Well, that doesn't mean they have the rights to exploit the characters from the movies, unfortunately.
Why not? If they can license a movie, they could license the marketing rights as well.
Theoretically, yes, they could try to make such an arrangement, but I doubt we'll get anything like that out of the gate. For one thing, we really don't have much info to gauge how well MST3K merchandise will do out in the wild. Until recently, the only way to get official merchandise (not to be confused with media) was to go through Best Brains with the occasional random shirt here and there. Also, if the movie rights holder is in the position to think they can make money off of toys, why bother to go through Shout! when they could potentially make arrangements themselves and enjoy a larger margin of the profits? If Manos had a clear cut copyright holder, there would be no shortage of vendors willing to do business with them without the need for Shout!
At first I was concerned hearing someone from Saban was touching this series, then I realized it wasn't a creative position.
I'll give the folks at Saban one thing, they know how to sell a product. If you watched Fox Kids in the 90's, I guarantee you were watching Power Rangers, X-Men, and Beetleborgs. Having someone who worked under them in a similar position for this show is actually pretty exciting.
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I agree with your thoughts there, Torgo, but I was sort of the exception to that rule. I mainly watched Fox for Batman, Animaniacs, and whatever else could fill the time before WPWR TV's shows started up on channel 50. I mean, that's where the Ninja Turtles were.
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Merchandise? We need to think bigger! I'd eat at a real Clay and Lar's Flesh Barn if one existed. Though I'd prefer a Thruster Buster from Deep 13
Cool to see Shout and Joel thinking bigger picture, though.
Well anyway, hi there, folks. You know, I'd been having trouble with velvet leaf, uh, cutworm and, uh, foxtail and, well, that's when the representative from Monsanto came out to my farm. He recommended a pre-emergent, inferral mixture of Lorsban with Atrazine in a tank mix and I told him to get off my land. - Farmer Joel