Law & Politics

Hasbro to launch ‘stay at home’ product range as CEO Goldner reports ‘surge in demand for toys and games’

Hasbro has seen a surge in demand for toys and games amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s CEO Brian Goldner has told CNBC. The company boss has cited a ‘great demand’ in its products, underlining that “in fact, our supply chains are back up and running in China.” Shares of …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show cancelled over coronavirus outbreak advice

The Independent Toy and Gift Show, scheduled to have taken place on April 21 to 22 has been cancelled due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak, the show’s organisers confirmed this morning. The move to cancel the show follows the latest Government advice surrounding travel, public gatherings, and social distancing issued …

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UK Games Expo postponed to August dates following Government advice on COVID-19

The directors of UK Games Expo have decided to postpone the 2020 event scheduled to take place this May to the later date of August, Friday 21 to Sunday 23rd. The move has been made in light of the latest Government advice surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. The show is to …

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Zuru Group wins lawsuit against MGA Entertainment over 5 Surprise

Zuru Group has won the case it brought against MGA Entertainment that challenged the toymaker’s efforts to ‘eliminate healthy competition in the toy industry,’ when the two went head to head over the design of Zuru’s 5 Surprise and MGA’s LOL Surprise toy lines.  Filed in August 2019, the lawsuit …

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McDonald’s to remove plastic toys from Happy Meals by 2021

McDonald’s has joined the fight against plastic waste having detailed plans to remove plastic toys from its Happy Meals from 2021. In a press release, the company stated that from next year every Happy Meal in the UK will include either a soft toy, a paper-based toy or a book, …

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Licensing Expo postponed until August for “time to regroup and protect the health of the community”

Licensing Expo, which was originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 11-13, a move that has been forced owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made and detailed at the end of last, as a result …

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Opinion: Is the Wild West about to be tamed? – Fanattik’s Anthony Marks

Anthony Marks is MD of Fanattik a pop culture specialist, a gifts and collectibles licensee for 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures. He talks us through why the days of the Comic Con counterfeiter may just be numbered As a self-confessed geek I have no problem admitting that I have …

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Opinion: International trust and how to keep our young consumers onside – Trudi Bishop

In my on-going battle against plastic waste, I have previously written that it was time for brands to be more public about the actions they’re taking to be more sustainable. Consumers aren’t looking for perfection, but they are looking for action. Action by brands leads to increased trust and loyalty. …

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Government to introduce tax on plastics in packaging in new Budget to ‘tackle scourge of plastic waste’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has outlined the government’s plans to increase taxes on pollution, with the introduction of a new tax on plastic packaging. From April 2022, manufacturers and importers will be charged £200 per tonne on packaging made of anything less than 30 per cent recycled …

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