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28th May '18 6:08:24 PM thelivingtoad
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* On most merchandise of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Betty Rubble will not be present, most notably in the chewable vitamin tablets. This is because Betty is far and away the least popular main character.

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* On most merchandise of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Betty Rubble will not be present, most notably in the chewable vitamin tablets. This is present because Betty she is far and away the least popular main character.character. She didn't even appear in the Flintstones vitamins until 1995, over 25 years after they were first introduced (she replaced the Flinstones' ''car'')
16th May '18 9:10:58 AM kyojikasshu
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* The ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'' comics had a few more, such as Scrounge, Blaster's [[TheWoobie unfortunate little buddy]] from issue #17 and Jhiaxus, a major villain from the ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' comics. Emirate Xaaron, from the UK comics and the latter parts of the US Marvel issues, wasn't based on a toy, but is pretty easy to make as he is mostly a gold and orange Megatron. That said, he'd make a lousy toy - he hasn't transformed in so long he theorizes the shock from merely attempting it could kill him! (He would've made a perfect Action Master, though.)

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* The ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'' comics had a few more, such as Scrounge, Blaster's [[TheWoobie unfortunate little buddy]] from issue #17 #17[[note]]who eventually received a ''Combiner Wars'' redeco of Cosmos as part of the Computron box set, about 30 years after his debut[[/note]] and Jhiaxus, a major villain from the ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' comics. comics[[note]]who has received a couple of toys in more recent lines, but none quite resembling his G2 appearance[[/note]]. Emirate Xaaron, from the UK comics and the latter parts of the US Marvel issues, wasn't based on a toy, but is pretty easy to make as he is mostly a gold and orange Megatron.Megatron without the gun bits. That said, he'd make a lousy toy - he hasn't transformed in so long he theorizes the shock from merely attempting it could kill him! (He would've made a perfect Action Master, though.)



** Basically, any human not named Spike Witwicky (who got a toy as a Headmaster partner to Fortress Maximus and Cerebros) and any [[HumanAlien Nebulan]] who was not binary-bonded to a Transformer would qualify. A few would get Kreons[[note]]minifigures from Hasbro's second attempt to compete with Franchise/{{Lego}}, ''Kre-O'' (the first was ''Built to Rule'' a decade earlier)[[/note]] over 20 years after the original comic ended. Still no Circuit Breaker, though, since Marvel [[TheCameo snuck her into]] ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' to establish their ownership of that character.
** Creator/IDWPublishing has given us several new Cybertronians without toys, such as the Decepticon Justice Divison, or Rung. Some characters like Drift or Minimus Ambus started out like this, but eventually got toys in the ''Generations'' line.



** The BigBad of the film, Unicron, a giant robot that transforms into a planet-eating planet, had his toy trapped in DevelopmentHell. And perhaps luckily so, considering how little the prototype resembled the character. Despite this, he remained a recurring villain in the next season, and his head still orbited Cybertron as a ContinuityNod. We finally get a toy when ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' makes him the final enemy and says this Unicron is one and the same as the old one, unlike everyone else.

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** The BigBad of the film, Unicron, a giant robot that transforms into a planet-eating planet, had his toy trapped in DevelopmentHell. And perhaps luckily so, considering how little the prototype resembled the character. Despite this, he remained a recurring villain in the next season, and his head still orbited Cybertron as a ContinuityNod. We finally get a toy when ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' makes him the final enemy and says this Unicron is one and the same as the old one, unlike everyone else. (At least, until [[CosmicRetcon the Shrouding separated all the multiversal singularities like Unicron]] in 2015.)
16th May '18 8:19:12 AM kyojikasshu
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* Creator/BillMantlo's ''ComicBook/((Micronauts))'' series for Marvel featured several original characters, as the toyline from Mego didn't have that many characters to begin with. The series was also integrated into the MarvelUniverse's existing Microverse. The series not only outlasted Mego's ''Micronauts'' toyline, it outlasted Mego itself! And although Hasbro owns the rights to the toyline now and have licensed them to Creator/IDWPublishing, Marvel gets to keep the characters it created (such as Arcturus Rann and Marionette), and any characters that were already renamed and modified from the toyline (e.g. Bug, who was based on the Galactic Warrior figure), and Marvel renamed their Micronauts group the ''Microns''.

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* Creator/BillMantlo's ''ComicBook/((Micronauts))'' ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' series for Marvel featured several original characters, as the toyline from Mego didn't have that many characters to begin with. The series was also integrated into the MarvelUniverse's existing Microverse. The series not only outlasted Mego's ''Micronauts'' toyline, it outlasted Mego itself! And although Hasbro owns the rights to the toyline now and have licensed them to Creator/IDWPublishing, Marvel gets to keep the characters it created (such as Arcturus Rann and Marionette), and any characters that were already renamed and modified from the toyline (e.g. Bug, who was based on the Galactic Warrior figure), and Marvel renamed their Micronauts group the ''Microns''.
16th May '18 8:18:24 AM kyojikasshu
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* Creator/BillMantlo's ''ComicBook/Micronauts'' series for Marvel featured several original characters, as the toyline from Mego didn't have that many characters to begin with. The series was also integrated into the MarvelUniverse's existing Microverse. The series not only outlasted Mego's ''Micronauts'' toyline, it outlasted Mego itself! And although Hasbro owns the rights to the toyline now and have licensed them to Creator/IDWPublishing, Marvel gets to keep the characters it created (such as Arcturus Rann and Marionette), and any characters that were already renamed and modified from the toyline (e.g. Bug, who was based on the Galactic Warrior figure), and Marvel renamed their Micronauts group the ''Microns''.

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* Creator/BillMantlo's ''ComicBook/Micronauts'' ''ComicBook/((Micronauts))'' series for Marvel featured several original characters, as the toyline from Mego didn't have that many characters to begin with. The series was also integrated into the MarvelUniverse's existing Microverse. The series not only outlasted Mego's ''Micronauts'' toyline, it outlasted Mego itself! And although Hasbro owns the rights to the toyline now and have licensed them to Creator/IDWPublishing, Marvel gets to keep the characters it created (such as Arcturus Rann and Marionette), and any characters that were already renamed and modified from the toyline (e.g. Bug, who was based on the Galactic Warrior figure), and Marvel renamed their Micronauts group the ''Microns''.
16th May '18 8:09:35 AM kyojikasshu
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* Creator/BillMantlo's ''ComicBook/Micronauts'' series for Marvel featured several original characters, as the toyline from Mego didn't have that many characters to begin with. The series was also integrated into the MarvelUniverse's existing Microverse. The series not only outlasted Mego's ''Micronauts'' toyline, it outlasted Mego itself! And although Hasbro owns the rights to the toyline now and have licensed them to Creator/IDWPublishing, Marvel gets to keep the characters it created (such as Arcturus Rann and Marionette), and any characters that were already renamed and modified from the toyline (e.g. Bug, who was based on the Galactic Warrior figure), and Marvel renamed their Micronauts group the ''Microns''.
* Mantlo's ''ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight'' is an even more extreme example than the Micronauts above, as Rom was the only toy in his line. His foes, the Dire Wraiths, were merely described on his package as evil [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] from a "dark nebula". The series expanded on Rom's history, made him [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld over 200 years old]], and gave him a homeworld, Galador. and a legion of Spaceknights, while the Dire Wraiths would be established as a Deviant offshoot of the Skrulls created by the Celestials. At the end of the series, Rom was given back his [[HumanAliens humanity]], allowing Marvel to use him in the future without using his toy-based armored form (which is now owned by Hasbro). Marvel has even had him take the name [[Myth/KingArthur Artour]] so that they can keep the character without using the Rom name.
30th Apr '18 1:25:02 AM CaptainTedium
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* Speaking of which, ''Comicbook/SecretWars'' only existed to push a line of Marvel action figures from Creator/{{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, and Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} ''did'' end up getting figures.

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* Speaking of which, ''Comicbook/SecretWars'' ''Comicbook/SecretWars1984'' only existed to push a line of Marvel action figures from Creator/{{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, and Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} ''did'' end up getting figures.
27th Apr '18 2:28:57 AM Jabroniville
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* ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' has several, oddly enough. Between some excellently-designed Backgrounders (who aren't even named), and the occasional named character with some importance (Melody Piper went two years without a doll; Hopper Croakington and Humphrey Dumpty never, ever received them), you'll find a lot of fans clamoring for dolls. Male characters especially suffer from this Daring Charming was a character of great importance to the plot from the beginning (he was the most high-end of the male Royals, Dexter's brother, and believed to be Apple's betrothed in the future), yet didn't get a doll for the first three years of the franchise. Key villains like The Evil Queen, The Cheshire Cat and The Red Knight also go without dolls.
** Moreover, various movies and shorts give huge chunks of the cast new dresses... but only a handful of these are ever made into dolls. "Thronecoming" gave us only a handful of dolls, with a half-dozen getting designs in the episode. "The Dragon Games" featured plenty of new dolls in sporty gear... but another chunk of the cast never got any. Faybelle Thorn got a new look in "Epic Winter", but her outfit was palette-swapped from Apple White's doll -- Apple barely appears in that movie.
27th Mar '18 12:05:14 AM BeeKirbysNewComputer
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** ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' is the biggest offender of this by far; almost half of the franchises represented in the game [[note]]''VideoGame/{{Portal2}}'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', [[Creator/MidwayGames Midway Arcade]], ''Franchise/MissionImpossible'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Series/KnightRider'', ''Film/TheGoonies'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', and ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''[[/note]] don't have ''any'' sets based on them outside of the packs required to unlock them in-game, and even then, the vehicles that come with the packs will occasionally be bigger in-game than their actual physical model is.
26th Mar '18 9:09:34 PM MarkLungo
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' has a few examples of this trope. Crystal Kane, the team's MissionControl, was never an action figure; neither were {{Team Pet}}s Shadow the dog and Lucy the orangutan, or {{Killer Robot}}s Groundborg and Seaborg. An interesting case happened with Rex Charger and John Thunder: they were intended to be in the next line of toys, but were cancelled together with the line. Even this new wave did not have the above mentioned Crystal, etc: however, bootlegs of her exist.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' has a few examples of this trope. Crystal Kane, the team's MissionControl, was never an action figure; neither were {{Team Pet}}s Shadow the dog and Lucy the orangutan, or {{Killer Robot}}s Groundborg and Seaborg. An interesting case happened with {{Sixth Ranger}}s Rex Charger and John Thunder: they were intended to be in the next line second wave of toys, but were cancelled together with the line. Even this new wave did not have the above mentioned Crystal, etc: however, bootlegs of her exist.
25th Mar '18 12:27:12 PM Hjortron18
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* A frequent criticism of Hasbro's Marvel Legends line (as well as the previous 6" movie figures in the same style and scale) is that movie villains tend to get ignored. Examples include Whiplash from ''Film/IronMan2'', Comicbook/RedSkull from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Comicbook/{{Loki}} from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (though realizing [[EnsembleDarkhorse this grave error]], Loki was subsequently included in the 6" lines for ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok''), Ronan and Nebula from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' (though Nebula later received a 6" figure in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 the sequel]]), Yellowjacket from ''Film/AntMan'' and Kaecilius from ''Film/DoctorStrange''. Interestingly, the Mandarin from ''Film/IronMan3'' ''was'' going to get a Marvel Legends figure, but it was scrapped for unknown reasons.

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* A frequent criticism of Hasbro's Marvel Legends line (as well as the previous 6" movie figures in the same style and scale) is that movie villains tend to get ignored. Examples include Whiplash from ''Film/IronMan2'', Comicbook/RedSkull from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Comicbook/{{Loki}} from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (though realizing [[EnsembleDarkhorse this grave error]], Loki was subsequently included in the 6" lines for ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok''), Ronan and Nebula from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' (though Nebula later received a 6" figure in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 the sequel]]), Yellowjacket from ''Film/AntMan'' and Kaecilius from ''Film/DoctorStrange''.''Film/DoctorStrange2016''. Interestingly, the Mandarin from ''Film/IronMan3'' ''was'' going to get a Marvel Legends figure, but it was scrapped for unknown reasons.
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