I hope this never happens. Merger's can be a very bad thing. Imagine Hasbro going out of business one day, we lose ALL those brands. Now imagine if Mattel merged with Hasbro and then later Hasbro goes out of business. BOOM! ALL major brands gone in an instant. In addition, it's bad enough we have a toy oligopoly. It would be worse if it were to become essentially a toy monopoly (no pun intended as Hasbro owns that, too). The lack of any major competition is one thing that can sink companies and/or drive down quality. One of the reasons why the 1980's was a golden decade for toys was the diversity of competing companies. Aside from Hasbro and Mattel, we had Kenner, Galoob, Milton Bradley, Playmates, Tonka, and LJN to name a few. So much new product was out then compared to now. Now we're lucky to get rehashes after rehashes of basically the same brands. Innovation is pretty much gone. The best thing that Mattel can do for itself and for customers is improve their quality. Same goes for Playmates and Bandai America. This is even more essential for NECA and Diamond Select Toys if they want to become viable competitors. There's still a strong market for toys, it's just changed. Either companies adapt and evolve or they die out. Same goes for TRU. They failed to correct themselves properly and found themselves dealing with the wrong investors. Now TRU is leaving a huge vacuum behind.