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Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. was a toy company headquartered in South San Francisco, California. 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. On September 28, 1998, Hasbro announced that it was buying Galoob for $220 million.
Galoob was involved in a landmark intellectual property lawsuit, Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc., 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.
- Galoob.com (Archive)