‘Django Unchained’ Dolls Get Discontinued
By// Jessica Gaddis
The toy collection based off of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has been officially discontinued. Production of the dolls was stopped today by The Weinstein Company after public outrage put the company and the dolls under fire.
“We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone,” The Weinstein Co. said in a statement.
The fight to stop production of the dolls began as soon as news of their release went public. Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for a national boycott of the products and other organizations followed suit. A Change.org petition has since gathered over 19,000 signatures against the sale of the dolls. The toys caused polarized debates about their offensiveness with one side calling them “slave dolls” and the other calling them merely memorabilia.
As if the movie wasn’t controversial enough.
Reportedly, 1,000 dolls were made. Amazon.com has pre-sale listings for the action figures on their website. Prices are starting at $29.99 and reaching $800 and above. Each action figure stands approx 8″ tall, with western clothing, and weapons and accessories.
Django Unchained has become Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing movie, beating out both Inglorious Bastards and Pulp Fiction.