Action figures promoting an action movie are fairly common, particularly when you’re Quentin Tarantino. The director has had collectible tie-ins made for each of his films. But there recently has been uproar over Tarantino’s Django Unchained toys.
It’s not hard to see why somebody might be offended that eight-inch versions of the movie’s enslaved characters are available for purchase for $39.99. (Non-slave characters are also available as action figures.) Those offended people included Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for a boycott of the set of character dolls, according to the New York Daily News.
So, on January 18th, The Weinstein Company, the studio behind the film, changed course and told the public that the toys would no longer be distributed. “In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone,” said the studio in a statement.
The move, unsurprisingly, has only served to boost the value of the now-rare items. As of the afternoon of January 22nd, a collectible 10-piece set of the figures was available on eBay with an asking price of $8,000.
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UPDATE: All of the Django toy listings were pulled from ebay on the evening of Wednesday January 23rd. eBay explained this decision to sellers via email:
“Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay.”
eBay also cautioned the sellers not to re-list the items.