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.
As I mentioned above, this
"Electric Banana" colour is fairly safe when dry, but it can discolour
the body around the tail hole and hair plugs simply through prolonged
contact. What initially appears to be the reflection of the bright
colour against the body can prove to be discolouration. This type of
discolouration is minor and difficult if not impossible to repair.
However, stains from the hair on other parts of the pony may be removed
through sunfading. It is important, however, to cover all parts of the
pony you do not want to fade, and to do some research in advance.
Certain ponies are prone to "burning" (turning brown) if left in the