Tussaud's In Trouble

By Rob Last edited 164 months ago
Tussaud's In Trouble

Last week we asked the question 'What is going on with Madame Tussauds?', and now it seems there a few other people asking the same question.

We're thinking specifically of Switzerland-based toy manufacturer Living Picture, who are preparing to launch a £20 million lawsuit against the waxwork empire for "alleged misrepresentation and breach of contract".

Basically, Living Picture are claiming that Tussauds gave them the go-ahead to produce a range of "character-based products" (you know, classy items like candlesticks and cigarette lighters) based on the wawork look-a-likes.

Predictably, someone in the Tussauds legal team realised (slightly too late some would say) that some Hollywood stars might react a little badly to seeing their carefully groomed faces on cheap tourist souvenirs. And so they pulled the contract.

As Living Picture had already gone into production they're understandably a little peeved.

Tussauds have said that they will "vigorously defend" the case which is likely to come to trial in about nine months.

Last Updated 02 June 2005