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Hasbro not in talks with Disney

Posted on 11-07-2012 at 03:15 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
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On the back of the recent rumors that talks were underway between Hasbro and Disney about a possible Disney buyout of Hasbro, the Providence Journal reports a spike in Hasbro share prices. More importantly, there is also the closest we are likely to get to an official comment on matters right now:

Hasbro declined comment [in the Disney purchase rumor], citing its policy of not talking about rumor or speculation. CNBC analyst David Faber reported that Hasbro's advisors told him there's "absolutely nothing going on that they are aware of at all, in any way, shape or form" involving Hasbro or Disney.

Wall Street analysts said a Disney acquisition didn't make much sense, just after Disney agreed to buy Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion. And for any deal to happen, Hasbro would have to dissolve agreements with Disney's competitors.



So there you have it. For now, consider the rumors of a Disney buyout debunked.
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Bumblebee765
Phew!
Acidophilus
After the Star Wars buyout, I read the Hasbro buyout rumor, and thought it sounded like something someone made up. The timing just felt unbelievable.
kaijuguy19
Well it's nice that things have been cleared up one way or another.
UltraAlanMagnus
Thank You Primus!
starscream-99
Thats cool.
IceMagnus
Thank the All-Spark It is a miracle!
Sideswipe80
I was kind of hoping it was true
eagc7
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I was kind of hoping it was true
same here...same here
chapsy
remember that one time there were lots of people in the rumour thread saying it was bogus and it was nothing to get worried about?

yea...
Stygian360
It seemed like a strategically odd decision for Disney. They would go from an entertainment company that markets its own toy lines as an offshoot of its entertainment properties, to all of a sudden an inverse model where they would own a toy company that just happens to have a few entertainment properties. Again, Disney has its own toy and merchandising down pretty well with- from what I can tell- not any major competition from the likes of Hasbro. The Disney/Lucas marriage seemed much more organic as they have been 'in bed' together for many years- with Captain EO, Star Tours, and the various Disney/Star War mash ups. Hasbro on the other hand has its own thing going on as well just in a different way- invariably supporting larger entertainment properties that in most cases (at least these days) they did not originate (i.e., Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) and although there is crossover (obviously Hasbro produces Star Wars merch) I just don't see Disney buying a straight up toy company. Especially if their reason for doing so would be to acquire the Transformers brand for the most part. Although a strong brand with fans worldwide its current market strength is based mostly on the movies with the toys an ancillary. For the most part Disney functions the other way round with movies their bread and butter and toys/merchandising not their main business (depending on who you ask).

But anyway, I'm glad this turned out to be rumor. At least for now.
DecepticonSpike
I'm relieved. I was afraid that if Disney bought Hasbro some of the more violent toy lines would be cancelled.
Repainted
Good news indeed. Hope to never see Disney's dirty rodent paws on my beloved Transformers.
Aeronnz
.....Thank god.
Autobot Burnout
The fact so many people are willing to believe rumors like it's official statements around here...no wonder I usually stay out of news and rumors.
Burnout
I'd liek to say I'm relieved but this wouldn't be the first time a company has come out to say not true only to turn around later and doa below the belt sell off kind deal....I'm still skeptical.
Galvacron 3
Thank The Allspark.
OptimussSTAR
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Good news indeed. Hope to never see Disney's dirty rodent paws on my beloved Transformers.


Amen to that!!!!!
Shatterpoint
Noideaforaname
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BraveMax
Not saying it's true OR false... But denying these things is standard practice for mergers and buyouts until they're finalized. Admitting it's happening can mess up the deal by poisoning stock price, upsetting partners, etc...

No matter how super special someone's informant is, everyone who knows at Hasbro would be under a serious NDA at this stage.
Autovolt 127
Oh well.
daitarn red
i want see dragonlance toys made by hasbro and diseny
UltraAlanMagnus
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i want see dragonlance toys made by hasbro and diseny
No.
Autobus Prime
Today's TFW Headlines:

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Hasbro: 'We Are Not Negotiating a Sale to Disney'.

Many Fans Openly Relieved. Many Other Fans Secretly Relieved, Claiming Prior Certainty of Rumor Status.

Shibamura Prime: Decision Not to Affect Planned Naughty Crossover Art Project
Next Week's TFW Headlines:

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Hasbro: 'We Didn't Say We Weren't Selling to Mattel'.
daitarn red
wizards of coast is part of hasbro
diseny get rights to d&d and dragonlance
i got d&d rpg dragonium book
Autobot Burnout
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wizards of coast is part of hasbro
diseny get rights to d&d and dragonlance
i got d&d rpg dragonium book
I'm not sure if it's wise to expect a rational, straight answer from you, but what exactly would Disney give in benefit to the production of those toys? If there isn't a market for them, then Disney wouldn't waste money making them, and if there was, then I'm sure Hasbro would be looking into it.

Bottom line: Disney buying Hasbro would do NOTHING to get you what you want.
Ratchets Hatch
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Not saying it's true OR false... But denying these things is standard practice for mergers and buyouts until they're finalized. Admitting it's happening can mess up the deal by poisoning stock price, upsetting partners, etc...
Normally, I would be as skeptical as you are, but there is this:

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And for any deal to happen, Hasbro would have to dissolve agreements with Disney's competitors.
That's pretty much the nail in the coffin as far as I'm concerned.

Praise be to Primus! Or Unicron. Whoever is responsible.
shibamura_prime
Lolol good job MTV Geek.
bigpink
Actually, the idea that Hasbro would have to dissolve agreements with Disney competitors is false. If that were true then the acquisition of LucasFilm which includes Skywalker Sound, and ILM would require the same caveat of contract disillusion and it did not. Owning Hasbro allows Disney direct control of the Star Wars toy line as well as ownership of the Hasbro IPs like Transformers, and Ponies and if Disney were to make the acquisition it is assumed that, like the Marvel and LucasFilm deal, they would likely leave the company operations for toys alone. You would actually see integration or elimination of the HUB in favor of Disney XD and films would probably be allowed to maintain contracted ownership of rights until other deals could be made to return rights back to Hasbro similar to how the Fantastic Four and Spiderman remain with studios other than Marvel/Disney.
Feralstorm
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After the Star Wars buyout, I read the Hasbro buyout rumor, and thought it sounded like something someone made up. The timing just felt unbelievable.
I imagine this weird cyclical rumor-building thing going on:

- Disney buys Lucasfilm. Bought Marvel previously.

- TF Board threads go "What if Disney bought Hasbro/Transformers too? Ya think that might happen?"

- Word of threads get to geek rumor sites "OMG They must know something!"

- Geek rumor sites report Disney might buy Hasbro

- TF Board threads: "OMG look at this rumor! We were just TALKING about that! Must be true! Told you so!"

- Hasbro: "wat."
Nightrain
It's not true until it is. Anyway, Brian Goldner still needs to get the boot.
thetffan456
THANK YOU PRIMUS phew im so fucking happy if disney would have bought hasbro i would have craped myself we would have goteen metroplex disney land figure
Oracle_Aesir
Ah wonderful, I see my sacrificing Stampy to the Guiding Hand wasn't just fun, it did this wonderful thing too!
Scorpion
Not saying that the rumor is TRUE...BUT when it comes to business stuff a denial doesn't mean anything...
racbgar
Ok I am relieved!! I can sleep happy tonight knowing that Transformers is safe from disney hands for now!! I didn't like the fact of the next transformers series ending with 52 episodes and a possible cliffhanger like disney did with another show I use to watch. To clear things up Disney has this really stupid rule where a show can't have any more than 52 episodes well for the fans of one show (Kim Possible) they made that the only exception but another show I was a fan of before I stumbled upon Transformers (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!) had to end at 52 episodes but on a cliff hanger also there was going to be just 1 more season to wrap things up but disney wouldn't allow it no matter how hard the fans fought. So I am just that much more relieved that Disney didn't buy out Hasbro.
YoungPrime
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Yeah well they should still fire the staff who does TF Prime! Disney-formers did have a nicer ring to it than "Shrek" did...
Spiderus Prime
Shatterpoint
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Indeed.

daitarn red
d&D is really popluar rpg game
UltraAlanMagnus
May have to show this HISSTANK & Toyark.
Thundercrackers
It doesn't make sense that Disney would risk ruining the Disney Princess Franchise and Pixar Deals, they always seemed more buddy-buddy with Mattel. Also, wouldn't they make faaaar more off licensing fees than operating their own toy company?

I'm surprised Viacom/Paramount and Universal aren't forming stronger ties with Hasbro/acquiring Hasbro stock to protect their movie franchise/theme park ride investments.
Geterman
I was looking forward to a Disney deal. Hoped that Disney would've put more money into toy production to get back to better quality figures, oh well...
ErbFan28
ehh, whatever. I didn't care either way
Backscatter
Neils before Primus. Thank you, best news this week.
Prime Jetscream
Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. If Disney payed Hasbro enough, Hasbro could produce more and better toys.

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