Created By: StevenT on November 24, 2011 Last Edited By: StevenT on January 8, 2012

Rushed Merchandise

When merchandise is made at the same time as the media it is based on and contains abandoned concepts.

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Sometimes companies can't wait until a movie is out before they start producing merchandise for it, sometimes resulting in some concepts left on the cutting room floor making it into the merchandise. This most commonly happens with video game adaptations.

See also Novelization and The Problem with Licensed Games.


Examples:

  • The most famous example of this is the Return of the Jedi merchandise containing the original title Revenge of the Jedi.
    • The Marvel Comics adaptation of Star Wars includes scenes not originally in the film, such as Han's face-to-face with Jabba the Hutt (who looks quite different).
  • The Star Trek Generations action figures: most notably a Kirk figure in a space suit which he doesn't wear in the film as it was based on a deleted scene. More subtly, the whole crew wears a uniform designed for the film that was ultimately scrapped.
  • It was intended that the character of Robin be introduced in Batman Returns. Reportedly, Tim Burton collaborated with DC Comics artist Norm Breyfogle to redesign the Robin costume so that it would coincide with the one planned for the film. Kenner Toys even went so far as to produce a corresponding action figure, but when Robin was eventually written out of the script, Kenner released the toy anyway, as the character newly rendered in the comic books.
  • There are inconsistencies in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic merchandise due partly to this trope and the toy-makers being separate and distinct from the show's production crew. For example Princess Celestia's toy is pink, while her show character is white.
  • Some Sonic Sat Am promotional artwork uses the undeveloped character designs and color schemes from early development (a lot of which appeared in the pilot episode). Most notably the Archie comics which were based on the show used the early designs and even some unused story concepts from the show's bible for a long period of time before eventually becoming more uniform to the final show (though some prototype elements are still used to this day, such as Rotor's earlier purple design).
  • The Planescape: Torment novelization is based on an early draft.
  • Many of the original Star Trek novelizations by James Blish were based on early scripts.
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  • November 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Marvel Comics adaptation of Star Wars includes scenes not originally in the film, such as Han's face-to-face with Jabba the Hutt (who looks quite different).

    See also The Problem With Licensed Games.
  • November 24, 2011
    mdulwich
    The Star Trek Generations action figures: most notably a Kirk figure in a space suit which he doesn't wear in the film as it was based on a deleted scene. More subtly, the whole crew wears a uniform designed for the film that was ultimately scrapped.
  • November 24, 2011
    arromdee
    Wikipedia reports that there was a Moon Cycle toy for Sailor Moon which came from the abandoned live action/animated Power Rangers-style show.
  • November 24, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    It was intended that the character of Robin be introduced in the sequel to Batman. Reportedly, Tim Burton collaborated with DC Comics artist Norm Breyfogle to redesign the Robin costume so that it would coincide with the one planned for the film. Kenner Toys even went so far as to produce a corresponding action figure, but when Robin was eventually written out of the script, Kenner released the toy anyway, as the character newly rendered in the comic books.
  • November 24, 2011
    sgamer82
    • There are inconsistencies in the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic merchandise due partly to this trope and the toy-makers being separate and distinct from the show's production crew. For example Princess Celestia's toy is pink, while her show character is white.
  • November 27, 2011
    Psi001
    Some Sonic Sat Am promotional artwork uses the undeveloped character designs and color schemes from early development (a lot of which appeared in the pilot episode). Most notably the Archie comics which were based on the show used the early designs and even some unused story concepts from the show's bible for a long period of time before eventually becoming more uniform to the final show (though some prototype elements are still used to this day, such as Rotor's earlier purple design).
  • November 27, 2011
    Duncan
    Often a Novelization of a film will be based on the original screenplay and not what the movie eventually becomes, in order to have the book released at the same time (or even before) the movie comes out. Examples include the novelizations of X-Men 2, Spider-Man 3, and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, all of which contain scenes that were cut from the film, and The Dark Crystal and Gremlins, which contain TONS of backstory that's not in the movie.
  • November 27, 2011
    Micah
    I think novelizations should only be listed as examples of this if they include details that explicitly contradict what's shown on film. Otherwise, it's too hard to distinguish between novelizations that include deleted scenes because the author didn't know they'd be deleted and novelizations that include deleted scenes just because novels are longer than films and they're a good source of extra material.
  • November 27, 2011
    Duncan
    Yeah, I think Novelizations are a subtrope, can probably just be mentioned with a pothole in the main text; there are already tons of examples on that page.
  • November 30, 2011
    Omeganian
    The Planescape Torment novelization is based on an early draft.
  • December 2, 2011
    arromdee
    Many of the original Star Trek novelizations by James Blish were based on early scripts.
  • December 9, 2011
    ThePocket
    The pink Princess Celestia was for marketing reasons, and many others were due to They Just Didnt Care (any of the toys with vehicles). A better example there would be the toys where the ponies come with pets: because Hasbro never mandated that these pets all be on the show, some of them (mainly Pinkie Pie and initially Rainbow Dash) ended up with pets that differed from the ones that eventually appeared on the show. In an inversion of this, the Rainbow Dash toy's pet changed from a bird to a turtle before season two even started airing, somewhat spoiling the outcome of the season two episode "May the Best Pet Win" before it aired. (She ends up with a tortoise, which Fluttershy repeatedly reminds her is not a turtle.)
  • December 9, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    the first couple of Star Trek TNG novels also included concepts that, while used in the Pilot Encounter At Farpoint, did not appear in the rest of the series. The first novel, "Ghost Ship", featured Deanna calling Riker "Bill" instead of "Will", Deanna wearing a micro-dress uniform instead of the normal bunny-suit, and her and Riker having a fully fledged psychic link. Picard tended to be intensely French in it to a degree he never was in the series proper. The cover art also appears to have a picture of the classic Battlestar Galactica only upside-down on it instead of the Enterprise.
  • January 7, 2012
    miru
    An unused badnik appears in one of the early Sonic comics.
  • January 8, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    The first He-Man action figures were based upon early concepts of the characters that were changed by the time the Filmation cartoon series aired.

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