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After reading the post below, why do "highlighter marks" show up on ponies?  I think...

it's the mane leaking onto the pony
22 (48.9%)
it's the kids coloring on the pony with highlighters.
8 (17.8%)
it's little brothers using magic trying to ruin the awesomeness (closet bronies)
1 (2.2%)
it's something I figured out and I promise to post a reply telling what I think it actually is.
6 (13.3%)
it's something we haven't figured out yet.  Who can really know the truth of anything?
8 (17.8%)

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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2014, 03:52:24 PM »
Surely it applies to G2's. I've seen a Princess Crystal with her tail hole colored in 'highlighter' yellow :cloud: And as i mentioned earlier the bandanas can leave stains. I'm still trying to figure out why only one of my ponies, Eve, got her head discolored to creamy though - I've opened her up and she was clean inside so it must be something else in the plastic....

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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2014, 04:17:56 PM »
I'm pretty much going with the theory that gremlins sneak out at night and color on ponies with markers. Then they give them play-doh facials. For the final wipe down there's dust, lots of dust...

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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2014, 04:32:14 PM »
That is very interesting! Thanks!
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2014, 04:35:33 PM »
I don't know, but last night I dreamed all my ponies with yellow hair bled into their bodies thanks to this thread. 
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2014, 11:10:04 PM »
^^ this... except this morning I woke up to see Rosedust and Morning glory on the g4 carousel at the foot of my bed... they must have been knocked down by hubby and he's picked them back up, because you couldn't see Rosedust for Morning Glory's hair - I was like "NOOOOOO!"

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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2014, 11:48:20 AM »
We have had a couple of discussions on this before. :) The yellow straining is typically from hair that yellow is notoriously non-colour fast [in fact a lot of neon colours suffer the same thing] and sometimes pink is saddle sores or of course regrind on certain ponies, however a lot of the random pink marks are the plastic itself breaking down. Over time and usually when exposed to some kind of water or humidity plastic breaks down and this can cause an issue with the pigment and the plastic itself which causes it to change colour - typically to a pink colour. It is the same thing you will see around plug holes, a pinkish shade.
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2014, 03:15:16 PM »
so could this happen to newer gens too?

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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2014, 03:44:14 PM »
The pink marks can also come from those wonderful pink saddles that came with some of the playsets. Lesson to learn: Don't leave accessories on display ponies.

This!

Also, don't leave clothing on ponies for a long period of time either...I destroyed a Minty by leaving a corset on her and it stained her body :cry:
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2014, 04:29:12 PM »
Yes, this applies to all generations, even modern ponies - the materials used in them are chemically unstable, and as the years go by they break down.  Decay is the eventual fate of every material, no matter how well made, and toys are particularly prone to this. 
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2014, 06:10:48 PM »
Yes, this applies to all generations, even modern ponies - the materials used in them are chemically unstable, and as the years go by they break down.  Decay is the eventual fate of every material, no matter how well made, and toys are particularly prone to this. 

Yup this.

Unfortunately ponies are manufactured pretty cheaply. In fact, can you imagine how cheap they must be to have stayed the same price for 30 years? Yes they have got smaller so materials are less but G3s are not that much smaller than G1s.

Cheap plastic is going to degrade with time and we have even seen already with the plasticiser and glue/rot issues with G3 that there break down is happening even faster than on some G1s.
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2014, 06:16:34 PM »
Yes, this applies to all generations, even modern ponies - the materials used in them are chemically unstable, and as the years go by they break down.  Decay is the eventual fate of every material, no matter how well made, and toys are particularly prone to this. 

Pretty much this.  There are some things you can do to slow the process down, but mostly it's just accepting that these are 30 year old TOYS that were manufactured super cheaply by the millions.
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2014, 09:35:22 PM »
Entropy!

Yep, lots of causes for highlighter markers. Sometimes it actually is highlighters too.
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2014, 10:01:57 PM »
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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2014, 12:05:31 AM »
Yellow highlighter marks also tend to come from the Scholltime poniesĀ“ bags. I ruined my perfectly mint Sportstime that way :(

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Re: "Highlighter Marks" are not children's fault! Science!
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2014, 11:47:14 AM »
The pink marks can also come from those wonderful pink saddles that came with some of the playsets. Lesson to learn: Don't leave accessories on display ponies.

This! I bought what I thought was a really mint Sunlight from a car boot sale but she was wearing a saddle and when I took it off - HUGE pink marks! GAH!