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* Hot Wheels has had three series (''World Race, [=AcceleRacers=], and HotWheelsBattleForce5'') under this trope, all in the same overall storyline.

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* Hot Wheels has had three series (''World Race, [=AcceleRacers=], and HotWheelsBattleForce5'') WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'') under this trope, all in the same overall storyline.
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* Creator/MarvelComics had ''several'' toy-based series in the late 70s/early 80s: in addition to ''Micronauts,'' there was also ''[[SuperRobot Shogun Warriors]]'','' ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'' and others. Somewhat unexpectedly, nearly all of them, especially ''G.I. Joe'', are usually regarded as quite good. All of these (except ''Transformers'' and ''Joe'') were considered part of the main Marvel Universe, meaning they could interact with Marvel characters. In fact, even after losing the rights to the main characters, Marvel still owns the ones they created (such as the Dire Wraiths from ''Rom'') and they still show up in the comics occasionally. Marvel also created a few series that were ''intended'' to be adapted as toy lines, such as ''CrystarCrystalWarrior'' with Remco.

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* Creator/MarvelComics had ''several'' toy-based series in the late 70s/early 80s: in addition to ''Micronauts,'' there was also ''[[SuperRobot Shogun Warriors]]'','' ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'' and others. Somewhat unexpectedly, nearly all of them, especially ''G.I. Joe'', are usually regarded as quite good. All of these (except ''Transformers'' and ''Joe'') were considered part of the main Marvel Universe, meaning they could interact with Marvel characters. In fact, even after losing the rights to the main characters, Marvel still owns the ones they created (such as the Dire Wraiths from ''Rom'') and they still show up in the comics occasionally. Marvel also created a few series that were ''intended'' to be adapted as toy lines, such as ''CrystarCrystalWarrior'' ''ComicBook/CrystarCrystalWarrior'' with Remco.



-->'''Twilight''': You're still using my face on merchandise?! I didn't agree to that!\\
'''Well-To-Do''': ''[holding slightly similar toy of Twilight]'': This? This is the park's new mascot "Princess Twilight Sporkle"! See? Totally different from you! Our legal department said it's totally fine!

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-->'''Twilight''': -->'''Twilight:''' You're still using my face on merchandise?! I didn't agree to that!\\
'''Well-To-Do''': '''Well-To-Do:''' ''[holding slightly similar toy of Twilight]'': This? This is the park's new mascot "Princess Twilight Sporkle"! See? Totally different from you! Our legal department said it's totally fine!



-->'''Human Torch''': Two different costumes means two different toy figures.

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-->'''Human Torch''': Torch:''' Two different costumes means two different toy figures.



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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', as its creator Jim Davis would eventually reveal, was created specifically with this kind of marketability in mind. Maybe not as a toy ''per se'' (the character was ''dramatically'' less toyetic in appearance in the beginning), but definitely as a line of merchandise.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Monty}} Robotman]], created by United Feature Syndicate in the '80s to be a marketing icon -- a rare instance of a character actually being created by a syndicate and handed over to a cartoonist instead of the other way around, and an excellent example of how Merchandise Driven the comic strip industry in general had become by this point. After looking over a comic submitted for syndication by a young Bill Watterson and recommending that he spin off [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes two of its minor characters]] into their own strip, they asked him to incorporate Robotman into the resulting product. Watterson, unsurprisingly, refused, and wound up not getting the gig. He moved on to rival Universal Press Syndicate, and the rest is history. And what became of Robotman, you ask? He eventually did get his own comic strip, but it never became the marketing boom the syndicate hoped, and was eventually renamed ''Monty'' after the eponymous character was written out ''at the syndicate's own recommendation'' when [[{{Irony}} they discovered]] it was hard to market a strip called ''Robotman''.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** A repeating gag is that Calvin, for all his artistic pretention, definitely wants in on the market share.
--->'''Calvin:''' Look at the dopey clay tiger Hobbes made.\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Gee Calvin, I think this is good.\\
'''Calvin:''' You LIKE it?? Where's the marketabiity?\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Ask Hobbes if we can put it on the coffee table.\\
'''Calvin:''' But look what I made! A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters!\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Eww, you stitched their mouths shut?!\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Calvin:''' Gloat now, 'cause some day I'll be a lot richer than you.\\
'''Hobbes:''' I call it "Symphony in Orange, No. 1".
** Calvin's dad especially rails against the consumerism of mass media, a viewpoint that mirror's Watterson's own.
--->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Our lives are filled with machines designed to reduce work and increase leisure. We have more leisure than any man has ever had. And what do we do with this leisure? Educate ourselves? Take up new interests? Explore? Invent? Create?\\
'''Calvin:''' Dad, I can't hear this commercial.\\
''[Calvin is thrown outside]''\\
'''Calvin:''' If it were up to my dad, leisure would be as bad as work.\\\
'''Calvin's Dad:''' How can you stand these cartoons? They're just half-hour commercials for toys. And when they're not boring, they're preachy. And these characters don't even MOVE. They just stand around blinking! What kind of cartoon is THAT?\\
'''Calvin:''' Meet my dad, the Creator/GeneSiskel of SaturdayMorningTV.\\\
'''Calvin's Dad:''' Watching a Christmas special?\\
'''Calvin:''' Yep.\\
'''Calvin's Dad:''' Another show extolling love and peace interrupted every seven minutes by commercials extolling greed and waste. I hate to think what you're learning from this.\\
'''Calvin:''' I'm learning I need my own TV so I can watch someplace else.
* Regularly mocked in ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'', where Jason makes no secret whatsoever that he wants money, not artistic recognition.
** One of his proposed Slug-man comics was nothing but Slug-man and Paige-o-tron using their various weapons against each other (EachSoldSeparately, UsefulNotes/BatteriesNotIncluded, and all ending in a TradeSnark) ending with Jason wondering if it was customary to approach network executives or toy manufacturers first.
** Another had him him submit a comic strip to his school newspaper.
--->'''Jason:''' Honestly, what do you think of my strip?\\
'''Peter:''' Well, it's not particularly funny...\\
'''Peter:''' And it's not particularly well-drawn...\\
'''Peter:''' In fact, it's probably the lamest thing I've ever seen.\\
'''Jason:''' But will it sell T-shirts?\\
'''Peter:''' My, but you do have pure motives...
** And this immortal line:
--->'''Jason:''' Do you think the world is ready for cartoon-shaped Ty-D-Bol tablets?
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]Animation]]



* The television movie ''WesternAnimation/FurbyIsland'' was made to promote the emoto-tronic Furby toys.



* The television movie ''WesternAnimation/FurbyIsland'' was made to promote the emoto-tronic Furby toys.



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[[folder:Multimedia]]
* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' was, for Franchise/{{LEGO}}, something of an experiment in this trope in response to increasing financial trouble and realising that reliance on their ''Franchise/StarWars'' license wasn't a good permanent solution - the company theorised that promoting a line with a story would bolster sales compared to lines without a story. It's hard to tell whether the story was much of a factor, but they were proved right for a while -- no other LEGO line sold better until around 2007, this being when the story really started to become bloated. Though the toyline was terminated in early 2010, the line's head writer continues to write story serials, making ''BIONICLE'' an example of a merchandise-driven property that outlived the merchandise. Its SpiritualSuccessor, ''HeroFactory'', is still merchandise-driven but doesn't push its story as much in comparison. BIONICLE will be rebooted in 2015 with an equal focus on the story as before and the new building system from Hero Factory, which sports more versatility than a lot of classic BIONICLE building systems and massively sturdier molds.
** LEGO also tried this with an {{Animesque}} HumongousMecha set clearly inspired by stuff like ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''. ''Toys/LEGOExoForce'' lasted three years; while short compared to City or ''BIONICLE'', it was very popular during its run, second only to ''BIONICLE'' and ''LEGO Franchise/StarWars'' sales. It died in its third year due to the loss of the studio producing the related comics and because the bigger sets of the second year stayed behind in stores like solid rocks.
** The practice of crafting a story behind the toys has clearly caught on, as two of Lego's current flagships are ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'' and ''Franchise/LegendsOfChima''.
** And again with ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', but this time the movie itself has more control than the toys. In fact, the movie itself is essentially a love letter to the Lego brand, and the toys are [[RecursiveAdaptation on the side]].
** One notable failure for LEGO in this area was ''Series/{{Galidor}}'', mainly because the figures ''were not constructed''- they instead had mostly-incompatible stuff; not only that, the show was pretty boring, the video game sucked, and the show got screwed over in the switch from Creator/FoxKids to Creator/ABCFamily; it served as a lesson for LEGO not to deviate from their main area of expertise (which they forgot when they created a ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'' line that had pretty much the exact same setup, and also flopped).
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[[folder:Pinball]]

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', as its creator Jim Davis would eventually reveal, was created specifically with this kind of marketability in mind. Maybe not as a toy ''per se'' (the character was ''dramatically'' less toyetic in appearance in the beginning), but definitely as a line of merchandise.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Monty}} Robotman]], created by United Feature Syndicate in the '80s to be a marketing icon -- a rare instance of a character actually being created by a syndicate and handed over to a cartoonist instead of the other way around, and an excellent example of how Merchandise Driven the comic strip industry in general had become by this point. After looking over a comic submitted for syndication by a young Bill Watterson and recommending that he spin off [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes two of its minor characters]] into their own strip, they asked him to incorporate Robotman into the resulting product. Watterson, unsurprisingly, refused, and wound up not getting the gig. He moved on to rival Universal Press Syndicate, and the rest is history. And what became of Robotman, you ask? He eventually did get his own comic strip, but it never became the marketing boom the syndicate hoped, and was eventually renamed ''Monty'' after the eponymous character was written out ''at the syndicate's own recommendation'' when [[{{Irony}} they discovered]] it was hard to market a strip called ''Robotman''.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': A repeating gag is that Calvin, for all his artistic pretention, definitely wants in on the market share.
-->'''Calvin:''' Look at the dopey clay tiger Hobbes made.\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Gee Calvin, I think this is good.\\
'''Calvin:''' You LIKE it?? Where's the marketabiity?\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Ask Hobbes if we can put it on the coffee table.\\
'''Calvin:''' But look what I made! A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters!\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Eww, you stitched their mouths shut?!\\
-beat-\\
'''Calvin:''' Gloat now, 'cause some day I'll be a lot richer than you.\\
'''Hobbes:''' I call it "Symphony in Orange, No. 1".
** Calvin's dad especially rails against the consumerism of mass media, a viewpoint that mirror's Watterson's own.
-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Our lives are filled with machines designed to reduce work and increase leisure. We have more leisure than any man has ever had. And what do we do with this leisure? Educate ourselves? Take up new interests? Explore? Invent? Create?\\
'''Calvin:''' Dad, I can't hear this commercial.\\
-Calvin is thrown outside.-\\
'''Calvin:''' If it were up to my dad, leisure would be as bad as work.

-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' How can you stand these cartoons? They're just half-hour commercials for toys. And when they're not boring, they're preachy. And these characters don't even MOVE. They just stand around blinking! What kind of cartoon is THAT?\\
'''Calvin:''' Meet my dad, the GeneSiskel of SaturdayMorningTV.

-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Watching a Christmas special?\\
'''Calvin:''' Yep.\\
'''Calvin's Dad:''' Another show extolling love and peace interrupted every seven minutes by commercials extolling greed and waste. I hate to think what you're learning from this.\\
'''Calvin:''' I'm learning I need my own TV so I can watch someplace else.
* Regularly mocked in ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'', where Jason makes no secret whatsoever that he wants money, not artistic recognition. One of his proposed Slug-man comics was nothing but Slug-man and Paige-o-tron using their various weapons against each other (EachSoldSeparately, UsefulNotes/BatteriesNotIncluded, and all ending in a TradeSnark) ending with Jason wondering if it was customary to approach network executives or toy manufacturers first.
** Another had him him submit a comic strip to his school newspaper.
-->'''Jason:''' Honestly, what do you think of my strip?\\
'''Peter:''' Well, it's not particularly funny...\\
'''Peter:''' And it's not particularly well-drawn...\\
'''Peter:''' In fact, it's probably the lamest thing I've ever seen.\\
'''Jason:''' But will it sell T-shirts?\\
'''Peter:''' My, but you do have pure motives...
** And this immortal line:
--> '''Jason:''' Do you think the world is ready for cartoon-shaped Ty-D-Bol tablets?

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', as its creator Jim Davis would eventually reveal, was created specifically with this kind An episode of marketability in mind. Maybe not as a toy ''per se'' (the character was ''dramatically'' less toyetic in appearance in the beginning), but definitely as a line of merchandise.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Monty}} Robotman]], created by United Feature Syndicate in the '80s to be a marketing icon -- a rare instance of a character actually being created by a syndicate and handed over to a cartoonist instead
''Series/FeralTV'' (spinoff of the other way around, Australian programme ''The Ferals'') had an episode where the boss of the station had, for reasons best known only to him, purchased a container or two full of colourful plastic lampshades and an excellent example of how Merchandise Driven demanded the comic strip industry in general had become by this point. After looking over a comic submitted for syndication by a young Bill Watterson and recommending that he spin off [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes two of its minor characters]] into their own strip, they asked him to incorporate Robotman into the resulting product. Watterson, unsurprisingly, refused, and wound up not getting the gig. He moved on to rival Universal Press Syndicate, and the rest is history. And what became of Robotman, you ask? He eventually did get his own comic strip, but it never became the marketing boom the syndicate hoped, and was eventually renamed ''Monty'' after the eponymous character was written out ''at the syndicate's own recommendation'' when [[{{Irony}} they discovered]] it was hard to market a strip called ''Robotman''.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': A repeating gag is that Calvin, for all his artistic pretention, definitely wants in on the market share.
-->'''Calvin:''' Look at the dopey clay tiger Hobbes made.\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Gee Calvin, I think this is good.\\
'''Calvin:''' You LIKE it?? Where's the marketabiity?\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Ask Hobbes if we can put it on the coffee table.\\
'''Calvin:''' But look what I made! A hundred shrunken heads of popular cartoon characters!\\
'''Calvin's Mom:''' Eww, you stitched their mouths shut?!\\
-beat-\\
'''Calvin:''' Gloat now, 'cause some day I'll be a lot richer than you.\\
'''Hobbes:''' I call it "Symphony in Orange, No. 1".
** Calvin's dad especially rails against the consumerism of mass media, a viewpoint that mirror's Watterson's own.
-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Our lives are filled with machines designed to reduce work and increase leisure. We have more leisure than any man has ever had. And what do we do with this leisure? Educate ourselves? Take up new interests? Explore? Invent? Create?\\
'''Calvin:''' Dad, I can't hear this commercial.\\
-Calvin is thrown outside.-\\
'''Calvin:''' If it were up to my dad, leisure would be as bad as work.

-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' How can you stand these cartoons? They're just half-hour commercials for toys. And when they're not boring, they're preachy. And these
characters don't even MOVE. They just stand around blinking! What kind of cartoon is THAT?\\
'''Calvin:''' Meet my dad, the GeneSiskel of SaturdayMorningTV.

-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Watching
make up a Christmas special?\\
'''Calvin:''' Yep.\\
'''Calvin's Dad:''' Another show extolling love and peace interrupted every seven minutes by commercials extolling greed and waste. I hate
programme to think what you're learning from this.\\
'''Calvin:''' I'm learning I need my own TV so I can watch someplace else.
* Regularly mocked in ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'', where Jason makes no secret whatsoever that he wants money, not artistic recognition. One of his proposed Slug-man comics was nothing but Slug-man and Paige-o-tron using their various weapons against each other (EachSoldSeparately, UsefulNotes/BatteriesNotIncluded, and all ending in a TradeSnark) ending with Jason wondering if it was customary to approach network executives or toy manufacturers first.
** Another had him him submit a comic strip to his school newspaper.
-->'''Jason:''' Honestly, what do you think of my strip?\\
'''Peter:''' Well, it's not particularly funny...\\
'''Peter:''' And it's not particularly well-drawn...\\
'''Peter:''' In fact, it's probably the lamest thing I've ever seen.\\
'''Jason:''' But will it
sell T-shirts?\\
'''Peter:''' My, but you do have pure motives...
** And this immortal line:
--> '''Jason:''' Do you think
them. The result: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqeDjOoYfP4 The ''Mighty Dorky Power Whingers!'']] Cancelled after one episode due to all the world is ready for cartoon-shaped Ty-D-Bol tablets?lampshades selling out, including those on set.



[[folder:Toys]]
* Franchise/{{LEGO}}:
** ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' was something of an experiment in this trope for LEGO, in response to increasing financial trouble and realizing that reliance on their ''Franchise/StarWars'' license wasn't a good permanent solution -- the company theorized that promoting a line with a story would bolster sales compared to lines without a story. It's hard to tell whether the story was much of a factor, but they were proved right for a while -- no other LEGO line sold better until around 2007, this being when the story really started to become bloated. Though the toyline was terminated in early 2010, the line's head writer continues to write story serials, making ''BIONICLE'' an example of a merchandise-driven property that outlived the merchandise.
** Its SpiritualSuccessor, ''Franchise/HeroFactory'', is still merchandise-driven but doesn't push its story as much in comparison. BIONICLE will be rebooted in 2015 with an equal focus on the story as before and the new building system from Hero Factory, which sports more versatility than a lot of classic BIONICLE building systems and massively sturdier molds.
** LEGO also tried this with an {{Animesque}} HumongousMecha set clearly inspired by stuff like ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''. ''Toys/LEGOExoForce'' lasted three years; while short compared to City or ''BIONICLE'', it was very popular during its run, second only to ''BIONICLE'' and ''LEGO Franchise/StarWars'' sales. It died in its third year due to the loss of the studio producing the related comics and because the bigger sets of the second year stayed behind in stores like solid rocks.
** The practice of crafting a story behind the toys has clearly caught on, as two of Lego's current flagships are ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'' and ''Franchise/LegendsOfChima''.
** And again with ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', but this time the movie itself has more control than the toys. In fact, the movie itself is essentially a love letter to the LEGO brand, and the toys are [[RecursiveAdaptation on the side]].
** One notable failure for LEGO in this area was ''Series/{{Galidor}}'', mainly because the figures ''were not constructed'' -- they instead had mostly-incompatible stuff; not only that, the show was pretty boring, the video game sucked, and the show got screwed over in the switch from Creator/FoxKids to Creator/ABCFamily; it served as a lesson for LEGO not to deviate from their main area of expertise (which they forgot when they created a ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' line that had pretty much the exact same setup, and also flopped).
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** "Helikopter Mission" promoting the German Armed Forces and specifically service as a Helicopter pilot. Gameplay and graphics were similar to ''DesertStrike'', but no enemies, weapons or violence was involved and missions consisted of dropping paratroopers and supplies.

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** "Helikopter Mission" promoting the German Armed Forces and specifically service as a Helicopter pilot. Gameplay and graphics were similar to ''DesertStrike'', ''VideoGame/DesertStrike'', but no enemies, weapons or violence was involved and missions consisted of dropping paratroopers and supplies.



[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Parodied with the ShowWithinAShow ''Cheat Commandos''. The show is not only blatantly market-driven, it doesn't even ''attempt'' to hide this fact. Buildings are routinely referred to as "playsets," and one of the toys is called the "action figure storage vehicle" within the show. "Cheap as Free" (the name of the fictional toy manufacturer) appears every time a new object appears, and the show's theme song includes "[[LampshadeHanging Buy all our playsets and toys!]]" In one episode, they even go through the battery compartment of the Headquarters Playset, where the batteries have been left in too long and have leaked.
--->'''Silent Rip:''' No wonder the electronic lights and sounds stopped working. These batteries haven't been changed since Donnie's twelfth birthday!
** This is particularly ironic since Homestarrunner.com is, itself, entirely supported by merchandise. In fact, they sell [[http://www.homestarrunnerstore.com/chcofi.html an actual set of Cheat Commando figures]] in the shop, and papercraft playsets are downloadable for free.
* Mattel created ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' just for this reason, also planning a book series and a movie from the get-go.
* ''BIONICLE'' had many different online animations in its original lifespan (Bohrok Online Animations, Vahki Online Animations, Piraka Online Animations, Stars Battle Videos, etc.) and it's been confirmed its 2015 reboot will feature a series of 90-second online animations as a means of storytelling (alongside books).
* ''Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story'' exists to promote Disney's Vinylmation figures.
* The ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' web shorts exist to promote Mattel's line of DC dolls and toys.
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* Parodied in the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Cheat Commandos]]'' in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. The show is not only blatantly market-driven, it doesn't even ''attempt'' to hide this fact. Buildings are routinely referred to as "playsets," and one of the toys is called the "action figure storage vehicle" within the show. "Cheap as Free" (the name of the fictional toy manufacturer) appears every time a new object appears, and the show's theme song includes "[[LampshadeHanging Buy all our playsets and toys!]]" In one episode, they even go through the battery compartment of the Headquarters Playset, where the batteries have been left in too long and have leaked.
--> '''Silent Rip:''' No wonder the electronic lights and sounds stopped working. These batteries haven't been changed since Donnie's twelfth birthday!
** This is particularly ironic since Homestarrunner.com is, itself, entirely supported by merchandise. In fact, they sell [[http://www.homestarrunnerstore.com/chcofi.html an actual set of Cheat Commando figures]] in the shop, and papercraft playsets are downloadable for free.
* Mattel created ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' just for this reason, also planning a book series and a movie from the get-go.



* BIONICLE had many different online animations in its original lifespan (Bohrok Online Animations, Vahki Online Animations, Piraka Online Animations, Stars Battle Videos, etc.) and it's been confirmed its 2015 reboot will feature a series of 90-second online animations as a means of storytelling (alongside books).
* ''Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story'' exists to promote Disney's Vinylmation figures.
* The ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' web shorts exist to promote Mattel's line of DC dolls and toys.
* Parodied by the WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier in his special about MerchandiseDriven shows: He reveals that his show was originally created to sell [=JdG=] dolls, but for some reason they never took off (that a pull-ring doll that tells racist jokes might not be marketable to children apparently never occured to them).

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* BIONICLE had many different online animations in its original lifespan (Bohrok Online Animations, Vahki Online Animations, Piraka Online Animations, Stars Battle Videos, etc.) and it's been confirmed its 2015 reboot will feature a series of 90-second online animations as a means of storytelling (alongside books).
* ''Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story'' exists to promote Disney's Vinylmation figures.
* The ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' web shorts exist to promote Mattel's line of DC dolls and toys.
* Parodied by the WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier in his special about MerchandiseDriven shows: He reveals that his show was originally created to sell [=JdG=] dolls, but for some reason they never took off (that off. That a pull-ring doll that tells racist jokes might not be marketable to children apparently never occured occurred to them).them.



* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. An odd instance of the fandom ''embracing'' this. Toy reviews abound, fanfic tends to feature toy characters who weren't on the show, etc. Most notably, if a character ''doesn't'' have a toy made, you'll often hear fans clamoring for it... the RuleOfCool applies here, and the RuleOfFun even more so, but they're double-edged swords: a sub-standard ''figure'' tends to garner far more backlash than a sub-par episode. The [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/To_sell_toys a whole page]] about this.\\
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It's a good thing that ''Transformers'' works both ways -- the shows are always based on toys, but if the characters are popular enough, they may get toys made of them long after their cartoon has ended. That way, Hasbro can rectify the occasional bothersome dissonances between what the toy and the on-show model looked like, ''and'' get more money for themselves.\\
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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. An odd instance of the fandom ''embracing'' this. Toy reviews abound, fanfic tends to feature toy characters who weren't on the show, etc. Most notably, if a character ''doesn't'' have a toy made, you'll often hear fans clamoring for it... the RuleOfCool applies here, and the RuleOfFun even more so, but they're double-edged swords: a sub-standard ''figure'' tends to garner far more backlash than a sub-par episode. The [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/To_sell_toys a whole page]] about this.\\
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It's a good thing that ''Transformers'' works both ways -- the shows are always based on toys, but if the characters are popular enough, they may get toys made of them long after their cartoon has ended. That way, Hasbro can rectify the occasional bothersome dissonances between what the toy and the on-show model looked like, ''and'' get more money for themselves.\\
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** Given the massive PeripheryDemographic for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Hasbro has switched gears extremely quickly (by toyline standards), rapidly introducing new/recoloured/retooled ponies and minifigs over the course of 2012. The growing sales can only encourage them. Of course, they still devote entire episodes to toy lines, though they're mostly the season premieres or finales.\\
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** Given the massive PeripheryDemographic for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Hasbro has switched gears extremely quickly (by toyline standards), rapidly introducing new/recoloured/retooled ponies and minifigs over the course of 2012. The growing sales can only encourage them. Of course, they still devote entire episodes to toy lines, though they're mostly the season premieres or finales.\\
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* The ''Merrie Melodies'' cartoons were originally designed to promote music owned by Creator/WarnerBros Eventually, however, that distinction was dropped, with the names ''Merrie Melodies'' and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' basically becoming interchangeable.
** ''WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga'', a WholePlotReference to ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' (which starred Al Jolson), was a cartoon made to promote the title song, which was used in a soon-to-released Al Jolson film.

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* The ''Merrie Melodies'' cartoons were originally designed to promote music owned by Creator/WarnerBros Eventually, however, that distinction was dropped, with the names ''Merrie Melodies'' and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' basically becoming interchangeable.
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interchangeable. ''WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga'', a WholePlotReference to ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' (which starred Al Jolson), was a cartoon made to promote the title song, which was used in a soon-to-released Al Jolson film.



* Several {{LEGO}} series have been the subject of such cartoons. ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' had several DirectToVideo (later DVD) movies, and the later ''HeroFactory'' got a TV series on Nicktoons. Creator/CartoonNetwork had a TV show based on the ''{{Ninjago}}'' line, likewise for its SpiritualSuccessor, ''LegendsOfChima''.
** Ninjago is actually so story-driven that a large portion of fans consider it the succesor to Bionicle. Which, seeing as Bionicle was featured in about half the possible media types and every type of merchandise, says a lot about it.

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* Several {{LEGO}} Franchise/{{LEGO}} series have been the subject of such cartoons. cartoons.
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''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' had several DirectToVideo (later DVD) movies, and the later ''HeroFactory'' ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' got a TV series on Nicktoons. Nicktoons.
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Creator/CartoonNetwork had a TV show based on the ''{{Ninjago}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'' line, likewise for its SpiritualSuccessor, ''LegendsOfChima''.
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''Franchise/LegendsOfChima''. Ninjago is actually so story-driven that a large portion of fans consider it the succesor successor to Bionicle. ''Bionicle''. Which, seeing as Bionicle ''Bionicle'' was featured in about half the possible media types and every type of merchandise, says a lot about it.




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* An episode of ''FeralTV'' (spinoff of the Australian programme ''The Ferals'') had an episode where the boss of the station had, for reasons best known only to him, purchased a container or two full of colourful plastic lampshades and demanded the characters make up a programme to sell them. The result: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqeDjOoYfP4 The ''Mighty Dorky Power Whingers!'']] Cancelled after one episode due to all the lampshades selling out, including those on set.
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14th Jun '16 3:51:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Very evident in ''TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', where the heroes wore brightly colored, {{Animesque}} battle armor for no apparent reason other than to shill toys.

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* Very evident in ''TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', where the heroes wore brightly colored, {{Animesque}} battle armor for no apparent reason other than to shill toys.
1st Jun '16 9:41:57 AM Willbyr
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* PrettyCure: Becoming a long running CashCowFranchise for Toei Animation. The franchise grew so popular over the years that toys, dolls, accessories, and coloring books are released long before the new season even airs or even proves ratings worthy.

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* PrettyCure: Franchise/PrettyCure: Becoming a long running CashCowFranchise for Toei Animation. The franchise grew so popular over the years that toys, dolls, accessories, and coloring books are released long before the new season even airs or even proves ratings worthy.
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* Wrestling/KevinSteen: Used this for one of his three reasons for joining Adam Cole and Wrestling/TheYoungBucks in Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla(the other two being an inability to beat Cole and [[XPacHeat disrespect he and the bucks got from the fans]]), saying he wasn't selling enough shirts.

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* Wrestling/KevinSteen: Used Wrestling/KevinSteen used this for one of his three reasons for joining Adam Cole and Wrestling/TheYoungBucks in Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla(the other two being an inability to beat Cole and [[XPacHeat disrespect he and the bucks got from the fans]]), saying he wasn't selling enough shirts.
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* This used to be a staple of the Southern USA, where it was often part of a baby {{face}}'s duty to shill merchandise during intermissions. Thrill Seekers TagTeam Wrestling/LanceStorm and Wrestling/ChrisJericho, arriving in the country via Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling were baffled by the concept and felt there was a passive aggressive attempt to push them out given they weren't good enough at it to justify how much they were getting paid. As it became increasingly clear that the territories were not coming back though, [[FollowTheLeader this practice became more common in other regions.]]

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* This used to be a staple of the Southern USA, where it was often part of a baby {{face}}'s duty to shill merchandise during intermissions. Thrill Seekers TagTeam Wrestling/LanceStorm and Wrestling/ChrisJericho, [[Wrestling/LanceStorm Thrill]] [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho Seekers]] TagTeam, arriving in the country via Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling, were baffled by the concept and felt there was a passive aggressive attempt to push them out of the company given they weren't good enough at it shilling wares to justify how much they were getting paid. As it became increasingly clear that the territories were not coming back though, [[FollowTheLeader this practice became more common in other regions.]]
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* Wrestling/KevinSteen: Used this for one of his three reasons for joining Adam Cole and Wrestling/TheYoungBucks in Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla(the other two being an inability to beat Cole and [[XPacHeat disrespect he and the bucks got from the fans]]), saying he wasn't selling enough shirts.
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* After Toru Yano snapped in 2004, he became the drunken DVD advertisement of Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}.
19th May '16 8:43:01 PM SSJMagus
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** Often times, Bandai will find ways to release old kits as a new model with various ways to make them seem like legitimate standalone kits. One such method is to market recolors (0 Gundam and the celestial being colors) or spin-off variations of a kit (Astraea, Astraea type F) without having to create an entire set of runners. This can be both subtle and completely in your face like the GN condenser 00 where the frame is the exact same except for an extra clip that gives you the condenser pieces.

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** Often times, Bandai will find ways to release old kits as a new model with various ways to make them seem like legitimate standalone kits. One such method is to market recolors (0 Gundam and the celestial being Celestial Being colors) or spin-off variations of a kit (Astraea, Astraea type F) without having to create an entire set of runners. This can be both subtle and completely in your face like the GN condenser 00 where the frame is the exact same except for an extra clip that gives you the condenser pieces.



** ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', a short-lived attempt at a relatively more serious revival, failed despite being well-received by fans largely because of its poorly-executed toy line. (Near non-existent promotion and inconsistent timeslots didn't help, but the flop of the toy line was the killing blow.) Glutting the shelves with virtually nothing but [[TheHero He-Man]] and [[BigBad Skeletor]] (often in the form of ill-conceived variants rather than their usual on-screen outfits to boot) and making it near-impossible to buy any of the supporting heroes and villains turned out to be a poor strategy.



* This was also the reason ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' was cancelled as Creator/CartoonNetwork were trying to get a toy deal for it. No company was willing however and they pulled the plug on the show despite a small dedicated fan base, a growing story arc and none of the loose ends being tied up due to a dispute between Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/GenndyTartakovsky as the former wanted the latter to ''retool the show into being more toyetic'' like ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'', so they could get those toy deals.

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* This was also the reason ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' was cancelled as Creator/CartoonNetwork were trying to get a toy deal for it. No company was willing however and they pulled the plug on the show despite a small dedicated fan base, a growing story arc and none of the loose ends being tied up due to a dispute between Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/GenndyTartakovsky as the former wanted the latter to ''retool the show into being more toyetic'' like ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'', so they could get those toy deals. Why it was so hard to get a toy deal for a series based around HumongousMecha fighting {{Kaiju}} is anyone's guess.



* While not as blatant or illogical as the ''United They Stand'' or ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' examples, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' has the Aven-Jet Prime, a massive, transforming [[ConspicuousCGI CGI]] [[CoolAirship airship]]. Especially notable since it replaces the Quinjet, the Avengers' comparatively BoringButPractical plane from the comics.
* BruceTimm attributed the failure of ''[[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries Green Lantern: The Animated Series]]'' to the lack of merchandise. Apparently a toy line for the show was in the works, but retailers scoffed at it due to the poor performance of the toy line from the live-action ''[[Film/GreenLantern Green Lantern]]'' movie.

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* While not as blatant or illogical as the ''United They Stand'' or ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' examples, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' has the Aven-Jet Prime, a massive, transforming [[ConspicuousCGI CGI]] [[CoolAirship airship]]. Especially notable since it replaces the Quinjet, the Avengers' comparatively BoringButPractical plane from the comics.
comics (and the beloved but less toyetic ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' that ''Assemble'' replaced).
* BruceTimm attributed the failure of ''[[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries Green Lantern: The Animated Series]]'' to the lack of merchandise. Apparently a toy line for the show was in the works, but retailers scoffed at it due to the poor performance of the toy line from the live-action ''[[Film/GreenLantern Green Lantern]]'' movie.movie, seemingly unaware that this was because [[BoxOfficeBomb no one liked the movie]].
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* This used to be a staple of the Southern USA, where it was often part of a baby {{face}}'s duty to shill merchandise during intermissions. Thrill Seekers TagTeam Wrestling/LanceStorm and Wrestling/ChrisJericho, arriving in the country via Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling were baffled by the concept and felt there was a passive aggressive attempt to push them out given they weren't good enough at it to justify how much they were getting paid. As it became increasingly clear that the territories were not coming back though, [[FollowTheLeader this practice became more common in other regions.]]
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