Keypers :: Ponies
"Far off in a land of magic and fun live the Keypers and the Finders. Keypers keep treasures locked safely inside, while Finders travel about seeking to find! Meet each of the Keypers and their new friends, they have special ways to keep your secret treasures safe."
Keypers were produced by Tonka from 1985 to 1992. They were large, hard plastic bodied adults and small softer plastic bodied babies. The adult Keypers had a key (with their name on) which locked and unlocked a door somewhere about their body, and the baby Keypers had a slit in their backs where you could store things. Along with the plastic toys there were large plush adult Keypers, books, games and other items.
The ponies were a series 2 release and had the most colour and pose variations of any of the Keypers. There were four versions of the adult pony produced, the purple one being the most common. There were three colour variations, which as far as I know did not come with Finders. I have also found another adult pony made from a similar mould to the main one and there were two quite different ones produced too (neither came with Finders). The variations were only released in UK & Europe.
|Diamond [S2]||Glitter [S2]||Dash Finder [S2]|
|Music Pony [S3]||Music Pony [S3]||Jewellery Pony [S3]|
|Music Pony [S3]||Music Pony [S3]|
Ponies [Series 2]
There were four versions of the adult pony produced, the purple one being the most common. There were three colour variations, which as far as I know did not come with Finders. I have also found another adult pony made from a similar mould to the main one and there were two quite different ones produced too (neither came with Finders). The variations were only released in UK & Europe.
- Purple Reins
- Purple Key
- Purple Brush
- Purple Brush
- Silver Tiara
Ponies [Series 3 - Kenner, 1992]
Series three ponies had glittery eyes and long tri-coloured hair. None came with a finder and were Euro releases only.
There were two Music Ponies produced in Diamond's mould. Their keys still had "Diamond" written on them, but they were called "Gold Pony" and "Silver Pony" on the packaging backs.
Gold Pony's accessories:
- Gold & Orange Reins
- Orange Key, Brush & Keyring
Silver Pony's accessories:
- Silver & Pink Reins
- Yellow Key, Brush & Keyring
There was one Jewellery Pony produced in Diamonds pose.
Jewellery Pony's accessories:
- Purple Reins
- Gold Key
- Pink Brush, & Keyring
- Heart Jewellery Box & Ring
These versions look quite different from the above ponies, but weren't knock-off's.
Pony Variation 1 accessories:
- Pink & Silver Reins
- Pink Key, Brush & Keyring
Pony Variation 2 accessories:
- Blue & Silver Reins
- Blue Key, Brush & Keyring
Musical Dream Ponies [Lucky Bell, 1988-89]
These ponies were produced by Lucky Bell in 1988-89 (marked Ib 1988). They had a sound box inside their bodies which played a tune when their tails were combed.
I have included them as they are so similar to "Diamond" that they are often mistaken for a Keyper. Second-hand, they are mostly found in Greece, France and Germany, but the packaging I've found is in English which implies they were sold in the UK too.
They were sold both individually and with a doll friend.