Fairy Tails

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Fairy Tails is a short-lived toyline consisting of My Little Pony-esque birds, which are the titular Fairy Tails. The line was in stores from 1986 to 1987, corresponding with Year Five of Generation 1. This Year saw the release of the Pony Friends in the My Little Pony line, making it a distinct possibility that they and Fairy Tails were part of the same investigation into an expansion of My Little Pony that offered more than only ponies. Neither concept went very far, but the Fairy Tails toys have become a popular extra to the collections of My Little Pony enthusiasts.

Like the Little Ponies, the Fairy Tails are a species of multi-colored, slightly deformed animals with a pronounced tail and head plume and a unique symbol on each of them. As with their more popular peers, they were sold with ribbons and combs to do their hair with, but they also each came with a perch. Fairy Tails toys possess limited articulation in their feet, which can clasp around something, like their perch or a finger, open and turn. Naturally, this means that the feet are the part most easily broken on the average Fairy Tails toy.

1988 Hasbro Pre-Toy Fair Catalog Pages
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Fiction

Faiy Tails fiction is limited to the toys' backcard stories and the few commercials produced for the line. According to the commercials, the Fairy Tails were once normal birds who got their luxurious tails and head plumes from a fairy.


My Little Pony Comics

Toyline

Originals

Tu Tu Tails' Backcard Story

The original Fairy Tails set comprises twelve toys, two color palettes for each of the six poses. Unlike the other sets, there is no theme or unity to their symbols. Each bird was sold with a bird-shaped comb, a perch, a tulle and a satin ribbon. In the UK, some also came with a 3-pack of bow-shaped hair clips.

Fuzzy Tummies

The Fuzzy Tummies essentially are the Fairy Tails variant of the My Little Pony So Softs. Each bird came with plush patch of fur on their chests, which counted as both their gimmick and their symbol. Because the patches are glued into a depression in the birds' chest, the edges can peel up due to the glue aging. Another potential problem of the Fuzzie Tummies is that the fur patch is suspectible to becoming filthy, moreso than the plastic body. Each Fuzzy Tummy was cast in a different pose from the original set and came with a bird-shaped comb, a perch and an extra long satin ribbon. The European versions came with longer fur and in completely different colors.

Tropicals

The Tropicals are brightly colored birds with their symbols cast in 3D. Three poses were released in two color palettes per pose. Because the symbols are 3D, each symbol corresponds to a pose. Likewise, each pose comes with a molded piece of headwear, either a fruit hat, sunglasses or a visor. Each Tropical was sold with a palm tree-shaped perch, a transparent and glittery ribbon and a comb.

Baby Flyers

The Baby Flyers are, as the name suggests, baby versions of the Fairy Tails. Three poses were released in two color palettes per pose. They have bibs for their symbols. To make up for their smaller size, the Baby Flyers were sold in egg-shaped purses. In addition, the tips of their wings are grooved so that they can hold an item that came with the Baby Flyer, which was either a pacifier, a bottle or a rattle. Of course, the toys also came with a small perch.

Fan Tails

The Fan Tails are to the Fairy Tails line what the Flutter Ponies are to the My Little Pony line. The Fan Tail gimmick is a gorgeous, glittering fan attached to the bird's tail, invoking a peacock-esque appearance. However, those fans are also very likely to either break off or have the metallic cloth damaged by uncareful handling of the fan. The Fan Tails were released in three poses with two color palettes per pose, and came with a bird-shaped comb, a perch and a satin ribbon.

Jewelry Birds

The Jewelry Birds are a quaint set of miniature, symbol-less Fairy Tails meant to be worn as part of a jewelry ensemble. The Jewelry Birds came with necklaces, headbands, rings and bracelets on which they could perch and that could be worn by young girls. As per usual, six items were released in the set, but one of them contained three birds (and only one piece of jewelry), bringing the total of Fairy Tails released in the set up to eight. In addition to the jewelry perches, miniature versions of the normal perches were also included, along with a small comb.

Playsets

MIB Tiffany Tails and the Curly Q Boutique
Sunshine Gazebo

Three playsets were released for the Fairy Tails line, a fourth never leaving the prototype stage.

Curly Q Boutique

-an egg-shaped beauty salon. Included in the set were Tiffany Tails, two curlers, two ribbon-shaped hair clips, a bird-shaped comb, another comb and a tulle ribbon.

Love Bird

- a heart-enshrined perch. The set included two nameless Fairy Tails as a couple, the male being marked with a blue bow tie. It also came with a long satin ribbon to either decorate the perch with.

Sunshine Gazebo

Tea Rose Tails (aka Tea Time Tails)

- a two-level house with elevator in the center. The set included Tea Rose Tails, a table, a chair, a mirror, a bed, two teacups, two plates, two bowls, a teapot, an umbrella, a comb, ribbons and hair netting.


"It is interesting to note that the 1987 Hasbro toy line catalog names the bird that comes with this set as "Tea Time Tails". Either the catalog has a typo, or her name was changed prior to production, as the playset box does list her as Tea Rose Tails."[1]

Home Tweet Home

-a bird house with attached whistle and chirp mechanics. The set was to include Baby Tippy Tails, a mirror, a swing, a large perch, a bird-shaped comb, another comb, flower-shaped hair clips and hair netting."


Merchandise

Twilight Tails Bedside Torch

Mail Order

Akin to the Horseshoe Points, Fairy Tails items came with Wing Points. Little is known about the Mail Order items released - the only certain mail-away offer is a Fairy Tail Hair Styling Kit made available to residents of the United Kingdoms, Eire and Channel Islands. For the price of £2,50 and 1 Wing Point, participants received a poster which featured the Fairy Tails and step-by-step instuctions of how to do their hair, along with the materials to accomplish the desired looks: nine ribbons, three feather accessories, three hair styling rods and three silk flowers.

Notes

External links

References

  1. http://www.fairytailscollector.com/sunshine.html
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