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22nd Jan '18 4:03:00 PM Jisu
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But not this character. This is the EnsembleDarkhorse of the toyline-driven media, that bursts into the scene like a HighlyVisibleNinja with a rocket launcher and a banner reading, "[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Buy all our playsets and toys]]" only, after rushing to the toystore mouth drooling and brow sweaty, you find out he doesn't have his own toy. Often they'll be TheAce, appearing for a brief storyline, showing up everyone else, and then never seen again--not in the story and ''never'' in the toy aisles.

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But not this character. This is the EnsembleDarkhorse of the toyline-driven media, that bursts into the scene like a HighlyVisibleNinja with a rocket launcher and a banner reading, "[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Buy all our playsets and toys]]" only, after rushing to the toystore toy store, mouth drooling and brow sweaty, you find out he doesn't have his own toy. Often they'll be TheAce, appearing for a brief storyline, showing up everyone else, and then never seen again--not in the story and ''never'' in the toy aisles.



* In the beginning of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', Nozomi, Rin and Urara were predicted to be the biggest hits because they were the youngest characters; therefore, they were introduced first and got their toys first, and Karen and Komachi got their toys either late or not at all. However, Rin proved to be unpopular and Karen somewhat of an EnsembleDarkhorse, so they switched places. This is most prominent with the second season's merchandise; Rin and Komachi got their dolls late, they were never given trading figures, and their articulated figures can only be bought as a set from Toei's own shop.
** 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.

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* In the beginning of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', Nozomi, Rin and Urara were predicted to be the biggest hits because they were the youngest characters; therefore, they were introduced first and got their toys first, and Karen and Komachi got their toys either late or not at all. However, Rin proved to be unpopular and Karen somewhat of an EnsembleDarkhorse, so they switched places.places in later waves of merchandise. This is most prominent with the second season's merchandise; Rin and Komachi got their dolls late, they were never given trading figures, and their articulated figures can only be bought as a set from Toei's own shop.
** This has started to fade for some ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' villains, even occasionally ones who aren't cute girls, although their merchandise is usually exclusive to the Toei Shop or Precure Pretty Store. However, it was definitely the case when ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' was airing. Michiru and Kaoru, that season's {{Dark Magical Girl}}s, were made with very plain, non-toyetic designs because they were never expected to receive merchandise, so though they were very popular with fans, this plus the general poor ratings of the season meant it took a very long time for them to get anything.
** 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''. ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' lack Figuarts, and ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' took ''ages'' to get any. While ''Splash Star'' makes sense, as it was very unpopular when it came out, the original ''Yes'' and ''Happiness Charge'' doesn't don't seem to have a reason.only ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''
30th Dec '17 11:21:39 AM lalalei2001
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* In the ''Literature/StarDarlings'' franchise, Tessa, Astra, Adora, Gemma and Clover don't have dolls, and Piper only has a Wishworld outfit, not a Starland doll. Cassie has only a Wishworld outfit in the US, but a Starland doll with her pet Itty in the UK only.
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18th Dec '17 5:05:43 PM CutieTabootie
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* In late 1997, McDonalds released Happy Meal Toys for ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'', consisting of little flip-cars where when you flip one character down, another one comes up on the other side of the car. While most of the main and supporting animal characters (plus Cruella) were part of the set, Whizzer, Patch, and Mooch were not included. It should be noted that the Happy Meal toys were some of the only toys released for the series.
10th Dec '17 3:36:36 PM Saurubiker
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* Practically all the official action figures and model kits for ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' revolve around Raiden. This is likely due to the game's development having been outsourced to Creator/{{PlatinumGames}}, resulting in all of the game's original elements being co-owned by them. On the other hand, since Raiden was an established character from previous ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, the rights to his character are fully owned by Creator/{{Konami}}. Want a Raiden figure? You have your choice of Play Arts, Revoltech Yamaguchi, Hot Toys, and Gecco (with some of these being available in [[PaletteSwap recolors]] as well). On the other hand, if you want a Bladewolf to accompany your Raiden, then tough luck. Want a Jetstream Sam or any of the Winds of Destruction for your Raiden to face? Too bad. The only non-Raiden merchandise based on ''MGR'' was a pair of Dwarf Gekko figures sold by Sentinel Toys, which were enemy mechs previously introduced in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.[[/folder]]

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* Practically all the official action figures and model kits for ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' revolve around Raiden. This is likely due to the game's development having been outsourced to Creator/{{PlatinumGames}}, resulting in all of the game's original elements being co-owned by them. On the other hand, since Since Raiden was an established character from previous ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, the rights to his character are fully owned by Creator/{{Konami}}.Creator/{{Konami}}, making him exempt from any co-ownership. Want a Raiden figure? You have your choice of Play Arts, Revoltech Yamaguchi, Hot Toys, and Gecco (with some of these being available in [[PaletteSwap recolors]] as well). On the other hand, if you want a Bladewolf to accompany your Raiden, then tough luck. Want a Jetstream Sam or any of the Winds of Destruction for your Raiden to face? Too bad. The only non-Raiden merchandise based on ''MGR'' was a pair of Dwarf Gekko figures sold by Sentinel Toys, which were enemy mechs previously introduced in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.[[/folder]]
10th Dec '17 3:20:59 PM Saurubiker
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* Practically all the official action figures and model kits for ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' revolve around Raiden. This is likely due to the game's development having been outsourced to Creator/{{PlatinumGames}}, resulting in all of the game's original elements being co-owned by them. On the other hand, since Raiden was an established character from previous ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, the rights to his character are fully owned by Creator/{{Konami}}. Want a Raiden figure? You have your choice of Play Arts, Revoltech Yamaguchi, Hot Toys, and Gecco (with some of these being available in [[PaletteSwap recolors]] as well). On the other hand, if you want a Bladewolf to accompany your Raiden, then tough luck. Want a Jetstream Sam or any of the Winds of Destruction for your Raiden to face? Too bad. The only non-Raiden merchandise based on ''MGR'' was a pair of Dwarf Gekko figures sold by Sentinel Toys, which were enemy mechs previously introduced in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.[[/folder]]

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* ''WebComic/TransformersKreO'' includes several background characters based on Transformers who haven't been released as Kreons. A case frequent enough to qualify for this trope is Sideways.



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* ''WebComic/TransformersKreO'' includes several background characters based on Transformers who haven't been released as Kreons. A case frequent enough to qualify for this trope is Sideways.
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23rd Nov '17 12:37:28 AM lalalei2001
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* ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'' never made toys for Hairball, Duchess Ravenwaves' lackey, or Shining Glory, the powerful wizard. Longcurl the mother dragon is an interesting example as while her babies got toys, she didn't.



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* [[http://www.nevermadetoys.com/ Never Made Toys]] is a website that based on this phenomenon. It's primarily based on the 80's cartoons.

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* [[http://www.nevermadetoys.com/ Never Made Toys]] is a website that based on this phenomenon. It's primarily based focused on the 80's cartoons.
23rd Nov '17 12:20:05 AM BNSF1995
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** Arcee was created for the 1986 movie and was a prominent character in the series after that. Hasbro wouldn't make an action figure that was based on her G1 appearance until 2014 (her first action figure was a repaint of Beast Wars Blackarachnia in 2001).

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** Arcee was created for the 1986 movie and was a prominent character in the series after that. Hasbro wouldn't make an action figure that was based on her G1 appearance until 2014 (her first action figure was a repaint of Beast Wars Blackarachnia in 2001).2001, and her ''Energon'', movie, and ''Prime'' incarnations also had toys).



*** Alpha Trion, Elita-One, Chromia and Moonracer actually ended up getting exclusive botcon toys eventually (though Moonracer and Chromia have to share). We're still waiting for Firestar.

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*** Alpha Trion, Elita-One, Chromia and Moonracer actually ended up getting exclusive botcon toys eventually (though Moonracer and Chromia have to share). Chromia later received a mass-released toy in the ''Thrilling 30'' toyline in 2014, Alpha Trion in the ''Titans Return'' line 2016, Moonracer has been confirmed to received a toy in the ''Power of the Primes'' line in 2018, and reports from reputable sources state that Elita-One will have a toy in the same line, serving as a combiner torso. We're still waiting for Firestar.



*** It was a ''long'' road for Transformers for the first female toy character to come along. First, again, in 1986 there was Arcee, who was a main character in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' and season three, and would have been in season four. No toy of her was ever made. In ''1996'' there's Beast Wars, and we get Airazor - whose toy was made first. The decision to make her a "her" came later. She gets an upgraded, obviously-female toy, the first Transformers toy intended as female from the start, but the character never takes on that form in the show. And again, Blackarachnia's original form ''effectively'' doesn't get one at all. Finally, in 1999, Blackarachnia gets an upgrade, and that form has a toy. That's ''13 years'' between the first female main character and the first instance of a female character having a toy in her likeness ''intentionally.''

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*** It was a ''long'' road for Transformers for the first female toy character to come along. First, again, in 1986 there was Arcee, who was a main character in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' and season three, and would have been in season four. No toy of her was ever made.made, though a prototype was. The first actual female Transformer, Freezon (from the Tyco slot car set), wasn't established as female until 2014, and the first Transformer who was explicitly female, Minerva, was a Japanese-exclusive (though her toy was a redeco of Nightbeat, the latter deco made available in Japan via mail order). In ''1996'' there's Beast Wars, and we get Airazor - whose toy was made first. The decision to make her a "her" came later. She gets an upgraded, obviously-female toy, the first Transformers toy intended as female from the start, but the character never takes on that form in the show. And again, Blackarachnia's original form ''effectively'' doesn't get one at all. Finally, in 1999, Blackarachnia gets an upgrade, and that form has a toy. That's ''13 years'' between the first female main character and the first instance of a female character having a toy in her likeness ''intentionally.''
5th Nov '17 3:34:37 PM Raptorslash
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* While all four (later five) of the ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs'' became toys, only two of their archenemies, the Raptors, did. Spittor, the Raptors' resident EvilGenius, never got a toy, and neither did the recurring human and alien characters.
30th Oct '17 3:16:21 AM valar55
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But not this character. This is the EnsembleDarkhorse of the toyline-driven media, that bursts into the scene like a HighlyVisibleNinja with a rocket launcher and a banner reading, "[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Buy all our playsets and toys]]" only, after rushing to the toystore mouth drooling and brow sweaty you find out, he doesn't have his own toy. Often they'll be TheAce, appearing for a brief storyline, showing up everyone else, and then never seen again--not in the story and ''never'' in the toy aisles.

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But not this character. This is the EnsembleDarkhorse of the toyline-driven media, that bursts into the scene like a HighlyVisibleNinja with a rocket launcher and a banner reading, "[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Buy all our playsets and toys]]" only, after rushing to the toystore mouth drooling and brow sweaty sweaty, you find out, out he doesn't have his own toy. Often they'll be TheAce, appearing for a brief storyline, showing up everyone else, and then never seen again--not in the story and ''never'' in the toy aisles.



In a boys' show, generally the TagAlongKid, the armies of {{mooks}}, and in older series, the TokenGirl will be need to be created for the show, and in a girls' show it's the same for the the villains in general.

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In a boys' show, generally the TagAlongKid, the armies of {{mooks}}, and in older series, the TokenGirl will be need to be created for the show, and in a girls' show it's the same for the the villains in general.
28th Sep '17 3:54:52 PM comicwriter
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* Due to its ContestedSequel status among the fans, it's relatively rare for characters from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' to be featured in merchandise for the series. The main exception is Ibuki, who has EnsembleDarkhorse status. For instance, she and Remy were the only characters from ''III'' to be featured in SOTA's beloved ''Street Fighther'' action figure line.
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