Takara Co., Ltd was a Japanese company founded in 1955. Tomy is a large Japanese toy company founded in 1924 as Tomiyama. The name changed to Tomy in 1963. Takara and Tomy merged in 2006 and are now known as Takara Tomy, in other countries just as Tomy. In 2011 they acquired Ertl and with it Britains Ltd.