The most common ponies were made in either Hong Kong or China and were widely available to the following countries. These countries all have pony releases that are unique to them and some of them have variations of the US released ponies.
Variant Ponies (some referred to as Nirvana) are ponies made in foreign countries besides Hong Kong/China. Ponies have been found in many countries and are variations of ponies found in the countries above. Some variations are slight and some are quite different than their original Hong Kong/China release including body/hair/eye color, body type (earth/pegasus/unicorn), plastic quality, hair quality, forelock/lack of forelock, hair length, hoof markings, and symbol.