The History of the Shout! Factory Website

Shout! Factory has been around for 16 years. Sixteen years! That’s quite an achievement and one we’re very proud to celebrate.

We launched our website in 2009 with two complete collections from our partners at Hasbro – the G.I. Joe Footlocker and the Transformers 25th Anniversary Matrix Of Leadership Edition – and we sold out of every unit!

This experience told us that if we were fan-friendly and offered unique products and great service, collectors and casual fans would take interest.

Since then, we have grown in many directions: a horror brand called Scream Factory, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series, Shout! Kids for the little ones, and lots of great collectible, nostalgic animation for the kid in all of us. We’ve had success with classic and vintage TV; our Shout Select brand, which now boasts over 60 star-studded and award-winning films; and uncovering rare music video and documentary gems that round out your collection. Most recently, we have developed an Anime collection and are looking forward to getting deeper into that world.

Hundreds of releases every year are embellished with bonus features. Sometimes we present extra content exclusive to the site, including posters, lithographs, collectible figures, digital downloads, and more to give you a great reason to come and check us out!  

In 2011, we brought the groundbreaking Canadian animated series ReBoot to market. This complete series was a really big success for us and sold even better in Canada than it did here in the U.S.!

2012 brought us a music junkie’s favorite in the Grateful Dead: All The Years Combine collection. This boxed set of concerts was our best seller that year and was one of the first of many music video collections that Shout! has secured the rights to and released, with an eye towards satisfying fans of many different genres of music.

2014 was a record-breaking year for us. We took a bold step forward and created another site exclusive with our partners at Saban, the Red Ranger Helmet! The Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Seasons was an elaborate undertaking and a great success. That same year, we also released Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut in a numbered, limited edition set with an exclusive poster. This was a huge hit with fans and we again broke records on the site with it. Also in 2014, we released the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection in a collector’s edition tin during that year’s Turkey Day marathon. Featuring an iconic cover by Steve Vance, this was a solid seller.

In 2016, we initiated a partnership with NECA that has brought a new dimension to the site! They created exclusive figures of “Chucky” from Child’s Play and “Rufus” from Bill &Ted’s Excellent Adventure. These collectibles sold out on the site and reinforced for us that Shout! fans love pop culture.

And then there are the Mystery Science Theater 3000 successes. In 2017, one of our top sellers was MST3K: Volume XXXVII, one of several MST titles that had the benefit of a website exclusive bonus disc. Our team brought back the Turkey Day marathon in 2013 and have carried on the tradition each year since. We are coming to the end of the classic MST3K episode issues and reissues, but happily Shout! Factory was able to raise beau coups of Kickstarter bucks to reboot MST3K in 2017, and so the episodes continue!

In 2017, we also had a killer Christmas with “Billy the Killer” action figure from Silent Night, Deadly Night arriving from NECA and getting all bundled up with the film. Lots of fans had a very Merry Christmas!

We have been fortunate to have great packaging, unique cover art, posters, lithographs, collectible figures, and a hard-working team from acquisition to packaging to fulfillment and customer service to make it all happen. And most of all, we are grateful to the fans for all their support. Our fans are the best!

Basically, we’re dedicated to bringing you the best of pop culture, both classic and new. Please let us know what you think. We want to keep doing this for as long as possible. We are constantly tweaking and updating the site – we recently added new payment methods and free shipping for U.S. orders over $50. Your feedback helps us know more about what’s working and what’s not.