takara should sell licenses to third party

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  1. menasor73ct

    menasor73ct Well-Known Member

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    It seems that third party companies are the only ones doing anything anymore, I haven't heard anything from takara (putting metallic paint on animated toys doesn't count ) while fansproject and others are full speed ahead, if they could get the mp line liscense it would be awesome
     
  2. Tm Tarantulas

    Tm Tarantulas Herald of Unicron

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    yes.
     
  3. mx-01 archon

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    They do. Hence things like Transformers-themed lighters and keychains and whatnot. But toy manufacturing is something different. I doubt they want outsiders conflicting with their own business strategies.
     
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    Device Label
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    Alternity
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    Animated figures US didn't get (yet?)
     
  5. Sso02V

    Sso02V Injector Has a Posse

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    Yeah, I hate everything being affordable.
     
  6. DrillBIT

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    If they ARE willing to sell licenses you will find MORE custom Transformers toys at Wonder Festival or Tokyo Toy Show for the last 10+ years. Not that the japanese fans didn't try hard enough but only a few industry related dealers get the 1 day license. That should answer your question.
     
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    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    Err, I'm pretty sure the one-day licenses issued at WonderFest and Tokyo Toy Show are pretty inexpensive, to encourage new blood in the industry.

    There've been Revoltech conversion kits and such, as well as Jizai Toys there before. The reason why you don't see more is because A: Transformers isn't as popular in Japan, and B: It's of magnitude greater difficulty to engineer and create a durable transforming figure, versus a 20-piece fixed-pose statue of a half-naked girl that's sure to sell out.
     
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    Abrogate Nondescript Former Poster

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    And I love companies that only come out with like 3 things a year and a few repaints of those things.

    Most of which are only useful if you own an older thing to attach them to.
     
  9. DrillBIT

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    You can actually sell stuff a fan markets as well. But to use the logo you need the 1 day license.
    Jizaitoys and the Headmaster maker are actually (design) industry related. They have a easier route to get license then others fans.

    I wouldn't say enginnering for a toy is a difficult job for them for there are so many talented fans in Japan making home-brewed toys everyday. It may cost more to mass produce the product but many are still willing to pay for the fan work even if it is not durable, naked or not.

    EDIT: There is a WST combinable Prediking project going on among some fans in Japan. If they get the license I will say Takara might changed their attitude on selling license to amateurs.
     
  10. Automorpher

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    NO!

    TakaTom should buy 'em (potential ones) over & have 'em working under it. Possibly around the clock, 24/7. :lol 
     
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    That would actually be the absolute LAST thing you would want to have happen.

    HasTak allowing groups such as FansProject and iGear to use their licenses means that HasTak makes the rules on what is made, how it's made, and when it's going to be made.

    Besides all that, they would get a larger budget with money provided by HasTak, meaning more units would be made by cheaper means and you wouldn't get the quality we've come to expect from FanProject or iGear.

    You DON'T want them actually being able to use those licenses, or for HasTak to get themselves involved with their businesses.
     
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    We really need more naked Transformers.
     
  13. Aernaroth

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    They also license out stuff to kabaya, for various build-a-figure kits and gashapon.
     
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    You can't really call these independent toy makers '3rd party', because they're not affiliated with Hasbro or TakaTomy in any legal form.

    Actually, TakaTomy IS a 3rd party company working for Hasbro's TF franchise. These independent toy makers can't even dream in competing with TakaTomy. Hasbro would only waste time with them.

    The only way to make it legal/official is to purchase a license from Hasbro, which would cost a small fortune and lead an independent toy maker to bankrupcy in no time.
     
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    You can't really call these independent toy makers '3rd party', because they're not affiliated with Hasbro or TakaTomy in any legal form.

    Actually, TakaTomy IS a 3rd party company working for Hasbro's TF franchise. These independent toy makers can't even dream in competing with TakaTomy. Hasbro would only waste time with them.

    The only way to make it legal/official is to purchase a license from Hasbro, which would cost a small fortune and lead an independent toy maker to bankrupcy in no time.
     
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    well i guess im just sour grapes over the lack of news concerning the mp line
     
  17. Shelfwarmercon

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    Dude, Masterpieces come out like, what, once/twice a year?

    Go outside. Enjoy life.
     
  18. mx-01 archon

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    Isn't Kabaya a Takara subsidiary?
     
  19. DrillBIT

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    No. Those are 2 seperate companies. Kabaya actually pay for the license to do candy toys.
     
  20. mac&cheese

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    100% agreed period!
     

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