Gotta Watch: Celebrity action figures
A Steve Jobs action figure may go on the market next month.
January 3rd, 2012
11:19 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Celebrity action figures

Decades ago, the most popular action figures or dolls may have been G.I. Joe and Barbie, but companies are now branching out into ever-broader territory. Today's dolls are based on everyone from a tech company CEO to members of the first family. Not every idea sits well with the public, though. You've Gotta Watch these action figure ideas that fell flat.

Apple action figure — Apple fanatics can now buy an eerily realistic Steve Jobs action figure. This $99 doll from In Icons stands 12 inches tall and is expected to go on sale in February in the U.S. It comes complete with Jobs’ signature black turtleneck and jeans attire. Last year, a different Jobs doll was discontinued after the manufacturer was threatened with legal action.

First daughter dolls — Ty Inc., the maker of Beanie Babies, started marketing “Marvelous Malia” and “Sweet Sasha” dolls in 2009. The company began selling the dolls bearing the names of the Obama daughters shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated. The company retired the doll in early February after the White House asked for them to be removed from the market. Barack Obama has also been turned into several dolls and action figures, including this lifelike baby doll.

Caylee Anthony doll — In 2009, Showbiz Promotions started selling a Caylee Anthony tribute doll for $29.99. HLN’s Nancy Grace grilled the company president about the decision to make the doll, and how much of the profits will go to charity. Two days after this interview was taped, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children came out with a statement saying, “NCMEC does not and will not ever be associated with any attempt to commercialize or raise money in connection with the victimization of any child.” The doll was pulled from production, and the company was later sued for falsely stating that a portion of profits would go to charity.

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  1. foxinabox

    These are creepy! i wouldnt want one of these if they cost a penny!

    January 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. foxinabox

    These are creepy! i wouldnt want one of these if they cost 1 cent!

    January 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    @RusT:
    I suspect you're right, given that CNN wants ireports, i this, i that all the time...
    I'll gladly send an ireport if CNN wants to send me an iphone...lol.

    A Steve Jobs action figure? Really?

    January 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. banasy©

    @John:
    I'm thinking something like that exists in some state somewhere; I'm not going to research it, however – mainly because I don't care.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JBD

    The figurine says "But there's one more thing..." when you press a button!

    January 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. loveit

    the Caylee doll is disturbing....

    January 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ge

    Steve Job's photo again today! Come on CNN....for God's sake a day hasn't passed since he died that you haven't managed to get his photo on your site. Many of us do not view him as you must view him. A photo of Jesus did not appear on your site during Christmas as often as his did. Can we have just one day? Just one day?

    January 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mister Ducky™

    I didn't know what Steve Jobs looked like before he passed...I sure do now!

    January 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Portland tony

    If you build it there is always an idiot who will buy it! Can I interest you in a Ron Paul commemorative coin 'while supplies last'?

    January 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    I thought of a Barrack action doll. It's kinda neat. Comes complete with pivotable head, adjustable arms and legs. It bends at the waist. The hands pivot on the wrists. The toy manufacturers thought it was a great idea untill they asked me what it was supposed to do....just hung my head, got quiet and drew a blank.

    January 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    Casey Anthony punching bag...great for disgruntled TV execs

    January 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:

    No, that was the Congress Action Doll set you were talking about...

    January 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    January 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    Congress action set, complete with special Weiner doll, bearing a little necklace with the inscription, "I got hacked". ;)

    January 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    The little banasy doll, with little voice module and dime size 80 gig hard drive. Twist her hips to the left, "I fully agree with you". Twist her hips to the right, "I have a different opinion". Press her belly button, and her hand flies forward, for her *FACEPALM* finishing move. A killer cougar...cute....I'll take 10. ;o

    January 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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