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13th Nov '16 2:00:11 PM Anicomicgeek
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** The ''Total Justice'' toyline had a tie-in activity book which depicted 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.

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** The ''Total Justice'' toyline had a tie-in activity book which depicted characters who never got figures in the toyline; while the Blue Beetle figure would get released, and the many others (Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Superboy, and Steel) would be figures in the ''JLA'' toyline, Oracle and Supergirl were never made into figures.
5th Nov '16 4:49:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' version of ''Omega Supreme'' - very male, very {{Badass}}, very important, with plenty of screentime, hasn't gotten a toy despite ''much'' fan begging. Especially astonishing given the Tigerhawk situation: The toy company has ''infinitely'' more control than the writers with every incarnation of TF, and saying "Screw the arc you had planned, ''vaporize'' your important character because we're only ''pretty'' sure we're making a toy" is in fact ''not'' the worst thing they've inflicted on a series or comic. A toyless character being allowed as much screentime as Omega got (for [[AffirmativeActionGirl non-social reasons]]) is perhaps unprecedented.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' version of ''Omega Supreme'' - very male, very {{Badass}}, badass, very important, with plenty of screentime, hasn't gotten a toy despite ''much'' fan begging. Especially astonishing given the Tigerhawk situation: The toy company has ''infinitely'' more control than the writers with every incarnation of TF, and saying "Screw the arc you had planned, ''vaporize'' your important character because we're only ''pretty'' sure we're making a toy" is in fact ''not'' the worst thing they've inflicted on a series or comic. A toyless character being allowed as much screentime as Omega got (for [[AffirmativeActionGirl non-social reasons]]) is perhaps unprecedented.
30th Oct '16 4:47:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/HeroFactory'', is somewhat better with this with its significantly smaller cast, and most of the toyless characters are minor support staff for the protagonists who aren't all that important (though, their designs in the TV series are such that it's virtually impossible to make a decent scale model of any of them, no matter how expansive your stock of LEGO is).

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* ''Franchise/HeroFactory'', ''Toys/HeroFactory'', is somewhat better with this with its significantly smaller cast, and most of the toyless characters are minor support staff for the protagonists who aren't all that important (though, their designs in the TV series are such that it's virtually impossible to make a decent scale model of any of them, no matter how expansive your stock of LEGO is).
28th Oct '16 12:27:24 PM DracoKanji
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* Nearly all Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog-themed toylines will skip Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, despite him being the second most important character in the franchise as its antagonist. This includes crossovers where Eggman has a large role, like ''Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing''. To date, the only appearance of modern Eggman that has made it past the prototype stage anywhere in the world is a Happy Meal toy (and bear in mind that this design of him has been around for 14 years). Bootleg merchandise of him, however, is easily available. [[TheGoomba The Motobug]] has received more merchandise than the MadScientist who designed it.

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* Nearly all Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog-themed toylines will skip Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, despite him being the second most important character in the franchise as its antagonist. This includes crossovers where Eggman has a large role, like ''Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing''. To date, the only appearance of modern Eggman that has made it past the prototype stage anywhere in the world is a Happy Meal toy (and bear in mind that this design of him has been around for 14 years). Bootleg merchandise of him, however, is easily available. [[TheGoomba The Motobug]] has received more merchandise than the MadScientist who designed it. Finally started to turn around after ''Sonic Boom'', where Eggman got several action figures and the classic series plush toys included his original design. New toylines seem to have it as a ''necessity'' that he's included now.
16th Oct '16 10:51:16 AM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'', all of the main characters have easy-to-find and abundant toys--except Tiberius. His lack of presence in the trailers and other advertisements makes it hard to know he even exists in the movie at all.
4th Oct '16 9:33:57 PM Vrahno
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* ''{{Bionicle 2015}}'' likewise introduced important characters before they had any toys (Ekimu got released in the second wave, no word of Makuta yet), and so far the only appearing figure that might not get a toy representation is the red Skull Spider from the promo comics, since the only available colors are blue, silver and bright green.

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* ''{{Bionicle 2015}}'' likewise introduced important characters before they had any toys (Ekimu 2015}}'':
** Ekimu
got released in the second wave, no word of Makuta yet), and so far the only appearing figure that might not though he was an important character before that.
** Book-exclusive characters like Bingzak, Harvali or Axoto didn't
get a toy representation is sets. Nor did the red Skull Spider from the promo comics, since the only available colors are blue, silver and bright green.green. The Ice Shadow Trap wasn't ever sold either, but its appearance from the cartoon can easily be replicated if one has the necessary Lego pieces.
** [[BigBad Makuta]] is an interesting case: he's had at least two canonical forms shown off in media, his standard villager form (which had two distinct designs, one in the webisodes and comics, and one in the cartoon) and his enormous "shadow titan" form. Lego released a designer video showing off two other possible titan Makuta forms along with a prototype version of his mask -- none of which got released as toys due to the line getting CutShort again. The titan's cartoon design can however be constructed out of various other ''Bionicle'' toys (sans his mask) and a good approximation of his villager form can also be built since its mask ''was'' released.
** Subverted with the six ancient Protectors. Technically never released as toys, but they look exactly the same as the six actual Protector figures.
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.
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