History DeaderThanDisco / Toys

29th Jun '16 1:16:24 AM Kelothan
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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now they are mostly remembered for two things, [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd trashing said games. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name (except for a short 2000 revival).

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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now they are mostly remembered for two things, [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd trashing said games. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name (except for name. There was a short 2000 revival).revival, but that lasted ''one game''. Even worse, the game was so poorly received that it's rumored Acclaim used the logo to protect their image.
9th Jun '16 10:39:14 AM DerplesTheMagicalUnicorn
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* Toys/{{Bratz}} dolls. When they first came out at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the fashion dolls were hugely popular in a way no prior Franchise/{{Barbie}} rival had ever been, and ''very'' controversial due to their "slutty" appearance for characters who were supposed to be teenagers. Now thanks to said controversy dying out, several failed retools and {{spinoff}}s, a lengthy hiatus due to legal issues, and the rise of doll lines such as Toys/MonsterHigh that feature LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with truly distinctive personalities and strong WorldBuilding, the Bratz franchise is struggling to stay afloat and is virtually dead. There's a good chance most toy-buying kids aren't aware the line still exists, or even ''existed''. A reboot of the line came along in 2015 but many, even former fans, doubt it will last long. Even Moxie Girlz, created by the same company to replace it, isn't doing too well and now exists mainly as a LighterAndSofter budget line.

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* Toys/{{Bratz}} dolls. When they first came out at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the fashion dolls were hugely popular in a way no prior Franchise/{{Barbie}} rival had ever been, and ''very'' controversial due to their "slutty" appearance for characters who were supposed to be teenagers. Now thanks to said controversy dying out, several failed retools and {{spinoff}}s, a lengthy hiatus due to legal issues, and the rise of doll lines such as Toys/MonsterHigh and the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls that feature LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with truly distinctive personalities and strong WorldBuilding, the Bratz franchise is struggling to stay afloat and is virtually dead. There's a good chance most toy-buying kids aren't aware the line still exists, or even ''existed''. A reboot of the line came along in 2015 but many, even former fans, doubt it will last long. Even Moxie Girlz, created by the same company to replace it, isn't doing too well and now exists mainly as a LighterAndSofter budget line.
7th Jun '16 6:33:38 PM HighCrate
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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now, thanks to many dumb dicisions and videogames that were mostly (but not all were, mind you) [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames garbage]] from they are mostly remembered for two things, [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible being quite possibly the worst video game publisher of all time]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd bashing them repeatedly. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name. However, in 2000, they briefly revived the name for ''Spirit of Speed 1937'', only because they knew they had a stinker on their hands and figured they might as well put the LJN logo on it.

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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now, thanks to many dumb dicisions and videogames that were mostly (but not all were, mind you) [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames garbage]] from Now they are mostly remembered for two things, [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible being quite possibly the worst video game publisher of all time]], [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd bashing them repeatedly. trashing said games. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name. However, in 2000, they briefly revived the name (except for ''Spirit of Speed 1937'', only because they knew they had a stinker on their hands and figured they might as well put the LJN logo on it.short 2000 revival).
7th Jun '16 6:30:01 PM Kelothan
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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now they are mostly remembered for two things, [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd trashing said games. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name. However, in 2000, they briefly revived the name for ''Spirit of Speed 1937'', only because they knew they had a stinker on their hands and figured they might as well put the LJN logo on it.

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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now Now, thanks to many dumb dicisions and videogames that were mostly (but not all were, mind you) [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames garbage]] from they are mostly remembered for two things, [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible being quite possibly the worst video game publisher of all time]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd trashing said games.bashing them repeatedly. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name. However, in 2000, they briefly revived the name for ''Spirit of Speed 1937'', only because they knew they had a stinker on their hands and figured they might as well put the LJN logo on it.
3rd Jun '16 8:13:15 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now they are mostly remembered for two things, [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd trashing said games. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name (except for a short 2000 revival).

to:

* Creator/LJNToys used to be up there with Creator/{{Mattel}}. Now they are mostly remembered for two things, [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames abysmal licensed games]], and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd trashing said games. The company's swan song was in 1995, when Creator/{{Acclaim}} (which itself became DeaderThanDisco), which acquired LJN in 1990, retired the LJN brand name. However, in 2000, they briefly revived the name (except for ''Spirit of Speed 1937'', only because they knew they had a short 2000 revival).stinker on their hands and figured they might as well put the LJN logo on it.
6th May '16 2:14:42 PM HighCrate
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* Any number of fad {{toys}}. TheEighties had Franchise/CabbagePatchKids, (which lasted through TheNineties and are making a valiant attempt at a resurgence), Toys/TeddyRuxpin, Toys/{{Simon}}, [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch pocket games that play only one game]] (such as ''VideoGame/PacMan'' or ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}''), [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]], the [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy snow cone maker]], and WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite (though those last three are making something of a comeback). In TheNineties, it was VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}} [[note]] Tamagotchis are still fairly popular in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, though the ones made there nowadays are nearly InNameOnly. {{Virtual Pet|s}} games have also found an audience with fans of 1990s nostalgia.[[/note]], [[Series/SesameStreet Tickle-Me-Elmo]], Toys/BeanieBabies, [[AnyoneRememberPogs pogs]] ("tazos" in Mexico, Australia and other countries)... the list is ever-growing. Anyone who grew up at the time that any one of these were popular has probably witnessed the popularity arc go from "niche item that only a few people have heard of" to "waiting in line for half a day just to get one, then seeing people fight in the store over the remaining stock" to "finding a bunch of well-worn ones for 50 cents at Goodwill".
** For the old fogies in the crowd: [[CompanionCube Pet rocks]]. Mood rings. Lava lamps. (Although that last one has never quite gone entirely away, but is now mostly the venue of young kids and people of a certain age who buy them for either camp or nostalgia. A lava lamp seen in a movie or TV show is an indicator that [[TheStoner its owner]] smokes a ''lot'' of pot.)
** Once upon a time, any {{Fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, or ActionAdventure movie or TV series would get a short lived toyline. ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'', ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' (which is still going strong), ''Franchis/StarTrek'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/DukesOfHazzard'', ''Series/TheMunsters'', ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', ''Film/CannonballRun'', ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'', and ''Series/KnightRider'' all had toylines. Even seemingly unlikely candidates such as Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', the R-rated ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' or even the PG-13–rated 1984 ''Film/{{Dune}}'' had toys produced. There was also TV tie-in toy merchandising with mainstream shows like ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Most of these are still collectible today. What is worth remembering at the time is that these toys were targeted toward children and not toward adult geeks. This makes it amazing that they created toy-lines based on films that children were not likely allowed to watch, such as the aforementioned R-rated films. Don't look for any toylines based on most of today's genre shows or films, there will definitely be no more tie-ins toy-lines for for UsefulNotes/PrimeTime {{UsefulNotes/television}} comedies or shows. Today's trend is towards more naturalistic settings and characters in genre films and series, and a good number of them are strictly adult level and not suitable for viewing by children. At the very least, children may be bored by the lack of action. The current trend in genre shows is slow paced episodic stories that focus on character melodrama, so making action figures for the majority of these shows (such as ''GameOfThrones'', ''{{Sherlock}}'' or ''PennyDreadful'') is somewhat absurd. In the rare occurrences that such toys are made today, an immediate backlash is inevitable, the toys (actually available at ToysRUs) based on ''Series/BreakingBad'' being a perfect example. These toys were immediately pulled from the store shelves.
* Home chemistry sets and other science kits, thanks to a combination of perceived dangers to life and limb and the Wars on Terror and Drugs. The Gabriel and Skillcraft sets were highly acclaimed for being equipped with everything a budding young chemist needs: scaled-down chemical glassware (real Pyrex), apparatus, and a host of chemicals used by real chemists. As a bonus, you could order from their catalogs for even more items. However, due to [[MyLittlePanzer perceived safety concerns]] and fear of lawsuits from [[MoralGuardians angry parents]], [[ScrewedByTheLawyers test tubes and beakers are now plastic; there are no alcohol burners; chemicals are now mostly limited to vinegar, table salt, table sugar, and other "safe" household items that are expected to already be on hand, and experiments are limited to simple, boring reactions such as color changes]].\\
On top of that, there is a fear among police and various [[MoralGuardians public safety groups and advocates]] that chemistry sets can be used to manufacture explosives and methamphetamines. (''Series/BreakingBad'' has likely done little to help with the latter image.) Thanks to this, there have been a number of highly publicized police raids into the homes of what were nothing more than chemistry hobbyists, and suppliers became very leery about selling their products to anybody other than schools and laboratories. Some states, such as [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], have even gone as far as requiring a government permit for the possession of just chemistry glassware.
* [[MerchandiseDriven Cartoon/toy-line tie-ins:]] These are now considered strictly a relic of TheEighties. ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'', ''Franchise/{{Voltron}}'', ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'', and many others had popular cartoon shows that were arguably just advertisements for the toylines. Strict government regulations against child-targeted commercial advertising saw the end of this sort of marketing. Today, toys based on these older franchises are targeted toward nostalgic adults and are priced accordingly. {{Transformers}}, however, seems to have survived and is still going strong.
* Any toys that resemble real-life firearms or weapons. Drug and/or gang wars of TheEighties and onward involved a lot of gun-play, and city kids who brandished realistic fake weapons risked being shot for real by criminals, police officers, or both. To safeguard kids, toy guns now are brightly colored (black is disappearing), usually have a tell-all orange tip barrel, represent no commonly available firearms, and can't be easily painted to resemble real guns -- they look more like {{fantasy}} / SciFi weapons. Also thanks to this law, the original ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toy of Megatron cannot be reissued in the US. Usually, their appearance is also out of proportion with real guns so they can be spotted at first glance. Cap guns, meanwhile, have vanished due to the public's tendency to mistake their noise for real gunshots. {{Water guns|AndBalloons}} like [[Toys/NERFBrand Super Soakers]], however, are still very popular, largely because nobody could confuse them for real guns.
** The only "toy" guns still sold today that resemble real weapons are BB rifles, which get by on the GrandfatherClause (the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun was famously featured in ''Film/AChristmasStory'', after all), and Airsoft guns, which are often very expensive and marketed strictly to hobbyists and the like. And even in those cases, nearly half of all US states regulate their sale and use.

to:

* Any number of fad {{toys}}. TheEighties had Franchise/CabbagePatchKids, (which lasted through TheNineties and are making a valiant attempt at a resurgence), Toys/TeddyRuxpin, Toys/{{Simon}}, [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch pocket games that play only one game]] (such as ''VideoGame/PacMan'' or ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}''), [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]], the [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy snow cone maker]], and WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite (though those last three are making something of a comeback). In TheNineties, it was VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}} [[note]] Tamagotchis are still fairly popular in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, though the ones made there nowadays are nearly InNameOnly. {{Virtual Pet|s}} games have also found an audience with fans of 1990s nostalgia.[[/note]], [[Series/SesameStreet Tickle-Me-Elmo]], Toys/BeanieBabies, [[AnyoneRememberPogs pogs]] ("tazos" in Mexico, Australia and other countries)... the list is ever-growing. Anyone who grew up at the time that any one of these were popular has probably witnessed the popularity arc go from "niche item that only a few people have heard of" to "waiting in line for half a day just to get one, then seeing people fight in the store over the remaining stock" to "finding a bunch of well-worn ones for 50 cents at Goodwill".
** For the old fogies in the crowd: [[CompanionCube Pet rocks]]. Mood rings. Lava lamps. (Although that last one has never quite gone entirely away, but is now mostly the venue of young kids and people of a certain age who buy them for either camp or nostalgia. A lava lamp seen in a movie or TV show is an indicator that [[TheStoner its owner]] smokes a ''lot'' of pot.)
** Once upon a time, any {{Fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, or ActionAdventure movie or TV series would get a short lived toyline. ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'', ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' (which is still going strong), ''Franchis/StarTrek'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/DukesOfHazzard'', ''Series/TheMunsters'', ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', ''Film/CannonballRun'', ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'', and ''Series/KnightRider'' all had toylines. Even seemingly unlikely candidates such as Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', the R-rated ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' or even the PG-13–rated 1984 ''Film/{{Dune}}'' had toys produced. There was also TV tie-in toy merchandising with mainstream shows like ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Most of these are still collectible today. What is worth remembering at the time is that these toys were targeted toward children and not toward adult geeks. This makes it amazing that they created toy-lines based on films that children were not likely allowed to watch, such as the aforementioned R-rated films. Don't look for any toylines based on most of today's genre shows or films, there will definitely be no more tie-ins toy-lines for for UsefulNotes/PrimeTime {{UsefulNotes/television}} comedies or shows. Today's trend is towards more naturalistic settings and characters in genre films and series, and a good number of them are strictly adult level and not suitable for viewing by children. At the very least, children may be bored by the lack of action. The current trend in genre shows is slow paced episodic stories that focus on character melodrama, so making action figures for the majority of these shows (such as ''GameOfThrones'', ''{{Sherlock}}'' or ''PennyDreadful'') is somewhat absurd. In the rare occurrences that such toys are made today, an immediate backlash is inevitable, the toys (actually available at ToysRUs) based on ''Series/BreakingBad'' being a perfect example. These toys were immediately pulled from the store shelves.
* Home chemistry sets and other science kits, thanks to a combination of perceived dangers to life and limb and the Wars on Terror and Drugs. The Gabriel and Skillcraft sets were highly acclaimed for being equipped with everything a budding young chemist needs: scaled-down chemical glassware (real Pyrex), apparatus, and a host of chemicals used by real chemists. As a bonus, you could order from their catalogs for even more items. However, due to [[MyLittlePanzer perceived safety concerns]] and fear of lawsuits from [[MoralGuardians angry parents]], [[ScrewedByTheLawyers test tubes and beakers are now plastic; there are no alcohol burners; chemicals are now mostly limited to vinegar, table salt, table sugar, and other "safe" household items that are expected to already be on hand, and experiments are limited to simple, boring reactions such as color changes]].\\
On top of that, there is a fear among police and various [[MoralGuardians public safety groups and advocates]] that chemistry sets can be used to manufacture explosives and methamphetamines. (''Series/BreakingBad'' has likely done little to help with the latter image.) Thanks to this, there have been a number of highly publicized police raids into the homes of what were nothing more than chemistry hobbyists, and suppliers became very leery about selling their products to anybody other than schools and laboratories. Some states, such as [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], have even gone as far as requiring a government permit for the possession of just chemistry glassware.
* [[MerchandiseDriven Cartoon/toy-line tie-ins:]] These are now considered strictly a relic of TheEighties. ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'', ''Franchise/{{Voltron}}'', ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'', and many others had popular cartoon shows that were arguably just advertisements for the toylines. Strict government regulations against child-targeted commercial advertising saw the end of this sort of marketing. Today, toys based on these older franchises are targeted toward nostalgic adults and are priced accordingly. {{Transformers}}, however, seems to have survived and is still going strong.
* Any toys that resemble real-life firearms or weapons. Drug and/or gang wars of TheEighties and onward involved a lot of gun-play, and city kids who brandished realistic fake weapons risked being shot for real by criminals, police officers, or both. To safeguard kids, toy guns now are brightly colored (black is disappearing), usually have a tell-all orange tip barrel, represent no commonly available firearms, and can't be easily painted to resemble real guns -- they look more like {{fantasy}} / SciFi weapons. Also thanks to this law, the original ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toy of Megatron cannot be reissued in the US. Usually, their appearance is also out of proportion with real guns so they can be spotted at first glance. Cap guns, meanwhile, have vanished due to the public's tendency to mistake their noise for real gunshots. {{Water guns|AndBalloons}} like [[Toys/NERFBrand Super Soakers]], however, are still very popular, largely because nobody could confuse them for real guns.
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guns. The only "toy" guns still sold today that resemble real weapons are BB rifles, which get by on the GrandfatherClause (the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun was famously featured in ''Film/AChristmasStory'', after all), and Airsoft guns, which are often very expensive and marketed strictly to hobbyists and the like. And even in those cases, nearly half of all US states regulate their sale and use.



* Toys/{{Bratz}} dolls. When they first came out at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the fashion dolls were hugely popular in a way no prior Franchise/{{Barbie}} rival had ever been, and ''very'' controversial due to their "slutty" appearance for characters who were supposed to be teenagers. Now thanks to said controversy dying out, several failed retools and {{spinoff}}s, a lengthy hiatus due to legal issues, and the rise of doll lines such as Toys/MonsterHigh that feature LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with truly distinctive personalities and strong WorldBuilding, the Bratz franchise is struggling to stay afloat and is virtually dead. There's a good chance most toy-buying kids aren't aware the line still exists, or even ''existed''. A reboot of the line came along in 2015 but many, even former fans, doubt it will last long.
** Even Moxie Girlz, created by the same company to replace it, isn't doing too well and now exists mainly as a LighterAndSofter budget line.

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* Toys/{{Bratz}} dolls. When they first came out at the TurnOfTheMillennium, the fashion dolls were hugely popular in a way no prior Franchise/{{Barbie}} rival had ever been, and ''very'' controversial due to their "slutty" appearance for characters who were supposed to be teenagers. Now thanks to said controversy dying out, several failed retools and {{spinoff}}s, a lengthy hiatus due to legal issues, and the rise of doll lines such as Toys/MonsterHigh that feature LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with truly distinctive personalities and strong WorldBuilding, the Bratz franchise is struggling to stay afloat and is virtually dead. There's a good chance most toy-buying kids aren't aware the line still exists, or even ''existed''. A reboot of the line came along in 2015 but many, even former fans, doubt it will last long.
**
long. Even Moxie Girlz, created by the same company to replace it, isn't doing too well and now exists mainly as a LighterAndSofter budget line.
26th Apr '16 2:36:29 PM Cavery210
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* Any toys that resemble real-life firearms or weapons. Drug and/or gang wars of TheEighties and onward involved a lot of gun-play, and city kids who brandished realistic fake weapons risked being shot for real by criminals, police officers, or both. To safeguard kids, toy guns now are brightly colored (black is disappearing), usually have a tell-all orange tip barrel, represent no commonly available firearms, and can't be easily painted to resemble real guns -- they look more like {{fantasy}} / SciFi weapons. Also thanks to this law, the original toy of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron'' cannot be reissued in the US. Usually, their appearance is also out of proportion with real guns so they can be spotted at first glance. Cap guns, meanwhile, have vanished due to the public's tendency to mistake their noise for real gunshots. {{Water guns|AndBalloons}} like [[Toys/NERFBrand Super Soakers]], however, are still very popular, largely because nobody could confuse them for real guns.

to:

* Any toys that resemble real-life firearms or weapons. Drug and/or gang wars of TheEighties and onward involved a lot of gun-play, and city kids who brandished realistic fake weapons risked being shot for real by criminals, police officers, or both. To safeguard kids, toy guns now are brightly colored (black is disappearing), usually have a tell-all orange tip barrel, represent no commonly available firearms, and can't be easily painted to resemble real guns -- they look more like {{fantasy}} / SciFi weapons. Also thanks to this law, the original ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toy of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron'' of Megatron cannot be reissued in the US. Usually, their appearance is also out of proportion with real guns so they can be spotted at first glance. Cap guns, meanwhile, have vanished due to the public's tendency to mistake their noise for real gunshots. {{Water guns|AndBalloons}} like [[Toys/NERFBrand Super Soakers]], however, are still very popular, largely because nobody could confuse them for real guns.
26th Apr '16 2:36:00 PM Cavery210
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* Any toys that resemble real-life firearms or weapons. Drug and/or gang wars of TheEighties and onward involved a lot of gun-play, and city kids who brandished realistic fake weapons risked being shot for real by criminals, police officers, or both. To safeguard kids, toy guns now are brightly colored (black is disappearing), usually have a tell-all orange tip barrel, represent no commonly available firearms, and can't be easily painted to resemble real guns -- they look more like {{fantasy}} / SciFi weapons. Also thanks to this law, the original toy of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}/ Megatron'' cannot be reissued in the US. Usually, their appearance is also out of proportion with real guns so they can be spotted at first glance. Cap guns, meanwhile, have vanished due to the public's tendency to mistake their noise for real gunshots. {{Water guns|AndBalloons}} like [[Toys/NERFBrand Super Soakers]], however, are still very popular, largely because nobody could confuse them for real guns.

to:

* Any toys that resemble real-life firearms or weapons. Drug and/or gang wars of TheEighties and onward involved a lot of gun-play, and city kids who brandished realistic fake weapons risked being shot for real by criminals, police officers, or both. To safeguard kids, toy guns now are brightly colored (black is disappearing), usually have a tell-all orange tip barrel, represent no commonly available firearms, and can't be easily painted to resemble real guns -- they look more like {{fantasy}} / SciFi weapons. Also thanks to this law, the original toy of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}/ ''Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron'' cannot be reissued in the US. Usually, their appearance is also out of proportion with real guns so they can be spotted at first glance. Cap guns, meanwhile, have vanished due to the public's tendency to mistake their noise for real gunshots. {{Water guns|AndBalloons}} like [[Toys/NERFBrand Super Soakers]], however, are still very popular, largely because nobody could confuse them for real guns.
26th Apr '16 2:34:53 PM Cavery210
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** Once upon a time, any {{Fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, or ActionAdventure movie or TV series would get a short lived toyline. ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'', ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchis/StarTrek'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/DukesOfHazzard'', ''Series/TheMunsters'', ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', ''Film/CannonballRun'', ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'', and ''Series/KnightRider'' all had toylines. Even seemingly unlikely candidates such as Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', the R-rated ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' or even the PG-13–rated 1984 ''Film/{{Dune}}'' had toys produced. There was also TV tie-in toy merchandising with mainstream shows like ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Most of these are still collectible today. What is worth remembering at the time is that these toys were targeted toward children and not toward adult geeks. This makes it amazing that they created toy-lines based on films that children were not likely allowed to watch, such as the aforementioned R-rated films. Don't look for any toylines based on most of today's genre shows or films, there will definitely be no more tie-ins toy-lines for for UsefulNotes/PrimeTime {{UsefulNotes/television}} comedies or shows. Today's trend is towards more naturalistic settings and characters in genre films and series, and a good number of them are strictly adult level and not suitable for viewing by children. At the very least, children may be bored by the lack of action. The current trend in genre shows is slow paced episodic stories that focus on character melodrama, so making action figures for the majority of these shows (such as ''GameOfThrones'', ''{{Sherlock}}'' or ''PennyDreadful'') is somewhat absurd. In the rare occurrences that such toys are made today, an immediate backlash is inevitable, the toys (actually available at ToysRUs) based on ''Series/BreakingBad'' being a perfect example. These toys were immediately pulled from the store shelves.

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** Once upon a time, any {{Fantasy}}, ScienceFiction, or ActionAdventure movie or TV series would get a short lived toyline. ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'', ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' (which is still going strong), ''Franchis/StarTrek'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/DukesOfHazzard'', ''Series/TheMunsters'', ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', ''Film/CannonballRun'', ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'', and ''Series/KnightRider'' all had toylines. Even seemingly unlikely candidates such as Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', the R-rated ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' or even the PG-13–rated 1984 ''Film/{{Dune}}'' had toys produced. There was also TV tie-in toy merchandising with mainstream shows like ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Most of these are still collectible today. What is worth remembering at the time is that these toys were targeted toward children and not toward adult geeks. This makes it amazing that they created toy-lines based on films that children were not likely allowed to watch, such as the aforementioned R-rated films. Don't look for any toylines based on most of today's genre shows or films, there will definitely be no more tie-ins toy-lines for for UsefulNotes/PrimeTime {{UsefulNotes/television}} comedies or shows. Today's trend is towards more naturalistic settings and characters in genre films and series, and a good number of them are strictly adult level and not suitable for viewing by children. At the very least, children may be bored by the lack of action. The current trend in genre shows is slow paced episodic stories that focus on character melodrama, so making action figures for the majority of these shows (such as ''GameOfThrones'', ''{{Sherlock}}'' or ''PennyDreadful'') is somewhat absurd. In the rare occurrences that such toys are made today, an immediate backlash is inevitable, the toys (actually available at ToysRUs) based on ''Series/BreakingBad'' being a perfect example. These toys were immediately pulled from the store shelves.
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