Question about the stars sets and their budget

Hey Greg, not sure how active you are on here these days or if you would know anything about this, but I thought it would be worth a try to ask.

You’ve mentioned in the past that the stars sets were always designed with the smaller av-toran build in mind due to budget restraints. Do you know if those budget limitations were a result of the sets having to be designed at the last minute after the line was cancelled? or would bionicle sets have always started moving towards lower price points even if the line continued?