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Seth Owen
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According to AP Toy maker Mattel Inc. said Friday it bought Sekkoia SAS, which makes board game Blokus, for undisclosed financial terms.
In a separate transaction, Mattel also acquired the rights to the Whac-A-Mole game from Bob’s Space Racers Inc.
Financial terms of that transaction were not disclosed as well.
Mattel’s purchase of Sekkoia includes Blokus Trigon, Blokus 3D, Blokus Duo, and Blokus Giant.

I wonder if Mattel is going to make a run at challenging Hasbro's dominance in the boardgame sector.

From my blog at http://pawnderings.blogspot.com
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Lindsey Dubb
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Along with their purchase of Apples to Apples, it looks like they're at least trying to improve their game selection a bit.
 
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Expect price and customer service to both drop...
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Brian Newman
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Does this mean we're going to see Barbie Blokus?
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Blackberry wrote:
Does this mean we're going to see Barbie Blokus?


I'm holding out for Hot Wheels Blokus.
 
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aramis wrote:
Expect price and customer service to both drop...


I think you're only half right. Unfortunately, I don't think it's the price part.....
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wargamer55 wrote:

Mattel’s purchase of Sekkoia includes Blokus Trigon, Blokus 3D, Blokus Duo, and Blokus Giant.[/i]


Mattel versions of Blokus 3D and Blokus Duo are available at my FLGS.
Blokus Duo is the same as Travel Blokus.
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Wonder if the components are the same or if they managed to find a way to make those cheaper.
 
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ekimmel wrote:
Wonder if the components are the same or if they managed to find a way to make those cheaper.


If there was a way to make them cheaper, you can be sure they did.
 
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scoutmom wrote:
ekimmel wrote:
Wonder if the components are the same or if they managed to find a way to make those cheaper.


If there was a way to make them cheaper, you can be sure they did.


Did anyone ever figure out if the components are cheaper? I've got an unopened copy that I bought on the way to our summer vacation. My wife had forgotten (yeah, right) to pack the games. So I made an emergency stop at Target. Lo, the Mattel version. I picked it up. But we never got a chance to play. So, does anyone know if the components are as good before I trade it?
 
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Randy Kilpatrick
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I have the Divisible by Zero version at home but my parents just bought the new Mattel version.

At first I thought their version looked a bit inferior until I compared it with mine and they're both virtually the same. The only difference seems to be the removal of the awards on the box and a slightly re-designed cover. But the board, pieces and rule sheet are exactly the same.

They did, however, remove the useless triangle containers and created a cardboard partition in the center in which the pieces sit in zip-locked bags (yes that's right, they now provide the zip-locked bags for you!!).

So it looks like it's still being made in the same place in China... for now...
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