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16th Feb '18 5:06:09 AM Storygirl000
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* The {{Creator/Nicktoons}} series ''WesternAnimation/{{Zevo 3}}'', as the show's shoe-themed superhero premise arises from a series of Sketchers commercials. It got to the point that parent groups tried to have the show taken off the air for what they viewed as such blatant marketing towards children.

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* The {{Creator/Nicktoons}} series ''WesternAnimation/{{Zevo 3}}'', as the show's shoe-themed superhero premise arises from a series of Sketchers commercials. It got to the point that parent groups tried to have the show taken off the air for what they viewed as such blatant marketing towards children. Despite this, however, the shoes were rarely, if ever, mentioned in the show itself; instead, it focused on telling an actual story, hinting at darker plots and a vast conspiracy.
8th Feb '18 7:28:20 AM Cryoclaste
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** An ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' comic featuring Audi vehicles, with the cast consisting of characters featured in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' (CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/BlackPanther, Comicbook/BlackWidow, ect.)

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** An ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' comic featuring Audi vehicles, with the cast consisting of characters featured in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' (CaptainAmerica, (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/BlackPanther, Comicbook/BlackWidow, ect.)
4th Feb '18 9:28:32 AM nombretomado
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* The {{Nicktoons}} series ''WesternAnimation/{{Zevo 3}}'', as the show's shoe-themed superhero premise arises from a series of Sketchers commercials. It got to the point that parent groups tried to have the show taken off the air for what they viewed as such blatant marketing towards children.

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* The {{Nicktoons}} {{Creator/Nicktoons}} series ''WesternAnimation/{{Zevo 3}}'', as the show's shoe-themed superhero premise arises from a series of Sketchers commercials. It got to the point that parent groups tried to have the show taken off the air for what they viewed as such blatant marketing towards children.
3rd Feb '18 2:08:49 PM nombretomado
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* Mattel created ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' just for this reason, also planning a book series and a movie from the get-go.

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* Mattel created ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' just for this reason, also planning a book series and a movie from the get-go.
31st Jan '18 5:02:05 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''UrbanRivals'' manages to do this without a tangible product. The WebComics promote characters on the cards, often with gang team-ups, sometimes with what appears to be a CrackPairing that actually hints as to how the cards could work together in a hand. The showcased character cards enjoy a boost in popularity and price, and purchasable booster packs tout the inclusion of the characters.

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* ''UrbanRivals'' ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'' manages to do this without a tangible product. The WebComics promote characters on the cards, often with gang team-ups, sometimes with what appears to be a CrackPairing that actually hints as to how the cards could work together in a hand. The showcased character cards enjoy a boost in popularity and price, and purchasable booster packs tout the inclusion of the characters.
19th Jan '18 6:57:25 AM Cryoclaste
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* The reason Thrax has the power to change the appearance of cars in ''WesternAnimation/OsmosisJones'' is because the creators thought it'd help sell toys. However, the film's toy line was never released, making the gesture somewhat meaningless.

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* The reason Thrax has the power to change the appearance of cars in ''WesternAnimation/OsmosisJones'' ''Film/OsmosisJones'' is because the creators thought it'd help sell toys. However, the film's toy line was never released, making the gesture somewhat meaningless.
11th Jan '18 3:27:59 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* ''Series/RomperRoom'' effectively became this when Claster Television, the company that created the show, was bought by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in 1969.
8th Jan '18 12:50:07 PM Zoroark69
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* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is an arm for advertising the video game series, with storylines being tied to the games, certain Pokémon games being promoted near the time of release, and character and plot being de-emphasized over showcasing the newest monsters. And it worked; it became one of the most popular children's cartoons and anime series at the time of release, and helped turn Pokémon into the CashCowFranchise it is now. However, this became less effective with time as the franchise developed a PeripheryDemographic, to the point that international marketing now tends to de-emphasize the anime a bit. This led to the creation of the below ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''.

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* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is an arm for advertising the video game series, with storylines being tied to the games, certain Pokémon games being promoted near the time of release, and character and plot being de-emphasized over showcasing the newest monsters. And it worked; it became one of the most popular children's cartoons and anime series at the time of release, and helped turn Pokémon into the CashCowFranchise it is now. However, this became less effective with time as the franchise developed a PeripheryDemographic, to the point that international marketing now tends to de-emphasize the anime a bit. This led to the creation of the below ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''.
5th Jan '18 8:49:16 PM nombretomado
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* There was to be an ''[[TheIncredibleCrashDummies Incredible Crash Dummies]]'' CGI animated series. The pilot was free with several action figures for sale. Sadly, it never quite took off. Which is a pity, the show was fairly humorous, ProductPlacement aside. And as they were crash dummies, dismemberment was not unheard of, and in fact was quite frequent, showing just how bad a crash could in fact be.

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* There was to be an ''[[TheIncredibleCrashDummies ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleCrashDummies Incredible Crash Dummies]]'' CGI animated series. The pilot was free with several action figures for sale. Sadly, it never quite took off. Which is a pity, the show was fairly humorous, ProductPlacement aside. And as they were crash dummies, dismemberment was not unheard of, and in fact was quite frequent, showing just how bad a crash could in fact be.
2nd Jan '18 6:10:07 AM LlamaAdventure
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* There's no actual real-life merchandise, but side-scrolling ShootEmUp ''VideoGame/GeppyX'' is framed as an old 70's HumongousMecha anime. As such, levels are often broken up with live-action commercial breaks advertising fictional ''Geppy X'' merch.
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