- Jan 17, 2020
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Bandai Namco surprises us with yet another Nano. After the R2-D2 Tamagotchi, the Toy Story Tamagotchi, and the Kingdom Hearts Tamagotchi, we'd expect Disney to be the primary, if not the sole, source of western Nano themes. Well, we were just proven wrong, as yesterday came the announcement of the Jurassic World Tamagotchi, based on the Jurassic Park franchise from NBCUniversal, the company that directly competes with Disney in both the movie and the theme park businesses.
I've been told and am well aware of how licensing works, which in this context isn't limited to one specific licensor, but I still can't resist making a joke about how Bandai Namco could potentially be cheating on Disney. Either that, or both they and Nintendo are master-minds at getting both Disney and Universal to work with them with minimal cross-contamination; Bandai Namco with a Universal Nano after 3 Disney Nanos and Nintendo for having a Mario theme park at Universal Studios and recruiting Illumination for a Mario movie while also getting Kingdom Hearts' Sora in Smash Bros. Ultimate.
I also know that this doesn't mean a complete dub of the Tamagotchi anime will be coming to Universal Kids or Peacock (as much as I wish that would happen) because toys & collectibles are a different business from visual content.
One thing I will say, though, is that Digimon would've been PERFECT for this. I've said a handful of times that even though some Nano themes like Sanrio, Pac-Man, and Disney blend in with Tamagotchi well, others such as Demon Slayer, Evangelion, Fate/Extella, Kamen Rider, Jujustu Kaisen, and now Jurassic Park would blend in better with Digimon.
I also believe that this has a good chance of coming to the west, even though Mattel has the master toy license for Jurassic Park, just like how the R2-D2 Tamagotchi came to the west despite Hasbro having the master toy license for Star Wars, because I've been told that even though the master toy licenses are held by those respective companies, other companies like Bandai Namco are able to release toys based on them as well, albeit on a smaller scale. After all, it is seemingly a good business practice on the licensor's end, as they receive money from multiple licensees.