Ah, the First World problems of a Collector. Those of us who collect vintage (and modern) toys tend to get a little obsessive about flaws, problems, and wear. What can we live with, what won't we allow across the threshold of the Pony Room?
The unfortunate truth
about vintage Ponies is that very few of these 30+ year old toys has
made it this far without sustaining some kind of damage. The even more
unfortunate truth is that we're only going to see more damage coming out
on these beloved friends as time passes. In the next few weeks, I'm
going to explore some of the more common problems that we see in vintage
ponies, with an eye toward educating new collectors and warning FIM
fans about what they might expect from their Ponies in the coming years.
Chews, Dents, and Other Damage to the Plastic
Many ponies, unfortunately, have fallen prey to household pets. It's not uncommon to find 2nd hand ponies with varying degrees of chews, dents, or other damage to the plastic. Sometimes, these are minor and easily hidden with a clever hairstyle or displaying in a certain way. Sometimes, they are more drastic.