Django Update: Figures To Be “Discontinued”

Already sold out in many parts of the U.S., the controversial Django Unchained action figures will soon be even harder to find since they have now been officially "discontinued" by their manufacturer. (Photo NCEA)

Already sold out in many parts of the U.S., the controversial Django Unchained action figures will soon be even harder to find since being officially “discontinued” by the manufacturer. (Photo NECA)

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.”

Don't worry. There's always the next Tarantino toy line to look forward to! (Photo: Frontrowfuture)

Don’t worry! There’s always the next Tarantino toy line to look forward to! (Photo: Frontrowfuture)

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…

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2 thoughts on “Django Update: Figures To Be “Discontinued”

  1. kneonknight says:

    I had absolutely no interest in these figures because they were in the 8″ format. Now, I think I might just buy as many as I can if only to piss off certain thin-skinned, “politically correct” jerks.

    Sorry, folks, but if you find the movie offensive, you have every right not to watch it and not to buy any of the licensed merchandise. You do not, however, have the right to force others to abide by your decision, and, in spite of what you might think, you most certainly do not have the right to NOT be offended. Trust me, I’ve read the entire Constitution of the United States several times, and I have not found that particular clause anywhere. Being offended is a personal decision, not an inborn trait or reflex. In other words, the individual decides what he or she finds offensive, and, as with all decisions, the individual can be influenced by logic, upbringing, peer pressure, emotion, financial gain, or whoever happens to be yelling the loudest at the moment. I believe that logic had nothing to do with this “outcry”.

  2. kneonknight says:

    Addendum: YouTube was being wonky when I tried to watch the clip, but apparently the general consensus among the people interviewd was “it’s just a movie, it’s just a doll”.

    I’m offended. They’re Action Figures, dammit! 😉

    And now I’m off for a kitbash session. I definitely need a “Human Centipede” in my collection.

    (For those of you who don’t know what a “Human Centipede” is, this is one of those times when ignorance is definitely bliss. You have been warned.)

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