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  • Apple Kills Steve Jobs Figurine



    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.
    Cheung created the doll over four years ago as an ode to Jobs of who he is a great admirer.

    “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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Kills Steve Jobs Figurine started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Probably the fact that they didn't come up with the idea themselves first is the reason Apple is killing it. But no matter. I have from them what I wanted and that's the iPhone.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      I was actually looking forward to little Steve sitting atop my desk talking about future iDevices. Oh well.
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      **** that creepy *** doll im good with just my iphone too lol
    1. jacobzking's Avatar
      jacobzking -
      lets see if they refund my $109
    1. dstorrents's Avatar
      dstorrents -
      I shelled out the $109 already too. Bummer
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      No surprises there. How can they stop it? They don't own everything Job's do they?
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      No surprises there. How can they stop it? They don't own everything Job's do they?
      If his name and likeness is copy written then yes, yes they do.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      "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.
      I wonder if the Jobs family is also sensitive about the statue erected in honor of Steve in Hungary. The only sensitivity I can see is not being able to cash in.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Quote Originally Posted by iZangetsu View Post
      If his name and likeness is copy written then yes, yes they do.
      I figured that but is it copyrighted?
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      I figured that but is it copyrighted?
      Do I really have to answer that?
      cuz I think you know the answer
    1. CMartins's Avatar
      CMartins -
      Quote Originally Posted by iZangetsu View Post
      Probably the fact that they didn't come up with the idea themselves first is the reason Apple is killing it.
      The quote states they did it out of respect for Jobs's family. If that is how you assume Apple deals with stuff I don't know how they have managed to stay on top. That suggestion is just too far off to be real.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      From just a little digging it doesn't look like they hold the copyright. Don't quote me but I can't find anything going one way or the other. It's no surprise that they did this.
    1. Raybeast's Avatar
      Raybeast -
      Bad story title...
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by A3gOwner View Post
      From just a little digging it doesn't look like they hold the copyright. Don't quote me but I can't find anything going one way or the other. It's no surprise that they did this.
      That's the answer lol sorry for quoting you again but yeh, it's Apples way in general. They say jump everyone asks how high and which way.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhazex9x View Post
      **** that creepy *** doll im good with just my iphone too lol
      what is your pic? A midget with a bathing suit? lol



      Definitely bound to happen. Shame though because who wouldn't love a steve jobs action figure??
    1. c14rlf's Avatar
      c14rlf -
      Quote Originally Posted by iZangetsu View Post
      Do I really have to answer that?
      cuz I think you know the answer
      So I can't call my kid ( not that I'd ever want to) Steve jobs???
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I wonder if the Jobs family is also sensitive about the statue erected in honor of Steve in Hungary. The only sensitivity I can see is not being able to cash in.
      R u kidding? Jobs had enough that his family could buy the company.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Perhaps Apple were worried that somebody might buy the figurine and then modify it?
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      Perhaps Apple were worried that somebody might buy the figurine and then modify it?
      lol, nice!
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      Good God does no one ever bother to think about the impact this sort of thing has on the family? The manufacturer is just some creep trying to profit from someone's death. I would hope Apple squashed this out of kindness to the family and not for financial reasons.