One of the more disappointing news stories that came out of this past week was about Disney not only cancelling the Infinity line of games and toys, but leaving game development entirely. The news was surprising given how well-received the toys-to-life games have been for the past few years. Now that the series is over and the dust has started settling, new details are emerging concerning the cancellation, including the fact that a line of 12-inch figures were in the works.According to Kotaku, Disney was getting ready to release 12-inch versions of characters like Buzz Lightyear, Elsa, Hulk, Hulkbuster, Jack Skellington, and Darth Vader. Given their size, the figures were going to be more detailed than their smaller counterparts. They also would have lit up and acted differently in-game. People wouldn’t have had to wait long for these figures either, since they were planned to be released this fall for $45 each.We also learned that the reason for the cancellation of the series had little to do with the video games and more with the toys associated with the franchise. Given the shortage of toys for Disney Infinity 1.0, Disney decided to manufacture a greater number for Infinity 2.0. The problem was that they were then faced with an overabundance of unsold toys. Sources say that the company created two million figures based on The Hulk, but only ended up selling one million figures. Sources also say that figures for lesser-known characters like Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy failed to sell.AdChoices广告The report also talks about what the plans were for Disney Infinity 4.0, which would have been released in 2017. The game was set to include characters from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Cars 3, as well as a story mode that would have combined characters from the Star Wars, Disney, and Marvel universes.It’s a shame that we’ll never see any of this come to fruition.
The development organization Hivos, headquartered in the Netherlands, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – and events marking the milestone in Costa Rica showcased how the organization puts people at the center of its work.Hivos’ mission statement, “People unlimited,” underlines the organization’s work in women’s rights, sustainability, diversity and more. Anchored in the belief that every person has the capability to move forward, Hivos works to promote the rights of every individual; working for equality in every field, the organization’s message is that no limits should be placed on people based on sexual orientation, skin color, social class, gender or any other characteristic.“Hivos is an organization that always tries to innovate for a social change,” said Myrtille Danse, Hivos Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, at an anniversary event last week. (Photo courtesy of Hivos América Latina)In honor of its 50-year anniversary, Hivos decided to give out presents instead of receiving them, inviting people to a series of events to encourage social change. On Aug. 24, Hivos invited people from various companies in Costa Rica to a discussion about human rights within business structures.Danse described the challenges that can face companies seeking to play an active part in promoting human rights.“It is not easy for big companies to position themselves within topics the society strongly believes in,” she said, adding that picking a side and stepping forward for specific causes makes them very vulnerable. Facebook Comments Related posts:Fundraising dinner to honor Christiana Figueres, Steve Aronson Transgender Costa Ricans fight discrimination over name-change rights Costa Rica a step closer to ratifying Inter-American Convention against Racism It’s a bug’s life: Protecting Costa Rica’s buggy biodiversity However, she emphasized that every company plays a part in forming the values of society and therefore holds a certain responsibility regarding human rights.“We all can have a negative impact within the social system, and we all can have a positive impact,” says Danse, addressing a room full of business leaders. The event “Human Rights and Companies: The Future of Sustainable Business” featured panelists including, from left to right, Andrea Robles Jirón (Lafarge Holcim), Peter-Derrek Hof (ambassador of the Netherlands), Lorena Gonzalez (EEGSA) and Silvia Gamboa (APM Terminals). Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico TimesTo present different strategies for working toward more active participation in human rights, Hivos invited its representatives from Ecuador, Bolivia, and Guatemala, as well as Ambassador of the Netherlands in Costa Rica Peter-Derrek Hof, to participate in the event. All of them shared best practices with those in attendance.Hivos wants to start small, initiating small-scale efforts within 10 companies in Latin American countries including Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, to raise awareness of human rights issues.Another important part of making a change is to remember the changes already made throughout history: to remind the people of the achievements and progresses in Central America, Hivos is launching an interactive exposition entitled Aquí se recuerda (Here We Remember) at the Centro de Cine in Costa Rica, Aug. 30- Sept. 17 (Monday through Friday, 8 am-4 pm). Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.
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