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3rd Dec '16 8:59:15 PM Kid
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* {{Franchise/Barbie}} dolls have been the basis for a series of direct-to-DVD (or VHS) films. Because they are based on the idea of Barbie and the rest "playing" characters, each film (including those in the ongoing ''Fairytopia'' series) has its own line of tie-in products. They even sold plush doll of a cat from the Barbie movie "The Prince and the Pauper" that interacted to said film via a special box-like object.

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* {{Franchise/Barbie}} dolls have been the basis for a series of direct-to-DVD (or VHS) films. Because they are based on the idea of Barbie and the rest "playing" characters, each film (including those in the ongoing ''Fairytopia'' series) has its own line of tie-in products. They even sold plush doll of a cat from the Barbie movie "The Prince and the Pauper" that interacted to with said film via a special box-like object.
11th Nov '16 1:33:31 PM Berrenta
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* The ''Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection'' of books is this trope combined with GirlsNeedRoleModels. 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'' of books is this trope combined with GirlsNeedRoleModels.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!
5th Nov '16 3:02:34 PM Midna
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* This ended up being one of the reasons for the cancellation of the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon show, due to strife between Bandai and Capcom about the sales of the toys based on it. It also overlaps with WhatCouldHaveBeen, as the cancelled action figures included Proto Man in his Break Man outfit and Bass, suggesting these would have been status quo changes for the third season.

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* This ended up being one of the reasons for the cancellation of the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon show, due to strife between Bandai and Capcom about the sales of the toys based on it. It also overlaps with WhatCouldHaveBeen, as the cancelled action figures included Proto Man in his Break Man outfit and Bass, suggesting these would have been status quo changes for the third season. Of course, the series also served to promote the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic video games]] it was based on.
30th Oct '16 4:46:10 PM nombretomado
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** ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had several DirectToVideo (later DVD) movies, and the later ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' got a TV series on Nicktoons.

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** ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had several DirectToVideo (later DVD) movies, and the later ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' ''Toys/HeroFactory'' got a TV series on Nicktoons.
30th Oct '16 4:38:37 PM nombretomado
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** 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.

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** Its SpiritualSuccessor, ''Franchise/HeroFactory'', ''Toys/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.
29th Oct '16 8:41:14 AM comicwriter
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* Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' miniseries was created to promote sales of Creator/{{Mattel}}'s Marvel toys. As such, certain story elements were implemented for the sole purpose of benefiting the toy line, such as Doctor Doom's armor being damaged and rebuilt so that he more closely resembled his action figure.

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* Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' miniseries was created to promote sales of Creator/{{Mattel}}'s Marvel toys. As such, certain story elements were implemented for the sole purpose of benefiting the toy line, such as Doctor Doom's SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom's armor being damaged and rebuilt so that he more closely resembled his action figure.



** An ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' comic featuring Audi vehicles, with the cast consisting of characters featured in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' (CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/BlackPanther, Comicbook/BlackWidow, ect.)



** An ''[[Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel All-New, All-Different Avengers]]'' ([[ComicBook/TheFalcon Captain America]] and Comicbook/{{Nova}}) comic featuring Western Union.

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** An ''[[Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel All-New, All-Different Avengers]]'' ([[ComicBook/TheFalcon Captain America]] and Comicbook/{{Nova}}) ''Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentAvengers'' comic featuring Western Union.
1st Oct '16 10:17:07 PM Xtifr
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* An in-universe example: in Creator/BruceSterling's ''Zeitgeist'', the girl-band G-7 was created by Leggy Starlitz primarily to sell TheMerch. The music is only of secondary interest to him.
1st Sep '16 5:27:23 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] were accused of hiring Megumi Kudo for the purpose of selling catalogs after she had been cut from the [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling Zenjo]] roster and faded into obscurity. However, their most infamous case was perhaps during the "World Entertainment Wrestling" era when Mr. Gannosuke appeared in a porno wearing Hayabusa's mask.

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* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] were accused of hiring Megumi Kudo for the purpose of selling catalogs after she had been cut from the [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling Zenjo]] roster and faded into obscurity. However, their most infamous case was perhaps during the "World Entertainment Wrestling" era when Mr. Gannosuke appeared in a porno wearing Hayabusa's mask. Supposedly this was an attempt by Team No Respect to [[InvertedTrope destroy the Hayabusa Brand]].
1st Sep '16 5:23:23 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] were accused of hiring Megumi Kudo for the purpose of selling catalogs after she had been cut from the [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling Zenjo]] roster and faded into obscurity. However, their most infamous case was perhaps during the "World Entertainment Wrestling" era when Mr. Gannosuke appeared in a porno wearing Hayabusa's mask.
* Wrestling/DGenerationX's later runs. Which they promptly lampshaded at every opportunity, shoving in every cheap plug they could find. At least they made it funny.



* Wrestling/DGenerationX's later runs. Which they promptly lampshaded at every opportunity, shoving in every cheap plug they could find. At least they made it funny.
1st Sep '16 5:13:54 AM Someoneman
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* ''VideoGame/DieAnstalt'' is a flash game made to promote a series of plush toys of various cute animals with severe mental issues (the goal of the game is to help the toys overcome their issues).
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