The Weinstein Company Discontinues 'Django Unchained' Toys Following Protests

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by Charlie Schmidlin
January 21, 2013 11:19 AM
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Toy company NECA has been no stranger to darker or violent attributes when it comes to their lines of film-related figurines, having drawn content from “Sin City,” “The Evil Dead” and, most extensively, the filmography of Quentin Tarantino. With the director's highest grossing film, “Django Unchained,” it looked like stellar business was in store for the toy company, but now NECA -- and The Weinstein Company -- have been served with the type of controversy wafting off the spaghetti western itself.

The Weinsteins have just announced plans to discontinue their line of “Django Unchained” figurines after a flood of protests objected to NECA's supposed commercialization of slavery, which -- in the words of Change.org's petition -- “makes a mockery of our ancestors' bloodshed, strife, pain and suffering." As with all of their figures licensed from R-rated films, NECA advised its toy likenesses of Django, Broomhilda, Stephen, and others for ages 17+, and likewise aimed squarely at film memorabilia collectors.

Still, a glimpse of those dedicated fans' collections would likely produce NECA's “Inglorious Basterds” toys, which included Aldo Raine and Hans Landa figurines, and passed without much comment or uproar upon their release. However, a much fiercer debate has arrived with “Django Unchained” that shines a piercing spotlight on its every move, and when a toy renders a superhero slave/master context shrunk down to mantle pieces, there's bound to be some kerfuffle.

The figures are currently selling upwards of $300 on Ebay, so if you want to get in on the controversy, it'll take a pretty penny. One thing's for sure though -- if Tarantino does get around to making his WWII 'Basterds' spinoff,Killer Crow,” a more carefully prepared merchandising approach by the Weinsteins is bound to accompany it. Take a last look at the toys below before they're gone. [Vulture]

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9 Comments

  • Tonyt2000 | January 21, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    Making collectible action figures from popular films these days is absolutely nothing new, and "Django Unchained" was a given, considering the popularity of said collectibles. The toys were never, ever intended to be sold to children, and were based on THE FILM, which dealt with, among other things, SLAVERY. They were not manufactured to offend. All the publicity and fake indignation has only served to exploit the figures' notoriety and rarity and they've skyrocketed in price. They would have easily faded from memory if everyone had unbound their britches and left it alone.

  • cirkusfolk | January 21, 2013 1:28 PMReply

    Apparently only 1000 of the figures made it off the production line, and a full set is listed for 30 thousand dollars right now on Amazon.

  • SHILLOUT | January 21, 2013 4:40 PM

    ...and good thing I used the wrong "whose".

  • SHILLOUT | January 21, 2013 4:39 PM

    Good thing you posted that 3 times. Makes me think I know who's listing that is??? :p

  • cirkusfolk | January 21, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Apparently only 1000 of the figures made it off the production line, and a full set is listed for 30 thousand dollars right now on Amazon.

  • cirkusfolk | January 21, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Apparently only 1000 of the figures made it off the production line, and a full set is listed for 30 thousand dollars right now on Amazon.

  • DISGUSTING | January 21, 2013 11:42 AMReply

    This is one of the most disgusting and disgraceful things that the Weinsteins can ever do. The film was based upon slavery so let's make dolls too?!! I'm speechless.

  • Yod | January 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    Want some tissues?

  • Bla | January 21, 2013 2:23 PM

    And how exactly is it any different from when they made dolls of characters who participated in the extermination of millions of Jews, Gypsies, mentally handicapped and various other "undesirables"?

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