Just did a goggle of "disney takeover of hasbo" and found quite a few rumors.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing if it happens?
Well, take a look at the Canadian Royal Mounted Police.
Who did they go to for protection of their "brand name" ~ just the largest, strongest
copywrite brand name protector in the world ~ Disney.
Take a look at WotC (who owns D&D) and some of their off brands such as the Neo Pets
Trading Card game. If WotC (or a parent company) had actually owned Neo Pets instead of
having to license it, things would have been much stronger.
D&D has a rich, strong, vibrant lore and legacy. Just like Star Wars and Marvel.
Disney likes to make sure they always have haunted/ghostly stuff,
they do up halloween big at the Magic Kingdom. Everyone knows about the Haunted Mansion.
Hasbro is a toy company along with the strong WotC printing company. The more WotC has
available to run thru their printers, the better. Nobody in this world understands role playing games
and trading card games like WotC. Their staff is excellant.
As long as things stay in the PG comfort zone, Disney will be happy to work with D&D, Marvel, and Star
Wars. IMHO, DDO is indeed sitting well inside the PG comfort zone.
I like the thought that if WotC printers were sitting idle, Disney could order up a set of Princess Playing Cards.
I like the thought of WotC having access to sssssssooooooo many, many, many products without worrying
about license fees/problems.
Superhero Trading Card//Roleplaying games?!?
DDO has a huge advantage over WOW in the rich, rich background of D&D.
Disney artists watch all sorts of animation, they all have seen the Dungeons and Dragons cartoons.
Nobody can market D&D//Star Wars//Marvel like Disney can.
Lucas did not have to sell, he wanted to sell to Disney for the same reason the Canadian Mounted
Police came to Disney for help, to protect their legacy.