DJANGO UNCHAINED Action Figures Discontinued, Deemed As Offensive

Are these Django Unchained dolls offensive? Do they trivialise the horrors of slavery? After advocacy groups, lead by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network spoke out against the action figures, the Weinstein Company ask the toymaker (NECA) to halt production.

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TMZ is reporting that toymaker, National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA), has discontinued production on their Django Unchained toyline upon the request of the film's producers, the Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company has come under fire about the action figures by advocacy groups, like Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope. They argued that the toys trivialized the horrors of slavery.

The eight-inch pose-able action figures come with tailored clothing, weaponry, and accessories. There are a total of six figures in the toyline with the likeness of actors: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz. Clearly the most "offensive" of the figures being the depiction of Samuel L. Jackson's Stephen and Kerry Washington's Broomhilda Von Shaft, who portray slaves in the film.

TMZ also learned that only 1,000 dolls were created before production was shutdown. Which means? You better go and scoop up these dolls because with a limited supply and the film's popularity they will surely go up in value. Hey don't blame me, that's just good common sense.

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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade.



DJANGO UNCHAINED was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Currently playing at your local theater!

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J0RELLC00LJ - 1/18/2013, 3:07 PM
What! NECA please!
BlueDemon - 1/18/2013, 3:08 PM
$$$$ Cha-Ching for whoever bought them
Jollem - 1/18/2013, 3:09 PM
i just think it's kinda odd that this movie has mego dolls
scarecrow007 - 1/18/2013, 3:10 PM
NECA has made some better looking dolls than this. Still might get this though.
RorMachine - 1/18/2013, 3:12 PM
Such a load of rubbish. They are fictional characters from a movie based around a real - albeit shameful and disgusting - time in history. Should we take all Magneto figures off the shelves because Eric Lensherr was a Holocaust survivor?
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/18/2013, 3:13 PM
........
Jerec350 - 1/18/2013, 3:13 PM
I'll be so glad when Al Sharpton is dead. All he does is cause and promote trouble and controversy when there should be none. I had the extreme displeasure of meeting him at James Brown's funeral and he was just a fat, pompous, butt-hole, who strutted around and thought he was the greatest man on Earth.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/18/2013, 3:13 PM
I wouldn't buy them anyway but they are in no way offensive.
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 1/18/2013, 3:14 PM
GOD NOW I WANT THEM EVEN MORE
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 1/18/2013, 3:16 PM
http://www.amazon.com/NECA-Django-Unchained-Schultz-Action/dp/B009I6VAEC/ref=sr_1_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1358550929&sr=1-3&keywords=django+unchained+action+figures

Shultz is selling for 5000$ now
KelvTwelve - 1/18/2013, 3:17 PM
It's a movie.
unknownfacts - 1/18/2013, 3:22 PM
Once again people want to bury the truth about America's early history.Sad thing is this never happened and how is a black man trying to free his wife advocates slavery?Has anyone at the NECA even seen this movie or read the books.It's more historically accurate then most movies set in that time period.
drewXdeficit - 1/18/2013, 3:23 PM
I'm gonna be honest and say I agree with the opposition on this one. It really is a bit trivializing to turn slavery into action figures.
WruceBayne - 1/18/2013, 3:23 PM
If you have one wait six months and take that sucka to the BANK.
PeterDarker121 - 1/18/2013, 3:23 PM
Mego
CaptainObvious - 1/18/2013, 3:24 PM
@LEVITIKUZ- Because people like Al Sharpton make money off of pulling the race card.

Violence? Tolerated. Race and sex? Everybody cover your eyes!
AlexDeLarge87 - 1/18/2013, 3:24 PM
So aah... where´s Kill Bill toyline? Or Pulp Fiction?
I know few friends who would love to have The Gimp doll. Me included. ;)
KeefNCookies - 1/18/2013, 3:26 PM
Why would anyone make figures of this? I lose more and more faith in mankind every day.
StephenStrange - 1/18/2013, 3:28 PM
@ jerec350: Aaahhh Sharpton. The patron saint of racial obsession. The godfather of race baiting.

Don't forget that there are hundreds more out there just like him. And let's not forget the millions that are vacant enough to see the world through race colored glasses, which is what he promotes

His legacy is racism.. against whites.
and a slew of followers that can't think of anything else BUT race.

Ice cream flavors? Racist. Zebra's? Racist against self. Top Cow comics? No black heroes = you guessed it. Gregorian Chant? so racist. so on and so forth
MrEko - 1/18/2013, 3:30 PM
Offensive to who?
DioFoRio - 1/18/2013, 3:32 PM
I like the movie . But seriously , do dolls for adults need to be made for every movie? And they look like shit! Only Sam Jackson looks like Sam Jackson, lol.They should just release the SAM JACKSON figure with interchangeable hair pieces and outfits ranging from crackhead robber at McDoogles, to this ornery MuPhuger.
nerdman81 - 1/18/2013, 3:35 PM
When are these stupid Obama supporters going to fnd something actually SUBSTANTIAL to bitch and moan about? I'm talking most specifically about Sharpton and his idiot followers. Why is ayting he has to say anymore the least bit relevant? Who is actually listening to this racist prick? I'm no fan of Tarantino, but he made a movie that people seem to be loving the shit out of! Let the company make the toys, quit bowing to what Sharpton says, and do your thing! Must EVERYTHING in this country fall straight to shit?? CRIPES!!
CompanyInkFB - 1/18/2013, 3:36 PM
I can just see all the disappointed faces of Southern White Kids now...

Crying to their folks.

Oh, how they were so looking forward to playing Slave Master, and making their poor friends play slaves.

So ya, I think this was the right move to do...especially before releasing the Action figure with removable arms and legs for that 'draw and quarter' action kit.

Oh, White America, how you like to stay in the past...
RorMachine - 1/18/2013, 3:36 PM
drewXdeficit , but they aren't "turning slavery into action figures" at all. Django Unchained is a fictional - not to mention wayyyy OTT and almost cartoon like - action movie that happens to be set in the time of slavery. Don't get me wrong, the film does tackle slavery and depicts it in a very brutal way without ever trivializing it, but it's hardly what you'd call an historically accurate account of the period either, it's not Lincoln! Yes Djano, Hildy and Steven happ[en to be slaves, but Django is the hero, Hildy is his spirited wife, and Steven is one of the most vile movie villains of all time.
Temple - 1/18/2013, 3:38 PM

Ok, I know what Al Sharpton is tryna do, and thats good an all, but he seriously needs to loosen up. There just toys. I'm african american, I watched the movie and loved it. Yes slavery happened, but most african americas don't even think about that this generation, because it never happened to our generation. Were moved past that, Al needs to do the same thing. Honestly, some african americans are so quick to pull the race card, and it makes the rest of us look bad. Why? I just think this whole race thing is dumb.

DudeGuyMan - 1/18/2013, 3:39 PM
These statues are crap. These ARE offensive.
jessepostal - 1/18/2013, 3:44 PM
They look like the dolls that come alive in tales from the hood
GoILL - 1/18/2013, 3:54 PM
First time I got a good look at these and I have to say that they look kinda shitty. I can't see any real resemblance to the actors from the film aside from Sam Jackson's figure.
Gary8264 - 1/18/2013, 3:57 PM
I guess next they'll want to dig up old movies and television mini-series like "Roots", and take 'em to the courtyard and have a old fashioned book...uh...DVD burnin'. Roots was extremely more graphic in terms of slavery, and was considered one of the best mini-series to ever be on TV.
Or what 'bout Sydney Poitier, his movies were all over racism, and also considered some of the best movies made...."In The Heat Of The Night", "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs", "To Sir,With Love", "Guess Whose Comin' To Dinner", "The Defiant Ones"....
Superbatprime - 1/18/2013, 4:05 PM
@RorMachine, great point about Magneto, you hit the nail on the head and demonstrate perfectly just how ridiculous this whole thing is.




ScabbyJ - 1/18/2013, 4:12 PM
They are for the 18-45 year old collectors, not kids. This whole thing is getting blown out of proportion.
LP4 - 1/18/2013, 4:16 PM
I had no interest in buying these toys anyway but Al Sharpton is the REAL racist. He's an annoying asshole. He just pulls the race-card on everything. Seriously.

This pompous piece of shit needs to kindly shut the hell up.
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/larry-elder/wheres-sharptons-apology-for-accusing-a-white-man-of-raping-a-black-teen/
siggisuperman - 1/18/2013, 4:17 PM
so if I draw a picture of a plantation with a black person working there as a slave, that makes me racist ? It's racist to bring attention to something racist that happened years ago ? I mean it's not like these dolls are insinuating anything, this actually happened you know....
yingyangpalms - 1/18/2013, 4:21 PM
People were already questioning Tarantino's overuse of the "N word". But after "Django" its obvious the guy loves sticking it in his films.
Even in the 1800's Whites did not use that word as Tarantino suggests. They used other words like "coloreds" much more frequently. And EVERY white was not a plantation owner that traded in slaves and all whites did not hate blacks.
People in the 1800's had it rough. They didnt "Go into town" everyday like these stupid movies suggest and they had more important things to do like producing their food everyday and living in agony from untreated injuries, dental problems, and other medical problems.

I think what people like Sharpton may find offensive is that Tarantino not only created a film that uses slavery to make him money, but now he's trying to merchandise it just to profit from it.
I watched this film the other night and wasnt impressed. Tarantino's films are cartoons. Add blood splats to old Tom And Jerry cartoons and youve got Tarantino.

Spideyguy94 - 1/18/2013, 4:23 PM
That is PC bullshit. These are the same people that complained about inglorious basterds portrayal of nazi's.
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 1/18/2013, 4:34 PM
im more offended that people would spend money on purchasing these :/
HAILHYDRA - 1/18/2013, 4:39 PM
Umm there are more slaves alive in today's world than at any other point in history. It would be nice if Sharpton cared about actual slaves instead of worrying about stupid crap like this. He's a joke.
yingyangpalms - 1/18/2013, 4:47 PM
@HAILHYDRA That's a profound statement that some can see and others cannot.
But I'd to know exactly who you're talking about.
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