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Need help identifying this toy horse
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:56:56 PM »
Hello :)
Searching through some old childhood toys, I came across this horse. The only markings on it say "v.i.96 china" I don't know what v.i stands for (or mabe it's v.1?) I know I have two others similar, but I can only find this one at the moment. One of the others is exactly the same mold, but in brown. The other is a larger horse (presumably the mother of this grey one) and has the same colouring as in the picture. I thin those two came in a set.
I seem to remember that they came with accessories, probably some jumps, a brush and some hair clips to style their manes. They were aimed at young girls, much like my little pony and are from the 90s. I'm pretty sure I remember seeing an advert for them on tv when I was little, so I think it's from a specific line of toys, rather than just a miscellaneous pony. (although I could be wrong.)
Any ideas?






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Re: Need help identifying this toy horse
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 05:56:22 PM »
Could it be a date? V=5 in Roman numerals.

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Re: Need help identifying this toy horse
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2014, 06:24:58 PM »
Could it be a date? V=5 in Roman numerals.

That's a possibility. I hadn't though of that :) It's a shame it doesn't have any manufacturers or brand name on it though, as I'm not sure how to go about identifying it just by date.

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Re: Need help identifying this toy horse
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 04:52:50 PM »
I remember these!!! I'm pretty sure what you have there are Grand Champions, or at least, one of the earlier forms when Empire still owned them. I could be wrong, but they look similar to the ones I had.
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Re: Need help identifying this toy horse
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 07:50:28 AM »
I remember these!!! I'm pretty sure what you have there are Grand Champions, or at least, one of the earlier forms when Empire still owned them. I could be wrong, but they look similar to the ones I had.

Yes! I think you must be right :) I just googled them and saw several that look very similar to mine. I even found it's original little coat yesterday and it was the same style as the ones on a lot of images I saw, so that must be it. Thanks so much! :D I'm thinking that mine might be a knock off version though, as most of the little coats seem to have the Grand Champions logo on it with velcro at the front, and mine is blank with no velcro closure. Possible it's just an older style, but it would also explain why it doesn't have any brand name on it. Still just as cute either way :) Thanks for the help.