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. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:

    Only 10? 😦

    Lmao!
    Dude, mama needs a new pair of shoes!

    January 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andre

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      March 12, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    Now I feel really cheesy.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    You're killing me tonight!

    Lmao!

    There's a pharmaceutical for cheesy eradication, y'know...

    January 4, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    okay, y'all cheesy comments are just plain nasty...

    January 4, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
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