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Bonnie Zacherle

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Bonnie Zacherle

Bonnie Zacherle
Occupation Entrepreneur, inventor, Illustrator
Employer Z Studio
Religion Episcopalian

Bonnie D. Zacherle is an American illustrator and designer who now resides in Warrenton, Virginia. Zacherle is best known as the creator of the best-selling My Little Pony toy line and also as the creator of Nerfuls.

Zacherle has done some outside consulting for Bliss House, an American licensing consultancy, on the graphics and product development side.[1] In 2003, she became a member of 'Women In Toys'.[2]

My Little Pony

In August 1981, while working for Hasbro, Zacherle, along with sculptor Charles Muenchinger of Providence, Rhode Island and Manger Steve D'Aguanno of Smithfield, Rhode Island, submitted a design patent for "an ornamental design for a toy animal". The patent, U.S. #D269986, was granted in August 1983.[3][4]


In the mid 1980s, Zacherle submitted a series of patents which would later become known as the Nerfuls.[5] Nerfuls were produced by Parker Brothers in the United States, Kenner Products in the United Kingdom, and Cromy in Argentina from 1985-87. These small toys consisted of 3-pieces - hat/hair, ball-face and plastic body. All the parts were interchangeable and the ball-face itself could bounce.[6] There were eight characters in the original series of Nerfuls. This was followed up by more Nerfuls, playsets and accessories.[6]


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