Generation 3.5 or G3.5 is the term for ponies made in the swan song of G3. They are known as G3.5 because they are the same characters as G3, but Hasbro gave the ponies a heavy style makeover so drastic that many collectors consider them a whole new generation.
They were only produced from late 2009 and were then phased out by late 2010 and replaced by the G4 Ponies. However G3.5 toys are still kicking around Target and similar stores into mid-2011, pushed to the side by their extremely more popular replacements.
G3.5 ponies had extra large heads, small bodies, big feet, and enormous eyes in comparison to G3 ponies. The G3.5 ponies are considerd to be kid ponies. Each pony was given their own age, and are sized accordingly with Sweetie Belle being the smallest.
This is the year the Newborn Cuties were first released. These are baby versions of the Core 7. They are not proportionate to their adult counterparts and have diapers instead of tails. Their symbols are printed on their diapers.
Ponyville was also affected by the redesign.
2009's McDonald's ponies were in the G3.5 mold. Only six of the Core 7 were made, with Toola-Roola being left out.
The Core 7
New Look Ponies 2009
- Pinkie Pie
- Rainbow Dash
- Sweetie Belle
Super Long Hair Ponies 2009
Sparkly Ponies 2009
- StarSong 2010
- Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie 2009
- Curly Hair Pinkie Pie as bonus pony, came with:
Large Styling Ponies
- Scootaloo's Dress Up 2009
- Pinkie Pie's Dress Up 2009
- RC on the Go with Scootaloo 2009
- Bedtime with Pinkie Pie 2010
- RC Rainbow Dash Plane 2010
- Bake with Sweetie Belle 2010
Hat Box 2010
Ponies with Skirts 2010
- Winter Sweetie Belle 2009
- Valentine's Day Sweetie Belle 2010
- Easter Pinkie Pie 2010
- Valentine's Day Pinkie Pie 2010
The Core 7 Newborn Cuties
The only other ponies released in this style besides the Core 7 are the Mom ponies that come with the Newborn Cutie sets. None of these Ponies have official names besides "Mom."