January 17, 2012
Creator Of Steve Jobs Action Figure Refrains From Selling Iconic Doll
It appears that In Icons, a Chinese doll manufacturer who was determined to sell a Steve Jobs action figure has had a change of heart and will not be selling the 12-inch tall highly-poseable replica of Apple´s iconic founder.
In a statement on its website, In Icons explains the decision, “Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.”
“We understand that this decision will cause many of the fans´ disappointment, but please forgive us as there is no other alternative unless to have the blessing from Steve Jobs family,” it concluded.
The doll was seen on In Icon´s website wearing Job´s signature black turtle neck, circular rimless glasses and blue jeans. It was to come complete with a pair of black socks, a chair, a backdrop that says “One More Thing” and two apples – one with a bite.
The figurine had been on sale for $99 on the company´s website, and examples were seen available on eBay for $135. Customers who were awaiting orders were promised full refunds, reports Amy Willis for The Daily Telegraph.
The decision to refrain from selling more Jobs dolls may not have been entirely compassion-driven. Apple´s lawyers sent a letter to the manufacturer earlier this month warning that any toy resembling the technology company´s logo, person´s name, appearance or likeness of its products would be a criminal offense.
Apple´s deep legal pockets should cause any violator to think twice about crossing the Cupertino gadget maker. Various other companies have attempted to cash in on the fascination with Steve Jobs and all previous dolls, bobble-heads and figurines have been quickly removed from the marketplace.
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