What if a 3rd party company seperated itself and became a strong companion to HasTak?

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  1. daytimeninja

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    I was thinking about this today. Obviously there are numerous 3rd party companies, but what if a company such as FansProject (Maketoy now? not sure if the rumors are to truth) became known as a smaller companion to HasTak instead of being known as a third party.

    Obviously this means they'll have to stop the toys that are modeled after HasTak bots, but I for one would love to see a company step up with more of their own ideas and characters.
     
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    Hasbro doesn't just make TFs, guys. Third Party groups are going to have to expand their audience significantly to even be considered the same league.
     
  3. Auto Morph

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    Not really sure what you're asking here. Do you mean a 3rd party gaining an official license to produce TFs alongside Hasbro/Takara?
     
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    Has/Tak would prolly buy them out and make them work under Has/Tak's name.
     
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    If any of those companies ever seriously tried to expand beyond the niche collector market, then HasTak would take them down superquick if they even so much as tried to infringe on HasTak intellectual property.
     
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    this
     
  7. daytimeninja

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    I'm obviously not talking about the whole toy company that HasTak is, just the Transformers side.
     
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    I can't see HasTak licensing away part of their Transformers brand.
    It would, in their eyes, be like admitting someone can do parts of it better than they can.
    I can see them hiring some designers with 3rd party backgrounds and making them design more bumblebees though :D 
     
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    I don't know...would/could there be lawsuits?
     
  10. Boy Blunder

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    Quoting and bolding for reading comprehension:

    Basically, guys, OP is saying they'd start doing their own IP toys in a similar vein to Transformers - IE, transforming robots. Which HasTak doesn't own exclusive rights to.
     
  11. Dinobot747

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    Ooooohhh...After seeing that last line in the OP, I would love that! But- my original question a couple posts back still remains. Could there be lawsuits against them?
     
  12. videriant

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    No lawsuits if they created their own fiction. But how many years would it take for a company to get that far along?
     
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    It's not uncommon for a business to take 3 years to become fully profitable.
     
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    I think we're talking about competition rather than companion, right?
     
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    It does raise something interesting, though. What if Hasbro started licensing figures like Hercules? Not licensing another company to produce whatever, but producing certain characters that Hasbro knows there's a demand for among collectors but not among the general toy-buying population. Hasbro gets a cut, the makers of the toys can promote their figures more, and there's even a chance that we could start seeing things like the MakeToys Battle Tanker coming out at the same time as the RTS Prime it's made for.
     
  16. videriant

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    I'm not asking how long it take a company to become profitable. The 3rd parties right now are profitable, but by skimming HasTak's IP. How long for a company to stand on it's own two legs?
     
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    Depends on the impact their own IP would make. If it were as striking as, say, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was back in the day, it could be an overnight success.
     
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    It's been tried and failed many times over. You think transforming figure you think Transformers. It's a tough shadow to escape. In the North American market especially. It can and has worked in Japan.
     

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