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26th Jul '16 2:38:11 AM TheGrandestDad
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** "BiFi - The Snack Zone" (promoting a popular sausage-like beef snack food called, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin BiFi]] known in the UK as Peperami, where it is made out of pork)

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** "BiFi - The Snack Zone" (promoting a popular sausage-like beef snack food called, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin BiFi]] BiFi]], which is known in the UK as Peperami, where it is made out of pork)
26th Jul '16 2:37:37 AM TheGrandestDad
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** "BiFi - The Snack Zone" (promoting a popular sausage-like snack food)

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** "BiFi - The Snack Zone" (promoting a popular sausage-like beef snack food)food called, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin BiFi]] known in the UK as Peperami, where it is made out of pork)
15th Jul '16 11:13:41 AM DragonRanger
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*** ''Super Sentai'' and by proxy ''Power Rangers'' has followed suit, with power cells in ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', discs in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', both cards and "headers" in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', keys in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Power Rangers Super Megaforce'', batteries in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', trains in ''Series/ResshaSentaiToQger'', and shurikens in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''. ''[=ToQger=]'' even goes for maximum synergy by having the toy trains be used as both the mecha toys ''and'' the collectible trinkets "powering" the roleplay gear. It's not ''as'' consistent as ''Kamen Rider'', as there is still the occasional season without a collectible (''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'').

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*** ''Super Sentai'' and by proxy ''Power Rangers'' has followed suit, with power cells in ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', discs in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', both cards and "headers" in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', keys in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Power Rangers Super Megaforce'', batteries in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', trains in ''Series/ResshaSentaiToQger'', and shurikens in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''.''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel''. ''[=ToQger=]'' even goes for maximum synergy by having the toy trains be used as both the mecha toys ''and'' the collectible trinkets "powering" the roleplay gear. It's not ''as'' consistent as ''Kamen Rider'', as there is still the occasional season without a collectible (''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'').
15th Jul '16 11:12:06 AM DragonRanger
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** Later ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have designed the systems by which heroes use their powers around a collectible toy aspect: [[CardsOfPower cards]] for ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', USB memory sticks for ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', medals for ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', "switch" gadgets for ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', [[RingOfPower rings]] for ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', padlocks for ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', and cars for ''Series/KamenRiderDrive''. Not only do these objects work with the toys such as the transformation belt, but they also provide powerups in the arcade games ''Ganbaride'' and ''Ganbarizing''.
*** ''Super Sentai'' and by proxy ''Power Rangers'' has followed suit, with cards in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', keys in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Power Rangers Super Megaforce'', batteries in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', trains in ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'' and shurikens in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''. ''Tokkyuger'' even goes for maximum synergy by having the toy trains be used as both the mecha toys ''and'' the collectible trinkets "powering" the roleplay gear.
*** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' notably didn't have a collectible, and is considered a failure merchandise-wise by Bandai. This is speculated to be one of the main reasons that ''Power Rangers'' is skipping over ''Go-Busters'' in favor of adapting ''Kyoryuger'' as ''Dino Charge'', which does have a collectible.

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** Later ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have designed the systems by which heroes use their powers around a collectible toy aspect: [[CardsOfPower cards]] for ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', USB memory sticks for ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', medals coins for ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', "switch" gadgets for ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', [[RingOfPower rings]] for ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', padlocks for ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', and cars for ''Series/KamenRiderDrive''.''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', eye-like icons (or "Eyecons") for ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'', and video game cartridges for ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''. Not only do these objects work with the toys such as the transformation belt, but they also provide powerups in the arcade games ''Ganbaride'' and ''Ganbarizing''.
*** ''Super Sentai'' and by proxy ''Power Rangers'' has followed suit, with power cells in ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', discs in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', both cards and "headers" in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', keys in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Power Rangers Super Megaforce'', batteries in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', trains in ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'' ''Series/ResshaSentaiToQger'', and shurikens in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''. ''Tokkyuger'' ''[=ToQger=]'' even goes for maximum synergy by having the toy trains be used as both the mecha toys ''and'' the collectible trinkets "powering" the roleplay gear.
*** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' notably didn't have a collectible, and
gear. It's not ''as'' consistent as ''Kamen Rider'', as there is considered a failure merchandise-wise by Bandai. This is speculated to be one of still the main reasons that ''Power Rangers'' is skipping over ''Go-Busters'' in favor of adapting ''Kyoryuger'' as ''Dino Charge'', which does have occasional season without a collectible.collectible (''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'').
11th Jul '16 12:01:01 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Inverted here - it's Keroro's love of Franchise/{{Gundam}}s that earned them Bandai as its merchandising arm. The [=KeroPla=] line of plastic models features Keronian characters and mecha all compatible with existing Gundam models.
** It also resulted in the series making it to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', [[FridgeBrilliance Keroro's living the mecha fanboy dream]]
** And on Keron, the platoon is a super duper popular cash cow... but they didn't actually know this until they got letters from Keronian kids on New Year's. ''Somebody'''s really rich, but it sure as Hell isn't them.
** It's parodied in episode 10 of the anime (at least in the dub), where an armored vehicle is introduced just to add it to the toy line.
--> '''Keroro:''' It's so roomy!
--> '''Giroro''' ([[BadBadActing in monotone]]): Yes for action figures, and toys.
10th Jul '16 11:53:34 AM DerplesTheMagicalUnicorn
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*** Starting with the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]] line, the spin off movies started to branch off into it's own thing. Sunset Shimmer became the main protagonist for the series and the characters started becoming more developed. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]] was entirely separate from the My Little Pony universe besides the characters and some mentions to Equestria. Equestria Girls had now become it's own franchise instead of piggybacking off the original like the first one was. The toyline has naturally gone down the same route the movies have as well, with the dolls becoming a lot less like Monster High and more into it's own thing. The Friendship Games dolls, however, did not sell as well as Rainbow Rocks or the first line did, so Hasbro came up with a new idea: [[http://data.mlpmerch.com/equestria-girls/series/equestria-girls-minis/ the Equestria Girls Minis]] Were introduced in late 2015 as a separate line to Equestria Girls. It was an overnight hit, selling out on Amazon in ''10 minutes'' and being sold out at numerous retail outlets. It probably has something to do with the fact that these dolls look EXACTLY how the girls appear on the movies and shorts and how adorable they are. Legend of Everfree, the latest line of Equestria Girls dolls doesn't seem to have the promotion that Rainbow Rocks or Friendship Games had as it seems that Hasbro is too busy focusing on the Mini dolls. Only time will tell with how sucessful it is.

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*** Starting with the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]] line, the spin off movies started to branch off into it's own thing. Sunset Shimmer became the main protagonist for the series and the characters started becoming more developed. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]] was entirely separate from the My Little Pony universe besides the characters and some mentions to Equestria. Equestria Girls had now become it's own franchise instead of piggybacking off the original like the first one was. The toyline has naturally gone down the same route the movies have as well, with the dolls becoming a lot less like Monster High and more into it's own thing. The Friendship Games dolls, however, did not sell as well as Rainbow Rocks or the first line did, so Hasbro came up with a new idea: [[http://data.mlpmerch.com/equestria-girls/series/equestria-girls-minis/ the Equestria Girls Minis]] Were were introduced in late 2015 as a separate line to Equestria Girls. It was an overnight hit, selling out on Amazon in ''10 minutes'' and being sold out at numerous retail outlets. It probably has something to do with the fact that these dolls look EXACTLY how the girls appear on the movies and shorts and how adorable they are. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendofEverfree Legend of Everfree, Everfree]], the latest line of Equestria Girls dolls doesn't seem to have the promotion that Rainbow Rocks or Friendship Games had as it seems that Hasbro is too busy focusing on the Mini dolls. Only time will tell with how sucessful successful it is.
10th Jul '16 11:51:39 AM DerplesTheMagicalUnicorn
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** And then there was ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' -- dropping pivotal part of the title (because that worked [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Action_Masters so well last time Hasbro tried that on Transformers]]) solely to create new versions of the characters so Hasbro can have a line of dolls to compete with the trend of fantasy 'alternative' doll lines, such as ''Monster High'' and ''Ever After High'', both being made by Hasbro's rival Mattel. Conversely though, some of the more...shall we say [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversial]] plotlines (such as the royal wedding, the aformentioned Equestria Girls, or [[spoiler: alicorn!Twilight]]) have been accused of only existing because of this trope. WebVideo/PoniesTheAnthology 3 even used the former TropeNamer line from Freakazoid to make a joke about it.

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** And then there was ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' -- dropping pivotal part of the title (because that worked [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Action_Masters so well last time Hasbro tried that on Transformers]]) solely to create new versions of the characters so Hasbro can have a line of dolls to compete with the trend of fantasy 'alternative' doll lines, such as ''Monster High'' and ''Ever After High'', both being made by Hasbro's rival Mattel. Conversely though, some of the more...shall we say [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversial]] plotlines (such as the royal wedding, the aformentioned aforementioned Equestria Girls, or [[spoiler: alicorn!Twilight]]) have been accused of only existing because of this trope. WebVideo/PoniesTheAnthology 3 even used the former TropeNamer line from Freakazoid to make a joke about it.
***Starting with the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]] line, the spin off movies started to branch off into it's own thing. Sunset Shimmer became the main protagonist for the series and the characters started becoming more developed. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]] was entirely separate from the My Little Pony universe besides the characters and some mentions to Equestria. Equestria Girls had now become it's own franchise instead of piggybacking off the original like the first one was. The toyline has naturally gone down the same route the movies have as well, with the dolls becoming a lot less like Monster High and more into it's own thing. The Friendship Games dolls, however, did not sell as well as Rainbow Rocks or the first line did, so Hasbro came up with a new idea: [[http://data.mlpmerch.com/equestria-girls/series/equestria-girls-minis/ the Equestria Girls Minis]] Were introduced in late 2015 as a separate line to Equestria Girls. It was an overnight hit, selling out on Amazon in ''10 minutes'' and being sold out at numerous retail outlets. It probably has something to do with the fact that these dolls look EXACTLY how the girls appear on the movies and shorts and how adorable they are. Legend of Everfree, the latest line of Equestria Girls dolls doesn't seem to have the promotion that Rainbow Rocks or Friendship Games had as it seems that Hasbro is too busy focusing on the Mini dolls. Only time will tell with how sucessful it is.
8th Jul '16 11:12:36 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* This seems to be the ''main'' reason for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' as they made the toys ''months'' before they had the show even aired.
* The new ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' reboot scheduled to come around in 2017 looks like it's going to be even more toyetic than it's previous series especially with it's redesigns of Stinkfly and Wildvine to look like superheros in costumes than a huge bug and a PlantPerson.
4th Jul '16 11:38:01 AM nombretomado
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** ''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.

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** ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' ''Toys/{{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.



** ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' had several DirectToVideo (later DVD) movies, and the later ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' got a TV series on Nicktoons.

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** ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had several DirectToVideo (later DVD) movies, and the later ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' got a TV series on Nicktoons.
25th Jun '16 2:27:57 AM Morgenthaler
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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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