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Is Disney angling to buy Hasbro next?

Nov. 6, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Disney may be lining up their next major conquest according to a rumor posted by MTV Geek. This is rumor at this point, but MTV points out that there are reputable sources reporting on the discussions.

MTV laid out what merging with Hasbro would mean for Disney: 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.

So, does that mean that Paramount would lose TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE? It is hard to say. Disney could certainly make a deal like they did for IRON MAN to bring everything under one roof. I find it hard to believe that Paramount would make movies only to have Disney reap the rewards from the merchandising sales bearing their films names.

Lucasfilm was a privately owned company which aided in the sale to the Disney company. Hasbro would be a different beast entirely and would likely take a lot longer to complete. But, if it did go through, you can imagine the possibilities. Hasbro currently owns Parker Brothers, Kenner, Tonka, Milton Bradley, and Wizards of the Coast. In essence, Disney would be getting a huge array of projects and possibilities. This would take a lot of the stress from Pixar to churn out more than one movie a year, but would also flood theaters with Disney branded releases.

There is no question that Disney is gaining a monopoly on the marketplace (pun intended). Movies are a business, after all, and the purpose of business is to be the best. if Hasbro falls to the House of Mouse, I find it hard to see any other studio competing with them for supremacy.

What do you think about Disney possibly acquiring Hasbro?

Extra Tidbit: I am scared. What will Disney buy next???
Source: MTV Geek

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8:31AM on 11/07/2012
Makes sense in a way, because without this deal Disney wouldn't have the full rights to Star Wars toys and Marvel toys, both of which reside, for the time being, under Hasbro's banner. If they can make this deal work they will, as it will give them control over the most lucrative aspect of Star Wars (the toys). If the rumour is true, then it's a pretty logical move on their part even if you ignore the added bonus of owning Transformers and GI Joe.
Makes sense in a way, because without this deal Disney wouldn't have the full rights to Star Wars toys and Marvel toys, both of which reside, for the time being, under Hasbro's banner. If they can make this deal work they will, as it will give them control over the most lucrative aspect of Star Wars (the toys). If the rumour is true, then it's a pretty logical move on their part even if you ignore the added bonus of owning Transformers and GI Joe.
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6:41AM on 11/07/2012

A *good* D&D movie?

I'm ok with them getting D&D....ever since TSR was sold to Wizards of the Coast and then off to Hasbro, the game has gotten away from its roots. Maybe Disney will release a GOOD version of the game. And maybe, just maybe, we'll actually see a GOOD D&D movie!
I'm ok with them getting D&D....ever since TSR was sold to Wizards of the Coast and then off to Hasbro, the game has gotten away from its roots. Maybe Disney will release a GOOD version of the game. And maybe, just maybe, we'll actually see a GOOD D&D movie!
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8:26PM on 11/06/2012
I'd be completely satisfied with this deal happening. Hasbro is in the wrong hands with crap like Battleship, GI Joe and Transformers. I know Disney would take their time and make great films out of these action figures.
I'd be completely satisfied with this deal happening. Hasbro is in the wrong hands with crap like Battleship, GI Joe and Transformers. I know Disney would take their time and make great films out of these action figures.
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8:20PM on 11/06/2012
Screw Hasbro! Disney should be working on getting all the Marvel characters they don't have back from 20th Century Fox!!!!
Screw Hasbro! Disney should be working on getting all the Marvel characters they don't have back from 20th Century Fox!!!!
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6:53PM on 11/06/2012
JOBLO

for their own reviews...XD
JOBLO

for their own reviews...XD
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6:51PM on 11/06/2012

if

Disney has this much money, they need to go around and buy all the rights back to all of Marvels characters.
Disney has this much money, they need to go around and buy all the rights back to all of Marvels characters.
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6:39PM on 11/06/2012
Sounds like Disney is trying to corner every target audiences now. First, Marvel, then Lucasfilm. And now, Hasbro. Look out Optimus, it's Mega Mousetron, hehe.
Sounds like Disney is trying to corner every target audiences now. First, Marvel, then Lucasfilm. And now, Hasbro. Look out Optimus, it's Mega Mousetron, hehe.
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6:28PM on 11/06/2012

Why not?

They'd do a better job with GI Joe than whoever has it right now.
They'd do a better job with GI Joe than whoever has it right now.
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4:56PM on 11/06/2012
I know a lot of people think Disney is an "Evil" corporation. But I been going to Disneyland a lot ever since I was a baby. Sure the prices are a rip off, but they bring good quality to everything. Its not like they are taking money and using it for themselves. They use that money to expand their world of imagination. If it werent for Disney, we wouldnt have A LOT of things that we love. When they buy a franchise, like Star Wars. They arent just trying to suck out more money from us. They are
I know a lot of people think Disney is an "Evil" corporation. But I been going to Disneyland a lot ever since I was a baby. Sure the prices are a rip off, but they bring good quality to everything. Its not like they are taking money and using it for themselves. They use that money to expand their world of imagination. If it werent for Disney, we wouldnt have A LOT of things that we love. When they buy a franchise, like Star Wars. They arent just trying to suck out more money from us. They are trying to build a better Star Wars universe for us. They know what people like, thats how they got their money. Disney isnt just fluff and magic. They know how to give fans what they want. They are doing great with Marvel, they will do superb with Star Wars, and I am sure what ever else they buy will become better than what it was before. Just cause their soda is 5 dollars doesnt mean they are evil.
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