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(Fark)   Yes, yes, new New Star Cores thingy. Before you head off to stand in line for 8 hours in a silly costume to see Jar Jar fight the Klingons and a couple of hundred walking toy commercials, take the Weird News Quiz 12/3-12/8 Merchandising Edition   ( fark.com) divider line
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2017-12-14 03:17:54 AM  
Moichandizing.

So said Yogurt, just before he taught Bill Pullman to give an extremely Presidential speech or something. If you were still in junior high when you saw Spaceballs, you may not have picked up on something that didn't happen in real life - actual merchandising.

Seems kind of weird that Mel Brooks would include a scene parodying the whole merchandising craze that started with Star Wars, but then he never took advantage of it himself, right?

You see, Mel Brooks went to George Lucas for his permission to make the movie, because he didn't want to get Hedy Lamarr'ed again (yes, she sued over Blazing Saddles). Lucas agreed under one condition: no merchandising.

Lucas didn't own the full rights to Star Wars merchandising; he shared it with Fox. If Fox took issue with the Spaceballs licensed products, it could come back on him as well as Brooks. So, to keep the peace, Brooks agreed, and threw in one of the movie's most memorable scenes as a "screw you" to the whole licensed product industry.

Fun fact: as of 2016, Star Wars had earned over $32 Billion (with a 'B') in licensing fees alone. Compare that to the $4.5 billion made by all of the first 6 movies combined at the box office.

So take the quiz, then come back and tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!
 
2017-12-14 03:41:32 AM  

ox45tallboy: Moichandizing.

So said Yogurt, just before he taught Bill Pullman to give an extremely Presidential speech or something. If you were still in junior high when you saw Spaceballs, you may not have picked up on something that didn't happen in real life - actual merchandising.

Seems kind of weird that Mel Brooks would include a scene parodying the whole merchandising craze that started with Star Wars, but then he never took advantage of it himself, right?

You see, Mel Brooks went to George Lucas for his permission to make the movie, because he didn't want to get Hedy Lamarr'ed again (yes, she sued over Blazing Saddles). Lucas agreed under one condition: no merchandising.

Lucas didn't own the full rights to Star Wars merchandising; he shared it with Fox. If Fox took issue with the Spaceballs licensed products, it could come back on him as well as Brooks. So, to keep the peace, Brooks agreed, and threw in one of the movie's most memorable scenes as a "screw you" to the whole licensed product industry.

Fun fact: as of 2016, Star Wars had earned over $32 Billion (with a 'B') in licensing fees alone. Compare that to the $4.5 billion made by all of the first 6 movies combined at the box office.

So take the quiz, then come back and tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!


That was one of Lucas's genius moves, iirc. The deal with the studio gave him the lions share of the merch rights. He's basically the one who started this whole avalanche.
 
2017-12-14 03:43:07 AM  
Those porg toys are going to fill about a million landfills.
 
2017-12-14 03:44:41 AM  

ox45tallboy: tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!


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2017-12-14 03:53:32 AM  

fusillade762: ox45tallboy: tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!

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2017-12-14 08:16:14 AM  
Not my favorite, I got one like this at a birthday party when I was about 8.  I had no idea what in the world I was looking at.  Not a clue.  They're fairly valuable now, from what I understand.
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2017-12-14 08:19:33 AM  
Was a little old for it when it came out but I thought this Iron Giant was well done.  A friend of mine got it because it was just too cool.

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2017-12-14 09:24:58 AM  

ox45tallboy: So take the quiz, then come back and tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!


You've got the touch!  You've got the POWEEEEEEERRR!!! YEAH!

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2017-12-14 09:31:26 AM  

foo monkey: ox45tallboy: So take the quiz, then come back and tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!

You've got the touch!  You've got the POWEEEEEEERRR!!! YEAH!

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Merchandising is the right of all sentient beings.
 
2017-12-14 09:31:37 AM  

foo monkey: ox45tallboy: So take the quiz, then come back and tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!

You've got the touch!  You've got the POWEEEEEEERRR!!! YEAH!

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I had outgrown the toys by the time that came out. The original ones were made of durable materials, and they broke fairly frequently. That thing looks like it is made of such cheap plastic that it would break if you sneezed on it.

Which is oddly appropriate.
 
2017-12-14 09:36:04 AM  
I got my tickets over the internets. The only line I'll see is "online."

Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
 
2017-12-14 09:57:30 AM  
I loved my Star Wars toys.  Didn't have a lot--most of them were from the first movie.  By the time ESB came out, the volume of toys was starting to become overwhelming.  I had a remote controlled R2D2 that was fairly disappointing, but the playsets were pretty awesome.  There was something about the Creature Cantina that I found pretty captivating.  I think I started losing interest in SW toys when they started giving unspoken characters names, like Wee Quay or Ree Yees instead of Walrus Man or Hammerhead.  When those Facebook "What's your Star Wars name?" things were floating around a while back giving everyone syllables based on whatever, I'd usually just say my SW would be an old school name like Fuzz Face.  But if I could Citizen Kane back the toy collection I wish I still had, I think it would be my late 70's/earliest of 80's Hot Wheels.

      On that note as far as well done merchandising, around the early 2000's, some company made a very well done remote controlled General Lee that I got for Christmas as a kind of gag gift.  I have to say, it was pretty realisitic--we put it on the white cyc wall in the studio, and it was essentially real on camera.

     And while I was too old for them, I sort of wish I'd snagged one of those Jurassic Park T-Rexes when they hit the sale table.  Those were pretty impressive.
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     And while I didn't like the movie, a friend had these (pretty rare now) Nightmare Before Christmas figures that just looked great.  And I'm not even really into action figures.

     And as far as toys I wish they would have made, the temple from Raiders Of The Lost Ark would have been a fantastic playset if they'd done it right.  Have a big temple with Skeletons that shoot out of the walls, push the idol and the walls crumble, and a boulder rolls down sort of an S-shaped channel and stops at a tunnel entrance.  That would have been a very dynamic toy for the ROTLA collection.

/ahhh, memory lane....
 
2017-12-14 10:43:04 AM  
2 our of 12 right.

Clearly I'm not paying attention.
 
2017-12-14 11:10:05 AM  
Bought my tickets weeks ago and have assigned seats. But, yeah, sure, there will be a line to get into the theater...
 
2017-12-14 11:18:31 AM  

NutWrench: Those porg toys are going to fill about a million landfills.


I think people are going to make a big deal about swatting them off the console of their car like Chewbacca.
 
2017-12-14 11:38:34 AM  
Oh cool, one of my submitted links was used as a question.  I don't think that's every happened to me before.
 
2017-12-14 01:42:36 PM  
I grew up so poor, the only playthings we could afford were words.

I did save up for a year and was able to purchase the two cheapest SW action figures: "Bespin" Luke and Lando Calrissian.

/Still got'em
//and you though Han and Chewie had all the bad-ass adventures!
///everybody needs a battle buddy
 
2017-12-14 05:32:53 PM  

fusillade762: ox45tallboy: tell us what you thought was the dumbest (or most awesome) bit of licensed movie product ever. Good luck!

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I totally want one of those.
 
2017-12-14 05:42:30 PM  
Star Core soon will be making another run
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2017-12-14 05:52:31 PM  
From the intro:

"where we test your knowledge"

No, it's where you test our patience and tenacity in finding what section you will be posting this to this week!
 
2017-12-14 05:57:57 PM  
What, no comments about the canned ham blurb?

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2017-12-14 06:30:23 PM  
Getting a kick out of this thread as I am watching Spaceballs as I type this!

I did stand in line through two showings of the original SW several weeks after it came out!

MAY THE SCHWARTZ BE WITH YOU!
 
2017-12-14 06:38:57 PM  
The movie was good, but I think the part where they went to the wooky planet to celebrate Life Day was a bit over the top.
 
2017-12-14 09:04:40 PM  
OH MAH GAWD

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
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2017-12-14 09:46:42 PM  

The Third Man: OH MAH GAWD

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Oliver Twisted 925
BogglePlayingChicken 920
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little big man 831
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2017-12-15 12:52:32 AM  
test....test....TEST..............
 
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