For St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to feature a green toy and this sweet filly fit the bill. The My Little Pony Wikipedia page describes Medley’s coloring as turquoise, but I thought of her more as being teal.
When was this toy produced?
Medley (My Little Pony) was produced by Hasbro in 1983. According to the My Little Pony Wiki, Medley was one of the two “Pegasi” released in their first generation.
Was there a Cartoon?
Yes. Not only was there a My Little Pony television series, there was also a My Little Pony theatrical movie. I saw the My Little Pony movie at a small local theater. The movie featured the voices of Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, and Tony Randall and Susan Blu, who I mentioned in my previous article in this series about Rose Petal.
Who was the Villain?
I remember seeing a witch when I went to see the movie in the theater, but the trailer I watched on You Tube had a scary sorcerer guy with a carriage pulled by giant flying lizards.
When I looked the movie up on Reelgood, the plot summary did show that the plot of the movie had to do with a witch and her daughters trying to ruin the celebration of the first day of Spring by letting loose a concoction called Smooze to bury the town.
After watching the Herself the Elf and Rose Petal Place movies, I’ve picked up on a common theme in young children’s animation where the villain’s goal is to destroy nature. This theme even carried into the 1990’s with Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.
Where did I acquire this toy?
Unfortunately, Medley doesn’t really have a story behind her acquisition. Some toys just don’t have a special story. I’ve found the toys that spark the most vivid memories usually have some association with a holiday, a birthday, or a specific family member.
Do I still have this toy/What do I still have from this toy’s original packaging?
I do still have Medley, as you can see from the pictures. I may still have her brush. I’m always finding different toy grooming accessories in with my Barbie things. Sometimes it’s obvious which toy lines the brush or comb came from. Other accessories require either a good memory or a quick glance online at a doll site.
My Little Pony has a distinctive “shooting star” shaped brush and while I do have one My Little Pony brush out, that brush is purple and I think it may originally have belonged to one of my other ponies.
The other item that usually came with My Little Pony toys was a “puffy” sticker with a drawing of the same pony on it. I have four My Little Ponies, but the only sticker I still have is the one that came with Firefly.
Did anything surprise me while researching this toy?
The biggest surprise was when I watched the My Little Pony episode on The Toys That Made Us. On the special, they talked about how in the world of My Little Pony, humans weren’t supposed to ride on the ponies.
When I played with my ponies, I found they were the perfect size for dolls from several lines. Strawberry Shortcake, Herself the Elf, Rose Petal, and Princess of Power each fit perfectly on the ponies. My mom was happy she didn’t have to buy Spirit/Swift Wind. It had more to do with using what I already had and using my imagination.
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