How did you discover variants?

Discussion in 'Variant Valley' started by Peppermint Truly, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. BonBon

    BonBon Bushwoolies suck.

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    Hmm... I possibly discovered them through My Little Wiki or something. I've been visiting that site for some time, so that's probably it. If that's not where I found out about them, then I'm not sure where. There's a possibility that I suspected they were around, and so it was the Wiki that confirmed it at least, for sure.

    Wow! Do you know how she wound up with so many variants and a prototype? And did she know what she had? That's so crazy stuff.
  2. sam234uk

    sam234uk lovestorys owner

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    I found some ponies at the bootsale one year, they were princess's and they were cheap looking I bought them anyway, turned out the be Princess varients they were lovely but I had to sell them when my marriage broke down... maybe I'll find them again one day x
  3. PrincessLyra

    PrincessLyra Smarter than the average Care Bear

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    I think I'm the same as BonBon, I found them through browsing My Little Wiki and discovering some ponies I happened to click on were not the same worldwide. Though there's only one variant that really catches my eye, and that's Reverse Gusty. Even if I can't afford her, I wouldn't mind her being crazy expensive that much, which I bet she is, but what really bothers me is never, ever having seen even one for sale. Come on, I've seen two Rapunzels already, and she's like, INSANELY rare! Where's Reverse Gusty??
  4. KitKatVintage

    KitKatVintage Variant Valley Moderator

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    I found the early MLP community online in late '97 and joined a yahoo email group for buying, selling, trading, and most of all pony talk. Back then people from all over the world were just starting to come into the online world and there were a handful of collectors from the UK & Europe that were offering their exclusive ponies for sale and trade. I was hooked on variants from then on. ;) One of my favorite parts of the history of collecting is the "discovery" of ponies from all different countries as more and more countries got internet access and the world became more connected.

    Reverse Gusty is not an official release like Rapunzel. Her origins are still unknown, but she's most likely to be a prototype or test model. There are very, very few that are confirmed as real (maybe 3 or fewer in the community). At one time before customizing was as common as it is now a handful of fake Reverse Gustys spread through the market. If a Reverse Gusty does come up for sale, it's very important to track it's owner history to help figure out it's legitimacy, as well as thoroughly inspect it inside and out.
  5. garej

    garej Bushwoolie

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    I found mine through places such as here. Though I bought a Italian Lickety Split at a car boot sale during the mid 1990s. It wasnt until joining here that I found that other countries exist, which led me to check all the ponies that I had at a car boot sales (I was yet to buy off the internet at that point) and found that Lickety Split was a varient.
  6. LightningSilver-Mana

    LightningSilver-Mana Twinkles the Cat

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    Online forums. Probably mostly this one in particular and mlp Facebook groups as well.
  7. RedTabbyKitty

    RedTabbyKitty Itty Bitty Kitty just hangin out on clothesline

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    I found out about variants on ebay while I was looking for Posey & saw Italian Posey there, so I did a little snooping on the internet & discovered a whole big wide world of people who were Pony crazy like me :)
  8. Philly

    Philly Crazy Crab Lady

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    I came here, and my mind was opened.
    Also I bought an Italian Tootsie
  9. Mimic

    Mimic Bushwoolie Wrangler

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    Like others, I discovered them through this website.
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  10. LightningSilver-Mana

    LightningSilver-Mana Twinkles the Cat

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    This forum, and social media. I'm thoroughly fascinated by them. I don't need to buy them, I'll free that market up for serious collectors but i just love seeing and collecting pictures.

    May be coming up with some custom ponies of variants
  11. GloryChaser

    GloryChaser Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    I didn't know them as variants until sites like this when I was in college in 2004. I was exposed to ponies of many colors though growing up since I only got min from thrift stores as a kid and I lived pretty close to the Mexico/US border so I saw and owned Mexican and US ponies and didn't think anything of it.
  12. tulagirl

    tulagirl Proud Owner of Cat Pee Pony

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    A pony collecting friend here in town from the Arena gave me my very first one as a gift. She was so nice. She educated me well on the variants out there. I didn't know about them up until that time.
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  13. Winged Mirage

    Winged Mirage Ever-Pondering Scribe

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    When me and my sis were looking up ponies on Strawberry Reef. We never knew there were so many different types of the same pony...or so many ponies in general....

    Since we're both Pokemon fans too, we think of them as shinies :p
  14. Khoufu

    Khoufu Starship Captain

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    I got into online pony collecting almost 2 years ago and it didn't take long for me to become aware of their existence. I thought they were cool but didn't think too much about those expensive variants until my mom surprised me with an Italian Tootsie for my birthday last August, since it was white (my favorite) and I guess the listing said she wasn't white in the US.

    There are lots of cool variants and I'd love white variants of ponies that weren't white in the US, but my favorite is Argentina Northstar since her symbol is different due to being from a country that doesn't primarily speak English.

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