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OTO (not OTOYS) 28 Nov 2018 13:37 #9146

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Regarding the OTOYS and Giochi Preziosi FAQ , I'm absolutely sure that the real name of the company in OTO. OTOYS was just a way to design "toys" coming from OTO S.P.A.

The company data can still be retrieved from the Italian companies registry , searching for "OTO S.P.A".

An extended historical dossier is available, but under a paywall (11 EUR).

I'm willing to retrieve these data, and update the above FAQ, if interested let me know.
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OTO (not OTOYS) 28 Nov 2018 13:48 #9147

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Hi and welcome here

Thanks a lot for your interesting information.

It would be great if you could get the historical dossier! Of course I then will pay you the EUR 11 back.

Edit: I see I can get it as well there, everything is in English :-)

I will get it, so no need for you to pay.

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OTO (not OTOYS) 28 Nov 2018 14:20 #9148

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Good, thanks for the quick answer here. I retrieved the report already, and don't worry at all about any payment :-)... The report is restricted, and cannot be shared electronically directly. I will transfer all the relevant information here.

The founder of OTO is Oreste Tomasini, born in Padova on the 5th of February 1928.

I will copy other relevant information in this thread. Hopefully I also found him...
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OTO (not OTOYS) 28 Nov 2018 14:36 #9149

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Great! Thank you very much!

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OTO (not OTOYS) 28 Nov 2018 15:07 #9150

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OTO S.P.A. was an Italian joint-stock company founded on the 18th of March 1970, by Oreste Tomasini (born in Padova on the 5th of February 1928), which was also its main stockholder, and terminated on the 4th of July 1997.

The name of the company most probably came from the initial letters of the name and surname of its founder.

The company objectives were the "production, purchase, sale, import, export and trade, at wholesale, retail and for correspondence, in Italy and abroad, in own or using third parties (also as a representative with or without a warehouse), of articles and industrial, commercial or promotional products, with particular regards to gift, stationery and office items, smoking and writing articles, greetings tickets, perfumes, trinkets, frames, ceramics etc.".

In the early '80s, OTO was the first company to import in Italy Nintendo products, with the Game & Watch series, localizing the manuals. They where also providing a service precursor of the Nintendo Club, in the form of the OTO Club. Members of this club were allowed to exchange their Game & watch with an equivalent used one. More details, and the list of available games where published in the Italian most common journals for kids ( Topolino and il Corriere dei Piccoli ).

OTO headquarters were located in Rome, in Largo Domenico De Dominicis 7 (largo stands for a large crescent-shaped road), close to their warehouse (in Di Portonaccio 35, 37 and 37-A street). The company had also customer support service offices in Milano (in Giulio Uberti 4 street) and Ranica (a small town in Bergamo province).
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OTO (not OTOYS) 29 Nov 2018 08:57 #9151

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Hi

Thank you very much for your work and for sharing this!

I have updated the OTO FAQ English. Will update the German version soon, too.

Thanks again!

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OTO (not OTOYS) 08 Mai 2019 23:49 #9203

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Hello,

It's me again :-). Thanks for your mention in the update.

I've noticed that in the English version the photo of the OTO offices is not aligned with its caption anymore.

I've found a couple OTO advertise published in some old Topolino journals, and their rules for the OTO club G&W exchange program.

Regarding Giochi Preziosi instead, I would like to signal their TV spot:




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OTO (not OTOYS) 09 Mai 2019 09:41 #9204

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Retropotenza schrieb: I've noticed that in the English version the photo of the OTO offices is not aligned with its caption anymore.


I have fixed this, thanks for reporting.

And also thanks a lot for providing the video and the advertisings. :ok2:

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