In celebration of Comic-Con 2016, eBay has announced the top 15 biggest "fandoms" of the last ten years. While not a scientific study, eBay does have an impressive way of measuring which character or franchise fans are geeking out over.
"Thanks to eBay's vast search data, we're able to not only find out what people are looking for, but also what they're purchasing," says Melissa Ojeda. "So while you'll see no shortage of Stormtroopers at this year's Comic-Con, there's a host of new superheroes demanding your attention."
Essentially, eBay examined the sales data from 2006 to 2016 to figure out which franchise reigned supreme. The company also factored the franchises represented at this year's Comic-Con event to see how they rank as well.
Batman takes on Superman at Comic-Con -- and it's adorable! https://t.co/KjHNnJ1n4T pic.twitter.com/drqdLHcNFGComic books are the bread and butter of Comic-Con, so it no surprise that Superman and Batman-themed items were among the top purchased products, but the discrepancy between the two franchises might. Even with this year's Batman v Superman movie, Batman-themed products outsold Superman by a wide margin. In the last ten years, eBay has sold over $216,000,000 worth of the caped crusader's merchandise compared to just a little over $96,000,000 sales of Superman goods. But eBay has also noticed something else. Searches for more non-traditional comic book characters like Deadpool and Preacher are on the rise.
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"With the rise in popularity for these superheroes, the question on everyone's mind is: Are Batman and Superman losing their luster, or is the recent search trend just a temporary fad?" asks Ojeda.
The number one most popular franchise sold on eBay belongs to Star Wars selling a whopping $593,765,974 worth of product in the last ten years. In fact, eBay estimates that a Star Wars product is sold every 14 seconds on the website.
So, here are the results of the biggest fandoms of the past decade:
- #1 Star Wars ($593,765,974)
- #2 Batman ($216,670,864)
- #3 Transformers ($178,227,137)
- #4 Pokemon ($173,476,395)
- #5 Star Trek ($112,305,369)
- #6 Superman ($96,015,809)
- #7 Harry Potter ($84,791,533)
- #8 The Legend of Zelda ($83,046,559)
- #9 The Walking Dead ($54,635,144)
- #10 The Lord of the Rings ($41,323,469)
- #11 Naruto ($23,471,413)
- #12 Game of Thrones ($22,115,854)
- #13 Doctor Who ($21,209,540)
- #14 X-Men ($11,947,018)
- #15 South Park ($8,784,974)
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- Mr. Robot is up 414 percent
- Preacher is up 288 percent
- Suicide Squad is up 160 percent
- Deadpool is up 155 percent
- Game of Thrones is up 86 percent
- Captain America is up 70 percent
- Superman is up 62 percent
- X-Men is up 48 percent
- Transformers is up 30 percent
- Batman is up 26 percent
- Star Wars is up 25 percent
- Pokémon is up 18 percent
- Star Trek is up 17.6 percent
- Dr. Strange is up 16.4 percent
- Harry Potter is up 16.3 percent
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