toy franchises

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Grandum, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Grandum

    Grandum Well-Known Member

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    Just got one of those crazy thoughts you get every once in a while:

    I was wondering what other successful, ongoing franchises have sprung up from toys.

    Ie not just "oh look we're making a movie, let's capitalize on it by making toys" But more so the other way around, where the toys have been what grew the franchise and the toys get representations on the big screen, or on other merchendise.

    I'm probably not explaining this well, so I'll give a few examples:

    Based on toys:
    Transformers - the cartoon was a means to market the toys.

    Not based on toys:
    Star wars - the toys were made to represent the characters in the movies.
     
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    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    Pretty much any show from the 70's and 80's that was created as a toy advertisement and still exists in popular culture. He Man, Voltron, GI Joe, Thundercats, etc.
     
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    Hot wheels, Barbie.
     
  4. Magnus' Mate

    Magnus' Mate Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, as said, I'd go for Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, GI Joe as some good examples. M.A.S.K would be another one, but not really "ongoing" - but still with a rabid fanbase!
     
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    Well, TMNT wasn't based solely on the toyline, but their popularity exploded because of it and the cartoon. The franchise lasted through to just a couple years ago, but still never regained its popularity from the late-80's to early-90's.

    I wouldn't say He-Man was "ongoing". He-Man was dead in the water until 2003.

    Thundercats didn't have a cartoon or a toyline for well over two decades, also not "ongoing."

    GIJoe is an obvious one. GIJoe's been around for close to 50 years now, and they've adapted when they needed to to remain relevant with the market. Even when the cartoons haven't been as popular.
     
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    Those were my first thoughts as well.

    Next would be Lego and G.I. Joe.

    Of the other examples listed, none have had the staying power that these have had (and yes, franchise strength waxes and wanes)
     
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    I think Power Rangers deserves a spot on the list. they've been going for about 15 years now.
     
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    My Little Pony. GI Joe...although Hasbro has been doing pretty shitty in managing the GI Joe brand if I may say so. Killing GI Joe Renegades when it was doing really well still leaves me scratching my head.
     
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    18 years since the first episode.

    Did Power Rangers start as a toyline?
     
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    I would think Power Rangers started like all the others, a TV show made to support a line of toys.
     
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    Teenage mutant ninja turtles was originally a comic book
     
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    I'm just not sure if thats really the case.

    GIJoe, Transformers...started as toylines.

    Power Rangers got its start as the Super Sentai series of shows, first of which started airing in 1975.I dont know if that series ever had a toyline and or if it was derived or pre-dated from the show
     
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    Kaymac I'M REALLY FEELIN' IT!

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    Bionicle lasted for a good 10 years before Lego nixed it.
     
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    I think Power Rangers has been around since the 70's. I used to watch a couple of movies as a kid(early 80's). I don't think it was called that though.
     
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    Not at all.

    The popularity of the shows have yet to overtake the popularity of the shows. Not to mention being by and large a chopped and screwed import from Japan.
    Right, but the franchise blew up because of both the popularity of the '87 cartoon and the toyline that started soon after.
     
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    If it wasnt called that [Power Rangers] then it wasnt the same show.

    Power Rangers first episode was in the 90's, not the 80's or 70's.

    What you are likely remembering is Dynaman.It was also derived from the Japanese Super Sentai series of shows.
    Dynaman - Part 1 of 3 - YouTube

    Dynaman was one of a few segments that appared on a show called Night Flight.It was a variety show that originated on the USA Network. An eclectic mix of short films, cartoons, B movies, stand up comedy, documentaries, music videos and more, Night Flight was broadcast, in various incarnations, from 1981 to 1996.
     
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    I meant 'ongoing' in terms of fandom, not product. In terms of product, only Transformers has been able to achieve a continuous longevity since its original release (note - even when the US didn't get toys, Europe and Japan did).
     

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