History EarlyInstallmentWeirdness / Toys

9th Sep '17 2:54:45 PM nombretomado
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* The first three dolls of the [[Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl line]]--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were originally released with pale white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the head and limbs. To hide this, all their clothing was made high to the throat and with sleeves and skirts (and underpants) long enough to cover this up. This changed in 1991 when Felicity was released; the lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period meant that the company could not keep the body covered, so they changed the main cloth body to better match the skin tone of the limbs which is how it's since stayed.

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* The first three dolls of the [[Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection [[Toys/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl line]]--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were originally released with pale white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the head and limbs. To hide this, all their clothing was made high to the throat and with sleeves and skirts (and underpants) long enough to cover this up. This changed in 1991 when Felicity was released; the lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period meant that the company could not keep the body covered, so they changed the main cloth body to better match the skin tone of the limbs which is how it's since stayed.
6th Sep '17 1:06:26 PM novanious
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** Epitomized with their ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' line of pose-able figures - the original figures in the line, such as Piccolo, Gohan, and Vegeta had cheaper, looser joints, a flatter paintjob that looked more like clay than actual plastic figures, much more subdued and simplistic expressions, where the grimacing and shouting faces were practically the exact same (if there even were shouting expression faces), and completely different torso to legs articulation, simplistic ball joints with no rotating parts, making any poses besides standing and sitting cross-legged almost impossible. As well, a lot of characters made re-use the original Goku Gi mold or were repaints entirely. Comparatively, the new figures, such as Yamcha, Tien, and the remade Vegeta, are much more expressive, have much better joints, paint jobs that better resemble their manga/anime incarnations and are much more solid and vibrant, and a completely new torso-to-leg joint system that allows much more movement for posing. The older molds are still used, but the figures that use them (such as Ultimate Gohan) usually have a breadth of accessories and are cheaper than the newer mold figures to make up for it, or (in the case of Kaioken Goku) exclusive to events.
22nd May '17 4:07:51 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The mini-comics included with the first few waves of ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' action figures painted a very different mythos than that which would be established later by the DC comic books and the animated series. He-Man didn't have a secret identity and was a Literature/{{Tarzan}}-esque jungle man rather than the prince of Eternia, and he predominately used his axe in combat - the Power Sword was merely a {{Macguffin}} that could be used to unlock the door of Castle Greyskull. He-Man and Skeletor each owned one half of it, and they were fighting over the complete sword, an idea that was quickly abandoned in later media. It's also worth noting that He-Man (even in the comics, after some of the other more well-known elements were established) spoke in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe from time to time, of all things. The Castle itself was presented as more of a prize that all the characters wanted to claim for themselves rather than a base of operation for He-Man. Even Skeletor was given a very different origin story - the first mini-comic explicitly states that he comes from a race of skull-faced beings from another dimension and that he wants to conquer Eternia for his people, while every portrayal of the character after [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2002 reboot]] has used the story that he was originally an ordinary Eternian sorcerer whose face was burned off in an attack with an acid vial GoneHorriblyWrong.

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* The mini-comics included with the first few waves of ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' action figures painted a very different mythos than that which would be established later by the DC comic books and the animated series. He-Man didn't have a secret identity and was a Literature/{{Tarzan}}-esque jungle man rather than the prince of Eternia, and he predominately used his axe in combat - the Power Sword was merely a {{Macguffin}} MacGuffin that could be used to unlock the door of Castle Greyskull. He-Man and Skeletor each owned one half of it, and they were fighting over the complete sword, an idea that was quickly abandoned in later media. It's also worth noting that He-Man (even in the comics, after some of the other more well-known elements were established) spoke in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe from time to time, of all things. The Castle itself was presented as more of a prize that all the characters wanted to claim for themselves rather than a base of operation for He-Man. Even Skeletor was given a very different origin story - the first mini-comic explicitly states that he comes from a race of skull-faced beings from another dimension and that he wants to conquer Eternia for his people, while every portrayal of the character after [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2002 reboot]] has used the story that he was originally an ordinary Eternian sorcerer whose face was burned off in an attack with an acid vial GoneHorriblyWrong.
13th Aug '16 9:28:42 PM Vrahno
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** With regards to the sets: originally sold under the LEGO Technic title as opposed to having its own, the sets were built around certain action-based gimmicks and put a lot of emphasis on the importance of collectible items, like masks. Their gear structures were at times complicated to build, and the figures suffered from limited articulation and very blocky aesthetics. A stark contrast to the modern, highly articulated, streamlined and skinny (and at times organic-looking) action figures that come with projectile weapons instead of collectibles, and are easier to build.

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** With regards to the sets: originally sold under the LEGO Technic title as opposed to having its own, the sets were built around certain action-based gimmicks and put a lot of emphasis on the importance of collectible items, like masks. Their gear structures were at times complicated to build, and the figures suffered from limited articulation and very blocky aesthetics. A stark contrast to the modern, later, highly articulated, streamlined and skinny (and at times organic-looking) action figures that come came with projectile weapons instead of collectibles, and are were easier to build.build. Many early larger figures initially came in pairs, encouraging kids to duel with them, [[SpiritualSuccessor which can be seen as an extension]] of the older ''Competition'' or ''[=CyberSlam=]'' LEGO theme. Smaller toys were designed to be able to knock off each other's masks, which was also gradually done away with. The [[Toys/{{Bionicle2015}} 2015 reboot]] utilized both projectiles and mask-popping gimmicks in its first year, mostly abandoning them in the second.
9th Jul '16 2:23:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'':

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20th Apr '16 4:48:39 AM Nethilia
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* The first three dolls of the [[Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl line]]--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were originally released with pale white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the head and limbs. To hide this, all their clothing was made high to the throat and with sleeves long enough to cover this up. This changed in 1991 when Felicity and the lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period meant that the company changed the main cloth body to better match the skin tone of the limbs, which is how it's since stayed.

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* The first three dolls of the [[Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl line]]--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were originally released with pale white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the head and limbs. To hide this, all their clothing was made high to the throat and with sleeves and skirts (and underpants) long enough to cover this up. This changed in 1991 when Felicity and was released; the lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period meant that the company could not keep the body covered, so they changed the main cloth body to better match the skin tone of the limbs, limbs which is how it's since stayed.
31st Mar '16 8:27:13 PM Nethilia
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* Toys/SHFiguarts in the beginning was very different. The figurines only had the bare minimum of accessories to mess with, usually a couple of hands and a weapon. Compare the original S.H. Figuarts figurine of Series/KamenRiderBlackRX, which only had a few hands, his Revolcane and a ball-joint system which make it look like he was wearing UnderwearOfPower, to his Renewal version, which not only fixed the ball-joint system to make it more show-accurate, but also gave it multiple hands and the ability to mimic having Black RX pull out Revolcane from his belt. Figuarts from the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series also show the vast difference - compare the sparse options involving the ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' characters and the glut with the ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' figures.

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* Toys/SHFiguarts in the beginning was very different. The figurines only had the bare minimum of accessories to mess with, usually a couple of hands and a weapon. Compare the original S.H. Figuarts figurine of Series/KamenRiderBlackRX, which only had a few hands, his Revolcane and a ball-joint system which make it look like he was wearing UnderwearOfPower, to his Renewal version, which not only fixed the ball-joint system to make it more show-accurate, but also gave it multiple hands and the ability to mimic having Black RX pull out Revolcane from his belt. Figuarts from the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series also show the vast difference - compare the sparse options involving the ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' characters and the glut with the ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' figures.figures.
* The first three dolls of the [[Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl line]]--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly—were originally released with pale white muslin bodies that sharply contrasted with the head and limbs. To hide this, all their clothing was made high to the throat and with sleeves long enough to cover this up. This changed in 1991 when Felicity and the lower necklines of the Revolutionary/Colonial Period meant that the company changed the main cloth body to better match the skin tone of the limbs, which is how it's since stayed.
17th Dec '15 4:09:53 AM Blazer
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* The first three generations of Toys/BeanieBabies had much plainer designs and no cutesy poems in their tags. Generation 4 introduced the poems or birthdays, and the toys' designs started to become gradually more varied throughout generation 5 onward. It was also at this point that the fad took off in full force.

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* The first three generations of Toys/BeanieBabies had much plainer designs and no cutesy poems in their tags. Generation 4 introduced the poems or birthdays, and the toys' designs started to become gradually more varied throughout generation 5 onward. It was also at this point that the fad took off in full force.force.
* Toys/SHFiguarts in the beginning was very different. The figurines only had the bare minimum of accessories to mess with, usually a couple of hands and a weapon. Compare the original S.H. Figuarts figurine of Series/KamenRiderBlackRX, which only had a few hands, his Revolcane and a ball-joint system which make it look like he was wearing UnderwearOfPower, to his Renewal version, which not only fixed the ball-joint system to make it more show-accurate, but also gave it multiple hands and the ability to mimic having Black RX pull out Revolcane from his belt. Figuarts from the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series also show the vast difference - compare the sparse options involving the ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' characters and the glut with the ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' figures.
12th Dec '15 2:32:22 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' toys were only what are now called "Earth ponies". It wasn't until Year 2 that pegasus, unicorn, and sea-ponies were introduced. Likewise, the ponies were on a sliding scale of anthropomorphic early on but [[AnthropomorphicShift eventually]] began learning toward being more humanoid.[[note]][[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]

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* The original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' toys were only what are now called "Earth ponies". It wasn't until Year 2 that pegasus, unicorn, and sea-ponies were introduced. Likewise, the ponies were on a sliding scale of anthropomorphic early on (which is why early material has them doing stuff like licking each other and living in stables) but [[AnthropomorphicShift eventually]] began learning leaning toward being more humanoid.[[note]][[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]
12th Dec '15 2:30:29 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' tales were only what are now called "Earth ponies". It wasn't until Year 2 that pegasus, unicorn, and sea-ponies were introduced. Likewise, the ponies were on a sliding scale of anthropomorphic early on but [[AnthropomorphicShift eventually]] began learning toward being more humanoid.[[note]][[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]

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* The original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' tales toys were only what are now called "Earth ponies". It wasn't until Year 2 that pegasus, unicorn, and sea-ponies were introduced. Likewise, the ponies were on a sliding scale of anthropomorphic early on but [[AnthropomorphicShift eventually]] began learning toward being more humanoid.[[note]][[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]
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