leaper%20for%20both%20pictures%20of%20the%20feet) Piggy%20ponies%20do%20have%20quite%20long%20hair%20which%20is%20generally%20silky.%20The%20fibre%20is%20thicker%20than%20on%20normal%20hair,%20more%20like%20the%20Peruvians%20or%20Brazilians,%20but%20unlike%20them,%20it%20is%20not%20prone%20to%20dryness. While%20some%20of%20the%20piggy%20ponies%20are%20clearly%20based%20on%20existing%20collector%20pose%20ponies%20(e.g.%20Cotton%20Candy/Pinky%20and%20Snuzzle/Loly%20Pop),%20others%20simply%20borrow%20the%20colour%20scheme%20(e.g.%20orange%20pony%20with%20yellow%20hair%20and%20red%20fireworks%20symbol/Rayito)%20or%20symbol%20(e.g.%20off-white%20pony%20with%20yellow%20hair,%20but%20Bluebell's%20symbol/Cielete),%20while%20others%20seem%20to%20bear%20even%20less%20resemblance%20to%20any%20known%20pony%20(e.g.%20white%20pony%20with%20blue%20hair%20and%20blue%20clouds%20symbol/Algodoncete).%20 [img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352313&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img] Thanks%20to%20leaper%20for%20Algodoncete What%20ponies%20are%20there? Algodoncete%20%20White%20with%20blue%20hair%20and%20blue%20clouds%20on%20rump Blossom%20(Bubbles?)%20%20Pink%20with%20blue%20hair%20and%20bubbles%20on%20rump Butterscotch%201/Melocot%20%20Beige%20with%20beige%20hair%20and%20orange%20butterflies%20on%20rump Butterscotch%202/Melocot%20Beige%20with%20beige%20hair%20and%20bluebutterflies%20on%20rump Cielete%201/Azul%20Celeste%20(Bluebell)%20%20Off-white%20with%20yellow%20hair%20and%20purple%20stars%20on%20rump Cielete%202/Azul%20Celeste%20(Bluebell)%20%20Off-white%20with%20lilac%20hair%20and%20purple%20stars%20on%20rump%20 Cielete%203/Azul%20Celeste%20(Bluebell)%20%20Off-white%20with%20lilac%20hair%20and%20pink%20stars%20on%20rump%20 Fresita%20%20Pink%20with%20white%20hair%20and%20strawberries%20on%20rump Lolypop%20(Snuzzle)%20%20Very%20similar%20to%20Snuzzle,%20grey%20with%20pink%20hair%20and%20pink%20hearts%20on%20rump Manzanita/Menta%20(Minty?)%20%20Green%20with%20brownish%20hair%20and%20green%20clovers%20on%20rump Manzanita%202/Menta%20(Minty)%20%20Similar%20to%20Minty,%20pale%20green%20with%20white%20hair%20and%20green%20clovers%20on%20rump Orchidea%20(Blossom)%20%20Similar%20to%20Blossom,%20lilac%20with%20lilac%20hair%20and%20white%20flowers%20on%20rump Peachy%20%20Peach%20with%20pink%20hair%20and%20pink%20hearts%20on%20rump Perla%20(Cotton%20candy%202?)%20%20Peach%20coloured%20with%20white%20hair%20and%20pink%20blobs%20on%20rump Pinky/Rosado%20(Cotton%20Candy)%20%20Very%20similar%20to%20Cotton%20Candy,%20pink%20with%20pink%20hair%20and%20white%20blobs%20on%20rump Rayito%20(Applejacks%20colours)%20%20Orange%20with%20yellow%20hair%20and%20red%20fireworks%20on%20rump Suspiro%20(Lemondrop)%20%20Similar%20to%20Lemondrop,%20yellow%20with%20lilac%20hair%20and%20lilac%20drops%20on%20rump Where%20were%20they%20sold? Piggy%20ponies%20seem%20to%20have%20been%20sold%20only%20in%20Spain,%20however,%20there%20are%20reasonable%20numbers%20to%20be%20found%20across%20Europe,%20perhaps%20due%20to%20Spain's%20popularity%20as%20a%20holiday%20destination.%20This%20limited%20release%20has%20however%20resulted%20in%20them%20being%20hard%20to%20find%20on%20the%20secondary%20market,%20even%20in%20Spain,%20and%20they%20can%20command%20a%20high%20price. How%20were%20they%20sold? They%20were%20sold%20on%20cards%20that%20on%20the%20front%20appear%20to%20be%20very%20similar%20to%20those%20used%20in%20other%20countries%20for%20some%20of%20the%20early%20ponies. [img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352311&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img] Thanks%20to%20leaper%20for%20the%20MOC%20pic! However,%20the%20back%20of%20the%20cards%20are%20very%20different.%20One%20pictures%20twelve%20piggy%20ponies%20along%20with%20their%20Spanish%20names,%20though%20it%20does%20say%20that%20products%20may%20differ%20from%20those%20pictured.%20There%20is%20also%20a%20second%20card%20which%20features%20only%20six%20ponies%20(the%20six%20collector%20pose%20ponies%20it%20would%20appear),%20on%20which%20they%20do%20have%20different%20names.%20Variants%20of%20the%20same%20pony%20were%20sold%20on%20the%20same%20card.%20Both%20cards%20are%20pictured%20below: [img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352299&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img][img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352296&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img] Thanks%20to%20EtoileBleue%20for%20the%20scan%20of%20the%20first%20card,%20and%20Escarchita%20for%20the%20second! The%20one%20exception%20to%20this%20is%20the%20Piggy%20Pony%20resembling%20Peachy,%20which%20was%20sold%20with%20early%20issues%20of%20the%20Spanish%20Grooming%20Parlour%20(Salon%20de%20belleza)%20and%20was%20never%20sold%20separately. How%20much%20do%20they%20cost? It%20does%20really%20depend%20on%20which%20piggy%20pony%20it%20is,%20but%20if%20you%20get%20a%20loose%20one%20for%20less%20than%20$100,%20you've%20definitely%20got%20a%20bargain!%20Cotton%20Candy%20(Pinky)%20and%20Snuzzle%20(Loly%20Pop)%20seem%20to%20appear%20the%20most%20often,%20and%20tend%20to%20go%20for%20$100-160.%20Generally%20expect%20to%20pay%20around%20$200. There%20are%20MOC%20Piggy%20ponies%20around,%20but%20they%20are%20even%20harder%20to%20acquire%20than%20loose%20ones,%20so%20expect%20to%20pay%20a%20minimum%20of%20$300%20and%20most%20likely%20higher%20than%20that.%20 Trivia -%20Ponywear%20sold%20in%20Spain%20at%20this%20time%20was%20specially%20designed%20for%20the%20feet%20of%20Piggy%20Ponies.%20Sets%20include%20the%20Royal%20outfit%20and%20the%20Roller%20Skating%20one! [img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352319&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img][img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352317&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img][img]http://www.mlparena.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=352315&g2_serialNumber=1&g2_GALLERYSID=d5144edc85d007805c45a44954399110[/img]
Many thanks to Escarchita for the pictures of the shoes!
- So far, it appears Cielete/Azul Celeste (akin to Bluebell) has the most number of variations, with three.
- The factory was based in Valencia
- Piggy Ponies were first made in 1983
- Piggy ponies are the only adults anywhere to have beddy-bye eyes.
- There are 17 different known piggy ponies
- Few of the piggy ponies based on collector pose ponies were ever remade. The exceptions to this are Peachy and Lemondrop, who both acquired NC versions as well as extra variants. Rayito could also be considered an exception, for her colours were used for NC Applejack, but the symbol was different.
- All piggy ponies came with a plain comb and a ribbon, much like the early collector pose ponies elsewhere

Useful weblinks:

Escarchita's Spanish Ponies site

My special thanks to Escarchita and DreamBeauty for their help with information, and to leaper, GYPSYWILDFLOWER, Escarchita, Ahrian and EtoileBleue for the generous use of their wonderful pictures! Big Ups If you find any mistakes in this piece, please let me know so I can correct them Smile

So go ahead and show of your piggy ponies, or if you're like me and aren't lucky enough to have one, just tell us which is your favourite! Big Ups

(edit to add water marked pictures love pkw Smile )

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Rosse
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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Spotlight on... Spanish Piggy Ponies!

Wow what a great article, I love it!! Great job! Happy
I never knew they made shoes for them too, that's so cute!

Ah how I'd love to have the Lemondrop one sometime. I'm telling myself that the AJ coloured one doesn't count as an AJ because of the symbols.. so I don't need to buy her, haha.
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Very interesting! I never knew about those clothes which were only for piggy ponies. On Fire

Awesome article!!!! On Fire

Here is my Suspiro: Big Grin
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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Spotlight on... Spanish Piggy Ponies!

That was a great article! Thanks for spending the time putting it together, it was very helpful and informative.

Have you ever thought of submitting this to Wikipedia? Smile

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Wonderful Article
Thank you so much.
I have 6 of the little darlings Lemon Drop, snuzzle,
blossom, Butterscotch
and
2 versions of Minty (white and gold hair)
You can see them here.
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Grrr! So jealous Shelti!! :nervous: Not willing to part with any are you?? Big Grin
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Not willing to Part...but shares pictures.
Infact always looking for more, more, more Yell

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Hahahaha, I expected that! I had nearly all of them as a child. In fact that was my first birthday present ever (I was 1, can't remeber but mum told me). Unfortunately I think the dogs got them a few years ago, made me sooo angry.
I want them again...they bring back childhood memories!
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wow lady G that was a great article! I want a piggy for my collection but they always go too high for me Poke Tounge

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Narah wrote:
Hahahaha, I expected that! I had nearly all of them as a child. In fact that was my first birthday present ever (I was 1, can't remeber but mum told me). Unfortunately I think the dogs got them a few years ago, made me sooo angry.
I want them again...they bring back childhood memories!

I can understand why you want them again Smile
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I bought my first one off of Germany ebay from a Girl who was selling
her childhood collection. At that time she remembered getting them MOC as a little girl.

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Very well done, thank you! I never knew there was clothes for spanish piggys! How cute! (and rare!) Happy
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very informative... thanks so much for posting it.
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Thanks so much for the info, LadyG! What a great idea--I cant wait to see which ponies are highlighted next!
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wow... I never knew about piggy ponies! They're so cute! Thanks for the Info, It was very interesting! Smile

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Lady G, this is an amazing thread, thanks for the great info and and the effort you put in putting it together.

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