Seems logical: all those bonuses for the Hasbro Board of Directors aren't paying for themselves, people!
But seriously, although most toy producers will suffer in a time of economic uncertainty (unless you are Lego
), Hasbro have themselves to blame. Although Transformers seem to still be one of the strongest sellers for Hasbro, the lack of new products / frankly TERRIBLE distribution of products will probably be comparable for all the other brands and products Hasbro are pushing.
It's been said before, but here in Europe, Hasbro seems fast to be losing ground as far as their product availability is concerned: very few of their brands can be found in toys stores here in any large amounts. Here in Europe, besides the 'single brand products' like Lego and Playmobile, Mattel has a much stronger multi-brand presence, as do Disney Consumer Products and lots of cheap Chinese produced no-name toys.
If I ran Hasbro, I'd most definitely be very disturbed at Hasbro's problematic distribution. It's all fine and good to focus on the US market, but when that market currently isn't very strong in the first place AND terrible mistakes are made on that single market (many of which have been mentioned in the previous posts in this topic), then Hasbro is just heading for disaster with their eyes wide open...BTW... what is this topic doing in the Transformers Toy Review Forum?