Who owns Transformers?

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by Wyvern, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Wyvern

    Wyvern Velvet Sanchez

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    Quick question. What percentage of the Transformers franchise is owned by Hasbro and what percentage is owned by Takara?
     
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  3. Lock Cade

    Lock Cade Tarn Fangirl TFW2005 Supporter

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    I think it's a 50-50 split between Hasbro and Takara.
     
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    Silent_Magnus Taint of Primus

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    I think it's just that Hasbro controls Transformers Internationally and TakraTomy controls Transformers inside of Japan.
     
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    Motor_Master Lets the balls touch TFW2005 Supporter

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    That's basically it. TakaraTomy controls distribution and licensing in Japan (and some of the other asian markets if memory serves (i.e. Taiwan, S. Korea)). Hasbro controls basically the rest of the planet.
     
  6. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    That's an interesting point. I was looking at my Encore Metroplex and Omega Supreme this morning, thinking wow, Hasbro could never put these things out in this day and age cause there wouldn't be a huge market for them. We all know Hasbro does indeed look out for the fans, but they know that big G1 toys from the 80's would eventually end up being shelf warmers. How then is TakTomy able to release these? Is it because Japan is a more specialized market and a smaller one, whereas Hasbro has to think more globally?
     
  7. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Reformed Geewunner

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    Thats a really good point dude...never thought of that.
     
  8. Switchblade

    Switchblade Just a raggedy man

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    Pretty much. Takara also doesn't have to deal with the same safety standards that other countries do, allowing them to have toys that don't need to survive drop tests or have soft plastic with blunted edges.
     
  9. Silent_Magnus

    Silent_Magnus Taint of Primus

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    A lot of what Takara does for the older fans is because of how bad Transformers is doing with the kids over there.
     
  10. Easterling Capt

    Easterling Capt I am Vern Schillinger

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    Omega and Skylynx never hade a Jap relese to begin with. TakaraTomy focus more on adult collectors because that is the buying power as far as I have got it in the Asian countrys especially Japan. US focus more on children
     

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