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The '80s 'My Little Pony' Cartoon Was A Toy Tie-In That's Way Weirder Than You Remember

Updated 29 Mar 2019 4.8k views14 items

If you're familiar with My Little Pony as it exists today, you probably love the show's heartfelt lessons and colorful characters. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is by no means the origin of those adorable characters though - the first series, which aired back in the '80s, was much weirder than you might recall. Cartoons from that period were all about selling toys, and while that hasn't changed much in the ensuing decades, Hasbro was particularly adept at toy-focused marketing strategies at the time.

Looking back, the series' concept, presentation, characters, and tie-in products were kind of strange. Sure, the show had cute ponies frolicking, telling adorable stories, and embarking on countless adventures, but peel back a layer or two, and it's all rather odd. That said, it did inspire a revamped television series, several movies and specials, highly collectible toys, and a group of devoted, adult male followers called "Bronies," so it's clearly had a lasting impact.

Here are some of the stranger aspects of the 1980s My Little Pony TV show you may have forgotten.

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