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

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.
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Posted by Mindmaster on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:35pm CST
...No.

Just..... no.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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Posted by Sabrblade on November 5th, 2012 @ 3:50pm CST
I am honestly not upset by the prospect of Disney acquiring Hasbro. :)
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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.
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Posted by Anonymous. 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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.

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