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Transformers News: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro

Monday, November 5th, 2012 3:28PM CST

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As all of you are probably aware by now Disney made big news last week when they announced they had purchased Lucasfilm for over 4 billion dollars. It looks like Mickey and company haven't put away the old checkbook just yet. MTV Geek is reporting a rumor that Disney is now in negotiations to purchase Hasbro! It's just a rumor for now, but according to MTV Geek a reliable source has stated high level discussions are happening at this moment. Click here to visit MTV Geek for the full story.

Is Opti-mouse Prime in our future?

MTV Geek wrote:Well, we have it on good authority that serious discussions are happening at the highest levels of both Disney and Hasbro to fold the largest toy and game company on the planet into the Mouse.


MTV Geek wrote:The acquisition would give Disney the rights to Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons and Dragons, Beyblade, Battleship, Nerf, and Magic: The Gathering among several dozen other game titles and IP. When you add Marvel and Star Wars to that list it’s a pretty comprehensive lock on boy’s entertainment; a far cry from a few years back when Disney was heavily criticized for losing its grip on boys.


The ramifications to the Transformers hobby could potentially be extremely significant. Everything from the upcoming 2014 Transformers movie to BotCon locations to potential exclusives being available at Disney stores could be affected by this decision. Tell us what you think by clicking here.
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Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437298)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:32pm CST
Wait wait, something's not entirely right here... Disney buying a toy company? An entertainment company like Lucasfilm I can understand, but a toy company like Hasbro?
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Posted by Blackstreak on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:33pm CST
I wouldn't be a bit surprised. When you got the money greed knows no bounds. Disney don't know when to quit. Won't be long before we end up as a country of monopolies.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437301)
Posted by Mindmaster on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:35pm CST
...No.

Just..... no.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437302)
Posted by datguy86 on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:36pm CST
This makes perfect sense. Hasbro owns Star Wars, and Disney is looking to ensure a lock on that brand. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437303)
Posted by Hotrodimust on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:36pm CST
Maybe Disney can actually help the TF line out there will probably be more animated movies of some sort. Maybe better toys who knows or they can send it to hell but they don't seem to be doing to bad with marvel.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437305)
Posted by Cheetron on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:41pm CST
I'm waiting to see that Transformers will only be available at Disney parks. Now that'd put a spin on store exclusives.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437307)
Posted by griftimus prime on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:41pm CST
dont mess with the toys and we wont have a problem
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Posted by BeastProwl on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:43pm CST
Pretty soon micky will be our president.

This is just stupid. Disney and Marvel? Ok, they did good.

Disney and Lucasfilm? Like to see were that goes.

Disney and...Hasbro? No. Hasbro is handling both the toys AND the entertainment right now. If Disney, SOMEHOW, ends up sinking Prime, I'll be more than a little pissed.

ALSO, with how up tight Disney is with its Tradmarks, how long would websites like this one last? :-(

Someone give me some positives here?
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437311)
Posted by Handels-Messerschmitt on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:45pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Wait wait, something's not entirely right here... Disney buying a toy company? An entertainment company like Lucasfilm I can understand, but a toy company like Hasbro?


Disney does make toys, after all. This also means less competition. And just more profits in general. Watch them buy Lego next.
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Posted by OptiMagnus on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:45pm CST
I'm starting to think Disney is the New World Order...

Coming soon to theaters: The Transforming Star Wars Avengers; Mickey's Revenge
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437315)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:48pm CST
first marvel then star wars(& all the companies it built) and now possibly hasbro? i always said they were trying to take over the world, better them than microsoft or google. But i hope this is true cause then maybe the hasbro brand will get some stability. Oh and disney instead of spending so much money buying stuff how about spending some money to continue Gargoyles. Fans want it the original creators want it but you have to be dicks about it. Hey if they get hasbro wouldnt they get the old gargoyle toy molds too? Kenner put out the line back in the day and hasbro bought them. Reissues would be awesome, but itll never happen. Oh and speaking of kenner did hasbro get the alien & predator toy molds? I dont know how it works do they store the molds or destroy them when they're done?
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437316)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:50pm CST
I am honestly not upset by the prospect of Disney acquiring Hasbro. :)
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437317)
Posted by datguy86 on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:58pm CST
BeastProwl wrote:Someone give me some positives here?


Disney tends to manage companies well. Prime is doing well, so few worries there.

What you might see is either the incorporation of FunPub or no renewal on the contract as its services are handled internally. BotCon would another way for people to visit Epcot or San Francisco.

Disney works well with Japanese companies, since several of its properties are huge in Japan and Disney is the NA licensee for Ghibli Studios. More than likely a better collaboration with Takara would result here - possible some of those better paint apps we're all so fond of envying? 8)

Could this potential acquisition go bad? Definitely. Could it go much better? Definitely as well.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437318)
Posted by Blurrz on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:00pm CST
datguy86 wrote:This makes perfect sense. Hasbro owns Star Wars, and Disney is looking to ensure a lock on that brand. Everything else is just icing on the cake.


Hasbro is also the proprietor of Marvel toys, so yeah, this makes alot of sense.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437320)
Posted by Flux Convoy on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:02pm CST
I can't see this being a bad thing. Maybe it would force a refocusing of the Transformers brand and letting side toy lines fall by the wayside. I am okay with that.
:BOT:
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Posted by DecepticonFinishline on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:09pm CST
Hmmm... This is an interesting one. On one hand, Hasbro's toy quality is falling while the prices continue to rise. I don't know if Disney would be able to help the prices, but I feel like the quality of the Transformers toys may improve. On the other hand, though, I feel like being a part of something so large as Disney, the developers will lose touch with what a lot of the collectors want. I'm worried it'll be all Bee all the time, with a little bit of Prime.

(see what I did there.)

Also, if Disney buys Hasbro, what would that mean for The HUB? Another Disney channel?
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437323)
Posted by Rhinox23 on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:13pm CST
Megatron Wolf wrote:first marvel then star wars(& all the companies it built) and now possibly hasbro? i always said they were trying to take over the world, better them than microsoft or google.


Mickey Mouse is taking over the world!

Seriously though, it think Disney is buying up all of these properties because they can't come up with any new entertainment ideas of their own. When was the last time Disney had a good original movie on their own? It's been a while.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437324)
Posted by DrOblivian on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:15pm CST
I'm actually surprised that this is taking everyone by surprise, i mean the disney crossover figures in the past few years should have been a foreshadowing. Also, with disney's help the budget on all of hasbro's toylines us focusing on transformers, Hasbro may be able to get a chunk of that beautiful disney money, allowing for better quality and larger TF figures just like the good ol days.

I can definently see things going bad but given their track record with marvel, i see more things that could go RIGHT. Animated movies? bigger budget=better toys. i could go on.

the only thing that is really bothering me is going to be the mouse hanging over us... but aside from that, why the hell not?
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437325)
Posted by budmaloney on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:15pm CST
Wow, big news after big news. So what would Takara do in this case? Do they still own the TF rights?

If Disney takes over, that's a game changer. One of you guys said, Lego's next, that may be possible. Kre-O is a potential line. But no better time for Disney to buy all these things. Then they put it in the vault.
Imagine if it does happen , and Disney pulls the plug on all Transformers everything. Just imagine. How would things be different. For one thing, all the collectors will be rich.
But back to sanity, I think it's bad. Disney is lately making depressing stuff through Pixar for example. UP was horrible. I hate that movie with a passion. And how sad was Toy Story 3. Though it would be cool if they had a transformer toy in Toy Story.

Too bad it's just a rumor. Pinch of salt gang.
Hasbro is too big to break that fast.
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Posted by Sabrblade on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:29pm CST
Rhinox23 wrote:Seriously though, it think Disney is buying up all of these properties because they can't come up with any new entertainment ideas of their own. When was the last time Disney had a good original movie on their own? It's been a while.
Wreck-It Ralph, which just came out.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437327)
Posted by YRQRM0 on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:30pm CST
Hmmm...the possibilities, and whether they're good or bad:

Transformers at Disney World: yessssss

TF content on Disney Channel, or at least Disney XD: Don't really care what channel it comes on, but it'd be good for the franchise as I'm sure more kids watch Disney than the Hub

Disney Store toys, more Mickey Transformers, park exclusives: meh. I wouldn't be willing to travel to Florida every time a new toy comes out, these exclusives would be not unlike most Takara exclusives to me in that I'll only bother when they're available to me at cons and stuff.

Cons: More money to have bigger cons? Or maybe a Transformers section at Disney events?? YES

Disney possibly halting production of Prime for whatever reason, or Masterpieces, or anything good: :evil: Please, I don't know why they would, but still..no.

A Transformers/Pixar crossover: Could anything bad possibly come from this? They can put Optimus in Toy Story!

Disney now owning both Lucasfilm and Hasbro: Doesn't exactly seem like Hasbro has a hard time for getting rights to toys or anything, but certainly nothing bad can come with this on the star wars side.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437328)
Posted by kirbenvost on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:32pm CST
Rhinox23 wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:first marvel then star wars(& all the companies it built) and now possibly hasbro? i always said they were trying to take over the world, better them than microsoft or google.


Mickey Mouse is taking over the world!

Seriously though, it think Disney is buying up all of these properties because they can't come up with any new entertainment ideas of their own. When was the last time Disney had a good original movie on their own? It's been a while.


Disney's thing has never really been originality, they made their name retelling classic fairy tales. That said, all their recent animated films (Princess & The Frog, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph) have been very strong, and IMO Tron was good too. John Carter tanked pretty hard, but there's still Pirates which, despite losing steam, is still a successful franchise. And they have an upcoming remake of The Lone Ranger.

Sure, none of it is very original, but most of their big projects are not lacking in quality, so I have no qualms in that aspect.

Most of my fears have to do with their tight grip on their intellectual property and also the changes that could happen in regards to Takara and the handling of exclusives.

Overall though, this would probably have the potential to turn out better rather than worse.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437330)
Posted by Rhinox23 on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:43pm CST
kirbenvost wrote:
Rhinox23 wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:first marvel then star wars(& all the companies it built) and now possibly hasbro? i always said they were trying to take over the world, better them than microsoft or google.


Mickey Mouse is taking over the world!

Seriously though, it think Disney is buying up all of these properties because they can't come up with any new entertainment ideas of their own. When was the last time Disney had a good original movie on their own? It's been a while.


Disney's thing has never really been originality, they made their name retelling classic fairy tales. That said, all their recent animated films (Princess & The Frog, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph) have been very strong, and IMO Tron was good too. John Carter tanked pretty hard, but there's still Pirates which, despite losing steam, is still a successful franchise. And they have an upcoming remake of The Lone Ranger.

Sure, none of it is very original, but most of their big projects are not lacking in quality, so I have no qualms in that aspect.

Most of my fears have to do with their tight grip on their intellectual property and also the changes that could happen in regards to Takara and the handling of exclusives.

Overall though, this would probably have the potential to turn out better rather than worse.


Ok, I haven't seen Wreck It Ralph. It does look good and had a great opening weekend. I'll also give you the Pirates movies because they at least made a lot of money (even though the story suffered after the 1st one, but that's off topic).

I may be a little younger than some of you, but when I was a kid going to see the new Disney cartoon movie was always a big thing. This has dropped off dramatically since the 90's. Pixar (acquired by Disney) saved the day with a bunch of great movies, but not Disney themselves. They may have been retelling classic tales but they were the first to make them animated and that is how they first got big. The overall point is that minus Pirates and potentially Wreck It Ralph (we'll see how much it makes in the coming weeks, but it should be a lot) Disney has not given a lot of "blockbuster" or new classic animations on their own since the 90's. Hence acquiring Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and maybe Hasbro.

I understand it and was just pointing it out. Also, I don't think this would be negative for Hasbro either.
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Posted by Manterax Prime on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:45pm CST
I'm glad that Disney will never be able to touch Bandai and Lego as they are not US based companies. They have US branches, but their headquarters are located in their country of origin (Bandai: Japan, Lego: Denmark)

And even though Disney has got their SciFi on with Tron, I'd rather not have them buy out Hasbro. I don't want a big Disney logo on my robots.

Also, I'm surprised nobody brought this up. Transformers is coyrighted not only by Hasbro, but by Takara as well. So just buying Hasbro would not give Disney the rights to Transformers.
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Posted by dedcat on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:56pm CST
Pessemism - Please, no. Nothing good will come of this.

Optimism - It'd be a step up from Bay at least.

Realism - This would efectivly end the 3rd party toy's. Those disney lawyers are vicious.
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Posted by Seibertron on November 5th, 2012 @ 4:59pm CST
Manterax Prime wrote:I'm glad that Disney will never be able to touch Bandai and Lego as they are not US based companies. They have US branches, but their headquarters are located in their country of origin (Bandai: Japan, Lego: Denmark)

And even though Disney has got their SciFi on with Tron, I'd rather not have them buy out Hasbro. I don't want a big Disney logo on my robots.

Also, I'm surprised nobody brought this up. Transformers is coyrighted not only by Hasbro, but by Takara as well. So just buying Hasbro would not give Disney the rights to Transformers.


Hasbro owns Transformers. I'm not sure how Takara Tomy's end of all of this would be affected in Japan, but if Disney were to buy Hasbro, it would mean that the Transformers brand would fall under Disney as well.
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Posted by Mkall on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:00pm CST
I can foresee better quality toys put out because of this. It would probably also mark the end of 3rd parties.
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Posted by Cyber Bishop on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:05pm CST
Rhinox23 wrote:Seriously though, it think Disney is buying up all of these properties because they can't come up with any new entertainment ideas of their own. When was the last time Disney had a good original movie on their own? It's been a while.


Let's see, someone already mentioned Wreck it Ralph (which I saw this past weekend with my youngest daughter and LOVED).

Some more..
Tangled
Princess and the Frog
Winnie the Pooh

With Pixar
Brave
Toy Story 3
Up

SO yeah, they are doing just fine..
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437339)
Posted by Xephon0930 on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:06pm CST
Hey Disney,how is your quest on world conquest going?
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437340)
Posted by Manterax Prime on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:08pm CST
Seibertron wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I'm glad that Disney will never be able to touch Bandai and Lego as they are not US based companies. They have US branches, but their headquarters are located in their country of origin (Bandai: Japan, Lego: Denmark)

And even though Disney has got their SciFi on with Tron, I'd rather not have them buy out Hasbro. I don't want a big Disney logo on my robots.

Also, I'm surprised nobody brought this up. Transformers is coyrighted not only by Hasbro, but by Takara as well. So just buying Hasbro would not give Disney the rights to Transformers.


Hasbro owns Transformers. I'm not sure how Takara Tomy's end of all of this would be affected in Japan, but if Disney were to buy Hasbro, it would mean that the Transformers brand would fall under Disney as well.


Regardless, I am not buying if there's a big Disney logo plastered on a Transformers box.
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Posted by PrymeStriker on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:10pm CST
Please. No. :cry:
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Posted by RazorSlash92 on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:14pm CST
Oh please God no..
It may seem like nothing at first......but this is exactly what happened to Spectacular Spider-Man.
Marvel had a successful series, Spectacular Spider-Man
Disney buys Marvel
Disney wants a show they have better control over
Out pops Ultimate Spider-Man, as Spectacular is cancelled mid-production of Season 3. Ultimate Spider-Man turns out to be a show very loosley based on anything Spider-Man, deals with no plot whatsoever, and constantly makes low-brow kiddie humor as an excuse for plot.

Hasbro has a successful series, Transformers: Prime..
Disney wants to buy Hasbro..
See where I'm going with this?
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437343)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:14pm CST
Manterax Prime wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I'm glad that Disney will never be able to touch Bandai and Lego as they are not US based companies. They have US branches, but their headquarters are located in their country of origin (Bandai: Japan, Lego: Denmark)

And even though Disney has got their SciFi on with Tron, I'd rather not have them buy out Hasbro. I don't want a big Disney logo on my robots.

Also, I'm surprised nobody brought this up. Transformers is coyrighted not only by Hasbro, but by Takara as well. So just buying Hasbro would not give Disney the rights to Transformers.


Hasbro owns Transformers. I'm not sure how Takara Tomy's end of all of this would be affected in Japan, but if Disney were to buy Hasbro, it would mean that the Transformers brand would fall under Disney as well.


Regardless, I am not buying if there's a big Disney logo plastered on a Transformers box.
How 'bout a teeny tiny logo on the bottom of the box's butt? As, that's where all/most of the company logos (which are indeed quite small) are already located on TF toy packaging.
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Posted by Manterax Prime on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:22pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I'm glad that Disney will never be able to touch Bandai and Lego as they are not US based companies. They have US branches, but their headquarters are located in their country of origin (Bandai: Japan, Lego: Denmark)

And even though Disney has got their SciFi on with Tron, I'd rather not have them buy out Hasbro. I don't want a big Disney logo on my robots.

Also, I'm surprised nobody brought this up. Transformers is coyrighted not only by Hasbro, but by Takara as well. So just buying Hasbro would not give Disney the rights to Transformers.


Hasbro owns Transformers. I'm not sure how Takara Tomy's end of all of this would be affected in Japan, but if Disney were to buy Hasbro, it would mean that the Transformers brand would fall under Disney as well.


Regardless, I am not buying if there's a big Disney logo plastered on a Transformers box.
How 'bout a teeny tiny logo on the bottom of the box's butt? As, that's where all/most of the company logos (which are indeed quite small) are already located on TF toy packaging.


Ok, I'll rephrase. No Disney logo. Period.
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Posted by Oncoming Storm on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:26pm CST
I am so (Blanking) Sick of 'Disney'...
The 'Disney Company' IS Just PURE EVIL;
It is Satan's Own Personal Brand Name and is just another one of his 'Trademarks'!!!
--I swear that someone, somewhere just knows how to push my buttons about Evil,
Corporate Empires?!
(This is proof positive to me that the World as we now know it is going to end soon!!!)
As far as "Transformers Blasphemy" is concerned, Michael Bay was Nothing compared to this news...
It REALLY frosts my cornflakes! :twisted: :twisted: :evil:
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Posted by Seibertron on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:27pm CST
Manterax Prime wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I'm glad that Disney will never be able to touch Bandai and Lego as they are not US based companies. They have US branches, but their headquarters are located in their country of origin (Bandai: Japan, Lego: Denmark)

And even though Disney has got their SciFi on with Tron, I'd rather not have them buy out Hasbro. I don't want a big Disney logo on my robots.

Also, I'm surprised nobody brought this up. Transformers is coyrighted not only by Hasbro, but by Takara as well. So just buying Hasbro would not give Disney the rights to Transformers.


Hasbro owns Transformers. I'm not sure how Takara Tomy's end of all of this would be affected in Japan, but if Disney were to buy Hasbro, it would mean that the Transformers brand would fall under Disney as well.


Regardless, I am not buying if there's a big Disney logo plastered on a Transformers box.
How 'bout a teeny tiny logo on the bottom of the box's butt? As, that's where all/most of the company logos (which are indeed quite small) are already located on TF toy packaging.


Ok, I'll rephrase. No Disney logo. Period.


I don't think you have anything to worry about. When you watch Monday Night Football, you don't see the Disney logo during the broadcast. When you watched Avengers at the theatre, you didn't see the Disney logo. When you read a Marvel comic book, you don't see the Disney logo. When your wife watches Revenge on ABC, you don't see the Disney logo. I think most people don't realize how big Disney already is ... they've been pretty good about leaving the companies alone that they buy, or at least that's my perception of what's happened.
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Posted by Seibertron on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:28pm CST
Oncoming Storm wrote:I am so (Blanking) Sick of 'Disney'...
The 'Disney Company' IS Just PURE EVIL;
It is Satan's Own Personal Brand Name and is just another one of his 'Trademarks'!!!
--I swear that someone, somewhere just knows how to push my buttons about Evil,
Corporate Empires?!
(This is proof positive to me that the World as we now know it is going to end soon!!!)
As far as "Transformers Blasphemy" is concerned, Michael Bay was Nothing compared to this news...
It REALLY frosts my cornflakes! :twisted: :twisted: :evil:



What has Disney done that is so "evil"? Saying you don't like Disney or what they stand for is one thing, but saying they're "evil" is a whole other thing.
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Posted by KNM2012 on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:37pm CST
Amazing how those know so little tend to be the most negative. :roll: :lol:

In all cases, this would be a smart move. Hasbro does the Marvel toylines, the Star Wars toylines, and the Indiana Jones toylines. They also own Wizards of the Coast. And they have a partnership with TOMY, who has a partnership with Disney.

With the Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones toylines, these would have a permanent home at Hasbro. They could also have the Star Wars RPG be renewed and given a permanent home within Wizards of the Coast, as well as maybe create a Kingdom Hearts RPG as well. And TOMY could benefit from this, as it means they could revive their "Disney Brand" Transformers and sell them at the Tokyo Disney stores as well. Plus, Hasbro could do the same with Disneyland, California Adventures, Walt Disney World, and Epcot Center... As well as the numerous stores within the United States.

The only concern I have, however, are tied to both IDW and Shout! Factory. Both have licenses to brands that are owned by Hasbro. We all know that. So with IDW, I am wondering how this will affect them. Will they have to hand over their ReGeneration One stuff to Marvel if this is official? And will they be permitted to publish anything they worked on? And Shout!Factory - Will everything they collaborated on have to be submitted to Disney? Does this also mean that Disney will be able to obtain the animated movie? And if so, will they give us the original or edited feature?

And with Toei... Does this mean they will not make excuses and say "We will not give them this because they are a second- or third-party company" when it comes to not handing over Scramble City: Mobilization and Zone to Disney or even those that collaborate with Disney? Because they were stubborn with Sony way back when, and I heard that they were being equally stubborn (if not more so) with Shout!Factory. Because as big as Toei is, I still think they would have a "Oh sh!t!" moment if or when this happens. And that is something I would like to see as much as I would love to see all of the Transformers franchises be put onto a BD format.

But yeah... If it does happen, I hope they will give us as image of Starscream's ghost hanging out with the other ghosts at the Haunted Mansion. Or "G1" Megatron wearing Mickey Mouse ears, "G1" Starscream dressed like Captain Hook, or Arcee trying to fit in with the Disney Princesses. :lol:
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Posted by Midnight_Fox on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:38pm CST
Seibertron wrote:
Oncoming Storm wrote:I am so (Blanking) Sick of 'Disney'...
The 'Disney Company' IS Just PURE EVIL;
It is Satan's Own Personal Brand Name and is just another one of his 'Trademarks'!!!
--I swear that someone, somewhere just knows how to push my buttons about Evil,
Corporate Empires?!
(This is proof positive to me that the World as we now know it is going to end soon!!!)
As far as "Transformers Blasphemy" is concerned, Michael Bay was Nothing compared to this news...
It REALLY frosts my cornflakes! :twisted: :twisted: :evil:



What has Disney done that is so "evil"? Saying you don't like Disney or what they stand for is one thing, but saying they're "evil" is a whole other thing.


I think he's just anti-"corporation buys other companies", forgetting that Hasbro does the exact same thing. In fact, people said the same thing about Hasbro when they acquired Wizards of the Coast and said it about WotC when they bought TSR.

It's just a standard over-reaction when one company buys another that you like.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437351)
Posted by Seibertron on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:42pm CST
KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:The only concern I have, however, are tied to both IDW and Shout! Factory. Both have licenses to brands that are owned by Hasbro. We all know that. So with IDW, I am wondering how this will affect them. Will they have to hand over their ReGeneration One stuff to Marvel if this is official? And will they be permitted to publish anything they worked on? And Shout!Factory - Will everything they collaborated on have to be submitted to Disney? Does this also mean that Disney will be able to obtain the animated movie? And if so, will they give us the original or edited feature?


I'm assuming that whatever deals and contracts Hasbro has in play such as with IDW, Shout! Factory, Paramount, Activision, the Hub, etc ... would all remain. When those contracts end, I'm sure they'd do whatever put (or keep) the most money in their pockets.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437355)
Posted by morphobots on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:03pm CST
Personally, if this is true, I'm not really concerned about the toys, maybe because I've decided the hobby is getting too expensive and I'm going to be picky about buying from now on. My concerns are regarding entertainment. How far can Disney stick its nose into the new movies? How much pressure can it put on Bay for what it wants to see? Even though Johnny Depp has raked in the cash for Disney, it still held him up on "Lone Ranger" until the budget was slashed by 20%. And what about the shows? Right now I can stream G1, BW, and Prime on Netflix for $8.00 a month. Netflix no longer has a license with Disney. In fact, I'm not sure Disney streams anywhere, so will I go back to forking out more money for DVDs, a format supposedly on its way out? I think this will lead to more penny-pinching to maxmize profits, and more cash getting squeezed out of us. And I think Seibertron.com would be gone in New York minute.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437356)
Posted by Bubbah on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:04pm CST
Wow, this is funny because when the announcement was made about Disney buying LucasFilms, I was talking to a friend of mine about this exact scenario! Hasbro already produces a lot of Disney owned lines (Star Wars, All of Marvel, etc) so this makes absolute perfect sense for Disney. Am I a little nervous about it, hell yes ... But this could also be a good thing. Like others have stated, Avengers was great and you didn't see an ounce of Disney anywhere in there, they let Marvel handle what was already working and just reaped some ownership benefits. The same could happen with all of Hasbro's lines. People have been clammoring for Hasbro to get their act together and either rest TFs a couple years or get the size/pricing under control .. Well that may be possible with this.

Plus people are forgetting the biggest possible benefit ... The end of TRU exclusives like MP's, since most of them would probably become Disney store Exclusives. Disney store actually does cater to more collectors than a regular retail outlet so we wouldn't be seeing the huge distribution isses we're seeing with MP OP or when Mp TC first hit.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437357)
Posted by Ultra Markus on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:05pm CST
DISNEY EMPIRE
STRIKES AGAIN
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437358)
Posted by KNM2012 on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:08pm CST
Midnight_Fox wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Oncoming Storm wrote:I am so (Blanking) Sick of 'Disney'...
The 'Disney Company' IS Just PURE EVIL;
It is Satan's Own Personal Brand Name and is just another one of his 'Trademarks'!!!
--I swear that someone, somewhere just knows how to push my buttons about Evil,
Corporate Empires?!
(This is proof positive to me that the World as we now know it is going to end soon!!!)
As far as "Transformers Blasphemy" is concerned, Michael Bay was Nothing compared to this news...
It REALLY frosts my cornflakes! :twisted: :twisted: :evil:



What has Disney done that is so "evil"? Saying you don't like Disney or what they stand for is one thing, but saying they're "evil" is a whole other thing.


I think he's just anti-"corporation buys other companies", forgetting that Hasbro does the exact same thing. In fact, people said the same thing about Hasbro when they acquired Wizards of the Coast and said it about WotC when they bought TSR.

It's just a standard over-reaction when one company buys another that you like.


Well said! :BOWDOWN:

The one thing I do not get is why people hate Disney so much. I mean, when they created both Disney XD and purchased Marvel, they said it was due to the fact that they were neglecting their male fanbase. The purchase of LucasArts was going to happen since Disney and George Lucas believed in each other's visions. And with all, including this (if it happens), they will not intervene unless it is necessary.

And besides that, as I said before, we may get Scramble City and Zone as well... As I do not see why Toei would want to be stubborn to Disney, like they have been with Sony and Shout!Factory. ;)
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437359)
Posted by DAU on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:08pm CST
If this deal goes through... Then Transformers will be a thing of the past for me!
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437360)
Posted by Swindle01 on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:11pm CST
said it before and will say it again

Disney are like a cancer that wont stop

Thanks for ruining Star wars disney....Now thanks for ruining transformers as well
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437361)
Posted by Seibertron on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:12pm CST
morphobots wrote:And I think Seibertron.com would be gone in New York minute.


Why do you think that? Do you think the Star Wars fansites are in jeopardy? Aren't Marvel fansites still around 3+ years after that Disney's acquisition? I don't think Disney is in business to piss off fans of established sites.

I do think watching our Ps and Qs is really important at this stage of the game. I think this is the end for 3rd party stuff though. Disney's pockets are much deeper than Hasbro's.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437362)
Posted by CommanderHazar on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:13pm CST
As far as Shout! Factory goes, this has the potential to be the biggest change as far as I can see. Disney is not known for contracting out to other companies the DVDs of its properties. It is also not known for releasing its TV shows on DVD, preferring to focus on its movie properties instead. There have been exceptions, of course, but on the whole it's rare for Disney owned series to be released. That could be problematic for future TF DVD releases. On the other hand, it could work in just he opposite way, and give TF:RiD its first DVD release in Region 1.

As for the toys, this may very well be the end of my collecting if it happens. If they leave Hasbro alone to do their thing, I don't see myself changing my habits of not buying the general release figures, and focusing only on more collector oriented lines. As far as TFs go, that means third-party and Masterpiece. If Disney starts shutting down the third-parties, that just leaves Masterpieces.

Only time will tell, and I'll make my decisions based on events as they happen, and not on the rumors.
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437364)
Posted by XDMan on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:20pm CST
All I hope is that the :BOT: s and :CON: s would rule Disney, kill every Nickelodeon character to take the Power Rangers back (Nick messed things up), kill Phineas and Ferb to take Marvel back, show little kids G1, Beast Wars and Car Robots/RID, make the G1 Transformers come in Toy Story (show some dynamic battle scenes (even if Megatron has to punch Woody, Jesse and Buzz in the face really hard) for some hardcore battles), halt the obssesion w/ the Bayformers there, make Ralph get kidnapped by Megs so OP could save the day and make the original voice actors arrive to take the roles of their characters. Plus, I hope they unharm the warlike feel.

Anyone, ANYONE on this website, please show us some photos of the thoughts I told you about with your toys, artwork, etc. PLEASE, do this for me and hopefully, these thoughts would possibly come true. ;)
Re: MTV Geek reports rumor that Disney is in talks to acquire Hasbro (1437365)
Posted by Autobot032 on November 5th, 2012 @ 6:21pm CST
I do worry about 3rd party. I loves me some 3rd party. I'd be sad if Giant didn't exist. Or Colossus, or Protector, or...well, you get the idea.

If 3rd party could still exist, and TF anything doesn't suffer...I guess I wouldn't be opposed to it.

Although, Disney got rid of Power Rangers, which still surprises me... So, yeah, I dunno.

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