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Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc.
Industry Consumer electronics, video game
Fate Closed, properties and brand name sold.
Founded 1954
Defunct 1998 (as a toy company)
Products video games, consumer electronics

Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. was a toy company headquartered in South San Francisco, California.[1] Best known for creating Micro Machines and distributing the Game Genie in the United States, Galoob was founded by Barbara Frankel and Lewis Galoob in 1954 as an import business. Before it was purchased by Hasbro in 1999, it was the third largest toymaker in the United States.[2] On September 28, 1998, Hasbro announced that it was buying Galoob for $220 million.[3]

Galoob was involved in a landmark intellectual property lawsuit, Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc.,[4] over the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the Game Genie. Nintendo charged that the Game Genie violated copyright by creating an unlicensed derivative of their copyrighted games. Galoob won the lawsuit and continued to produce the Game Genie.

Despite no longer being a company, the Galoob brand name continued to appear on retail products starting in 2005. Hasbro put Galoob's logo on its Titanium Series die-cast metal collectibles, including various items from Transformers, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica.

Franchises licensed to Galoob for merchandising[edit]


  1. ^ "Feedback." Galoob. February 13, 1998. Retrieved on April 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Tonka Predicts Large Losses, Explores Sale : Retailing: The nation's third-largest toy maker is burdened with huge debt from its purchase of Kenner Parker Toys. - Los Angeles Times". 1987-09-04. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  3. ^ Fost, Dan. "Hasbro Adds Galoob to Its Toy Chest." San Francisco Chronicle. Tuesday September 29, 1998. Retrieved on April 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc.,964 F.2d 965; 1992 U.S. App. LEXIS 11266; 22 U.S.P.Q.2D (1992) online copy
  5. ^ "Toy Makers Win Rights to 'Star Wars'". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 

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