The last few years (possibly going on a decade now) Bandai America have been making their own toys and not importing the Japanese ones. The US version are smaller, with less features, and quite frequently look little better than tat. Lots of Movie stuff, lots of tribute line to the original MMPR, so they've slipped quite a bit behind Japan and skipped lines I think - Jonathan's not been that interested recently so I've lost touch again.
I can see that Bandai Japan might feel they could get a better return on their toy investment getting someone to directly import their stuff. That's about the only argument I can come up with that seems plausible.
It might not be 1994/5 any more but PR is still a steady seller. The US stuff may be simpler, with a higher proportion of tat, but their connection system, missing from the Japanese versions, ensures connectivity between most toys and between different years of toys: I can use a Dino Force zord on the arm of a zord with a Megaforce body and Ninja Storm leg.
But yeah, for the boys toy market this is a big thing.
Power Rangers is about the only line that Bandai America has that's successful.
But yeah, while it doesn't make sense for Hasbro to go after PR, I wouldn't count them out. They scoop up one of the big names, and no longer have it as competition. I mean, the two aren't remotely similar, but Power arangers is the only sort of competition Transformers has, in the western market.
Mattel doesn't have anything in the giant robot genre to compete against Transformers, and whoever gets PR only needs to import toys instead of creating them. It's nowhere near as risky as trying something from scratch. It makes sense they'll want it.
But there's a player I've not seen considered: Playmates. They have Voltron, and PR is in the exact same wheelhouse. And they tend to focus only on license brands. Honestly can't think of an original brand they have.
So yeah. I wouldn't count Hasbro out, but I'm betting in Mattel or Playmates.
Though I didn't know BoA made their own PR toys. Either way it really doesn't make much sense, unless BoA is beginning to close down altogether. Like I said, PR has been basically their only real success.
Most people I've been seeing are sure that BoA lost it because they made their own instead of importing and rebranding Sentai. Where there's like no evidence this is the case.
Hasbro is MORE likely to design their own PR line, instead of importing Sentai, if only because of their affiliation to Tomy Takara, Bandai of Japan's biggest competitor.
And we all know Hasbro made transforming robots typically suuuuuuuuck. Most figures hasbro made that Takara engineers didn't handle all seem to use weird techniques, and have questionable quality (E. Mega Dinobot, Star Wars Crossover, Marvel Crossover, Titaniums).
Also acquired this week: A Power Rangers Zeo Megazord - this is it's show appearance powerrangers.fandom.com/wiki/Zeo_Megazord a recent new version makes tracking down web pages showing the original toy difficult
Spotted in bits in a toy fu lot that turned out to have the whole thing, including all five helmets
MAD, and so much better than I expected it to be. Lots of ancient monument references in the design and some lovely chrome.
WILL need to get a Red Battlezord to combine with it
Since I posted that I've learnt a thing or two about twitter images - just edited the original post to include th larger image - and was able to blow the pic up full size. The Zeo Megazord is centre of the penultimate row, in front of the HUGE Pyramidas and to the left of the ThunderMegazord