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Old February 10 2013, 05:27 AM   #2224
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Re: The Action Figure and Toy Collecting and Discussion Thread!

I just learned something interesting about light-up Star Wars figures like the Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Darth Vader we saw in the Movie Heroes line in 2012. They have nonreplaceable batteries that will eventually go bad and corrode the internal circuitry of the figures, which is now something that runs counter to European Union regulations regarding removable batteries in consumer devices. EU countries now require all such devices and toys that contain batteries to have a way to remove and replace them, whereas the United States at present does not have such a regulation on the books.

Unless Hasbro changes its standard operating procedure with light-up figures and makes the batteries replaceable that means only the United States and other non-European countries such as Canada will be able to sell them on their domestic store pegs. The company might have to make light-up characters U.S. or non-European exclusives to avoid breaking EU law. That, or make removable battery figures for Europe and non-removable battery figures for much of the rest of the world.

The things you learn about the European Union reading about Toy Fair.
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