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.
Saddle Sores or Highlighter Marks
G3 ponies had similar issues with cloth accessories that were not colour safe. It is entirely possible and likely that G4 ponies may encounter the same issues, either with fabric or plastic accessories. The best way to avoid these issues is by not displaying accessories on a pony for an extended period of time.
Pen and Ink
Ink marks often require sunfading to remove them. However, it is always a good idea to try to remove them with either a Magic Eraser or acetone. I've had numerous instances where marks that appeared to be permanent ink were actually faded or removed using one of these products. It's worth a shot.
|Regrind and normal Cloud Puff courtesy of Teddy|
Some ponies will develop spots of regrind (most often bright pink). Some will gradually discolour until the entire pony is a different colour. There is no way to correct this colour change.