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Odd licensing decisions of our time

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So I was at the London Toy Fair a couple of weeks back and got talking to a fair few companies about the games they're working on for 2011. There was the usual licensed guff, a million Twilight games, for example, but what really surprised me was when I wandered onto the Ravensburger stand.

They're not really known for their games here in the UK - they're probably more famous for their jigsaws - but they're a big player in the gaming market, especially in Germany. One of their most loved titles is Labyrinth, a cracking little tile- sliding game where you move around a shifting board trying to grab treasure. It's 25 years old this year, and they've got a limited edition tin box version coming out as well as... Well... A 3D variant. That's covered in Avatar branding. What the fuck? And I have a review copy on the way - how could I say no?!

Is this the oddest licensed game you've heard of? More examples of utter shit, please! (Or even amazing licensed efforts, if you can find them!)
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[img]http://www.geekalerts.com/u/hulk-operation2.jpg[/img]
[img]http://www.geekalerts.com/u/hulk-operation.jpg[/img]

Seriously.
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[img]http://media.80stees.com/images/products/The_Office_Clue-Game.jpg[/img]

I saw this today. It's The Office (US) version of Cluedo, where you have to find out who killed Toby?!?!??!!?

For a start Toby doesn't die in the TV show and while there's been a good number of games to feature in The Office, Cluedo isn't one of them.
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Maybe not the oddest licensing decision of our time, but certainly the cruelest:

[url="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Begins-Happy-Families-Giant/dp/B000F896WK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1300446135&sr=8-1"]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batman-Begins-Happy-Families-Giant/dp/B000F896WK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1300446135&sr=8-1[/url]
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