I got a special treat for you today! I dug up the very first sketch of Moonbeam to show what she looked like when I was originally developing her. Probably the first difference you'll notice is that she was originally conceived as a pegasus pony. I ditched the wings when I realized that meant she could just easily fly into outer space instead of observing it from the ground. It also took away the need of her telescope and covered up her cutie mark. You'll also notice the slight difference in the mane design. This version was meant to resemble a full moon and it was final for a while until I had the plushie commissioned (Thanks,
!). If I had kept that design, that would have meant that entire side of her face would have been covered. Yeah, it looked good on paper but no so good on a plushie. Some more minor differences include the thicker eyelashes, the slightly different cutie mark, and the shorter tail. The eyelashes and cutie mark were eventually simplified in later drawings. Finally, her name was originally going to be Star
Moonbeam, which was the name of the character in the game where I got the name from, Backyard Baseball 2001
. I decided to shorten it to just Moonbeam so as not to be accused of plagiarism.
And that, my friends, is how Moonbeam was created.