The Trump Duck on the Yarto stand at Spring Fair caused uproar when one visitor threatened to burn it!
Yarto managing director Michael Grant said the mystery trade show attendee “wasn’t even American but got very angry indeed.
“We’ve had a mixed reaction to the duck, but most people have a good laugh when they see it and whether they love Trump or hate him, they still want to buy it.”
The appearance of the character bath duck, inspired by US president Donald Trump, sparked “a lot of interesting political debate” on the Yarto stand (Hall 4 G01).
In the UK it is sold as part of the Yarto Bath Ducks range under the banner, ‘Make America Quack Again’, while in the US it will be supported by the message, ’Make America Trump Again’.
Michael added: “I dreamed up the idea when Trump was campaigning for the presidency as I thought he would characterise quite well.
“It’s designed in-house and as soon as Trump was elected, we tooled it up as fast as we could and got out the prototype. After having lots of pre-sales, we’ve sold loads at the show.”
Is he worried about the reaction of American buyers when he takes the Trump Duck to a US trade show in the spring? “Not really. I’m sure that most people will find it funny,” he says, before adding with a smile: “But I will take the precaution of wearing a bullet-proof vest!”
The Yarto Group is comprised of product-development and trade companies across the world, specialising in giftware. Tomorrow (Thursday February 9) is the last day of the Spring Fair, which has been running at the NEC in Birmingham since Sunday (February 5).