In a new development to our aforementioned Django Unchained action figures article. a recent AP story reports that the controversial figures will be “discontinued.” Since they’ve already been produced, we’re not sure if that means they’ll be removed from shelves and destroyed, recalled from retailers, or simply not made again in the future. It’s hard to determine what, if any impact, this will have on sales of the toy line. According to the AP article:
“The Weinstein Co. has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of ‘Django Unchained’ action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive. ‘Django Unchained’ is a violent mix of spaghetti Western and blaxploitation genres about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a bounty hunter. Civil rights groups argued that the toys trivialized the horrors of slavery. Toy maker NECA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
So. There you have it. Whether you support the decision or not, imagine if you were one of the toy’s creators; one of the graphic artists, sculptors, costume designers or publicists who worked (probably for many months at least) on producing the line. How would you be feeling about now? Confused? Embarrassed? Outraged?
Does your connection with a toy line that’s been publicly defamed as “offensive and trivializing” forever mark you with a scarlet ST for being a “slavery trivializer?” Will all your hard work end up in the “ash bin of toy history?” Or, will the Django line become even MORE famous and collectible due to its impending rarity? While you ponder those questions, enjoy watching this (silly) short video…