I do not remember Flutter Ponies when they showed up in the eighties, but they really do make a lot of sense. My Little Ponies with delicate wings that you can flap? How did these things not sell themselves?
I did some asking around and a few old school Pony fans have said that a big problem with these ponies were the wings, which were easy to lose and even worse, easy to break. So instead of magical flying symbol of freedom and beauty you have a plastic reminder of vulnerability. Is there not a lesson that cannot be learned from these Ponies?