Right, which is precisely why I have MANY MANY background ponies and supporting characters! You can check out my list and see that But SOME one off characters just weren’t popular enough even within their own right to warrant the risk. Like Zesty Gourmand for example. An interesting character, but didn’t develop quite the following as, say, Saffron Marsala.
I’ve gotta be careful! Plushies take me an average of 14 hours to do, and it would really suck to put in that time investment for a not-so-popular character and end up holding onto it for years, only to have to discount it drastically for it to sell. That unpopular character may have that one fan who is dying for merch of them and would snatch it up as soon as they saw it, but the chances of that one fan having the money and just so happening to walk by my booth is slim. I’d like to at least make a pony who I believe would have a few fans interested.
That being said, if someone wants to preorder him a little closer to the con, I’d be happy to arrange that!