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16th Aug '16 2:16:44 PM comicwriter
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* Speaking of which, ''Comicbook/SecretWars'' only existed to push a line of Marvel action figures from Mattel. Despite this, a ''lot'' of prominent characters from the series never got their own figures, including most of the Avengers and X-Men. What makes this so jarring is that a few characters who didn't appear in the comic ''at all'' like Comicbook/TheFalcon, Baron Zemo, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Kang the Conqueror ''did'' end up getting figures.



* Speaking of which, ''Comicbook/SecretWars'' only existed to push a line of Marvel action figures from Mattel. Despite this, a ''lot'' of prominent characters from the series never got their own figures, including most of the Avengers and X-Men. What makes this so jarring is that a few characters who didn't appear in the comic ''at all'' like Comicbook/TheFalcon, Baron Zemo, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Kang the Conqueror ''did'' end up getting figures.
16th Aug '16 2:12:18 PM comicwriter
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* Speaking of which, ''Comicbook/SecretWars'' only existed to push a line of Marvel action figures from Mattel. Despite this, a ''lot'' of prominent characters from the series never got their own figures, including most of the Avengers and X-Men. What makes this so jarring is that a few characters who didn't appear in the comic ''at all'' like Comicbook/TheFalcon, Baron Zemo, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Kang the Conqueror ''did'' end up getting figures.
13th Aug '16 4:41:36 AM Blazer
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** The ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise is hit with this with the ''Toy/SHFiguarts'' line. Currently, of the 13 series released, only ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'', ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' and ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure''. While ''Splash Star'' makes sense, as it was very unpopular when it came out, the original ''Yes'' and ''Happiness Charge'' doesn't seem to have a reason.
10th Aug '16 6:56:50 AM kyojikasshu
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** One such character, [[TheCaligula Straxus]], recently got a toy well over 20 years after his debut (though it's called Darkmount due to a case of WritingAroundTrademarks.)

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** One such character, [[TheCaligula Straxus]], recently got a toy well over 20 years after his debut (though it's called Darkmount Darkmount[[note]]the name of Straxus' fortress in the comics[[/note]] due to a case of WritingAroundTrademarks.)) Scrounge later finally got his own figure as a retool of Cosmos in the ''Combiner Wars'' Computron box set, even though the character had not previously been associated with the Technobots.
8th Aug '16 1:59:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* Alice from ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''.

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* Alice from ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''.



** Also weird is LEGO's selection of which clone troopers should be released as figures. From the special colored legions only rather obscure ones get chosen like the 327th Star Corps (the yellow ones from episode 3 which killed the blue alien chick on the jungle planet with half a minute screen time), the Shock Troopers (red ones which followed Palpatine around in three scenes) and the 442nd Siege Battalion (green ones which didn´t even appear in any of the movies, comics, games or books). The 212th Attack Battalion and 501st Legion are very popular by being directly under the command of Obi-Wan and Anakin, but they are chosen not to be released.

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** Also weird is LEGO's selection of which clone troopers should be released as figures. From the special colored legions only rather obscure ones get chosen like the 327th Star Corps (the yellow ones from episode 3 which killed the blue alien chick on the jungle planet with half a minute screen time), the Shock Troopers (red ones which followed Palpatine around in three scenes) and the 442nd Siege Battalion (green ones which didn´t even appear in any of the movies, comics, games or books). The 212th Attack Battalion and 501st Legion are very popular by being directly under the command of Obi-Wan and Anakin, but they are chosen not to be released.



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* Back in the day, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' rulebooks had stats for units or special characters that didn't have their own official model yet, leading hobbyists to convert their own [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Battlewagons]] or heroes like [[AirJousting Nuadhu "Fireheart"]] of the [[SpaceElves Eldar]] in the meantime. But then other miniatures manufacturers started selling models for such units, prompting GW to take legal action - and unexpectedly lose. The company's controversial response was to drop any model-less units from the rulebooks altogether, which infamously {{Nerf}}ed the Tyranids for years by taking away their ability to field ({{Organic|Technology}}) {{Drop Pod}}s and axing over half of the Dark Eldar special characters.

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* It's hard being a character in the ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' franchise if you're not one of the eponymous Skylanders. While the Skylanders themselves are arguably the point, being as they're toys you can bring to life in a video game, there are plenty of non-game-related toys... and those still focus primarily on the Skylanders. Want a figure of the main villain, Kaos, and his sidekick Glumshanks? Want one of the iconic villains, like the Chompies? Heck, want the Skylander's primary sidekick throughout the series, Flynn? Aside from a few rare occurrences (like Happy Meal toys), the non-Skylanders characters tend to get the shaft. Heck, Flynn's ''ship'' has a playset, while he's usually overlooked.

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* Back in the day, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' rulebooks had stats for units or special characters that didn't have their own official model yet, leading hobbyists to convert their own [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Battlewagons]] or heroes like [[AirJousting Nuadhu "Fireheart"]] of the [[SpaceElves Eldar]] in the meantime. But then other miniatures manufacturers started selling models for such units, prompting GW to take legal action - and unexpectedly lose. The company's controversial response was to drop any model-less units from the rulebooks altogether, which infamously {{Nerf}}ed the Tyranids for years by taking away their ability to field ({{Organic|Technology}}) {{Drop Pod}}s and axing over half of the Dark Eldar special characters.

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* It's hard being a character in the ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' franchise if you're not one of the eponymous Skylanders. While the Skylanders themselves are arguably the point, being as they're toys you can bring to life in a video game, there are plenty of non-game-related toys... and those still focus primarily on the Skylanders. Want a figure of the main villain, Kaos, and his sidekick Glumshanks? Want one of the iconic villains, like the Chompies? Heck, want the Skylander's primary sidekick throughout the series, Flynn? Aside from a few rare occurrences (like Happy Meal toys), the non-Skylanders characters tend to get the shaft. Heck, Flynn's ''ship'' has a playset, while he's usually overlooked.



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2nd Aug '16 5:40:27 PM DerplesTheMagicalUnicorn
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*** This even extends to accessories, like the 12 dresses introduced in an episode all about dresses, 6 of which make cameo appearances in other episodes and are featured again in the first SeasonFinale. You won't find those dresses on store shelves.

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*** This even extends to accessories, like the 12 dresses introduced in an episode all about dresses, 6 of which make cameo appearances in other episodes and are featured again in the first SeasonFinale. You won't find those dresses on store shelves. [[http://www.mlpmerch.com/2016/01/rainbow-dash-and-rarity-fashion-styles-at-target-australia.html As of 2016, however, Rarity and Rainbow Dash now have their Gala dresses as toys.]] A little late, but it's better late than never.
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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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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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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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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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.



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