Apple has officially assassinated Steve Jobs’...action figure.
The figurine in question is a frighteningly realistic replica of Steve Jobs i produced by In Icon. The company behind the doll, planned to include a laundry list of Jobs accessories including mini-iPads, glasses, shoes, an Apple II, and a bevy of other Jobs' attire. Sadly the company issued a statement today informing the creepy collectible public that they officially killed off the Jobs figurine.
"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.” — Tandy Cheung, creator of the Jobs doll and owner of In Icon.
“His passing left me with emptiness, sadness and a feeling of great personal loss. I am sure that these sentiments are felt by all of his fans...
Four years ago, I created a single figurine of Steve which I placed on my desk next to my Mac. I decided to share this memento with the rest of his fans as a commemoration to Steve,” Cheung said.
While In Icon may have buckled under legal pressure from Apple, other sellers continue to list Jobs figurines on eBay costing anywhere from $31 to over $2,500. Cheung’s depiction of Jobs appeared incredibly realistic, with an incredible attention to detail, and enough extras to satisfy the most loyal of Jobs’ devotees.
While I understand the Jobs family’s concerns and Apple’s wishes for others to not capitalize on Jobs' death, I can’t help but feel that Cheung’s commemoration could have been officially endorsed by Apple. Instead of profiting from it, pay Cheung to produce a limited number and include them randomly with Apple orders. But, I guess we’ll have to settle for second-hand bobble heads peddled on street corners.
Source: PC World