Steve Jobs action figure shelved
The Steve Jobs figurine was to have featured his trademark black turtleneck.
January 16th, 2012
07:10 PM ET

Steve Jobs action figure shelved

An action figure in the eerily accurate likeness of late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs will not happen, its would-be maker announced Sunday.

"The original intention for creating the figurine was driven by a fan’s admiration of Steve," the pop-up announcement at InIcons.com reads. The announcement goes on to say the company has been subjected to "immense pressure" from Apple and Jobs' family to cancel the project.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

"Regardless of the pressure, I am still Steve’s fan, I fully respect Steve, and his family, and it is definitely not my wish or intention that they be upset," the unsigned statement says. "Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family."

Jobs died October 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 12-inch doll was to feature Jobs' iconic black turtleneck, rimless glasses, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers. It was to have retailed for $99.

Shipments were to have begun in February, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Pre-order payments would be refunded, the InIcons statement said.

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  1. TruAmerikan

    Bill Gates would be perfect!! He already looks like a cartoon.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Allen

    they should have let them continue with the project and let all the profits go to charity. Win-Win...hello!

    January 17, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JanetMermaid

      I love this idea.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      If you knew anything about Steve Jobs you would know that he did not support charities and was not Philanthropic. Therefor donating to charity would go against everything he believed in. Learn something about someone at sometime in your life.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. TruAmerikan

    He might have seen some action from Barbie. I can see it now in her pink Corvette..."Oh Stevie let's go to my Malibu house and have some fun ~giggle".

    January 17, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    The only boundary being over stepped is that the family and apple didn’t have a patent on it. It’s all about who gets the money.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Hunt Esq.

      You don't patent a likeness, you trademark it. And Apple actually does have Steve Jobs's likeness trademarked. That is why Apple was threatening this company with legal action.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scratcher

    I've got to hand it to the guy that came up with the idea. If the "Apple Flock" is prone to spend 3x the worth of somehting because it has the Apple logo on it, they're a shoe-in to spend a small fortune on a hunk of plastic that looks like Jobs.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. woodrow

    Apple believes there is still milk in the cow and they do not want their icon overused.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tyler

    It wouldn't have made sense to market a Steve Jobs action figure because number one it would have been full of security holes, and two it would have to be replace by a new version less than a year later that costs 150% more.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      didn't realize that a Steve Jobs action figure would be so similar to a PC! weird...

      January 17, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. alateos

    Good move not to put out the doll.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave Davis

    What kind of loser buys an action figure of a CEO? Seriously....

    January 17, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael Gioia

    There is a God. It's not Steve, bless his soul. It's the decency of the Jobs family and Apple for putting the kibosh on this dumb idea.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Oodoodanoo

    I'd rather have a Wozniak doll.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. LN

    My kids would dig that. My 6 year old was building Lego Steve Jobs a few weeks ago. I understand though if they think it's in poor taste.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bob in LG

    Is it true that Bill Gates gave away one million times more money than Creepy Steve? If that's true then Gates gave away more moneyy in one second to sick children in Africa than Jobs donated his whole life.

    January 17, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. ALC

    Exactly what would you do with action figure? I would not want an action figure of Steve Jobs looking at me on my desk, that's just too weird. It would be like "chucky". They should have made the action figure more iconic like so, the hippie going, fruitarian, no shoes, odiferous, pot smoking figure. More people would have bought into it. He probably would have loved it.

    The family deserves respect end of story.

    January 17, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. BGMchocolate

    Apple would not let this go through because that figure would have been made in some sort of PVC plastic instead of a unibody aluminium construct.

    January 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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