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Hasbro will start phasing out plastic packaging next year in mission to eliminate by 2022

Hasbro has detailed its plans to begin phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs from 2020. The move will be part one of Hasbro’s ambition to eliminate ‘virtually all’ plastic packaging for new products by the end …

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Zuru brings lawsuit to MGA Entertainment over surprise collectables scrap

Zuru has filed a lawsuit seeking damages against MGA Entertainment in a complaint that challenges the LOL Surprise maker’s efforts to eliminate healthy competition in the surprise blind-boxed collectables sector. The lawsuit is in reference to what Zuru and its wholly owned subsidiaries Creative Impact state is MGA’s attempt to …

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Hasbro rolls its TerraCycle toy recycling programme out to France and Germany

Hasbro has expanded its toy and game recycling programme, in which used toys are turned into materials for play spaces, plant pots and park benches, to France and Germany with further plans to launch in Brazil later this year. The move marks an extension of its ongoing partnership with TerraCycle, …

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Dunecraft recalls entire range of toy balls that expand in water over choking fears

A trio of expandable toy balls that can enlarge to up to 200 times their original size when placed in water, have been removed from Amazon over fears of choking came to light. The US-based company Dunecraft is recalling all of its Spider Balls, Water Marbles, ad Glow in the …

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Toys taken off tariff table until December as US revises its taxation approach

In yet another development for the dramatic trade war between China and the US, a delay has been placed on a second tier of tariffs caught up within Trump’s fourth tranche of taxation on Chinese goods, exempting toys until at least December 15 this year. The Office of the United …

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Wynne-Jones IP to tackle industry’s copycat issues with Code of Conduct launch

At next month’s Toy and Game Design Conference, Victor Caddy – trademark and design attorney and partner at Wynne-Jones IP – will be unveiling a ‘Code of Conduct’ initiative aimed at tackling the issue of copycat product in the industry. To be clear, a copycat product in this sense is …

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MGA issues warning to world’s counterfeiters after factory raid seizes 20,000 knock-off toys in China

MGA Entertainment has issued a warning to counterfeiters of the toymaker’s portfolio of products and the retailers that stock them, redoubling its efforts to bring the lawbreakers to justice. The announcement was made by the company’s CEO, Isaac Larian, following a raid on a Chinese toy factory during which a …

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Steve Pasierb: “We must hold back the relentless tide of counterfeit toys”

They threaten the health and safety of children and undermine our industry’s innovation, reputation, and commitment to safety. I’m speaking, of course, about the relentless tide of counterfeit toys overwhelmingly flowing from rogue factories and sellers in China, but not limited to that nation. Infringing products are a significant and …

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Trump’s 10 per cent tax on $300bn of China goods (including toys) to begin September

Almost as abruptly as it was taken off the table one month ago, US President Donald Trump has announced that the threatened next round of tariffs will come into effect on goods shipped from China by September 1. It was only a matter of weeks ago that the industry’s concerns …

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Zuru embarks on sustainability mission with TerraCycle partnership

Zuru has become the latest toy manufacturer to face the topic of sustainability head on, securing an alliance with TerraCycle to introduce a new recycling programme for its Bunch O Balloons product line. The new partnership will encourage consumers to think green and recycle all of their used balloon plastics …

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