Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
May 19, 1999

Is Hasbro a Has Been?
Hasbro price (5/18/99): $31 3/8

Why is everyone lining up at the movie theaters today? The Austin Powers sequel doesn't open for another month? Well, if it isn't the crowds chanting for another Pauly Shore film marathon, it has to be that The Phantom Menace has arrived.

With Hasbro stocking toy-store shelves with Star Wars playthings, is the country's number two toymaker a good investment? Rick Munarriz (TMF Edible) thinks the company is clueless, while Louis Corrigan (TMF Seymor) points out that's not the case -- the company does, in fact, put out the Clue board game. So, roll the die, your Duel is about to begin.

Who gets your double-word Scrabble score? Your tiles. Your vote. And, when you're done, don't miss this week's Duel Flashback, where we put Merck (NYSE: MRK) back to work.

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
A great consumer company is built, in part, on great consumer brands. How about Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Tonka, G.I. Joe, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Nerf, Mr. Potato Head, and Barney?
Continue...
The Bear...
Today, names like Queen Amidala and Darth Maul will become household words. Tomorrow, they will rule toy wish lists.
Continue...

Results for last week's Best Buy Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind

2%

TMF Parlay's Bull argument

54%

TMF RFK's Bear argument

31%

They were both excellent

10%

They were both lame

2%