it definitely has to do with the mold. Patent Pending means the patent application has been filled, but not yet approved. When something is patented, it means you can't legally steal it.. and patent pending means the same thing, because it lets you know it's in the proccess of. Does that make sense?
When the loving families came out, the male clydesdale pose and Mommy Apple Delight/UUA's pose had been introduced either that year or the year before, new enough that their patent hadn't gone through yet. Baby Apple Delight is in Ember's pose, which was by then 3 or 4 years old and had been approved.
ABC: hoarding little plastic horse toys since 1987.
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