Peppa Pig theme park set for Legoland Florida Resort in 2022
(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A standalone Peppa Pig theme park is set to open next year at the Legoland Florida Resort, park officials announced Thursday. The new park, based on the popular preschool animated television series, will be located near the main Legoland theme park, but will be separately ticketed, according to a news release. Annual passes to the Peppa Pig theme park will be available as standalone memberships or multi-park passes that include the Legoland theme park and water park. The Peppa Pig theme park will feature rides, interactive attractions, themed playscapes, water play areas and live shows, officials said. The Peppa Pig theme park will be operated under a licensing agreement with Hasbro, which owns the character.
Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of
Potato Head is no longer a mister. Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. Potato Head characters will still live on and be sold in stores. “While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS.
Lego to ditch plastic bags for paper ones in its boxed sets
NEW YORK – Lego said Tuesday that it will stop using plastic bags inside its boxed sets and replace them with paper ones. The Danish toymaker said it will start making the switch next year and expects plastic bags to be completely phased out in the next five years. The bags are used to hold loose bricks in boxed sets. About 2% of its pieces, such as Lego trees and bushes, are made of sugar cane,Lego said kids wrote the company asking it to drop the plastic bags. The paper bags, which are recyclable, are easier for kids to open, the company said.
Hasbro recalling Nerf water blaster toys due to high levels of lead
SAN ANTONIO – If you bought a Hasbro Inc. water blaster toy for your kid this summer, you may want to make sure it hasn’t been recalled. Hasbro on Wednesday recalled the Nerf Super Soaker XP20 and the Nerf Super Soaker XP30 due to toxic material, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The sticker on the water tanks of the water guns “contain levels of lead in the ink that exceed the federal lead content ban,” the commission states. The XP20 is a green and orange hand-held water blaster that sold for $8, and the XP30 is orange and blue and sold for $13. Consumers should contact Hasbro for information on how to obtain a full refund.
Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A Trolls doll is being pulled off store shelves amid complaints it promotes child abuse. An online petition suggests the doll is “conditioning our children to think pedophilia is OK.”“This is not okay for a child’s toy! That it’s fun when someone touches your private area?”The petition is addressed to major retailers including Target, Walmart and Amazon. Some Facebook and Twitter users have shared videos of the doll that show where the button is placed and the sounds the doll makes when it is pushed. Many social media users who have posted videos also note that the doll’s packaging doesn’t indicate that there is such a button.
There is no place for racism in our game or anywhere else
The announcement was made in a Twitter post by the company, which said, There is no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else.The card has also been banned in any and all sanctioned tournament plays. For Wizards of the Coast, this meant removing the card from the Gatherer database and removing additional imagery associated with other cards in place of the following text: We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof.There is no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else. For Magic, our first step will be to start with this change today. Read here: https://t.co/inkf5jlb9D Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) June 10, 2020Wizards of the Coast added to its post, saying that it has started a review of every card printed. This first pass isn't meant to be an exhaustive catalogue of every problematic card in Magics history, and we will continue to take actions on similar cards in the future.
Baby Yoda toy production could be derailed by coronavirus
Coronavirus disruptions haven’t hurt production of Baby Yoda toys yet, according to industry expert Jim Silver, CEO of Toys, Tots, Pets & More, a toy industry review website. Disney chose to forgo manufacturing Baby Yoda toys until after the character made its first appearance on the show. Silver expects to see Baby Yoda toy production decline by 5% to 10% because of coronavirus, but said Hasbro is "close to being able to ship what they originally projected." The “Star Wars” showcase’s centerpiece was “The Child Animatronic Edition,” a $59.99 life-like version of Baby Yoda that moves and makes baby sounds just like the infant character. “It would affect production of Baby Yoda and just about every other toy that is made overseas,” Silver said.