Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Django Action Figures Chained!

8-inch Django Unchanged action figures
As a result of the controversy and petitions surrounding the movie memorabilia figures representing the main characters of Quentin Tarantino's movie, Django Unchained, the 8-inch figures by NECA have been pulled from the market.  Petitioners described the dolls as slave dolls and found them offensive. 

Merchants, who had placed orders, have been notified  their orders have been cancelled.  

Read more here.

Enterbay's 1/6 scale figure, made in the likeness of Jamie Foxx, as of this writing, is still available on preorder, for $199 at Movie Replicas.com with an expected delivery of April 2013.


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17 comments:

  1. I cannot stomach violent films so I have not been to see "Django" but I am sorry that these action figures were pulled from the market. Thanks for the information.

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  2. I do not like violent films either. I also cannot comfortably view films where there is inhumane treatment or where the subject matter will anger me (such as slavery), so I have not and probably will not see Django.

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  3. It's a very powerful movie. Yes, it's violent but the story, the message is amazing. I really enjoyed it even though it also made me angry. I know Jamie said in an interview that it was very difficult for him to film this movie and there were a lot of mixed emotions evolved but he's glad he did it.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your views about the movie, Ada.

      What's interesting is many people who protested against the action figures probably had not seen the movie but bought into the label "slave dolls" and assumed they were made for children, which is not the case. They are for adult collectors and should be considered movie memorabilia.


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  4. Thanks for the info. I did not know they were creating action figures for the movie. I will probably go see the movie.

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    1. Yes MDW plans were to release these 8-inch figures by NECA (now pulled) but Enterbay still has plans for their 1/6 scale figures.

      The 8-inch figures caused the controversy because they were referred to by an online article as "slave dolls," prompting some sellers to jack up the price in Amazon.com listings and later petitions to have the dolls removed from the market by offended people.

      If you search Amazon.com for "Django action figures" you will see how ridiculously high some of the figures are/were priced.

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  5. Oh wow, I didn't know they decided to pull the figures from the market. As for the film, I completely agree with Ada in that it's a powerful film. I have not been to see it but I plan to. I am not a person who watches violent films and I understand the movie's creator QT has been under fire about the violence in the film, which I find totally hypercritical of Hollywood. Since this is a fictional film based on actual periods which took place where the violence was absolutely as vile as depicted in the movies, I think Hollywood wants to jump on the violence because racism & slavery make people feel very uncomfortable. The ancestors who experienced such crimes, certainly weren't spared for "ratings" sake. So, for me I think I can sit through a theater for a couple of hours to watch an important topic that as Kerry Washington said "has been glamorized" in past films. This for me is not the same type of violence which is possibly aiding non-stable minded individuals who may not be processing fantasy from reality like films Hollywood continues to produce without accepting any responsibility. It angers me that media is coming down on Quinton for the violence in THIS particular film when previews played during the Dark Knight movie of Gangster, showed a scene with mobsters having a gun fight in a crowded theater. Sorry, I'm off my soapbox now, LOL. I think if they're pulling these dolls and consider them to be 'offensive' in nature, then they need to go back and recall all of the Mammie dolls from Gone With The Wind...just my opinion.

    Thanks for the info.

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    1. Tracy,

      There may be a message in the movie so those who want to see it should. I have no immediate plans to see it.

      As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I think the online articles that labeled the dolls/action figures "slave" dolls caused the big stir, which led to complaints from people who may have also been influenced by Spike Lee's comments about Tarantino's overuse of the N word.

      I can understand where referring to the action figures as dolls and pairing dolls with, slave, might upset a non-collector who would feel children were the target market because dolls are for children (we all know that right?). As far as I could tell, the packaging did not refer to the action figures as "slave" dolls. So a blown out of proportion situation led to their early demise.

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  6. I had no plans to initially see the movie, but after hearing some reviews from people I admire, and their recommendations I see it, I have scheduled to see it soon. I see movies and figures like these are conversation starters. Slavery happened and is still happening today, right here in the US. It's a different form of slavery, but still slavery. Jada Pinkett Smith is helping to get the word out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpE3dAtaNDo

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Please share your thoughts about the movie after you see it and thanks for sharing the Youtube link.

      My son saw Django but I won't share his review of it here. We can discuss it via email if you'd like.


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  7. On a completely unrelated note to the comments about Django, I have a question and I am hoping someone can help me. I have a doll named Mara by a Canadian doll company called Doll Maker Three. She is porcelain, was made in 1995 and is marked #2 of 10. I am relatively new to doll collecting and I am trying to find out some history on the artist and what the doll may be worth. I tried looking for current or completed auctions on eBay, but no luck. Any help would be appreciated.

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  8. Hi Saliyah,

    I am not familiar with the maker of your doll. I would suggest doing a Google.com search for the company's name to see if there is information on the Internet about other dolls by that company. It sounds like your doll may have been made by an independent doll artist or small doll artist group.

    Good luck.

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  9. I've never even heard of this movie or seen it advertized. I don't look at much live TV, just Judge Judy, so I missed any commercials for it.

    Defined as "slaves" or not I still would have wanted to see the dolls and their period clothing.

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    1. Hi Muff,

      The following link is the only image that I have seen of the deboxed dolls, which might give you an idea of their period clothing. It also illustrates the close likeness to the actors that the figures capture.

      Django Dolls Deboxed

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  10. The Broomhilda doll is currently selling for 3800.00 on Amazon.

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    1. The asking prices on Amazon.com for these figures are outrageous. I am not sure why the sellers have priced Broomhilda higher.

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  11. It seems people were actually able to get their hands on a few of the Django action figures before production was halted. Unfortunate for sellers attempting to use ebay to sell them, they have now been banned from that site. Copy and paste the following URL into your browser to read more.

    http://www.eonline.com/news/381725/django-unchained-slave-toys-banned-from-ebay-as-prices-spike-following-public-outcry

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