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 Post subject: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:54 am 
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Not even sure if this is the right place to post this, but have you guys seen this?

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/02/04/ ... rger-talks

I find it hard to believe they would be allowed to merge (monopoly reasons and all) but that would be a major merging of brands.


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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:11 am 
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If this were true ... and at this point I can believe that may be ... toys will never be the same again.

The biggest manufacturer of "boys toys" and the biggest manufacturer of "girls toys" under one roof sounds like a wonderful union, but I'm not sure it'll play out that way. As the article states, it puts all of Disney (already a multimedia giant in its own right) under one easily controllable arm, and, if they so desired, would give them the power to shut out any competition from retail (DC is already on shaky legs, imagine if Marvel/Disney/Has-Tel made an active plan to nail that coffin shut).

A move of this magnitude makes me more fearful than excited. I'll be following this closely as more news starts to come out.

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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:09 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:31 pm 
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Every once and a while these super-unlikely stories make the rounds. They get a little attention then blow away.

I can't tell you how many DC/Marvel mergers I've read about in my life.


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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:24 am 
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I sure would love to have a main retail line for 6" DC superheroes again done the way Hasbro does their Marvel Legends line. Maybe Hasbro could do it right this time, unlike how Mattel botched it up at the end. Probably won't ever happen though.


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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:24 am 
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Hopefully this means that there will be some awesome new figures coming out with the new connection!


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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:38 am 
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That's funny, shabbyblue, because the only good thing I'd see coming out of this would be a Marvel line done line Mattel's DC Universe Classics.

Apart from that, I think this would be a disaster. It would simply put too many in-house and licensed products under one roof, and whichever company would come out on top would likely ignore the properties that it didn't come up with in the first place.

I seriously hope this doesn't happen.

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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:28 am 
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j1h15233 wrote:
Not even sure if this is the right place to post this, but have you guys seen this?

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/02/04/ ... rger-talks

I find it hard to believe they would be allowed to merge (monopoly reasons and all) but that would be a major merging of brands.

Guys, the article sites an unidentified source, has no details, and even ends saying "the merger may not happen at all." :roll:

Its amazing how the internet gives credence to these fairytales.


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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:22 pm 
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Can't speak to the validity of the current story about a merger, but they have discussed it in the past. One time about 20 years ago was documented in a book called "Toy Wars". Companies talk about this sort of thing all the time, sometimes it's serious and they actually look into doing such a thing and other times it's nothing more than a "hey, have you ever thought about this?..."


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 Post subject: Re: Mattel and Hasbro may merge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:59 am 
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Mid 90s. It was a conversation in a restaurant. It caused a problem because toy buyers were confused as to who they should be making deals with. It was a mess. Hopefully that doesn't happen again.

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