Due to the popularity of Pac-Man in the early 80's, many companies attempted to cash in on the game's success by making various pieces of merchandise.
Tomy is a Japanese toy manufacturing company still around today. They are known for various video game-themed toys based off of games like Mario and Kirby. Their relation with Pac-Man, however, was quite different. Tomy, believe it or not, was the original creator and copyright holder of "Pakkuman" ("Mr. Mouth" in English), a set of things like water games, wind-up toys, and piggy banks themed after a creature with a large mouth. When Pac-Man was released in arcades in 1980, Tomy threatened to sue Namco. Instead, however, Pac-Man was so successful that Tomy asked Namco if they could have the rights to resell their original brand under Pac-Man's name, to which Namco accepted. Some of the merchandise they made include:
*Pac-Man Pocket (a small mechanical version of the arcade game) *Wind-Up Pac-Man and Friends (a line of wind-up toys that included Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Blinky, and Inky) *Pac-Man Bank (a rerelease of Tomy's original Pakkuman bank)
A leader in the toy industry, Coleco was the manufacturer of Cabbage Patch Kids. In 1982, they got ahold of the license for games like Pac-Man, Frogger, and Donkey Kong to produce miniature arcade machines to be bought in stores. These games ran on C batteries and were impressive at the time. They also used some of these licenses to create mini figures of the most popular game characters. Some of the merchandise they made include:
*Pac-Man Figures (small figures of Pac-Man, Pac-Man in a tuxedo, an angel Pac-Man, and Blinky) *Ms. Pac-Man Figures (small figures of Ms. Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man in a bridal veil) *Coleco Tabletop Games (playable mini arcade games; came in Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Donkey Kong, and Frogger varieties) *Ms. Pac-Man Bike (a small children's bike with Ms. Pac-Man wheels)