tinncity wrote:well then when is an "official" masterpiece jazz coming out? i'm just a guy that used to play with them as a kid and has a newfound interest in them. i don't care what company makes them as long as they're cool!
It's not just TakaraTomy that makes the call, but also the company to license the car model from. In the 80's licensing was hardly ever done, but nowadays car manufacturers require it: that explains why current figures have mashed up or made-up models for cars and even aircraft. Between Binaltech/Alternators, Alternity and Masterpiece that use licensed models these brands have done business with Hasbro/TakaraTomy:
- Honda (with a bit of a hitch)
- Lamborghini (after a change of heart)
- Volkswagen (another that later changed its mind)
Porsche, the company responsible for Jazz and Cliffjumper's car modes, has yet to give its approval. But during Binaltech and Alternators some characters got car models different from their G1 versions: Sideswipe and Sunstreaker (Dodge Viper instead of Lamborghini Countach), Smokescreen and Bluestreak/Silverstreak (Subaru Impreza instead of Nissan 330ZX), and Jazz: Transformers Alternators Meister (Jazz) (Meister) Gallery
...as a Mazda RX-08, instead of Porsche 935 Turbo and renamed Meister after his Japanese name. That's the closest to an official MP Jazz we have. Well... not counting this guy: Transformers Reveal The Shield Special Ops Jazz Gallery
Sorry for the history lesson.
tinncity wrote: i did always wonder though how third party companies can get away with copyright infringement? i guess it would be too costly to go after all of them?
The long and the short of it, is that they keep a low profile to not make a real financial threat, keeping their products out of domestic chains, not copying the designs exactly, instead making "inspired" designs and not using any of Hasbro's trademarked names for their figures. The result would be that even if Hasbro had a case, it would be a long, difficult and expensive process to pursue.
However, Hasbro has shut down knockoff companies that have flat-out copied designs and had them sold in stores, starting way back in the 80's and continuing to the 2007 Movie. Plus, they practically banned unlicensed product from BotCon (they did allow artists selling their fan art after protests). They will
fight if threatened.
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