>tfw you realize Canterlot Boutique in particular despite its message hilariously was ultimately written to sell a specific new mass produced plastic toy
To be fair, as someone who buys and collects a lot of MLP toy garbage, the toys rarely, if ever, have any real correlation to the show. It seems almost like the toys get produced based on random parts of what happens or appears in the show, rather than the other way around.
My guess would be that the two have absolutely no relation to each other at all. A lot of characters and locations that just seem to scream "I WILL BE A TOY! BUY THIS TOY!" actually never end up getting any toys.
And if they do, they come out at least a year after the thing has been released on TV and the short lived hype that young children produce is well and truly dead.
Sugarcube Corner only recently started getting any real playsets that contained anything that resembled the actual store.
Hilariously, it's apparently actually:
>Hasbro: Sell this
>Team: Okay, shove it into the background unless they give us something we need to make an episode for
Canterlot Boutique went like this:
>Hasbro: Sell this Rarity boutique set that isn't Carousel Boutique
>Team: Shit now we got to make an entire episode about that because it's so big
Supposedly they wait a while now but I agree with you. It's really weird when something looks toyetic but it isn't and sort of a testament to the team when something toyetic looks in place (eg literally every time they are in any kind of vehicle)
>A lot of characters and locations that just seem to scream "I WILL BE A TOY! BUY THIS TOY!" actually never end up getting any toys
That's because Hasbro's marketing department is pants-on-head retarded and stuck in the fucking 50s.
Well, Rarity could have just taken the third option of designing new outfits herself and letting Sassy's proposed assembly line mass-produce the ones that were in high demand like the Princess Dress. I realize the solution she used was meant to help get the episode's moral across, but it did leave Rarity with a potentially over-filled schedule, and it doesn't address the possibility of two customers wanting the same dress or someone wanting more than one of the same design.
Mass production isn't inherently bad, even in a creative industry.
I think Rarity literally wanted to run a charity where she gave away custom designed dresses to make mares feel better about themselves or something.
Then again even at the end there were some background gags about her stuff being pricey so maybe not?
I wonder if and when we'll get a toy of pic related. Twilight seems to be teaching there now, so it's likely we'll see more of it in the future.
She wants each dress to match the wearer, for people to choose what they wear themselves rather than following trends. It's admirable, but I think it still wouldn't have hurt to produce more than one of the popular designs so customers wouldn't have to go with their second or third choice because someone else bought the one they wanted.