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. tensor

    The banned other one with the iPhone in one hand was better. Neither is worth more than $10. The moment has kind of passed, along with Steve.

    January 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. palintwit

    How about an authentic Sarah Palin action figure? Pull a string and it breaks wind.

    January 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • $teve Job$

      that's so cute you love Palin so much

      January 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    A Caylee Anthony doll?
    Jeez, what people will do to make a buck.

    January 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Bet you're mom's proud.

    ns: help?

    January 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drone

      @banasy...thank you

      January 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jack frost

    How do you like apple now people. they are so money hungry, they are trying to make money off of there dead founder. Sounds like the work of apple to me. just like every other business, its all about money, and you people keep giving it to them.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MisterPL

      Thank you, Captain Obvious. Yes, business is all about money. Even though your English classes were ineffective at least the business course paid off. Stay in school.

      January 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Winston Smith

    Wondering if Steve comes with a spare pancreas?

    January 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ThatGuy


    January 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr

    Everyone hates our politics yet everyone refuses to vote for anyone our establishment fears. That's why America is how it is. Because we deserve all of this.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      hey look at my new dog!!!!!!!

      January 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      /\ /\

      January 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      i think he likes you!

      January 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @Drone: YW.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Mr: explain.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. $teve Job$

    I bet the Steve Jobs one comes with retractable horns and forked tail. Karma kicked his a$$ and now he's sitting in hell w/Bin laden. Awesome job helping the community and other cancer patients with your billions, Steve.. here's your payback, a crappy overpriced doll while you rot in hell. ENJOY!!

    January 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Whose permission do they need to get to make and sell dolls with a dead guy's name, image, and likeness?

    January 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hari

      His family, ofcourse!

      January 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Please specify exact statute containing language that says "When you die, nobody can make and sell things with your likeness without your family's consent."

      January 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RusTnuts

      Years from now, children will ask...mommy, who is this creepy looking doll that nobody knows who it is? I swear cnn has a deal for some free stuff to just keep throwing steve jobs image up.

      January 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      People will recognize Steve Jobs' image LONG after YOU are dead!

      January 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dale

    Idol worship, what a joke!

    January 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nonPCrealist

    Does it come with instructions on the proper way to make sacrifices to the Lord Job?

    January 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wendy

    I don't understand how some of you can be do disrespectful to Steve Jobs. Truly insensitive.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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