Pretty Parlor 35th Anniversary My Little Pony Playset
In 2018, Hasbro and Basic Fun released the 35th Anniversary My Little Pony Pretty Parlor playset. It's an authentic reproduction of the very first My Little Pony playset released in 1983.
The playset comes with a stable, playset pony Peachy, Twinkles the cat, 2 hats, a saddle and bridle, brush and comb, a basket with a strap, a name tag for Peachy, and two hats.
These are most of the same accessories as the original Pretty Parlor, minus the extra hair ribbon, pink blanket, and name tags for other ponies. Although the My Little Pony 35th Anniversary line also includes all of the original earth ponies from Year 1, name tags for those ponies are not included in the playset.
The stable doubles as a carry case and opens up to reveal a parlor with shelves and hangers for pony accessories. There's a platform for the ponies to stand on and a mirror at the back.
The artwork on the reproduction Pretty Parlor (right) is very similar to the original 1983 Pretty Parlor (left).
The reproduction Peachy (right) is slightly darker in color than the original (left), she's more tan than peach. Although this is disappointing, all of the 35th Anniversary ponies have been slightly darker than their originals.
On the plus side, her neck joint is not glued, so she can turn her head slightly. This also eliminates any issues with glue that discolors or yellows over time.
The hats included in the 35th Anniversary Pretty Parlor are made of harder plastic than the rubbery originals, and the flowers on the white hat are not painted pink.
The most noticeable difference in the playset is Twinkles the cat. Aside from being made of harder plastic, the 35th Anniversary Twinkles has been made from a different mold and does not have stripes, so the two cats are quite different in size and appearance.
For a charming bit of nostalgia, the 35th Anniversary Twinkles has been made using the same mold as Strawberry Shortcake's pet cat Custard, so it's likely that collectors won't mind this change too much.
Overall, the 35th Anniversary My Little Pony Pretty Parlor pays tribute to the original playset without changing too many of the features, although most collectors will likely prefer Peachy's original color and the color of the prototype shown on the box over the pony's actual darker color.