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‘Django Unchained’ Dolls Stir up Controversy

Django Unchained Dolls
Django Unchained Dolls

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has spawned a series of action figures, available for purchase on Amazon, reports NBC News.

The sale of these six poseable, 8″ figures is causing controversy. The dolls, which feature clothes, weapons and accessories include Django and his wife Broomhilda, wicked slaveowner Calvin Candie and his equally evil slave, Stephen (played by Samuel L. Jackson). Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter, Dr. Schultz, also has a figure, and so does James Remar’s Butch.

EurWeb.com reports that Project Islamic Hope and “a coalition of African-American community leaders” are calling a press conference Tuesday to announce a boycott.

African-American film critic Tim Gordon told The Daily Beast he first thought the dolls were just memorabilia, but then grew concerned over the lack of reaction to dolls based on slaves and slavemasters. “People don’t speak up. People have gotten so — I don’t know if the word is ‘comfortable’ or ‘naive.’ We just want to go along to get along and it’s very frustrating.”

The existence of the dolls isn’t new news. The announcement that they would be released in conjunction with the movie was made last fall.

NECA, the company behind the dolls is excited to be working with another Tarantino movie (NECA also created action figures for Kill Bill). The company also states that the dolls are not made for playing with by young children. On Amazon the “Django” dolls are listed as being designed for ages 15-and-up. Other toys from the company include characters from Rambo, Carrie and Friday the 13th. But there are also dolls from movies geared to a teen audience, such as “Hunger Games” and “E.T.”