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    What is the largest toy line and how does MOTUC compare (size wize) m

    With 300 figures approaching in the MOTUC line i wondered how big it is compared to the biggest. Does GI Joe hold the record?... or Barbie? Anyone know the stats?

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    If I remember right from The Toys That Made Us, GI Joe has the most figures. I don't know if that's counting every incarnation of GI Joe or what. Don't know how MOTUC compares

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    I'm sure Lego has us beat. They have tons of figures, and many years of making them. (DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Turtles, Disney, other movies/TV shows, and even their own incarnations.)

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    I just found the number of mini lego figure.... Brace yourself

    Just Star Wars Mini Lego figures alone they made 964 of them.
    Just Super Heroes they made 477
    Ninjago has 331 mini figures

    Total mini figures made by Lego (not counting other types of Lego figures, just the mini ones)....
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    9987

    That is crazy.

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    I was thinking GI Joe, for whatever reason, Lego didn't even occur to me. (Despite owning hundreds of the little buggers!) Even if you restrict it to figures sold alone, rather than as inclusions with sets, the number is still easily in the high hundreds, at least! Even the blind-bagged CMF series alone has MOTUC beat.

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    I personally would not included mixed media lines like Lego or Pop Vinyls. When someone says “toy line” I think of property specifics lines.

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    I would think Star Wars would hold that record. Second maybe Barbie...or Barbie first, SW second?

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    Eastern Asian has a number of toy lines that have gone on for decades.
    And like He-Bro pointed out, LEGO has a place on the mountain that will be hard to climb to. Same for Barbie and Hot Wheels. And like Bjjer said, Star Wars is up there for the 3.75" format.


    So I think it's good to limit it to being a USA-released line, and action figure.
    Otherwise, there's a lot of competition for longest running toy.
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    We could just limit it to line that have the words "Masters of the Universe" in title

    But really it would be fairer to limit it to 5.5 or larger figures as smaller figures are easier to produce and sell.

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    I do not count lego. Or things like Playmobile. Action figure lines, and yeah, I know there is room for argument on what constitutes "action figure" but I do not care. Also as an U.S.American I am only considering toylines availible here.

    At any rate even under those stipulations Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Transformers have had so many toys, all the MOTU together are probably FAR smaller a toyline.

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    I think a better question might be 'How does MOTUC compare to other action figure lines that have had the same packaging design over the course of the series?'
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    Overall it's a good sized line for sure, but as many have pointed out some of the bigger lines (Star wars, Transformers, GIJoe, etc...) has it beat.

    When you bring in 'that's had the same packaging' that can be a tough subject. Does that then exclude filmation figures then? What about lines like Transformers where the packaging has been basically the same for the that three lines, only with different titles. Would they be considered the same or not?
    Would every Star Wars 3 3/4 line then be counted as different lines since their packaging is different? What about older Marvel Legends vs. newer ones? They have different packaging but are all one line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhuehn View Post
    With 300 figures approaching in the MOTUC line i wondered how big it is compared to the biggest.
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    I feel like it's a little premature to state that Classics is "approaching" 300 figures. My calculation puts us about 50-60ish figures away from attaining that number, including the latest Super7 preorders for the Dylamug Collector's Choice Wave and the Sorceress Filmation Grayskull wave. I certainly hope we can get to that 300 number, though, but it will mean that Super7 will need to make many more waves over several more years, which will be awesome if it happens!
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    The interesting question would be which toyline has the most unique characters. Barbie has a high count, but it's mostly just Barbie over and over. Star Wars would be similar—lots of Lukes and Hans and Leias—though they also have a lot of unique ones as well.
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    GI Joe or Star Wars, if we count all iterations.

    Ive NEVER thought of Lego as action figures, they are building toys IMO
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    all is right. all is wrong.

    each one has it's own unique claim.

    got to find your own angle. your own gimmick.

    maybe you can compare line "x" to line "y". maybe you can't. maybe you shouldn't

    this topic reminds of, and IN MY OPINION no different, what WWE refers to their Monday night show as....the longest running weekly episodical show. think I got that right. boasting more shows than the simpsons and gunsmoke.

    I think it's a big enough field that everyone can have claim or bragging rights to it.

    Personally I give it to Lego for best/most use out of their brick molds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seril View Post
    Overall it's a good sized line for sure, but as many have pointed out some of the bigger lines (Star wars, Transformers, GIJoe, etc...) has it beat.

    When you bring in 'that's had the same packaging' that can be a tough subject. Does that then exclude filmation figures then? What about lines like Transformers where the packaging has been basically the same for the that three lines, only with different titles. Would they be considered the same or not?
    Would every Star Wars 3 3/4 line then be counted as different lines since their packaging is different? What about older Marvel Legends vs. newer ones? They have different packaging but are all one line.
    The Transformers and Star Wars sub series' should be counted as different lines, IMHO. I'd be comparing MOTUC with Transformers Masterpiece or Star Wars Black lines. But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seril View Post
    What about older Marvel Legends vs. newer ones? They have different packaging but are all one line.
    See I don't personally count those as the same line. The Hasbro ML is different to the Toybiz line to me... Different packaging, different styling, different articulation, and they're re-doing most of the figures that ToyBiz released.
    If Super7 had taken the MOTUC license and started releasing entirely new sculpts of the core characters on new packaging, would we have considered it a continuation of the line? I wouldn't have.

    Anyway, yes, MOTUC is wonderfully huge. Outsiders are amazed how deep the line runs.
    Aren't we closer to 200 figures than 300 though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fright Zone View Post
    See I don't personally count those as the same line. The Hasbro ML is different to the Toybiz line to me... Different packaging, different styling, different articulation, and they're re-doing most of the figures that ToyBiz released.
    If Super7 had taken the MOTUC license and started releasing entirely new sculpts of the core characters on new packaging, would we have considered it a continuation of the line? I wouldn't have.

    Anyway, yes, MOTUC is wonderfully huge. Outsiders are amazed how deep the line runs.
    Aren't we closer to 200 figures than 300 though?
    I actually have no idea what the official count for MOTUC is. I thought i heard somewhere that 300 was the next big milestone. That could totally be wrong though. Does anyone know the official number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhuehn View Post
    I actually have no idea what the official count for MOTUC is. I thought i heard somewhere that 300 was the next big milestone. That could totally be wrong though. Does anyone know the official number?

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    It gets complicated depending on how you decide to count things. If you count every release as 1 (meaning Star Sisters, Fighting Foe Men, Comet Warriors, Power Con Packs, etc each count as 1), then you get roughly around 230-ish. If you count every single item, meaning the Star Sisters pack counts as 3 figures, the Horde Trooper 2 pack counts as 2, etc, you probably get closer to 250. And then there is the question, do you count the Ultimates re-release of He-Man, Skeletor, etc, as seperate from the original releases? And to go further, does the first release of He-Man count as 1, and then the re-release with the "The Original" burst count as one, and then the Ultimates version aslo count as 1? If you are doing that kind of math, then you probably are getting pretty close to 300 at that point. Do you count vehicles, playsets, weapons paks as figures?

    I would say that we can pretty confidently say we are over 200 at this point, but how close or far from 300 we are gets fuzzy. In my personal view, though, we are still a decent amount away from 300.
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