Takara plan to merge with Tomy

Takara plan to merge with Tomy

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 11:11pm CDT

Category: Rumors
Posted by: Alex Kingdom   Views: 21,445
It was announced today that 2nd largest Japanese toy manufacturer and maker/distributor of the Transformers Brand in Asia Takara plan to merge with 3rd largest Tomy.
DragonX76 of TFans.com has posted the following translated press release:

Translated Press Release:
Thursday May 12, 9:34 AM
Major Japanese toymakers Takara and Tomy are planning to merge in the latest shake-up for an industry struggling to survive amid falling birthrates, reports said.

The two will integrate operations under a single holding company or through a stock swap as early as January 2006, the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun said, without citing sources.

They are expected to decide on the merger plan at board meetings on Thursday, the economic daily said. The Mainichi Shimbun said the merger could come as early as this year.

The companies have judged mutual use of soft contents such as toy characters to be indispensable in a shrinking market of fewer and fewer children, the Mainichi said.

A Takara spokeswoman said she was checking the reports. No immediate comment was available from Tomy. Takara's long-selling toys include Licca-chan dolls, a Japanese version of Barbie, while Tomy is strong in the market for boys' toys such as trains and cars. Tomy also scored a hit with Pokemon character toys around 2000.

Their merger would create Japan's fourth-largest toy-game group with combined annual sales of 180 billion yen (1.7 billion dollars).

The reports came just 10 days after Japan's top toymaker Bandai, known for its Gundam sci-fi robots, announced a plan to merge with PAC-MAN maker Namco in September.

The Bandai-Namco merger will create Japan's second-largest toy-game firm after Sega Sammy Holdings.


UPDATE: A futher English language news article on the merger can be read here at the Mainichi Daily News Website.

Credit(s): TFans, TFW2005


News Search

Got Transformers News? Let us know here!

Featured Products on Amazon.com

Buy "Transformers Attacker 15 Kramer Action Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Exclusive Cyber Battalion Class Shockwave Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Bumblebee -- Energon Igniters Nitro Series Optimus Prime" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Power of The Primes Deluxe Class Sinnertwin" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Deluxe Class Dinobot Slug" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Computron Collection Pack" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Deluxe Class Dinobot Swoop" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Voyager Terrorcon Hun-Gurrr" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Victorion Collection Pack" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Bumblebee -- Energon Igniters Speed Series Barricade" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Class Breakdown Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers RID Combiner Force Warriors Class Starscream" on AMAZON
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #270 - An Ox, a Seagull and a Monster
Twincast / Podcast #270:
"An Ox, a Seagull and a Monster"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Sunday, February 14th, 2021

New Items on eBay

Buy "Takara TOMY Transformers Legends LG 53 Broadside no box" on EBAY
Buy "TRANSFORMERS: Blitzwing Titans Return Voyager Class Action Figure" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers titans return brainstorm" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Titan Returns Blurr #A54 No Weapons Included." on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Reissue Titan Return Autobot Brainstorm Walmart Exclusive MISB " on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Generations Titans return Astrotrain Darkmoon" on EBAY
Buy "transformers tfcc tfss 1.0 Breakdown" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Titans Return Blaster Unopened" on EBAY