Toylines that jumped the shark

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  1. Takeshi357

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    Today, I suddenly remembered something out of the blue. Remember how the troll dolls used to be a big thing in the 90's? You know, the one with the multicolored combable hair and stuff? I remembered that shortly before the fad died, there was this obvious attempt to appeal the male demographic...by making troll action figures clad in armour and stuff. Even back then I thought it was pretty ridicilous.

    So I was wondering, can anyone think of any other examples of something like this happening? An example would be if TMNT would suddenly don spacesuits and leave New York...wait, that actually happened didn't it?
     
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    Speaking of which, you could count in the 80's/90's Ninja Turtles toyline as well. There was an equal mix of fairly cool and really weird stuff that came out near the end of the line.
     
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    The 90's X-Men line can be thrown into the pot too. Each line would try to bring us figures of obscure characters like Deathbird or flavors-of-the-week like amnesia Magneto "Joseph." But later in the run, space suits and ninjas ruled the day... like this guy:

    Ninja Sabretooth - X-Men Ninja Force
     
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    So that's what it would look like if Gamera and Don King had children.




    Seriously though, a LOT of toy lines have jumped the plastic shark in big big ways. The TF/Marvel TF/Star Wars Crossovers are just way too silly imo. Batman has a suit/gadget/vehicle for everything under the sun, Spider-Man has more costumes than an entire Broadway Musical, the X-Men have a fleet of personal watercraft that can merge into one vehicle for when they wanna have fun in the sun and destroy an entire beach all at the same time, seriously why would Iceman go swimming in his ice form and in the OCEAN NO LESS? Salt and ice do not mix, maybe Professor X should spend more time TEACHING his students instead of having them fight crime in colorful spandex.*





    *Old man has his students wear skin tight spandex and revealing clothes, now we know why he was always sitting down.
     
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    Those lines are not the same thing as jumping the shark.
     
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    To me it is, for them to have mechs that turn into giant versions of themselves, it's just ridiculous and there's absolutely NO REASON for it.
     
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    The reason is that kids like Star Wars/Superheroes and Transformers, so roll them into one fun package and see if it works or not. The Star Wars ones are doing okay, the Marvel ones not so much, so the Marvel ones got canned, while the Star Wars ones are still continuing.
     
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    I think the Star Wars TF line jumped the shark by having too many Clone Wars/New Trilogy toys. I'm a hardcore SW fan and want original trilogy bots.

    That said, Masters of the Universe jumped it with their 200x line by having so many different He-Man and Skeletor variants that they basically became Barbie. Transformers jumped the shark with pretenders and GI Joe jumped it when everyone started wearing space suits. Go Bots jumped it from the beginning as did Supernaturals.
     
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    This thread makes me wonder if there were ever Happy Days toys.
     
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    Aaaaaayyyy



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    I kind of consider GI Joes to be this, around when they suddenly went into all the space stuff.
     
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    BIONICLE jump the shark with the when form Village/City/Claw Village/Underwater City/Sky Island/Swampland to Gladiators in Space! (In least we've have two Mata Nui toys.)
     
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    Batman The Animated Series. I never thought a toyline could survive on 400+ variations of a single character.

    They did Gladiators in Space?
     
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    MASK the last series or so put out in 1987 and 1988 had some set that reall went odd with The holoclone things and spit apart vehicles that both parts looked half ass compared to earlier MASK vehicles.
     
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    i kinda like those TMNT trolls.
     
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    Sort of; The Gladiators were aliens on a different planet.
    I didn't really mind the Glatorian line, although that might have been when I didn't know Bionicle was ending the year after that.
     
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    They were made by Mego in the late 70's and the Fonz can be seen frequently on the pages of Toyfare.
     

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