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* ''[[WesternAnimation/COPSAnimatedSeries C.O.P.S.]]'': Larry Hama wrote these file cards too; Checkpoint's bio is (in)famous for hinting that he's the descendant of ''G.I. Joe'' character Beach Head.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/COPSAnimatedSeries C.O.P.S.]]'': ''WesternAnimation/COPSAnimatedSeries'': Larry Hama wrote these file cards too; Checkpoint's bio is (in)famous for hinting that he's the descendant of ''G.I. Joe'' character Beach Head.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'': Larry Hama wrote these file cards too; Checkpoint's bio is (in)famous for hinting that he's the descendant of ''G.I. Joe'' character Beach Head.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'': ''[[WesternAnimation/COPSAnimatedSeries C.O.P.S.]]'': Larry Hama wrote these file cards too; Checkpoint's bio is (in)famous for hinting that he's the descendant of ''G.I. Joe'' character Beach Head.


The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's {{Backstory}}, personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] shows). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and several competitors (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.

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The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's {{Backstory}}, personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20150502115528/http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] shows). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and several competitors (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.


** [[{{SpinOff}} Spin-Offs]] ''Toys/FairyTails'' and ''Toys/MyPrettyMermaids'' also came with descriptions on the back of their packaging.

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** [[{{SpinOff}} [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]] ''Toys/FairyTails'' and ''Toys/MyPrettyMermaids'' also came with descriptions on the back of their packaging.

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** [[{{SpinOff}} Spin-Offs]] ''Toys/FairyTails'' and ''Toys/MyPrettyMermaids'' also came with descriptions on the back of their packaging.


* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Originally included [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Tech_Spec "Tech Specs"]], numerical stats in addition to the usual bio, though some recent toylines don't have them anymore.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Originally included [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Tech_Spec "Tech Specs"]], Specs,"]] numerical stats in addition to the usual bio, though some recent toylines don't have them anymore.


The UrExample is ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''. When Creator/{{Hasbro}} was preparing to revive the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' franchise in the early 1980s, Creator/LarryHama was hired to write [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel a comic book]] based on the figures. According to [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this interview]] with Hama, he created these "dossiers" to keep track of the toy line's LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: "When the guys at Hasbro saw these first dossiers, they said, 'These would be cool on the back of the blister pack!'"

The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's {{Backstory}}, personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] will show). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and other companies (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.

Typically, a file card appears on the back of the figure's blister card, although sometimes a trading card-like insert is used instead, especially if the figure comes with a large vehicle. Many of Playmates' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' figures [[TakeAThirdOption take both options]] to provide a double dose of data, as does their ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}'' ine.

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The UrExample is ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''. When Creator/{{Hasbro}} was preparing to revive the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' franchise in [[TheEighties the early 1980s, 1980s]], Creator/LarryHama was hired to write [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel a comic book]] based on the figures. According to [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this interview]] with Hama, he created these "dossiers" to keep track of the toy line's LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: "When the guys at Hasbro saw these first dossiers, they said, 'These would be cool on the back of the blister pack!'"

The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's {{Backstory}}, personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] will show). shows). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and other companies several competitors (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.

Typically, a file card appears on the back of the figure's blister card, although sometimes a trading card-like insert is used instead, especially if the figure comes with a large vehicle. Many of Playmates' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' figures [[TakeAThirdOption take both options]] to provide a double dose of data, as does their ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}'' ine.
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The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's {{Backstory}}personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] will show). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and other companies (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.

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The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's {{Backstory}}personality, {{Backstory}}, personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] will show). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and other companies (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.


The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's background, personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] will show). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and other companies (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.

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The file cards started simply, featuring basic information on each Joe or Cobra member's background, personality, {{Backstory}}personality, and abilities, usually accompanied with a quote by or about the character. As the line continued, Hama's writing became increasingly clever and elaborate; he often added humor to the file cards (as [[http://www.mania.com/gi-joe-generalissimo-larry-hama_article_115801.html this article]] will show). Hasbro added file cards to many of their other lines, and other companies (most notably Creator/PlaymatesToys) [[FollowTheLeader followed their example]], making this a popular trope for action figure packaging.

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* During G1, ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' toys came with descriptions on the back. By G3 in the 2000s these paragraphs were down to vague one sentence descriptions.


* ''WesternAnimtion/{{Mysticons}}''

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* ''WesternAnimtion/{{Mysticons}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}''


Typically, a file card appears on the back of the figure's blister card, although sometimes a trading card-like insert is used instead, especially if the figure comes with a large vehicle. A few of Playmates' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' figures [[TakeAThirdOption take both options]] to provide a double dose of data.

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Typically, a file card appears on the back of the figure's blister card, although sometimes a trading card-like insert is used instead, especially if the figure comes with a large vehicle. A few Many of Playmates' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' figures [[TakeAThirdOption take both options]] to provide a double dose of data.
data, as does their ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}'' ine.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'': Larry Hama wrote these file cards too; Checkpoint's bio is infamous for hinting that he's the descendant of ''G.I. Joe'' character Beach Head.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'': Larry Hama wrote these file cards too; Checkpoint's bio is infamous (in)famous for hinting that he's the descendant of ''G.I. Joe'' character Beach Head.



* ''WesternAnimtion/{{Mysticons}}'' (also includes trading cards)

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* ''WesternAnimtion/{{Mysticons}}'' (also includes trading cards)



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (most figures also include trading cards)

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (most figures also include trading cards)


[[caption-width-right:350:A ''G.I. Joe'' card that combines biographical data with subtle BitingTheHandHumor.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:A ''G.I. Joe'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' card that combines biographical data with subtle BitingTheHandHumor.]]


* ''WesternAnimtion/{{Mysticons}}'' (also includes trading cards)



* ''Franchise/StarTrek''

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek''''Franchise/StarTrek'' (most figures also include trading cards)


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* ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'', being based on toyetic cartoons, uses this concept for the players' character sheets.

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* ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'', being based on toyetic cartoons, uses this concept for the players' character sheets. sheets.
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