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21st Feb '18 11:18:39 AM PeabodySam
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** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{BIONICLE}}''



* Toys/{{Bionicle}}:
** The traitorous Matoran, and servant of [[BigBad Teridax]], Ahkmou was originally meant to have a new set coming out in '08, as a Shadow Toa. Plans were quickly scrapped, thus his only set remains his Matoran form from '04. He never became a Toa in the story either.
** Nuparu Mahri's set was also supposed to come with a so called Aqua Blaster Blade, and it was even written into the books, yet the final model didn't include it. Similarly Toa Inika Jaller was originally suppose to have two of his Energized Flame Swords, but was given only one (In-Universe, he still has two).
** The Toa Inika were originally suppose to have glow-in-the-dark faces, to represent the blinding light that obscured their features when their masks were off. However because their face is a 2 part plastic blend (green plastic on top, white on the bottom, for their eyes and teeth respectively) and it didn't take the glow-in-the-dark paint well, the concept had to be scrapped because they couldn't fix the problem before release date.
** Toa Iruini and Toa Norik were originally supposed to be Toa Nidhiki and Toa Dume respectively. However it was decided that they should not release "legacy" characters (Dume had become a Turaga by that point, and Nidhiki was dead) and instead changed them to two of the Toa Hagah. It is unknown how much different their original incarnations would have been, as Iruini's mask is a dead ringer for Nidhiki's mutant head and, as part of the Toa Mangai, Nidhiki could have worn the same golden armor as Lihkan did. Norik, likewise, has the same chestpiece as Turaga Dume and the same mask.
** And as revealed by German and Russian documentaries on Franchise/{{LEGO}}, the Toa from the Mistika line had gone through a couple changes as well before finalization, mostly in the color scheme department. Official people have also mentioned that their prototypes resembled their original '02 sets closer than the final models. There was much complaining.
** The sets and story originally planned for '10 and '11 (which is four waves, containing about ''40-50'' sets altogether). They scrapped all of this [[WrapItUp in preparation]] for the line's abrupt {{Cancellation}}, and released a wholly new line of merely ''6'', small-sized sets instead. That means no Element Lords, no shapeshifting assassin robots, no [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg]] [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]] (although the basic setting has been recycled in Toys/HeroFactory), and no sequel to that movie that ends on a {{Cliffhanger}}.
** They had vastly different plans for the '06-'11 storyline originally too. '08 would have seen the continuation of the "Jaller and his team try to save Mata Nui's life'' arc (wrapped up in '07), followed by a multi-year story of the Toa Nuva trying to awaken him. The latter arc got compressed into '08, and instead of the originally planned happy ending, had a shocking {{Downer|Ending}}/GainaxEnding.
21st Feb '18 8:04:07 AM narm00
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* The General Motors [=EV1=] could've given General Motors an environmental edge. It's dismantlement crippled the company's image, and allowed Toyota to get ahead of it.

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* The General Motors [=EV1=] could've given General Motors an environmental edge. It's Its dismantlement crippled the company's image, and allowed Toyota to get ahead of it.



** Several years on, Ian ended up overseeing the official reboot, which was slightly different to his proposal above, with a corebook outlining a contemporary setting for Talents (aka Daredevils), and ''Aeon'', ''Aberrant'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!'' as gamelines running off the rules in the core.

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** Several years on, Ian ended up overseeing the official reboot, which was slightly different to his proposal above, with a corebook outlining a contemporary setting for Talents (aka (renamed from Daredevils), and ''Aeon'', ''Aberrant'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!'' as gamelines running off the rules in the core.



** In the game's very earliest stages, there was only one type of Exalted, the Dragon-Blooded, with powers based on the kinds of magic they used. Said magic [[MarkOfTheSupernatural changed the Exalted physically]] in different ways depending on the type used.

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** In the game's very earliest planning stages, there was only one type of Exalted, the Dragon-Blooded, with powers based on the kinds of magic they used. Said magic [[MarkOfTheSupernatural changed the Exalted physically]] in different ways depending on the type used.



** 3e also had three Exalted types conceived as foils for the Lunars and Sidereals, bringing some of their themes into relief; the [[NonIndicativeName Hearteaters]] and Umbral Exalted were to be Lunar foils, while the Dream-Souled were to be Sidereal foils alongside the Getimians. However, introducing new Exalted types incurs a certain trade-off, both in that time and effort needs to go into writing their books rather than the previously established Exalted, and in their potentially complicating the setting through interactions with the established Exalted. When a new dev team took over, they came to the conclusion that Lunars didn't need foils given their dynamics with most of the established Exalted (one-time seconds of the Solars unwilling to return to that position, with that history also carrying over to the Abyssals and Infernals as corrupted Solars, and long-standing adversaries of the Dragon-Blooded and Sidereals), and Sidereals didn't need another one on top of the opportunities raised by the introduction of the Getimians and Exigents. So they decided to have them be optional canon, included in an appendix to the Exigents book (it doubling as the make-your-own-{{splat}} book), laying out their themes, concepts and backstories, and describing their Charmsets in sufficient detail to homebrew them, with an option of getting upgraded to their own splatbook depending on reception. For the curious, all three are featured on pages 54-55 of the 3e core; the woman with the aurora is a Hearteater, the man tormented by a shadow-monster is an Umbral Exalted, and the man in a toga is a Dream-Souled.

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** 3e also had three Exalted types conceived as foils for the Lunars and Sidereals, bringing some of their themes into relief; the [[NonIndicativeName Hearteaters]] and Umbral Exalted were to be Lunar foils, while the Dream-Souled were to be Sidereal foils alongside the Getimians. However, introducing new Exalted types incurs a certain trade-off, both in that time and effort needs to go into writing their books rather than the previously established Exalted, and in their potentially complicating the setting through interactions with the established Exalted. When a new dev team took over, they came to the conclusion that Lunars didn't need foils given their dynamics with most of the established Exalted (one-time seconds of the Solars unwilling to return to that position, with that history also carrying over to the Abyssals and Infernals as corrupted Solars, and long-standing adversaries of the Dragon-Blooded and Sidereals), and Sidereals didn't need another one on top of the opportunities raised by the introduction of the Getimians and Exigents. So they decided to have them be [[LooseCanon optional canon, canon]], included in an appendix to the Exigents book (it doubling as the make-your-own-{{splat}} book), laying out their themes, concepts and backstories, and describing their Charmsets in sufficient detail to homebrew them, with an option of getting upgraded to their own splatbook depending on reception. For the curious, all three are featured on pages 54-55 of the 3e core; the woman with the aurora is a Hearteater, the man tormented by a shadow-monster is an Umbral Exalted, Exalt, and the man in a toga is a Dream-Souled.
17th Feb '18 5:02:41 PM redandready45
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* The General Motors [=EV1=] could've given General Motors an environmental edge. It's dismantlement crippled the company's image, and allowed Toyota to get ahead of it.
11th Feb '18 3:34:49 AM narm00
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** 3e also had three Exalted types conceived as foils for the Lunars and Sidereals, bringing some of their themes into relief; the [[NonIndicativeName Hearteaters]] and Umbral Exalted were to be Lunar foils, while the Dream-Souled were to be Sidereal foils alongside the Getimians. However, introducing new Exalted types incurs a certain trade-off, both in that time and effort needs to go into writing their books rather than the previously established Exalted, and in their potentially complicating the setting through interactions with the established Exalted. When a new dev team took over, they came to the conclusion that Lunars didn't need foils given their dynamics with most of the established Exalted (one-time seconds of the Solars unwilling to return to that position, with that history also carrying over to the Abyssals and Infernals as corrupted Solars, and long-standing adversaries of the Dragon-Blooded and Sidereals), and Sidereals didn't need another one on top of the opportunities raised by the introduction of the Getimians and Exigents. So they decided to have them be optional canon, included in an appendix to the Exigents book (it doubling as the make-your-own-{{splat}} book), laying out their themes, concepts and backstories, and describing their Charmsets in sufficient detail to homebrew them, with an option of getting upgraded to their own splatbook depending on reception. For the curious, all three are featured on pages 54-55 of the 3e core; the woman with the aurora is a Hearteater, the man tormented by a shadow-monster is an Umbral Exalted, and the man in a toga is a Dream-Souled.



** Gisselle from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' was to be included, but was cut because she was only in a half-animated film, and Disney would've had to pay all the money made by Gisselle to her actress, Amy Adams. Likewise, Anna and Elsa were to be included, but because of the success of ''Frozen'', they have not been included, though they still me in the future.

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** Gisselle from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' was to be included, but was cut because she was only in a half-animated film, and Disney would've had to pay all the money made by Gisselle to her actress, Amy Adams. Likewise, Anna and Elsa were to be included, but because of the success of ''Frozen'', they have not been included, though they still me may be in the future.
9th Feb '18 7:26:50 PM ZimFan89
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** Episode 18 was originally going to be about Team Save Earth and Zim's group having misadventures at a generic [=ComicCon=] knock-off, until the author decided that having them do so at that point would kill the momentum of the StoryArc, so it was shifted to Gaz instead. And that resulted in the convention being shifted to be specifically about video games, which inspired the idea of bringing in Iggins.
6th Feb '18 8:01:36 AM JadeEyes1
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*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheArknverse''
5th Feb '18 5:14:19 AM narm00
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** Several years on, Ian ended up overseeing the official reboot. Initial signs suggest it's going in a different direction...

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** Several years on, Ian ended up overseeing the official reboot. Initial signs suggest it's going in a reboot, which was slightly different direction...to his proposal above, with a corebook outlining a contemporary setting for Talents (aka Daredevils), and ''Aeon'', ''Aberrant'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!'' as gamelines running off the rules in the core.



* Would you believe that there really was going to be a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' amusement park? [[http://gizmodo.com/metropolis-the-real-life-town-that-superman-couldnt-s-1172537331 Gizmodo]] has the story. Cliff Notes version: Metropolis, Ill, and Creator/DCComics had planned to open a theme park centered around the legendary Man of Steel. A set of concept pictures and designs were drawn by NeilAdams showing off everything the theme park would have had, including a massive Fortress of Solitude topped with a stained-glass roof and a room filled with statues of Superman's greatest foes. A comic book, "The Superman Story", was also made around this time to showcase it. The park would have cost around the tune of $25 million USD. Then, [[RealityEnsues the OPEC oil crisis hit]] and they were forced to back down. However, one has to wonder how long it would have lasted - about a decade later would have been ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and it would have rendered it all moot.

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* Would you believe that there really was going to be a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' amusement park? [[http://gizmodo.com/metropolis-the-real-life-town-that-superman-couldnt-s-1172537331 Gizmodo]] has the story. Cliff Notes version: Metropolis, Ill, and Creator/DCComics had planned to open a theme park centered around the legendary Man of Steel. A set of concept pictures and designs were drawn by NeilAdams Creator/NealAdams showing off everything the theme park would have had, including a massive Fortress of Solitude topped with a stained-glass roof and a room filled with statues of Superman's greatest foes. A comic book, "The Superman Story", was also made around this time to showcase it. The park would have cost around the tune of $25 million USD. Then, [[RealityEnsues the OPEC oil crisis hit]] and they were forced to back down. However, one has to wonder how long it would have lasted - about a decade later would have been ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and it would have rendered it all moot.
5th Feb '18 3:20:31 AM jormis29
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*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Cuphead}}''
31st Jan '18 8:41:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/MonsterInMyPocket'' had a slew of products that were due to come out including unreleased monster figures, a Haunted House play-set, and a collector fan club that would issue 1 free figure each month; all of these were unrealized dreams.

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* ''Franchise/MonsterInMyPocket'' ''Toys/MonsterInMyPocket'' had a slew of products that were due to come out including unreleased monster figures, a Haunted House play-set, and a collector fan club that would issue 1 free figure each month; all of these were unrealized dreams.
31st Jan '18 2:07:46 PM comicwriter
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* There were also plans for a line that would've featured robot versions of Marvel's heroes.


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* Before SOTA's ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' line folded, the company had plans to release figures of Dee Jay and Alex, the prototypes of which were shown off at San Diego Comic-Con. The company also announced a ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' line, which was to feature Morrigan, Demitri, Lord Raptor, Lillith, Anakaris, Donovan and Jedah, all of whom at least made it to the prototype stage.
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