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Thread: He-Man was not the first cartoon based on a toy or product

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    He-Man was not the first cartoon based on a toy or product

    Here's a few that beat He-Man and Skeletor to animation.

    Raggedy Ann and Andy 1941
    Hot Wheels 1969
    Strawberry Shortcake 1980
    Pac-Man 1982
    Shirt Tales 1982

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe didn't air until September 5th 1983 and only beat GI JOE to the air by seven days.
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    ^True, but I think the toy aisle-to-TV shows were prevalent in the 80s that He-Man gets a lot of credit for it. I knew G.I. Joe was around the same time, but I had no idea it was only 7 days later! AND, those G.I. Joe comic and toy commercials were airing before, and they had the same animation style and music, character designs, etc.

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    Sort of True You could not make toys based on Children's cartoons from 1969 - 1982 because a law was passed. some skirted it slightly but to do a full on cartoon toy line series was a big no no.
    it was 2 cartoons that prompted it I believe it was because of Captain Hot wheels and the Barbie mysteries in 1969 but I could be wrong.
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    The first Barbie cartoon was Barbie and the Rockers out of this world in 1987.
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    The Hot Wheels series was very controversial and actually caused a law to go into place restricting the relationships between toy lines and cartoons.

    All the rest of those properties skirted the law because they were merely IP that had merchandise. Sort of like Snoopy. I think a couple of those characters mentioned were owned by greeting card companies.

    Regan repealed that law in 1982, otherwise we'd have likely seen Big Jim, Barbie, GI Joe and Micronauts cartoons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmthor View Post
    Sort of True You could not make toys based on Children's cartoons from 1969 - 1982 because a law was passed. some skirted it slightly but to do a full on cartoon toy line series was a big no no.
    it was 2 cartoons that prompted it I believe it was because of Captain Hot wheels and the Barbie mysteries in 1969 but I could be wrong.
    That's not true at all. There were TONS of toys made throughout the 1970's of Hanna Barbera characters while the shows were on the air. Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, Flintstones, Wacky Races, Banana Splits...there were Looney Tunes toys, Jay Ward stuff like Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tennessee Tuxedo...there are THOUSANDS of items on Ebay. Figures, plushes, board games, puzzles, coloring books, soakies, you name it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post
    TI think a couple of those characters mentioned were owned by greeting card companies.
    Strawberry Shortcake was created by Muriel Fahrion for Those Characters From Cleveland which was American Greetings toy and licensing division and Shirt Tales was a line of greeting cards and plush toys by Hallmark. Yeah, it's kind of splitting hairs but they were still product line with a cartoon.

    I do think it's a shame we never did get Big Jim, Micronauts or an Eagle Force cartoons. That would have been fun. Toys having cartoons is really not a bad thing. Just look at the Lego movies. I think Lego Batman is the best Batman movie we ever got. Not to mention Star Wars was always about selling toys. So, it's always struck me as smidge hypocritical to attack cartoons like He-Man or GI JOE when merchandising has been a big thing since the early days of Disney.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolf View Post
    Not to mention Star Wars was always about selling toys. So, it's always struck me as smidge hypocritical to attack cartoons like He-Man or GI JOE when merchandising has been a big thing since the early days of Disney.

    Totally agree. Besides, toys and cartoons had pretty much always existed side by side, so did it really matter which came first? So what if a cartoon is based off a toy line, or a toy line is based off a cartoon?

    Disney made thousands of toys based on their cartoon characters for DECADES going back to the 1930's.
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    I think the 69 Hotwheels cartoon would have flown under the radar if rival toy company Topper had not made a stink about it.

    The cartoon is actually very loosely connected to the toy line. The only thing really in common is the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enyawd72 View Post
    That's not true at all. There were TONS of toys made throughout the 1970's of Hanna Barbera characters while the shows were on the air. Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, Flintstones, Wacky Races, Banana Splits...there were Looney Tunes toys, Jay Ward stuff like Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tennessee Tuxedo...there are THOUSANDS of items on Ebay. Figures, plushes, board games, puzzles, coloring books, soakies, you name it.
    Yeah you could merchandise the characters but they had to come first. The reason we didn't get a lot more Saturday morning related toys was they were kind of risky if they got cancelled.

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