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4th Jul '16 9:56:52 AM ooh
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* Kenner, the toy manufacturers, did not see ''Star Wars'' mania. They couldn't keep up the demand for tots, that the holiday season of 1977 became known as the year of the "Empty Box Campaign," when customers got merely coupons to buy the toys when they were made available.
14th May '16 7:34:39 PM nombretomado
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* Notably the TropeCodifier for the format of all the following DisneyChannel shows post-1999 (HannahMontana, etc.), LizzieMcGuire also started the merchandising craze those shows had. Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie Mc Guire merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly ''$100 million!'' That's from Radio Disney's big CD promotion, books based on the episodes being sold, mystery books starring Lizzie (much in the same vein as the Mary Kate And Ashley Olson mystery books), Tokyo POP manga adaptations, bed sheets, Barbie dolls, board games, and The Movie.

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* Notably the TropeCodifier for the format of all the following DisneyChannel shows post-1999 (HannahMontana, (Series/HannahMontana, etc.), LizzieMcGuire Series/LizzieMcGuire also started the merchandising craze those shows had. Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie Mc Guire merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly ''$100 million!'' That's from Radio Disney's big CD promotion, books based on the episodes being sold, mystery books starring Lizzie (much in the same vein as the Mary Kate And Ashley Olson mystery books), Tokyo POP manga adaptations, bed sheets, Barbie dolls, board games, and The Movie.
11th May '16 6:30:29 AM Diask
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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has [[http://minecraft.net/store/ whole stacks of merchandise]]. The T-shirts are just the tip of the iceberg made of stuff like plushies, stickers, foam replicas of in-game items, books (And not just informative books. There are also novels!), figurines and even Franchise/{{LEGO}} construction sets.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has [[http://minecraft.net/store/ whole stacks of merchandise]]. The T-shirts are just the tip of the iceberg made of stuff like stickers, posters, plushies, stickers, foam replicas of in-game items, books (And not just informative books. There are also novels!), handbooks, novels, figurines and even Franchise/{{LEGO}} construction sets.
11th May '16 6:16:45 AM Diask
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* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' was a similarly backwards merch-ifiying incident. At first, it was just a [[Music/BlackRockShooter music video]] and vague character design with no further plans, but that quickly spawned an out-of-control [[MerchendiseDriven merchandising]] and promoting spree, which eventually led to a [[VideoGame/BlackRockShooter game]], [[Anime/BlackRockShooter OVA, and anime]] being created to keep the figures, plushies, shirts, posters, and who-knows-what-else selling. The merch still charges ahead of everything else; a figurine bundle with the anime DVD was announced before the anime was even halfway through airing.

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* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' was a similarly backwards merch-ifiying incident. At first, it was just a [[Music/BlackRockShooter music video]] and vague character design with no further plans, but that quickly spawned an out-of-control [[MerchendiseDriven merchandising]] merchandising and promoting spree, which eventually led to a [[VideoGame/BlackRockShooter game]], [[Anime/BlackRockShooter OVA, and anime]] being created to keep the figures, plushies, shirts, posters, and who-knows-what-else selling. The merch still charges ahead of everything else; a figurine bundle with the anime DVD was announced before the anime was even halfway through airing.



* [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpl56pgOFP1qaclyoo1_500.jpg A lot of]] [[Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation Nyanpire merchandise can be found all over Japan,]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7P2Wla4J_dw/TLET5-pZZGI/AAAAAAAAAjw/bs4BmgVxNvg/s1600/Halloween+2010+005.JPG especially during the Halloween season.]] Helps that the manga is ongoing. [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SrX456ZkrU8/UMoLA4FJ3qI/AAAAAAAAAVU/qbAcR7uo5Cg/s1600/Nyanpire.600.917986.jpg There is even Nyanpire Christmas merchandise,that can be sold]] [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/4dc1320a6b4f570db9af9f73a383994d/tumblr_n28xr9eCii1rmmjf9o1_1280.jpg around the Christmas season.]]

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* A lot of ''Anime/{{Nyanpire|TheAnimation}}'' merchandise can be found [[https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpl56pgOFP1qaclyoo1_500.jpg A lot of]] [[Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation Nyanpire merchandise can be found all over Japan,]] Japan]], [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7P2Wla4J_dw/TLET5-pZZGI/AAAAAAAAAjw/bs4BmgVxNvg/s1600/Halloween+2010+005.JPG especially during the Halloween season.]] Helps that the manga is ongoing. [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SrX456ZkrU8/UMoLA4FJ3qI/AAAAAAAAAVU/qbAcR7uo5Cg/s1600/Nyanpire.600.917986.jpg There is even Nyanpire Christmas merchandise,that merchandise that can be sold]] [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/4dc1320a6b4f570db9af9f73a383994d/tumblr_n28xr9eCii1rmmjf9o1_1280.jpg around the Christmas season.]]






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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has [[http://minecraft.net/store/ whole stacks of merchandise]]. The T-shirts are just the tip of the iceberg made of stuff like plushies, stickers, foam replicas of in-game items, books (And not just informative books. There are also novels!), figurines and even Franchise/{{LEGO}} construction sets.
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* Airship Entertainment/Studio Foglio had a lot of stuff for ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' -- such as insignia appearing InUniverse, or generic GaslampFantasy / {{Steampunk}} stuff such as pen looking like a mini-wrench.

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* Airship Entertainment/Studio Foglio had a lot of stuff for ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' -- such as insignia appearing InUniverse, or generic GaslampFantasy / {{Steampunk}} GaslampFantasy[=/=]{{Steampunk}} stuff such as pen looking like a mini-wrench.
28th Apr '16 7:26:38 AM aye_amber
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* TheBeatles had two separate waves of The Merch while the band was still active: the first and biggest happened in the "Beatlemania" days; the second, smaller wave happened when ''YellowSubmarine'' came out. These days, there's still a lot of merchandise in the form of higher-end collectibles and [=McFarlane=] Toys' ''Yellow Submarine'' and ''Beatles Cartoon Show'' lines.

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* TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles had two separate waves of The Merch while the band was still active: the first and biggest happened in the "Beatlemania" days; the second, smaller wave happened when ''YellowSubmarine'' came out. These days, there's still a lot of merchandise in the form of higher-end collectibles and [=McFarlane=] Toys' ''Yellow Submarine'' and ''Beatles Cartoon Show'' lines.
20th Apr '16 12:12:49 AM erforce
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-->-- '''Yogurt''', '''''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'''''

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-->-- '''Yogurt''', '''''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'''''''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''



* GeorgeLucas wanted creative control of his upcoming movie, so he agreed to drop his director's fee to keep the rights, including merchandising. TwentiethCenturyFox was convinced his "space movie" would flop, so they agreed, thinking they just saved more money they would lose. To put it mildly, they chose...[[Film/TheLastCrusade poorly]]. Adjusted for inflation, ''Franchise/StarWars: ANewHope'' is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time in the US, with $2.8 billion in total ticket sales. ''Star Wars'' merchandise makes that much money ''every year''.
** At the time, merchandising involved selling posters, tie-in books, maybe t-shirts. ''StarWars'' is the reason you can get everything from promotional shoes to toothbrushes.

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* GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted creative control of his upcoming movie, so he agreed to drop his director's fee to keep the rights, including merchandising. TwentiethCenturyFox was convinced his "space movie" would flop, so they agreed, thinking they just saved more money they would lose. To put it mildly, they chose...[[Film/TheLastCrusade [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade poorly]]. Adjusted for inflation, ''Franchise/StarWars: ANewHope'' Film/ANewHope'' is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time in the US, with $2.8 billion in total ticket sales. ''Star Wars'' merchandise makes that much money ''every year''.
** At the time, merchandising involved selling posters, tie-in books, maybe t-shirts. ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' is the reason you can get everything from promotional shoes to toothbrushes.
30th Mar '16 3:13:41 AM MisterApple
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* Similarly to the [[LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys TRG]] example, the [[WebVideo/GameGrumps]] have T-shirts with their 'Grump Heads' displayed on them.

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* Similarly to the [[LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys TRG]] example, the [[WebVideo/GameGrumps]] [[WebVideo/GameGrumps Game Grumps]] have T-shirts with their 'Grump Heads' displayed on them.
30th Mar '16 3:07:39 AM MisterApple
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*Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} has [[http://store.xkcd.com its own shop]], where t-shirts, posters and a variety of other things, mostly with images from the comics, are sold


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*Similarly to the [[LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys TRG]] example, the [[WebVideo/GameGrumps]] have T-shirts with their 'Grump Heads' displayed on them.
*WebVideo/{{Jacksfilms}} sells various articles of clothing, which show up in his videos a lot.
27th Mar '16 9:11:39 PM Sharlee
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** Same deal for zoos, with the addition of ''lots'' of soft toy or model animals, coffee-table books of wildlife photos, and those penny-press souvenir-makers operated with a crank.
20th Mar '16 2:14:08 PM Prfnoff
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* The 2011 series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here features hosts Creator/AntAndDec plotting to make a bit of cash on the side by flogging Merch featuring the contestants... like [[IncrediblyLamePun Anthony Cotton buds]] and the Little Willie[[note]] Carson[[/note]] mug ("Oh. That's... that's not the picture we were thinking of." "[[ThinkOfTheCensors We can't show that!]]")

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* The 2011 series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here ''Series/ImACelebrityGetMeOutOfHere'' features hosts Creator/AntAndDec plotting to make a bit of cash on the side by flogging Merch featuring the contestants... like [[IncrediblyLamePun Anthony Cotton buds]] and the Little Willie[[note]] Carson[[/note]] mug ("Oh. That's... that's not the picture we were thinking of." "[[ThinkOfTheCensors We can't show that!]]")



* Brian Clevenger of ''8-Bit Theater'' has a question on his site FAQ that essentially asks "Why did you sell out?", he claims (humorously) that there's no legal way to make money on nothing but his good looks.

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* Brian Clevenger of ''8-Bit Theater'' ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has a question on his site FAQ that essentially asks "Why did you sell out?", he claims (humorously) that there's no legal way to make money on nothing but his good looks.
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