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12th Jul '16 2:14:55 PM PhantomDusclops92
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* ''VideoGame/MarioParty 10''[='=]s "Toy/{{amiibo}} Party" game mode lets you use the Rosalina, Donkey Kong, and Wario figurines among others. The thing is, though, is that those three characters are only available through the ''Super Smash Bros.'' line, while the game shows different figurines for them supposedly for the ''Super Mario'' line. These specific figurines do not exist in real life presently. Wario's figurine is interesting, as the supposed ''Super Mario'' design has him wear a different outfit from the ''Super Smash Bros.'' design.
9th Jul '16 2:21:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' itself was primarily a toy-line, and the story got second billing. As such, any originally non-toy story-only character had to be ''very'' lucky to receive a toy. Of course, this being Franchise/{{LEGO}}, filling in the gaps for oneself through building is encouraged. In fact, some of the side characters got their official toy depictions through contests held by LEGO, where the best design would go on to become canon; and many more minor characters (including most Dark Hunters and many Rahi beasts) were outright created by fans in this way.

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* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' itself was primarily a toy-line, and the story got second billing. As such, any originally non-toy story-only character had to be ''very'' lucky to receive a toy. Of course, this being Franchise/{{LEGO}}, filling in the gaps for oneself through building is encouraged. In fact, some of the side characters got their official toy depictions through contests held by LEGO, where the best design would go on to become canon; and many more minor characters (including most Dark Hunters and many Rahi beasts) were outright created by fans in this way.
6th Jul '16 6:02:59 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the New Vestroia season of ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'', all of the main Bakugan evolved into new forms as their MidSeasonUpgrade. However, no toys were released of these new forms. Kind of awful considering that these were essentially the ''main characters''.
** Bakugan has been notoriously iffy about producing figures of their characters. It was a bit of a problem in the first series when several of the Bakugan that appeares late in prominent roles got no figures, got worse in New Vestroia with the aforementioned MidSeasonUpgrade problem, got a little better in Gundalian Invaders until the later Battle Gear and Super Assaults fell away and became sparse, and then got worse again with Mechtanium Surge, [[FranchiseKiller effectively killing the line]].

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* ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'':
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In the New Vestroia season of ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'', all of the main Bakugan evolved into new forms as their MidSeasonUpgrade. However, no toys were released of these new forms. Kind of awful considering that these were essentially the ''main characters''.
** Bakugan ''Bakugan'' has been notoriously iffy about producing figures of their characters. It was a bit of a problem in the first series when several of the Bakugan that appeares late in prominent roles got no figures, got worse in New Vestroia with the aforementioned MidSeasonUpgrade problem, got a little better in Gundalian Invaders until the later Battle Gear and Super Assaults fell away and became sparse, and then got worse again with Mechtanium Surge, [[FranchiseKiller effectively killing the line]].



* For ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', there are way fewer toys of Vinnie than any of the other main pets. While at the beginning of the show, the characters for the toys were created independently of the show except for [[LegacyCharacter Penny]] and [[BreakoutCharacter Zoe]], from late 2014 and onwards, Hasbro made a greater attempt to match the Littlest Pet Shop toys to the characters from the show. However, in these recent lines, such as the official plushes and the capsule-based squishy figurines, Vinnie is left out entirely with the exception of a few collectors' sets.

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* For ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', there are way fewer toys of Vinnie than any of the other main pets. While at the beginning of the show, the characters for the toys were created independently of the show except for [[LegacyCharacter Penny]] and [[BreakoutCharacter Zoe]], from late 2014 and onwards, Hasbro made a greater attempt to match the Littlest ''Littlest Pet Shop Shop'' toys to the characters from the show. However, in these recent some lines, such as the official plushes and the capsule-based squishy figurines, Vinnie is left out entirely with the exception of a few collectors' sets.



** They [[[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Category:TV_and_Movies_Exclusive_Ponies occasionally dipped into this trope]] for background characters during the G1 and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3]] eras, most famously with First Born (from ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Rescue From Midnight Castle]]'') and Fiesta Flair. Fiesta Flair from G3 is an interesting example. She was never put into the toys and her design was reused for Candy Apple but she appears prominently in specials, even as a cameo in G3.5 long after her time.

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** They [[[http://mylittlewiki.[[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Category:TV_and_Movies_Exclusive_Ponies occasionally dipped into this trope]] for background characters during the G1 and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3]] eras, most famously with First Born (from ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Rescue From Midnight Castle]]'') and Fiesta Flair. Fiesta Flair from G3 is an interesting example. She was never put into the toys and her design was reused for Candy Apple but she appears prominently in specials, even as a cameo in G3.5 long after her time.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', the Stingers were created to sell toys, as parents thought the Misfits' dolls were too scary. The Stingers' toys were never created.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', the The Stingers were created to sell toys, as parents thought the The Misfits' dolls were too scary. The Stingers' toys were never created.created due to the cancellation of the series.
6th Jul '16 5:56:04 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'': It looked like movie-verse!Vidia was going to be this way, until a doll finally came out for the third movie. Even book-verse!Vidia gets the merchandise shaft a lot, though she does have a doll (uber-rare), some art set thing and a one-coin figure. However, this aversion to Vidia was later abandoned; now she gets lots of merchandise, and it's hard to remember the time where she didn't.

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* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'': ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'':
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It looked like movie-verse!Vidia was going to be this way, until a doll finally came out for the third movie. Even book-verse!Vidia gets the merchandise shaft a lot, though she does have a doll (uber-rare), some art set thing and a one-coin figure. However, this aversion to Vidia was later abandoned; now she gets lots of merchandise, and it's hard to remember the time where she didn't.






* The Peculiar Purple Pieman Of Porcupine Peak from ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' in the second generation line; though he seems not to fit, being a villain, back in the 1980s, he ''was'' represented. He's not even mentioned in the third generation. First-generation characters that appeared in the animated specials but not the toyline include T.N. Honey (''Big Apple City'') and four of the Berrykins (''Meets the Berrykins'' introduces ten of them, but only six became toys).
** Despite showing up in the first special in 1980, Plum Puddin' didn't get a toy until 1984, by which time he had become a she ([[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/{{Hasbro}}, this is because dolls of [[TheOneGuy Huckleberry Pie]] didn't sell very well).

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* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'':
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The Peculiar Purple Pieman Of Porcupine Peak from ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' in the second generation line; though he seems not to fit, being a villain, back in the 1980s, he ''was'' represented. He's not even mentioned in the third generation. First-generation characters that appeared in the animated specials but not the toyline include T.N. Honey (''Big Apple City'') and four of the Berrykins (''Meets the Berrykins'' introduces ten of them, but only six became toys).
** Despite showing up in the first special in 1980, Plum Puddin' didn't get a toy until 1984, by which time he had [[GenderFlip become a she she]] ([[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/{{Hasbro}}, this is because dolls of [[TheOneGuy Huckleberry Pie]] didn't sell very well).



** And for ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', there are way fewer toys of Vinnie than any of the other main pets. While at the beginning of the show, the characters for the toys were created independently of the show except for [[LegacyCharacter Penny]] and [[BreakoutCharacter Zoe]], from late 2014 and onwards, Hasbro made a greater attempt to match the Littlest Pet Shop toys to the characters from the show. However, in these recent lines, such as the official plushes and the capsule-based squishy figurines, Vinnie is left out entirely with the exception of a few collectors' sets.
* In its last two seasons, the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Ninja Turtles]] faced fiction-only BigBad Lord Dregg. Carter, the Turtles' equally toyless SixthRanger human ally, was introduced around the same time. Previously, even Burne got a toy.

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** And for * For ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', there are way fewer toys of Vinnie than any of the other main pets. While at the beginning of the show, the characters for the toys were created independently of the show except for [[LegacyCharacter Penny]] and [[BreakoutCharacter Zoe]], from late 2014 and onwards, Hasbro made a greater attempt to match the Littlest Pet Shop toys to the characters from the show. However, in these recent lines, such as the official plushes and the capsule-based squishy figurines, Vinnie is left out entirely with the exception of a few collectors' sets.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'':
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In its the last two seasons, seasons the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Ninja Turtles]] Turtles faced fiction-only BigBad Lord Dregg. Carter, the Turtles' equally toyless SixthRanger human ally, was introduced around the same time. Previously, even Burne got a toy.



** They occasionally dipped into this trope for background characters during the G1 and G3 eras, most famously with First Born and Fiesta Flair. Fiesta Flair is an interesting example from G3. She was never put into the toys and her design was reused for Candy Apple but she appears prominently in specials, even as a cameo in G3.5 long after her time.

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** They [[[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Category:TV_and_Movies_Exclusive_Ponies occasionally dipped into this trope trope]] for background characters during the G1 and G3 [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3]] eras, most famously with First Born (from ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Rescue From Midnight Castle]]'') and Fiesta Flair. Fiesta Flair from G3 is an interesting example from G3.example. She was never put into the toys and her design was reused for Candy Apple but she appears prominently in specials, even as a cameo in G3.5 long after her time.



4th Jul '16 11:51:29 AM HelloLamppost
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ChallenegOfTheGoBots,'' when the Guardians visit the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks slums]] of Old Gobotron, they encounter a local bigwig named Wrecks. They invite him to return with them, but he says he's needed where he is.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/ChallenegOfTheGoBots,'' ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots,'' when the Guardians visit the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks slums]] of Old Gobotron, they encounter a local bigwig named Wrecks. They invite him to return with them, but he says he's needed where he is.
4th Jul '16 11:51:07 AM HelloLamppost
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ChallenegOfTheGoBots,'' when the Guardians visit the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks slums]] of Old Gobotron, they encounter a local bigwig named Wrecks. They invite him to return with them, but he says he's needed where he is.
21st Jun '16 10:34:00 PM Anicomicgeek
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** A toyline based on Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' run, which would involve repaints of the ''Total Justice'' figures was made and would later incorporate ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' into this. However, Oracle again, Tomorrow Woman, Orion, Big Barda, Wonder Girl, Secret, and Arrowette never got figures. Box set would do exclusive figures based on the "Rock of Ages" arc, but likewise, despite most of the holograms of the "big seven" the Injustice Gang, as well as Lex Luthor and the Joker, getting figures, the Wonder Woman hologram, the arc's true villain Darkseid, and Luthor and Joker's Injustice Gang cohorts (Circe, Ocean Master, Mirror Master, Dr. Light, and the mind-controlled Jemm) didn't.

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** A toyline based on Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' run, which would involve repaints of the ''Total Justice'' figures was made and would later incorporate ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' into this. However, Oracle again, Tomorrow Woman, Orion, Big Barda, Wonder Girl, Secret, and Arrowette never got figures. Box set would do exclusive figures based on the "Rock of Ages" arc, but likewise, despite most of the holograms of the "big seven" the Injustice Gang, Gang used, as well as Lex Luthor and the Joker, getting figures, the Wonder Woman hologram, the arc's true villain Darkseid, and Luthor and Joker's Injustice Gang cohorts (Circe, Ocean Master, Mirror Master, Dr. Light, and the mind-controlled Jemm) didn't.
21st Jun '16 10:30:14 PM Anicomicgeek
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** Despite most of non-{{Elseworlds}} figures being based on ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', being mentioned on the file cards, and being one of the main villains, ComicBook/{{Bane}} never got a figure in the toyline. The closest is the figure for the ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' toyline, which resembles the comic character than the film one.
** Simiarly, despite the ''Superman: The Man of Steel'' toylines being being based on ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' (as well as the ''Hunter/Prey'' mini and ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfClarkKent''), Cyborg-Superman is the only one of the temporary Supermen not to get a figure, despite the Eradicator getting a figure, and Steel and Superboy getting multiple ones.
** The ''Total Justice'' toyline had a tie-in activity book which depicted character who never got figures in the toyline; while the Blue Beetle figure would get released, and the others (Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Superboy, and Steel) would be figures in the ''JLA'' toyline, Oracle and Supergirl were never made into figures.

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** Despite most of non-{{Elseworlds}} figures being based on ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', being mentioned on the file cards, and being one of the main villains, ComicBook/{{Bane}} never got a figure in the ''Legends of Batman'' toyline. The closest is the figure for the ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' toyline, which resembles the comic character than the film one.
** Simiarly, Similarly, despite the ''Superman: The Man of Steel'' toylines being being based on ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' (as well as the ''Hunter/Prey'' mini and ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfClarkKent''), Cyborg-Superman is the only one of the temporary Supermen not to get a figure, despite the Eradicator getting a figure, and Steel and Superboy getting multiple ones.
** The ''Total Justice'' toyline had a tie-in activity book which depicted character characters who never got figures in the toyline; while the Blue Beetle figure would get released, and the others (Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Superboy, and Steel) would be figures in the ''JLA'' toyline, Oracle and Supergirl were never made into figures.
20th Jun '16 1:22:39 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* The Franchise/{{LEGO}} toyline for the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies which began in 1999 skipped many rather important characters for several years. Scout Troopers were the first imperial soldiers with Stormtroopers first appearing in 2001 and even then in very few sets. The ''Star Wars'' Icon Yoda first appeared as a figure in 2002, Lando in 2004 and Mace Windu in 2005. Nute Gunray and Palpatine/Darth Sidious as non-Emperor, the main antagonists of the Prequels, were skipped until 2009, when they only got figures in the style of the "The Clone Wars" CGI Cartoon. A Life Action version of Gunray was made however, but the ultimate evil is still left out.

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* The Franchise/{{LEGO}} toyline Franchise/{{LEGO}}:
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for the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies which began in 1999 skipped many rather important characters for several years. Scout Troopers were the first imperial soldiers with Stormtroopers first appearing in 2001 and even then in very few sets. The ''Star Wars'' Icon Yoda first appeared as a figure in 2002, Lando in 2004 and Mace Windu in 2005. Nute Gunray and Palpatine/Darth Sidious as non-Emperor, the main antagonists of the Prequels, were skipped until 2009, when they only got figures in the style of the "The Clone Wars" CGI Cartoon. A Life Action version of Gunray was made however, but the ultimate evil is still left out.



*** The 501st, and as I recall, the 212th have minifigs now. Several sets have the 501st and I think the Republic Gunship has the 212th.

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*** ** The 501st, and as I recall, the 212th have minifigs now. Several sets have the 501st and I think the Republic Gunship has the 212th.212th.
* One travesty (for fans) is that Kenner never made Bantha figures to go with the Tusken Raiders. It wasn't until 2007 that Raider figures got their mounts when Hasbro released them.
1st Jun '16 7:53:54 AM RogueJedi
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* Despite coming out with four video games (three for Creator/DCComics, only one so far for the Creator/MarvelComics heroes (but its loaded with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters), ''Franchise/{{LEGO}}'' has only managed to come out with actual mini figures of the primary heroes (and villains) in both universes. Several heroes (and villains) that are shown in the video games have yet to have actual figures made of them.

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* Despite coming out with four five video games (three for Creator/DCComics, only one two so far for the Creator/MarvelComics heroes (but its loaded with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters), heroes, ''Franchise/{{LEGO}}'' has only managed to come out with actual mini figures of the primary heroes (and villains) in both universes. Several heroes (and villains) that are shown in the video games have yet to have actual figures made of them.



* The main-trio of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' got their costumes a MidSeasonUpgrade but so far only Anakin got his released as a LEGO figure with Obi-Wan and Ahsoka waiting until at least 2013. So far the Phase II style Clone Troopers are also absent and a figure based on [[spoiler:Darth Maul]] isn´t planned either.
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