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Django Unchained action figures have been discontinued due to complaints

Jan. 18, 2013by:

With only about 1000 dolls actually manufactured, The Weinstein Company has requested that NECA Toys, the manufacturer of the officially licensed DJANGO UNCHAINED action figures, to stop production and pull the toys from shelves. TMZ is reporting that several advocacy groups have found the idea of action figures of slaves and slave-owners to be in poor taste. The Weinsteins issued a statement saying "We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone," and that the toys were intended for those over 17.

Maybe I am one of the few who never thought DJANGO UNCHAINED would have a line of action figures to begin with, but I am also a person who would buy these for display, not for play. Almost all of Tarantino's movies have had toys or figures released for movie collectors to buy.  Regardless, I can understand why the concept of having these toys in existence would offend someone. A movie is one thing because it is a static creation that is being viewed. However, the idea of an action figure indicates it is designed to be played with and slavery is not exactly the kind of play setting you want kids to be involved in. I don't think these toys were ever intended for children, but the message it sends is clear.

The line of toys consists of white characters Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), and Butch Pooch (James Remar) as well as slave characters Django (Jamie Foxx), Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), and Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).  So, if you want one of these before they disappear forever, as of this article's posting Amazon.com still shows some in stock at the price of forty bucks while eBay already shows some going for as high as $300. Get 'em while they're hot!

Source: TMZ

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9:41AM on 01/21/2013

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Slave Owner Action Figure with Whipping Action!
Slave Owner Action Figure with Whipping Action!
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5:40AM on 01/21/2013
Does this mean all the Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader toys will be pulled, too? Or is slavery on other planets okay?
Does this mean all the Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader toys will be pulled, too? Or is slavery on other planets okay?
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5:20PM on 01/20/2013
I would play with them.
I would play with them.
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6:49AM on 01/20/2013
"Intended for people over 17" hahahahha. 40 year old virgin, anyone? Django is a guy movie, and What kind of a guy collects dolls?
"Intended for people over 17" hahahahha. 40 year old virgin, anyone? Django is a guy movie, and What kind of a guy collects dolls?
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6:09AM on 01/20/2013

Well really can't you just...

Customize your own figures. I mean look at the ones in the pic. They look like a lousy portrail of the character. I mean just make ur own. These figures don't look like it took long to make them.
Customize your own figures. I mean look at the ones in the pic. They look like a lousy portrail of the character. I mean just make ur own. These figures don't look like it took long to make them.
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6:59PM on 01/19/2013

Come On People!

Why is all the cool shit shot down! Seriously, I would love a Django toy. Thank you very fucking much advocacy groups. Shocking, this is the one time the Weinsteins do not need to apologize for anything!
Why is all the cool shit shot down! Seriously, I would love a Django toy. Thank you very fucking much advocacy groups. Shocking, this is the one time the Weinsteins do not need to apologize for anything!
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6:05PM on 01/19/2013

Full circle...

So far Left you've become Right. The Politically Correct have started dictating what is acceptable. Doesn't that go against what Liberalism stands for? One day meat and religion will be OUTLAWED.
Quinoa for ALL!
So far Left you've become Right. The Politically Correct have started dictating what is acceptable. Doesn't that go against what Liberalism stands for? One day meat and religion will be OUTLAWED.
Quinoa for ALL!
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4:47PM on 01/19/2013
Oh good god. People need to pull the stick out of their ass. What in the world would make people think these were made for kids? Because they're action figures? No one is going to buy one of these for their kids, and what kid would want to play with them anyway. It's ridiculous and people need to stop getting butt hurt about these kinds of things.
Oh good god. People need to pull the stick out of their ass. What in the world would make people think these were made for kids? Because they're action figures? No one is going to buy one of these for their kids, and what kid would want to play with them anyway. It's ridiculous and people need to stop getting butt hurt about these kinds of things.
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8:20AM on 01/19/2013
"However, the idea of an action figure indicates it is designed to be played with and slavery is not exactly the kind of play setting you want kids to be involved in. "
Let's be honest, these 'action figures' are not meant for kids (to play with). Nothing Neca, Sideshow, Hot Toys or Medicom produces are for kids (or playing), they are for adults who have the money to buy all these premium priced collectibles.
"However, the idea of an action figure indicates it is designed to be played with and slavery is not exactly the kind of play setting you want kids to be involved in. "
Let's be honest, these 'action figures' are not meant for kids (to play with). Nothing Neca, Sideshow, Hot Toys or Medicom produces are for kids (or playing), they are for adults who have the money to buy all these premium priced collectibles.
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2:54AM on 01/19/2013
Humanity has become nothing but a big fat whiny bitch. This planet deserves to be repopulated by a species that doesn't survive with a giant stick up its ass. Get over ourselves humanity.
Humanity has become nothing but a big fat whiny bitch. This planet deserves to be repopulated by a species that doesn't survive with a giant stick up its ass. Get over ourselves humanity.
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12:26AM on 01/19/2013

It's because it's a Black thing...

We can't have these because it's a black slave or slave owners. Just like all the posts say, there are a lot of different collectors toys, or even regular toys based on people or bad situations. Yet, NOTHING is said about those... It all comes back to the black thing... The Jews had the holocaust and they don't have their own "History" month. I'm not racist, I actually have a black fiance, but this is out of control... White guilt is RUINING our country.
We can't have these because it's a black slave or slave owners. Just like all the posts say, there are a lot of different collectors toys, or even regular toys based on people or bad situations. Yet, NOTHING is said about those... It all comes back to the black thing... The Jews had the holocaust and they don't have their own "History" month. I'm not racist, I actually have a black fiance, but this is out of control... White guilt is RUINING our country.
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12:25AM on 01/19/2013

It's because it's a Black thing...

We can't have these because it's a black slave or slave owners. Just like all the posts say, there are a lot of different collectors toys, or even regular toys based on people or bad situations. Yet, NOTHING is said about those... It all comes back to the black thing... The Jews had the holocaust and they don't have their own "History" month. I'm not racist, I actually have a black fiance, but this is out of control... White guilt is RUINING our country.
We can't have these because it's a black slave or slave owners. Just like all the posts say, there are a lot of different collectors toys, or even regular toys based on people or bad situations. Yet, NOTHING is said about those... It all comes back to the black thing... The Jews had the holocaust and they don't have their own "History" month. I'm not racist, I actually have a black fiance, but this is out of control... White guilt is RUINING our country.
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11:18PM on 01/18/2013

Great PR

Free publicity, the few figures that have been made become instantly massively valuable as collectibles, and it's not like there are any kiddies out there who have been deprived of a toy they were desperate for.

Smart move all round.
Free publicity, the few figures that have been made become instantly massively valuable as collectibles, and it's not like there are any kiddies out there who have been deprived of a toy they were desperate for.

Smart move all round.
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11:21PM on 01/18/2013
I'm sorry. All I did was hit 'refresh' on the page and it seems to have reposted my comment. If a JoBlo mod reads this, please delete one or the other. =/
I'm sorry. All I did was hit 'refresh' on the page and it seems to have reposted my comment. If a JoBlo mod reads this, please delete one or the other. =/
11:15PM on 01/18/2013

Great PR

Free publicity, the few figures that have been made become instantly massively valuable as collectibles, and it's not like there are any kiddies out there who have been deprived of a toy they were desperate for.

Smart move all round.
Free publicity, the few figures that have been made become instantly massively valuable as collectibles, and it's not like there are any kiddies out there who have been deprived of a toy they were desperate for.

Smart move all round.
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10:02PM on 01/18/2013
As something of a toy geek, I love it when movies get well-made tie-in toys. Django Unchained, as an R-rated film, is clearly not meant for kids; these toys are intended for an adult collector market. I think it's the same with toys based on horror movies like Friday the 13th or Saw. Tarantino movies have had a grand tradition of tie-in toys, Tarantino himself has action figures in his likeness (the Crazy 88 director from Kill Bill). It's really not a big deal, and a pity that the toys have to
As something of a toy geek, I love it when movies get well-made tie-in toys. Django Unchained, as an R-rated film, is clearly not meant for kids; these toys are intended for an adult collector market. I think it's the same with toys based on horror movies like Friday the 13th or Saw. Tarantino movies have had a grand tradition of tie-in toys, Tarantino himself has action figures in his likeness (the Crazy 88 director from Kill Bill). It's really not a big deal, and a pity that the toys have to be pulled.
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9:42PM on 01/18/2013

Well, shit...

Then let's ban Magneto action figures. I mean, it's pretty much trivializing the Holocaust, right?

Hippie liberal douches.
Then let's ban Magneto action figures. I mean, it's pretty much trivializing the Holocaust, right?

Hippie liberal douches.
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10:21PM on 01/18/2013
Good point but I doubt liberals are the ones banning these, probably butthurt conservatives if anything. Either way it's bullshit.
Good point but I doubt liberals are the ones banning these, probably butthurt conservatives if anything. Either way it's bullshit.
1:20AM on 01/21/2013
Well said !! How many films have we seen where the lead characters rise against the tyranny and odds of their own society or Country? Robin Hood, Conan, Braveheart and Mob films to name a few. The idea behind most movies will be to highlight the good guys vs the bad guys. Doesn't matter what colour or creed. It's this kind of narrow thinking that will hurt society in the long run.
Well said !! How many films have we seen where the lead characters rise against the tyranny and odds of their own society or Country? Robin Hood, Conan, Braveheart and Mob films to name a few. The idea behind most movies will be to highlight the good guys vs the bad guys. Doesn't matter what colour or creed. It's this kind of narrow thinking that will hurt society in the long run.
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9:19PM on 01/18/2013
And what about videogames that recreate WW2 and the Vietnam war? Or hell! What about Oregon Trail, one of the most brutal videogames for pre-teens! I'm sure there are one or two videogames that also recreate ancient Egyptian slavery (regardless of whether it existed or not). There are already a lot of toys and games that recreate real human suffering from world history.
I think the Django toys' potential customers are a hell of a lot more mature than are being given credit for.
And what about videogames that recreate WW2 and the Vietnam war? Or hell! What about Oregon Trail, one of the most brutal videogames for pre-teens! I'm sure there are one or two videogames that also recreate ancient Egyptian slavery (regardless of whether it existed or not). There are already a lot of toys and games that recreate real human suffering from world history.
I think the Django toys' potential customers are a hell of a lot more mature than are being given credit for.
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8:32PM on 01/18/2013
Bunch of whiny little shits.
Bunch of whiny little shits.
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8:25PM on 01/18/2013

And we die a bit more

Well there goes political correctness again....sigh.
Thank god I grew up when you could still play with toys and use your imagination and make them anything you wanted. Just because I had a GI Joe did not mean he was an all American good guy each time I played with him. Pretty soon you won't be able to do anything in this country unless it goes through the ethics and censorship committee.
They are freakin dolls, if you don't want one don't buy one its not like they are being forced down your
Well there goes political correctness again....sigh.
Thank god I grew up when you could still play with toys and use your imagination and make them anything you wanted. Just because I had a GI Joe did not mean he was an all American good guy each time I played with him. Pretty soon you won't be able to do anything in this country unless it goes through the ethics and censorship committee.
They are freakin dolls, if you don't want one don't buy one its not like they are being forced down your throat. And even if they were isn't an escaped slave taking revenge on his evil white masters a good thing for today's politically correct?
We are lucky Quentin can even get his movies made, give it a decade it will be nothing but Rom-Coms.
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7:57PM on 01/18/2013
This sucks. Would have totally have bought one if they weren't so much money.
This sucks. Would have totally have bought one if they weren't so much money.
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7:20PM on 01/18/2013
The real reason was too many people complained about the Django doll not being anatomically correct
The real reason was too many people complained about the Django doll not being anatomically correct
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7:03PM on 01/18/2013
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6:25PM on 01/18/2013

Well, fuck...

..now I'm gonna have to pay over a thousand dollars for one on eBay!
..now I'm gonna have to pay over a thousand dollars for one on eBay!
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6:13PM on 01/18/2013
And yet, on a daily basis, for several decades now, toy WW2 soldiers, toy cowboys, and toy native americans have been produced for small children to play with.
This Django toy cancellation is an overreaction.
And yet, on a daily basis, for several decades now, toy WW2 soldiers, toy cowboys, and toy native americans have been produced for small children to play with.
This Django toy cancellation is an overreaction.
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9:01PM on 01/18/2013
Seriously!
Seriously!
11:39PM on 01/18/2013
And Disney's "Pocahontas" continues to be sold freely...
And Disney's "Pocahontas" continues to be sold freely...
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6:08PM on 01/18/2013
They're just action figures, for crying out loud.
They're just action figures, for crying out loud.
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