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Creator: Hasbro

Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is a global leader in the toy and games industry, and perhaps the leader in integrated toy-based entertainment. The company was founded in 1923 as a textile remnant factory and expanded into toys in the 1940s. It's first big success was Mr. Potato Head, which arrived in 1952. In 1965, Hasbro launched the action figure with G.I. Joe. In 1982, Hasbro launched the A Real American Hero sub-franchise, and with it, pioneered a new multimedia strategy as comics and an animated TV series became hugely successful, thanks to the storytelling work of Marvel Comics and its animation division. Hasbro and Marvel then duplicated their success with My Little Pony that same year, which was a hit with girls, and in 1984 with The Transformers, using toys re-purposed from two Japanese toylines. Jem, Hasbro's 1986 attempt to compete with Barbie in the doll market, failed, although the cartoon gained a cult following. The Maxie line and its animated series Maxies World were only slightly more successful than Jem. Hasbro's next attempts to create action figure/cartoon franchises, Inhumanoids and Visionaries, also got cult followings but weren't as successful as G.I. Joe or Transformers.

In 1991, Hasbro purchased Tonka, which gained them not only the truck line, but Kenner Products (one of their main competitors) and the Parker Brothers board game line, including Monopoly and Candy Land, as a complement to Milton Bradley, a 1984 purchase. Tonka, through Kenner, also had the toy rights to Star Wars, a property which would prove valuable for the company. As part of Hasbro, Kenner would go on to re-ignite the Transformers brand in 1996 with Beast Wars. In 1998, Hasbro bought Galoob, maker of Star Wars Micro Machines, so that they would have exclusive toy rights to the franchise. 1999 saw Hasbro buy Wizards of the Coast, giving them Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.

As a media entity, the company reached its peak in 2007, when the Michael Bay-directed Transformers film was released. The success of the film (and its two sequels) enabled Hasbro to increase its mass media exposure, including film versions of G.I. Joe and Battleship. In 2010, Hasbro and Discovery Communications would launch The Hub, whose launch programming included My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which stumbled upon massive interest from older men, and Transformers Prime, a mere success within the core demographic of the franchise.

Franchises created and/or owned by Hasbro note  :

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