My Little Pony Expert Summer Hayes Explores 25 Years of MLP Summer Hayes is the author of several My Little Pony price guides and has a collection of over 1,800 ponies with her stash of these brightly colored horse toys valued at a little over the cost of a ne
News-Antique.com - Jun 07,2008 - Summer Hayes is the author of several My Little Pony price guides and has a collection of over 1,800 ponies with her stash of these brightly colored horse toys valued at a little over the cost of a new car. With her guides to both the vintage My Little Ponies of the 1980s and 90s as well as to the toys still in stores today getting rave reviews from collectors and eBay sellers alike for their large photos, helpful info and ease of use, Summer Hayes is the ultimate authority on these beloved Hasbro toys. Priced Nostalgia caught up with Summer Hayes to get some of the secrets behind the world of My Little Pony (MLP) collecting and to talk about why it has endured to this day.
Priced Nostalgia: My Little Pony has been in stores on and off for over 25 years now and has been a favorite toy of several generations. Why do you feel that this toy in particular has been so popular for so long?
Summer Hayes: MLP is such a great toy. All of the ponies are so simple, yet each pony is unique. With all the different colors and styles, there is bound to be a pony out there that you find appealing. For a child, MLP is the perfect toy for imaginative play. For older collectors, the sheer number and variety are definitely a draw.
PN: We seem to be in the middle of a real 80s resurgence. Transformers had a blockbuster movie, Fraggle Rock is coming back for a feature film, Care Bears and My Little Pony are back in stores, Ghostbusters are coming out with a new video game, 80s performers like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Duran Duran all have new albums out. Why do you think that so many things from the 80s are coming back?
SH: Itís all about nostalgia. People have memories that are linked to things they had in their childhood and they want to share them with their children. For MLP specifically, it is a time tested brand. It had an extremely successful run in the 1980s and is an iconic toy. Whether you loved or hated My Little Pony as a child, you knew what they were and most likely knew someone who played with them.
PN: So you feel that is a big part of it, the children of the 80s, now grown up into parents, sharing these toys with their own children.?
SH: Absolutely! My mother, while not a collector, loved to help me find new ponies and finish sets when I was a child. To this day, Iíll call her up to tell her when I get something new for my collection. I think it is a great hobby for parents and children to share.
PN: With new My Little Ponies still being released to this day, parents have the choice of either collecting the new or vintage MLP with their kids. Your book, The My Little Pony G3 Collectorís Inventory,