- Motto: "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
Even though Hasbro and TakaraTomy sell mostly the same products, just in different areas, trust me, they have always been two separate companies. The two do co-operate on a very close level, like for toy design and sharing manufacturing facilities, but them's the brakes
The reason why both companies have their marks on the toys is due to US copyright law: on the first toys based on Microman and Diaclone which Takara designed alone, Hasbro was the licensee, viewed by law as the representative of Takara in the USA, thus had to put its mark on the molds. That fact came in handy in a court case with a Knock-Off company if you must know. Nowadays it's mainly Hasbro designing the toys and TakaraTomy doing the producing and its own thing in Japan.
I'm not sure how the copyright marking works for Bandai and Takatoku Toys molds (Deluxe Insecticons, Deluxe Autobots and Jetfire), can anybody enlighten me on that?
Top 5 Priorities:
1) BW Neo X-7 Elphaorpha
2) BW II VS-18 Powerhug vs. Autocrusher
3) Universe 2003 Night Slash Cheetor
4) RiD Landfill (regular, not the yellow)
5) BW Convobat (red) & Megalligator (purple)
Also looking for any clear Arms Microns, like Shadow (Gora & R.A.), Hellflame and Shining (O.P. and R.A.).Preparing to move to the US!
- JelZe GoldRabbit =:3