Bonnie Zacherle is an American illustrator and designer best known as the original creator of the My Little Pony toy line. In 1981, Zacherle conceptualized and sketched a line of realistic toy ponies, colorful and with “cutie marks” on their hindquarters to represent their emotions. Originally called "My Pretty Pony," she initally wanted them to be more realistically colored. The colors and the name were tweaked, however, and the rest is toy industry history. She would go on to redesign Mr. Potatohead for a new generation.