Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by PikaManiac, Jun 7, 2011.
Isn't anyone surprised that 3rd party companies have balls to showcase their stuff at BotCon?
Nope. They are just generic transforming robots. It is us TransFans who kept insisting that they resemble Transformers characters.....
Yeah. I never thought they would go there. But they did. I'm not sure if that was smart but I must admit it was ballsy. Hopefully Hasbro won't take action.
...and if this were the 80's, Hasbro would suck up those molds, place a rubsign sticker on them and call them "Transformers" (like Jetfire, Whirl, Roadbuster, Omega Supreme, Shockwave)
I'm pretty sure these are official Transformers images and silhouettes...
Eh... They don't look generic to me. Not at all. Heck they even had the frigging Coneheads there...
.... But iGear is well-known as THE company to keep infinging on Hasbro's IP. No one else does that.
If this passes without incident, I sincerely hope they're not stupid enough to try it again.
Then you didn't see FansProject Seaspray and Powerglide.
apparently its easy to rip off another persons work and sell it as your own without punishment
Gotta love capitalism.
What it tells me is that Hasbro either can't or won't do anything about it.
We all know Fans Project and iGear are secretly part funded by Hasbro to put stuff out to shut the collectors up, right?
Damn straight they would.
One has to wonder if the hammer is still waiting to fall over all of this. Time will tell I guess.
I'm thinking it's a case of Hasbro just isn't worried about 3rd party products. It's not like you can just run down to your local Wal-Mart, Target, or Toys-R-Us to buy 3rd party products so the vast majority of kids and parents who purchase Transformers will never see the 3rd party stuff. Even among collectors it's only a part of the collectors market that can afford and will buy 3rd party products.
I think Hasbro might even see 3rd party companies as something they can exploit. Instead of Hasbro taking the risk on a character the 3rd party takes the risk that say a more Classics style Seaspray will sell or that Classics style Constructicons will sell. If the 3rd party product sells like crazy then Hasbro can always release their own official product of that character who became so popular in the 3rd party market.
I kind of don't want this hammer to drop...like ever. I know there are a bunch of fans that want to see iGear and FP bite the dust, but they're filling in gaps in the collector market. As much as I don't rule out the possibility of Hasbro/Takara going back to developing proper combiners or updated Dinobots and Insecticons, I'm starting to lose faith in any of that coming to fruition.
Face it, garage kits and the DIY approach may be the only way that collectors get what they really want.
Wasn't, at the very least, Fansproject at the last two Botcons? If there is a "hammer", it's sure taking its sweet time.
I called a "Granito."
I kinda wish they'd just keep making upgrades instead of full figures... So far, I haven't bought any 3rd party "full figures"...
The Insecticons are tempting me, though.
I don't think it's wrong to say that Hasbro doesn't care. Third party companies hardly hurt business, and sometimes boost sales. (eg: Voyager Ultra Magnus, RtS Prime, Classics Rodimus, etc.)
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