After buying Lucasfilm, Disney now goes for Hasbro
Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:53 AM
Check out the rumours here.
If true, what do you think of these news?
I'm surprised (and a bit shocked), but I think overall it's good news nevertheless.
If only Lego could buy Disney...
Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:15 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:05 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:12 AM
Who would have guessed that the world's biggest evil empire would have started with a mouse?
I think SheepEater could be right, if Disney gets Hasbro, several of TLG licensed themes could be in danger of not getting renewed (SW, POTC, Cars, PoP, Marvel SuperHeroes, etc.) Disney has a pretty long reach.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:41 AM
Really, Kree-O is sold by Hasbro, not made by them. A bigger worry would be them just making their own series. But realistically, Lego is not simply a series of molds, but an evolved brain-trust that has value beyond the plastic they press. Making pieces does not equal making Lego sets.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:35 AM
A lot will depend on how well Kre'o is selling. If it's a lame duck then Disney/Hasbro could end it compeltely and turn their attention to buying up mega-brands.
These things usually take a long time to sort themselves out though as product licensing is a bit of a minefield. No reason to get unduly worried just yet. I'm sure LEGO will watch with great interest and prepare for all eventualities.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:36 PM
As much as Hasbro would like to have Kre-O Star Wars I do not think the fans of Star Wars will like such an idea. The Kre-O battleship and soon to be released GI Joe sets look pathetic in comparison to the SW sets made by Lego. Hasbro even had the nerve to "repaint" a Kre-O battleship set into a GI Joe set. Google "KRE-O G.I. JOE COBRA ARMORED ASSAULT set" and "KRE-O Battleship Mine Stryker set".
You don't see this kind of laziness on Lego's part. Imagine an LOTR set using an old catapult or carriage from the Castle line. I fear that if Hasbro had its way some Battleship or GI Joe design could end up being Star Wars sets since Hasbro and Disney are the same party.
Also if this news is true then all the Lego Star Wars sets will go up in value faster than Apple stock.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:51 PM
I saw this article yesterday (on Equestria Daily ) and all I worry about is the fate of MLP:FiM, the Hub, and Kre-O.
Would Disney terminate their license with TLG to start making Kre-O stuff? It would be very unlikely, but it could happen after this. I would like to see the Kre-O brand be retired, so we can get some nice MLP:FiM and Transformers LEGO sets (it would look way better if designed by TLG).
And then, what would happen to the Hub and MLP:FiM? Would Disney start putting Disney XD shows on their, and make it like the current Nicktoons channel but for Disney? What would happen to MLP:FiM? All I hope is that Disney doesn't put their say in the series.
Edited by just2good, 06 November 2012 - 03:52 PM.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:49 PM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:53 AM
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:59 AM
I didn't really mind Lucasfilm, but if they buy Hasbro..
Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:56 AM
It's just rumor right now anyway.
If anything, I think this could mean good things for Lego. I think they have a fairly good relationship with Disney, so perhaps Disney will give some of Hasbro's licenses into more capable hands.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:27 PM
Thanks for the link.
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Edited by Artifex, 08 November 2012 - 12:27 PM.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:09 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:58 PM
Hopefully it's just a rumor.
I'm really in oposition to that idea. Big companies owning big companies was never a good thing especially with Disney's today greediness and it's luck of former creativity. It's not Walt Disney's child anymore. They've turned too much from a company creating child's environment and making big bucks thanx to that... into a company focused only on making big bucks.
Of course there's a good thing. With Disney as an owner such companies as Marvel will never fear bancrupcy again. And they'll still leave a lot of freedom to it's workers - despite all those Skywalker Mouse visions stuff all around.
But the thing is - with buying these companies Disney would obviously controll the whole market and dictate what they would like to everyone, with possibility of buying another big names - like Tyco and so on...
There would be not as much place for innovativeness and diversification as there is now.
And the biggest problem of all - no one would be able to repurchase these companies anymore, and they could not be taken over by someone with independent great vision... as Disney is not a place for visionaries anymore
Edited by Mazin, 16 November 2012 - 10:00 PM.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:52 PM
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:30 PM
Excuse me for the indelicate question, but with all these mergings during the last two decades, I supposed the Anti-Trust body was outlawed in the US ...
Out of joke, I'm a big opponent to an acquisition, also because I fear that candid parents, relatives etc (the ones who put their money, I mean) could be fooled by the "magic" Disney logo, making a crowd along the Hasbro-Disney bricks shelves, with the LEGO ones abandoned and suffering damages by massive dustbowls ...
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:55 PM
I wouldn't worry about LSW. It really is a gold mine.
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