History EarlyInstallmentWeirdness / Toys

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]]
11th Feb '15 9:10:11 AM Twentington
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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 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]][[/note]]
* 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.
17th Dec '14 9:12:23 AM ikeepcrawlingback
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* Creator/{{LEGO}} itself didn't have normal bricks in green or brown when it started, because even the ''option'' to build anything substantial out of camouflage colors was seen as encouraging violence.
17th Dec '14 8:51:11 AM CaptainLhurgoyf
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** The series bible from [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 the original show]] includes some ideas that the actual show abandoned and were never used again. Most notably, Snake Mountain was located on another planet rather than on Eternia, and Beastman, Tri-Klops, and Evil-Lyn were all astronauts from Earth.
4th Oct '14 10:13:51 AM Vir
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'':
** With regards to the sets: originally sold under the ''LEGOTechnic'' 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 easy as heck to build.
** Storyline-wise: imaginative setting but a painfully basic, linear plot, focusing mostly on the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster of the year]] and [[GottaCatchThemAll collecting the current items of importance]]. No secretive organisations or scheming murderers, barely any sci-fi but a lot of talk about mystical prophecies and legends, and the character personalities are little more than stereotypes. Almost the exact opposite of what it has turned into since the beginning -- numerous, decidedly non-straightforward and non-generic plotlines, but in exchange it is very hard to get a sense of atmosphere due to all the differently-toned stories and the constant shifting between settings.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'':
''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'':
** With regards to the sets: originally sold under the ''LEGOTechnic'' 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 easy as heck easier to build.
** Storyline-wise: imaginative setting but a painfully basic, linear plot, focusing mostly on the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster of the year]] and [[GottaCatchThemAll collecting the current items of importance]]. No secretive organisations organizations or scheming murderers, barely any sci-fi but a lot of talk about mystical prophecies and legends, and the character personalities are little more than stereotypes. Almost the exact opposite of what it has turned into since the beginning -- numerous, decidedly non-straightforward and non-generic plotlines, but in exchange it is very hard to get a sense of atmosphere due to all the differently-toned stories and the constant shifting between settings.



* 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 {{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 {{Tarzan}}-esque 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.



* The original ''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]][[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]

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* The original ''MyLittlePony'' ''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]][[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [[note]][[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]
16th Jul '14 5:56:13 AM tropower
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* The original ''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.

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* The original ''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]][[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "G4" incarnation]] or not.[[/note]]
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