G4 Blind Bag Ponies

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G4 Blind Bag Ponies are pony toys that take the form of fully molded figurines that approximately half the size of a Playful Pony figure. Blind bag Ponies tend to more closely resemble the characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic due to their molded hair, but as well as the majority of G4 merchandise, they still have only one cutie mark either on left or right side of the flank.

The term Blind Bag Pony refers to the packaging that the figurine comes in (opaque "surprise" packaging that prevents the user from determining which pony is inside), but related figurines can also be found in Sets, Collections, as part of the games or other MLP merchandise, so in this this article all of them will also be referenced just as "figurines".

All figurines from blind bags (and some others too) comes with matching collector card, featuring the name and artwork of the pony, and a brief description about the pony's personality, almost always - about her/him favorite activity.

Altogether, at the moment of October 2014 there are:

Contents

Sources of Figurines

Besides blind bags, figurines have been released as a part of a Miniature Sets, including anywhere from three to six ponies. Most revolve around a specific theme. Those figurines are more likely to have unique, individual molds, rather than being recolors and thus, are more likely to be accurate to the show. Some of the molds used for these figurines have been used in later Blind Bag Waves for re-releases or as recolors for other ponies. Sets does not include collector cards.

Also some of them was released as Miniature Collections, which are similar to Sets, but does not always refering to some general theme. They usually consists of clearly visible through plastic fold 4-12 ponies, many of them tended to not be found in other sources. Such collections were often exclusives for a particular retail chains, such as Wallmart or Toys 'R Us stores, and some of them are hard to find nowdays. Only Toys 'R Us "Pony Collection Set" includes collector cards so far.

Other sources of figurines includes:

None of those figurines had collector cards so far.

Possible Prototypes & Chinese Fakes

Yes, they exists and numerous, so here be text :)

About Blind Bags

Every bag always have an unique imprinted code somewhere on the bag. As collectors have discovered, this code can be deciphered to reveal the identity of the pony within the bag. Inside each bag you will find: a pony mini figurine, collector's card, small parts warning sheet and sometimes a colorful pamphlet.

Previous Gens

G4 are not the first My Little Pony blind bags. See Blind Bag Ponies. The scale of G4 blind bag ponies is similar to Ponyville figurines of G3 and G3.5 (so they may be referred to also G4 Ponyville or G4 PV).

International Releases

US/Euro cards comparision

Blind Bags, released in US and Europe markets have some minor differences:


Distribution

The US distribution of blind bags was very late with the Wave I and entirely missed Wave II. In their place were some packaged ponies on cards.

The initial delay spurred collectors to source their ponies from Taobao.

Identification

Two Digit Codes
Early European blind bags have two numerals lightly stamped on the outside of the bag on the top the back seam. These numbers correspond with the pony's number listed below.
Five Digit Codes
Up until the Neon set, all American blind bags and later European blind bags have a five digit code stamped into the flap on the back of the package. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th number is to confuse you. The second and forth numbers tell you which pony is inside. See the charts below.
Two Letter Codes
Starting with the Neon set, each bag has a two letter code stamped into the bottom flap of the bag. The first letter is A and the second letter tells you which pony is inside. See below for a chart matching ponies to letters.


Blind Bag Waves

Bland Bags released in "waves", usually 2-4 within a calendar year, starting from 2011 for G4. Each wave consists of 24 unique (for this particular wave) pony figurines, sharing a common style (e.g. pastel colored ponies in wave 9, bright translucent in wave 8, etc.), but often includes a few "specials", such as glittery versions of Pinkie, Twi and Dashie in wave 1; glow in the dark versions of Rarity, Twilight and Pinkie in wave 3, etc. In some countries (UK for sure) later waves were splitted in two sub-waves (consists of 12 ponies each), distinguishable by slightly different bags and boxes designs.

Although ponies are not repeated inside each wave (except for the specials, which sometimes represents an already being in this wave character), some of them can duplicate figurines from earlier waves, sets or other toys. Duplicate rate is around 30% if we count all known figurines from all known sources till October 2014 (and considering different molds, styles and paintings for one pony as different figurines), and is about 11% if we focus only on Blind Bags waves from I to XI. Mane 6 receives the most of re-releases, as you can guess of course.

Each wave offers it's own design for collector cards (with an exception for the first two Waves and TRU Pony Collection Set, which shares the same design). So, for example, common Twilight Sparkle figurines from wave 3 and wave 5 are identical, but have differing cards.

Early Blind Bag waves consisted solely of female ponies and were recolors of the Mane 6. At this point, Unicorns were based off of Twilight Sparkle or Rarity, while Earth Ponies were based off of Pinkie Pie or Applejack. All Pegasus Ponies were recolors of Rainbow Dash, including Fluttershy, one of the Mane 6. Later waves added more variety in molds, including male Earth, Unicorn, and Pegasus Ponies, and Alicorn Ponies. Also, while some early waves featured the Mane 6 and recycled G3 ponies, later waves tend to include more supporting and minor characters from the MLP:FiM.

Wave I

Euro Blind Bag
US Blind Bag
US card example
Monolingual mini pamphlet
Identifying Blind Bags Chart[1]
Purple and pink variants of Glittery Twilight Sparkle
Lily Blossom variants

Release date: May 2011 at the latest[2] in Europe; much later (but at least in January 2012 they already were[3]) in USA

Early Alternatives for Wave I in USA

Pinkie Pie variants - single on left, TRU pack on right

At first in the US/North America only the mane characters were released. Fluttershy at first only appeared in the US with the puzzle house (which is still quite rare), which drove her value up extremely high initially.

They have been packaged:

See Individually packaged mini ponies

The individual on card ponies have been sold in the US, Canada, and the UK so far.


Wave I Coming Out in USA

US Box of Blind Bags

The first set of blind bags appeared by the box (finally) on hasbrotoyshop.com February 2012, ie officially available in the US.

Very hard to read six-digit id number, 22445 for Glittery Rainbow Dash.

It seems that some/all of the first full run of blind bags released in North America do not have their collector card number punched into the packaging. Secretly however they do. Each of the two-digit numbers have been interspersed with the numbers: 2, 4, and 5. (Single digit numbers written with a zero ie 2 is written as 02). [4]

e.g. 02 + 245 = 20425:

  1. Pinkie Pie - 20415
  2. Applejack - 20425
  3. Rainbow Dash - 20435
  4. Rarity - 20445
  5. Twilight Sparkle - 20455
  6. Fluttershy - 20465
  7. Sugar Grape - 20475
  8. Lily Blossom - 20485
  9. Minty - 20495
  10. Bumblesweet - 21405
  11. Fizzypop - 21415
  12. Flower Wishes - 21425
  13. Roseluck - 21435
  14. Sweetie Blue - 21445
  15. Pepperdance - 21455
  16. Lemon Hearts - 21465
  17. Cherry Spices - 21475
  18. Sweetie Swirl - 21485
  19. Lucky Swirl - 21495
  20. Sweetcream Scoops - 22405
  21. Firecracker Burst - 22415
  22. Pinkie Pie (Glittery) - 22425
  23. Twilight Sparkle (Glittery) - 22435
  24. Rainbow Dash (Glittery) - 22445


Wave II

Bb-wave2.jpg
Euro card example
Multilingual mini pamphlet
G4-blind-wave2.jpg
Blind-ident-wave2.jpg
Left Wave 2 Cheerilee; Right later Pony Lesson Set Cheerilee

Release date: in August 2011 they already were[5] in Europe; never in USA


Wave III

Bb-wave3.jpg
US card example
Euro-w3.jpg
Euro box

Release date: July 2012 in USA[6]


Wave IV

Bb-wave4.jpg
US card example
Blue-blind-bags.jpg
L to R: Wave 2, Pony Rainbow Collection, Wave 4
L to R: Pony Rainbow Collection, Wave 2, Wave 4

Release date: May 2012 in Europe[8]; July 2012 in USA[9]


The secret ID number on some packaging may have five digits rather than two digit. (Single digit numbers written with a zero ie 2 is written as 02.) The two-digit numbers have been interspersed with the numbers: 5, 4, and 2. [10]

So 02 + 542 = 50422.

Stock photos from Equestria Daily.


Wave V

Bb-wave5.jpg
US card example
Common yellow card example vs. Forsythia's pink card (both are European versions)
Left Wave 3 Heartstrings; Right Wave 5 Lyra Heartstrings

Release date: August 2012 in USA/Europe[11]

Stock photos from Equestria Daily.


Wave VI

US Wave VI packaging
Euro Wave VI packaging
US card example
Wave 1 (left) and Wave 6 (right) Roseluck comparison

Release date: December 2012 in USA stores[12]

Photos from Strawberry Reef.


Wave VII

Bb-wave7.jpg
Bb-wave7.jpg
US card example
Wave 7 bag identifying Soarin and Spitfire

Release date: January 2013 in USA stores[13]

White background photos from 123toyuk.


Wave VIII

Wave8BlindBagCode.jpg
Close-up of the letter code
US card example
L to R: Wave 7, Wave 8
L to R: Wave 7, Wave 8
L to R: Wave 7, Wave 8
L to R: Wave 7, Wave 8
L to R: Wave 7, Wave 8
L to R: Wave 7, Wave 8

Release date: June 2013 in USA stores[14]

The bags for this wave were changed so that there was no longer a center flap for the codes to be imprinted on. Instead, letters were imprinted along the bottom edge of the bags. The numbers for the ponies were changed to the corresponding letter of the alphabet skipping the letters "J" and "Q" and adding an additional A at the beginning. That made #1 Applejack's code "AA," #2 Big McIntosh's code "AB" and so on through "AZ" for #24 Twilight Sparkle.



Wave IX

Bb-wave9.jpg
US card example
Sea Swirl Comparison L: Wave 3, R: Wave 9

Release date: November 2013 in USA stores[15]



Wave X

Bb-wave10.jpg
US card example
Royal Riff L: Wave 4; R: Wave 10
Peachy Sweet L: Wave 4; R: Wave 10
Mosely Orange L: Wave 4; R: Wave 10
Sassaflash L: Wave 4; R: Wave 10
Trixie L: Wave 4; R: Wave 10


Release date: April 2014 in USA stores[16]


Wave XI

Bb-wave-XI.jpg
|US card example

Release date: September 2014 in USA stores[17]


Origin unknown

This image was compiled originally by VioletCLM on mlparena.com; seems that many of them already come out in Blind Bags Wave XI

Sunset Shimmer • Suri Polomare • Big Wig • Spitfire • Purple Wave • Emerald Ray (plain version?) • Flash Sentry • Rising Star • Apple Munchies • Lightning Dust • Pinprick • Violet Velvet • pale blue earth pony with magenta hair • dark pink stallion with light blue hair • lavender earth pony with dark pink hair • yellow earth pony with pink hair and purse cutie mark[18]



Collection Sets

Collection Sets are (all?) exclusive to North America. Each set is exclusive to a particular store. Stores such as Target and Toys 'R Us.

Pony Collection Set (Toys R' Us)

stock photo
TRUBlindBagSet.jpg
stock photo
Pinkie Pie variants - single on left, TRU set on right

Release date: August 2011 in Toys R' Us stores, USA [19]


Friendship Celebration Collection (Toys R' Us)

Mip-friendship-collection.jpg
Taobao MIP Friendship Celebration Collection

Release date: May 2012 at Taobao[20]

Sweetie Swirl and Firecracker Burst

Lily Blossom and Bumblesweet

Lemon Hearts and Pepperdance

Sugar Grape and Lulu Luck

Rainbow Flash and Sweetie Blue

Blossomforth and Flower Wishes



Pony Rainbow Collection (Target)

Rainbow Collection.jpg
Rainbow Collection MIB.jpg
stock photo
stock photo

Release date: between blind bag waves VI and VII



The Pony Rainbow Collection versions of Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity are almost exact matches to the Wave 4 versions. Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash are darker than their Wave 1 versions. Twilight Sparkle is a brighter purple than Wave 1 as well. Fluttershy is darker than Wave 4 and slightly lighter but still close in color to her Wave 2 counterpart. Applejack is darker than in both Wave 4 and Wave 2. Rarity is more opaque than her Wave 2 version. With the exception of Emerald Ray, the Rainbow Collection does not have the black numbers stamped on the bottoms of their hooves differentiating them from the other waves.


Pinkie Pie and Friends Mini Collection (Walmart)

Pinkie Pie & Friends
Mini Collection™

Release date: released between blind bag waves VI and VII


Pony Friends Forever Collection (Toys R' Us)

Pony Friends Forever Collection

Release date: ???


Miniature Sets

For more details on mini sets, see G4 Mini Ponies and Sets.

Wave I




Wave II


Wave III




Wave IV






Wave V







Board Games

Rainbow Magic

RainbowMagicGame.jpg

Game came with four blind bag ponies: Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy.


Regnbågsspelet

Regnbågsspelet.jpg

Regnbågsspelet means "The Rainbow Game" in Swedish. It came out in Sweden, as you can guess, with four blind bag ponies inside: Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, and Lyra Heartstrings (identical to those in Blind Bags Wave III)


Chutes and Ladders

ChutesAndLadders.jpg

My Little Pony version of the game came with three blind bag ponies to use as pieces - Princess Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash, all have coloring nuances, making them an unique figurines




Funny facts

Ponie's cutie marks can rarely undergo minor appearance changes in re-releases. [here be pictures]

A few not vastly involved in MLP:FiM ponies had even managed to change their race due to mistakes in later waves:

See also

References

  1. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/blind-bags-are-identifiable.html
  2. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/blind-bags-are-identifiable.html
  3. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/01/blind-bag-ponies-invading-us-wal-mart.html
  4. http://www.toyreviewdaily.com/2012/01/17/code-number-list-my-little-pony-blind-bags-us-series-1-kiosk-ponies-2012-hasbro/
  5. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/blind-bags-round-2.html
  6. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/07/blind-bag-wave-3-hitting-shelves.html
  7. http://www.bronycon.org/images/blindbags/wave3/
  8. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/05/blind-bag-wave-4-now-available-in.html
  9. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/08/blind-bag-wave-5-metallic-ponies.html
  10. http://mylittleponymadness.weebly.com/1/post/2012/05/wave-4-blind-bag-identification.html
  11. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/08/yellow-alicorn-wave-blindbag-codes.html
  12. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/12/wave-6-blind-bags-popping-up-at-various.html
  13. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/01/blind-bag-identification-for-wave-7.html
  14. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/06/neon-blindbag-identification.html
  15. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/11/new-blindbag-set-at-hot-topic-wave-9.html
  16. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/04/wave-10-blindbags-appearing-now.html
  17. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/09/wave-11-blindbag-ponies-popping-up-in.html
  18. http://mlparena.com/index.php/topic,349768.0.html
  19. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/pony-collection-set-sneaking-into-toys.html
  20. http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/05/another-toys-r-us-blindbag-set-on-way.html
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