Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan?

Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan?

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 5:37pm CDT

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Back in February we reported that Tomy announced that the company cut its annual net profit forecast by two-thirds. Then we reported that Tomy sold 14% of it shares to Texas Pacific Group. This put the company in great position for further growth. Now it looks like Tomy is ready to grow more. A report at Toy News Magazine says that the company is looking to buy two Japanese rivals due to a declining domestic market. Read the full report at Toy News Magazine.

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This article was last modified on Monday, April 2nd, 2007 5:48pm CDT

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Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72191)
Posted by Dinobot Nuva on April 2nd, 2007 @ 6:13pm CDT
Sounds like the start of Electronic Arts all over again...now if they decided to take on Bandai...well...that'd just be -very- interesting.
DN
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72239)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on April 2nd, 2007 @ 6:48pm CDT
Tomy has always been around, but lately they've just been exploding!

Hope this leads to better TFs
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72300)
Posted by 1337W422102 on April 2nd, 2007 @ 7:28pm CDT
Dinobot Nuva wrote:...now if they decided to take on Bandai...well...that'd just be -very- interesting.

Yeah, they'd release Gundams with half-naked sexually exploited underage girls.

O LOLI?
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72319)
Posted by Stormrider on April 2nd, 2007 @ 7:53pm CDT
Let's hope htis makes better Transformers and not worsen the quality control.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72442)
Posted by Ultra Markus on April 2nd, 2007 @ 8:53pm CDT
hopefully well see some shockwave and jetfire reissues soon
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72559)
Posted by Anonymous on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:29pm CDT
If Tomy buys Bandai, then that'll be awesome because my brother in law works there and gets tons of free stuff all the time. Too bad I'm not a Gundam fan though...
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72571)
Posted by Chosen on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:35pm CDT
People, be reasonable. Tomy can't buy out Bandai anytime soon. The companies that the article hints at Tomy purchasing are definitely lower on the totem pole than that, or catering to niche markets. Companies like Kaiyodo, Konami's toy branch, maybe something like Medicom. Not Bandai. Bandai rules the toy market. They're the number one company that Tomy has to worry about competing with the most. If anything, Bandai would be more inclined to gobble up Tomy, but Tomy's #2, so that's probably not going to happen for a while either.

And there are simply too many things wrong with being hopeful about a Jetfire reissue to warrant bringing up. :lol:
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72584)
Posted by 1337W422102 on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:42pm CDT
Well of course Tomy can't get Bandai, I was only referring to what someone else had posted, and I made a funny. That's all.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72588)
Posted by Chosen on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:44pm CDT
1337W422102 wrote:Well of course Tomy can't get Bandai, I was only referring to what someone else had posted, and I made a funny. That's all.


I was never referring to you!

I don't generally single out "offending" posters whenever I make that sort of reply. You assumed, and you know what happens when you assume...
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72594)
Posted by 1337W422102 on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:50pm CDT
Chosen wrote:You assumed, and you know what happens when you assume...

Uh... I fail?
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72665)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on April 2nd, 2007 @ 11:54pm CDT
Tomy won't be buying Badai.
Bandai is too stable and big.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72687)
Posted by guarayakha on April 3rd, 2007 @ 12:15am CDT
I can't really imagine a toyline of TF+Gundam hybrids anyway... lolz.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72746)
Posted by Moonbug on April 3rd, 2007 @ 2:48am CDT
Tomy has always been around, but lately they've just been exploding!

The story, which we originally reported on, stems from poor profit margins on Tomy's part, which they put down to the popularity in Computer / Video games, rather than them growing. It's interesting that Tomy target both Mattel and Hasbro as rival companies, when Hasbro / TakaraTomy work together on Transformers.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72978)
Posted by Swerve on April 3rd, 2007 @ 9:01am CDT
Awesome! So this means that now they won't be making any of whatever toy line the company they buy makes, just like they did with Transformers when they bought Takara.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (72999)
Posted by DISCHARGE on April 3rd, 2007 @ 9:21am CDT
This may be a stupid ?, but what toys does Tomy make?
I think they made the Starriors line and maybe ZOIDS.
But what do they make that makes them so successful?
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (73037)
Posted by Psychout on April 3rd, 2007 @ 10:26am CDT
Tomy do a crapload of educational stuff, like computers for 5 year olds etc.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (73038)
Posted by Swerve on April 3rd, 2007 @ 10:28am CDT
DISCHARGE wrote:This may be a stupid ?, but what toys does Tomy make?
I think they made the Starriors line and maybe ZOIDS.
But what do they make that makes them so successful?


I think they are trying to buy out all the other toy companies, then cease production of those toylines so we'll be forced to buy Thomas the Tank Engine and other delights from Tomy.
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (73075)
Posted by City Commander on April 3rd, 2007 @ 11:27am CDT
Maybe we could get some ol tfs re-issued again? OS and SW was it?
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (73515)
Posted by Stormrider on April 3rd, 2007 @ 7:07pm CDT
DISCHARGE wrote:This may be a stupid ?, but what toys does Tomy make?
I think they made the Starriors line and maybe ZOIDS.
But what do they make that makes them so successful?


Check out this link. Click on the buttons for "Boys", "Girls", "Game", and "Cards" to view the various products. http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/index.html
Re: Tomy to Buy Two More Toy Companies in Japan? (73576)
Posted by DISCHARGE on April 3rd, 2007 @ 7:49pm CDT
Ah thanks. I guess I just never looked at the company that made some of those toys.
I am happy with a lot of those products, having a 6 year old that I like to buy toys for. And she does like the Littlest Pet Shop.
The Thomas stuff, for the most part, is good quality too.

I only hope they don't put people out of work while acquiring new holdings.

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