I got my first Chap Mei ponies at a dollar store in the late-90’s in mom and baby sets. You can see that the color schemes on some of the adults was influenced by the 1997 My Little Pony reboot (G2).
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PETAL BLOSSOM: vs
SKY SKIMMER: vs
The metallic accessories discolor the plastic pretty badly. Note that the wings are attached to the saddle, not the pony, so they are plain unicorns if you take off the saddle.
CHAP MEI BABIES
Chap Mei is still in business, but is focused more on their G.I. Joe-type action figure lines and don’t seem to be in girly toys at the moment.
COMPARISON: left to right: 1. original Chap Mei; 2. fakie with painted hooves; 3. fakie with unpainted hooves; 4. fakie with narrowed hooves.
FAKIES – WIDE HOOF
FAKIES – NARROW HOOF
This fakie version has had the legs/hooves slimmed down. They are not all marked by brand, but one of the adults that I have is branded JA-RU (a company in the novelty toy industry) on the side.
A fakie of the Chap Mei babies is quite prevalent among cheap party favor fakies.
A different mold, but based on the Chap Mei adult, shows up on two ponies I have marked LONG KEY on the bottom of the hoof (I haven’t found any information on this manufactuer). These have wings attached to the body and NO unicorn horn. There were also babies from Long Key, which are not direct copies of Chap Mei design.