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21st Sep '17 7:52:11 PM trulymadmoves
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' quickly became Disney/Pixar's CashCowFranchise in terms of selling merchandise. Kids don't want Woody, Buzz, or any of the other characters Pixar created; they want cars. ''Cars 2'', the first Pixar sequel created outside the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' movies was made simply because the ''Cars'' franchise became a merchandise goldmine.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' quickly became Disney/Pixar's CashCowFranchise in terms of selling merchandise. Kids don't want Woody, Buzz, or any of the other characters Pixar created; they want cars. ''Cars 2'', the first Pixar sequel created outside the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' movies was made simply because the It's a symbiotic relationship: despite lukewarm critical and box office reception, John Lasseter keeps producing ''Cars'' franchise became a merchandise goldmine.films at Pixar, and spin-offs set in the same universe made by [=DisneyToon=] Studios, because [[DoingItForTheArt that world is his personal pet project]], and Disney has no problem letting him do it because he happens to pack each film full of more marketable new vehicle characters than an entire ''Transformers'' series.
19th Sep '17 7:05:17 AM Doug86
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* In its final season, ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' was renamed ''The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians'' in order to tie-in to Kenner's popular ''Super Powers Collection'' line of toys. Accordingly, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Cyborg]] and ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} were added to the cast due to their prominence in the toy line.

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* In its final season, ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' was renamed ''The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians'' in order to tie-in to Kenner's popular ''Super Powers Collection'' line of toys. Accordingly, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Cyborg]] ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} and ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} were added to the cast due to their prominence in the toy line.
17th Sep '17 11:18:34 AM comicwriter
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** Also, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi originally designed the Sailor Starlights with short hair (which fit the androgynous theme behind the characters), but was convinced to give them ponytails after Creator/{{Bandai}} representatives informed her that it was difficult to produce short-haired dolls.
14th Sep '17 4:33:37 PM Midna
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* Surprisingly, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was not made for this, although it happens to be perfect for selling toys anyway. But the [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within The Movie]], ''Woody's Roundup'' and ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' (the latter was [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalized]]) both are, and the two main characters are part of the merchandise.

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* Surprisingly, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was not made for this, although it happens to be perfect for selling toys anyway. But the [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within The Movie]], ''Woody's Roundup'' and ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' (the latter was [[{{Defictionalisation}} Defictionalized]]) both are, and the two main characters are part of the merchandise. ''Woody's Roundup'' is even said to have been CutShort because the toys weren't selling anymore, the fate of too many real-life series to name.
9th Sep '17 2:59:54 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection'' of books is this trope combined with the need for role models. Every book in the series features a new outfit for the starring character, and for her corresponding doll -- a school outfit, a Christmas outfit, a birthday outfit, and so on, along with accessories, sometimes even extending into doll furniture. They'll bend the universe of the characters in order to make this work -- how does Addy, an escaped slave who is starting life over in the city, manage to get nice new dresses regularly? Her mother is a seamstress. The merchandise ends up working for the series, though, because the accessories are [[ShownTheirWork impressively well-researched]], and usually end up contributing to the sense of history, or to the story -- or both!

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* The ''Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection'' ''Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection'' of books is this trope combined with the need for role models. Every book in the series features a new outfit for the starring character, and for her corresponding doll -- a school outfit, a Christmas outfit, a birthday outfit, and so on, along with accessories, sometimes even extending into doll furniture. They'll bend the universe of the characters in order to make this work -- how does Addy, an escaped slave who is starting life over in the city, manage to get nice new dresses regularly? Her mother is a seamstress. The merchandise ends up working for the series, though, because the accessories are [[ShownTheirWork impressively well-researched]], and usually end up contributing to the sense of history, or to the story -- or both!
2nd Sep '17 12:13:40 PM addikt
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* Another toku franchise, the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', is quite merchandise driven with it's numerous [[TransformationTrinket Transformation Trinkets]], weapons, planes, spaceships, kaijus and Ultras all waiting to to be turned into plastic toys. Taken UpToEleven in the most recent versions of the franchise such as ''Series/UltramanOrb'' and ''Series/UltramanGeed'', where the TransformationTrinket has collectible parts (cards and capsules, respectively) that are constantly added to the show whenever a new Ultra form is introduced.



* Another toku franchise, the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', is quite merchandise driven with it's numerous [[TransformationTrinket Transformation Trinkets]], weapons, planes, spaceships, kaijus and Ultras all waiting to to be turned into plastic toys. Taken UpToEleven in the most recent versions of the franchise such as Series/UltramanOrb and Series/UltramanGeed, where the TransformationTrinket has collectible parts (cards and capsules, respectively) that are constantly added to the show whenever a new Ultra form is introduced.
2nd Sep '17 12:10:57 PM addikt
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* Another toku franchise, the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', is quite merchandise driven with it's numerous [[TransformationTrinket Transformation Trinkets]], weapons, planes, spaceships, kaijus and Ultras all waiting to to be turned into plastic toys. Taken UpToEleven in the most recent versions of the franchise such as Series/UltramanOrb and Series/UltramanGeed, where the TransformationTrinket has collectible parts (cards and capsules, respectively) that are constantly added to the show whenever a new Ultra form is introduced.
15th Aug '17 3:18:08 AM LinTaylor
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*** ''Ninja Steel'' was affected by this trope in another way. In the source series ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'', the Rangers' {{Cool Sword}}s are their transformation devices; when Saban was adapting the show, Bandai asked them to make it so that the Rangers' secondary SwissArmyWeapon (which is shaped like a giant ninja star) was the transformation device instead, since they wanted to move as many toys as possible and knew the sword would already sell well by virtue of being the Rangers' primary weapon.
9th Aug '17 1:25:12 PM comicwriter
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* Speaking of the ''Super Powers Collection'', Creator/GeorgePerez designed Comicbook/LexLuthor's suit of green PoweredArmor so it could adapted as figure in the line. The look proved popular enough that he's continued to wear variations of it in the decades since.

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* Speaking of the ''Super Powers Collection'', Creator/GeorgePerez designed Comicbook/LexLuthor's suit of green PoweredArmor so it could adapted as figure in the line. The Though initially discarded after ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the look proved popular enough that he's continued to wear Lex has worn variations of it in the decades since.
9th Aug '17 1:23:47 PM comicwriter
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* Speaking of the ''Super Powers Collection'', Creator/GeorgePerez designed Comicbook/LexLuthor's suit of green PoweredArmor so it could adapted as figure in the line. The look proved popular enough that he's continued to wear variations of it in the decades since.
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