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29th Apr '17 9:28:37 AM nombretomado
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25th Apr '17 8:54:03 PM eroock
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The '''Merchandise-Driven''' show, otherwise known as the "half-hour toy commercial", is not merely a television show (or other work) with a line of toys licensed on the side, but a television show ''created from'' a line of toys. The program exists largely to sell these products to the audience, and this is most commonly associated with cartoons and {{anime}} targeted at a younger audience.

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The '''Merchandise-Driven''' Merchandise-Driven show, otherwise known as the "half-hour toy commercial", is not merely a television show (or other work) with a line of toys licensed on the side, but a television show ''created from'' a line of toys. The program exists largely to sell these products to the audience, and this is most commonly associated with cartoons and {{anime}} targeted at a younger audience.
23rd Apr '17 12:46:55 PM nombretomado
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** Though it originally didn't start out this way, ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' wound up falling into this trope by the last few seasons especially with Creator/PlaymatesToys still having a good amount of control on the franchise, particularly with the ''Fast Forward'' and ''Back to the Sewers'' seasons.

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** Though it originally didn't start out this way, ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' wound up falling into this trope by the last few seasons especially with Creator/PlaymatesToys still having a good amount of control on the franchise, particularly with the ''Fast Forward'' and ''Back to the Sewers'' seasons.
16th Apr '17 9:46:51 AM mariofan1000
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** ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' frequently lampshaded this. In one episode, another cat named Gabriel performs a HostileShowTakeover, eventually leading Garfield to complain that "He's got my merchandising!"
1st Apr '17 3:26:41 PM 64SuperNintendo
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** It also resulted in the series making it to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', [[FridgeBrilliance Keroro's living the mecha fanboy dream]]

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** It also resulted in the series making it to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', [[FridgeBrilliance Keroro's living the mecha fanboy dream]]dream]].
30th Mar '17 1:12:17 PM Vanada
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30th Mar '17 1:12:00 PM Vanada
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28th Mar '17 2:01:06 PM babydogpaste
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* The anime version of ''VideoGame/{{PaRappa The Rapper}}'' was made purely for this.
23rd Mar '17 8:07:29 PM KingClark
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Note that there are very few instances of the Merchandise Driven cartoons of today that predate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_advertising#Branding the deregulation of children's television in the Reagan years]]. The FCC classified 1969's ''HotWheels'' cartoon as "a thirty-minute toy commercial", which pretty well killed the show (along with reruns of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_the_Lionhearted Linus the Lionhearted]]'', a show starring the cartoon {{Mascot}}s of the Post Cereal line).

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Note that there are very few instances of the Merchandise Driven cartoons of today that predate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_advertising#Branding the deregulation of children's television in the Reagan years]]. The FCC classified 1969's ''HotWheels'' ''Hot Wheels'' cartoon as "a thirty-minute toy commercial", which pretty well killed the show (along with reruns of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_the_Lionhearted Linus the Lionhearted]]'', a show starring the cartoon {{Mascot}}s of the Post Cereal line).


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-->''[[WebAnimation/CheatCommandos Buy all our playsets and toooooooooys!]]''
15th Mar '17 2:54:04 PM Doug86
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* The TabletopGames/WarhammerFantasy and TabletopGames/Warhammer40000 novels published by Black Library sometimes seem like this. Occasionally, it seems like every named character in the Horus Heresy series who doesn't die is condemned for his heresy to spend eternity as [[CrackIsCheaper an expensive piece of plastic]].

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* The TabletopGames/WarhammerFantasy ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and TabletopGames/Warhammer40000 ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' novels published by Black Library sometimes seem like this. Occasionally, it seems like every named character in the Horus Heresy series who doesn't die is condemned for his heresy to spend eternity as [[CrackIsCheaper an expensive piece of plastic]].
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