Hasbro Upbeat Despite Toys ‘R’ Us Shutdown

Following liquidation of Toys “R” Us stores around the world, toy and game manufacturer Hasbro believes its diverse portfolio – notably entertainment and licensing – can help it weather ongoing changes at the retail level. Toys “R” Us was one of Hasbro’s biggest retail vendors.

“Our global teams executed well despite the disruption in the market,” CFO Deborah Thomas said July 23 in a statement following release of second quarter (ended July 1) financial results.

The company reported a 11% decline in profit to $60.3 million compared to net income of $67.7 million during the previous-year period. Revenue fell 7% to $904.5 million from $972.5 million last year.

“With $1.2 billion in cash, and a healthy balance sheet, our financial position is strong,” said Thomas. “Our diverse portfolio enabled us to partially offset the negative margin impact from lower revenues, but not entirely. We are working with our retailers to successfully execute their plans for Hasbro’s innovative portfolio this holiday season.”

Hasbro is banking on the recent $522 million acquisition of Saban’s Power Rangersand other entertainment brands as it further branches out into movies and TV show production.

Saban’s Power Rangers moviegenerated $142.3 million at the global box office. The title sold $14.4 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units (excluding digital) since its June 27, 2017 retail release, according to The-Numbers.com. It was also released on 4K UHD Blu-ray.

Hasbro is also working with Paramount Pictures and Netflix to produce and distribute content based on Hasbro brands, as well as original stories. Hasbro and Paramount have partnered on five Transformers movies to date, as well as two G.I. Joe films, and the first Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, is slated for release in December.

Indeed, Hasbro’s entertainment and licensing segment was the only division to post an increase in Q2 performance. Operating income ballooned 64% to $18.6 million from $11.3 million, while revenue increased 26% to $64.7 million from $51.5 million.

“We are focused on moving beyond the near-term disruption of losing a major customer, with a clear path forward including new retailer activations to meet the consumer demand made available by the Toys ‘R’ Us departure,” said CEO Brian Goldner.

Shout! Factory Releasing 25th Anniversary ‘Power Rangers’ Steelbook Set

Shout! Factory and Saban Brands Aug. 7 will release Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series — 25th Anniversary Edition Steelbook. The 20-disc set encompasses the first three seasons of the “Power Rangers” franchise on 19 DVDs, as well as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie on Blu-ray for the first time.

Fans who buy from shoutfactory.com will receive an exclusive, limited-edition 18×24-inch lithograph, featuring art by Paul Shipper.

The movie Blu-ray will include the featurette “The Mighty Leap to the Silver Screen,” a look back at the movie with the cast and crew, including new interviews with director Bryan Spicer and stars Johnny Yong Bosch and Paul Freeman.

The set also includes two bonus DVDs featuring hours of additional material and retrospective featurettes.

Hasbro Acquires Saban’s ‘Power Rangers’ for $522 Million

Hasbro May 1 announced it has signed an agreement to purchase Saban’s ‘Power Rangers’ and other entertainment brands in a cash and stock deal valued at $522 million. The transaction includes brands “My Pet Monster,” “Popples,” “Julius Jr.,” “Luna Petunia,” and “Treehouse Detectives,” among others.

“Shortly after entering into our licensing arrangement, it became clear that now was the time to begin investing in unlocking ‘Power Rangers’’ full potential,” Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro, said in a statement.

Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” became a pop culture phenomenon. It is one of the longest running kids live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes produced to date.

The TV series, currently in its 25th season with “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel,” and 2017’s Lionsgate movie, Saban’s Power Rangers, follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil. The brand currently airs in 150 markets around the world and is translated into numerous languages.

Saban’s Power Rangers generated $142.3 million at the global box office. The title sold $14.4 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units (excluding digital) since its June 27, 2017 retail release, according to The-Numbers.com. It was also released on 4K UHD Blu-ray.

Hasbro plans to expand Power Rangers across its brand, which includes toys and games, consumer products, digital gaming and entertainment.

“Hasbro’s leadership in innovation, storytelling and brand stewardship make it the perfect company to further develop the global reach and appeal of the Power Rangers property,” said Saban, who will continue as a consultant to Hasbro.

The first set of products from Hasbro will be available in spring 2019.