Steve Jobs lifelike action figure is canceled after “immense pressure” from Apple and Jobs family

Steve Jobs lifelike action figure is canceled after “immense pressure” from Apple and Jobs family
Do you remember that article we posted earlier in the month about the lifelike 12” action figure of the late Steve Jobs? As you’d imagine, there must’ve been a tremendous demand for the one-of-a-kind action figure that went on sale thanks to Hong Kong based company In Icons.

However, if you’ve managed to place an order for it, bad news is apparently headed your way – well, it'll depend on how you view it. Specifically, it seems that the toy has been canned completely due to the “immense pressure” from both the Jobs family and Apple’s gun slinging lawyers. On one hand, the move by In Icons to manufacture the action figure was meant to be more of a tribute to the late Apple CEO than anything else, and more importantly, they didn’t think of it to be infringing on any copyright or trademark rights.

Of course, pressure from Apple’s never relenting legal team can cause any human being or company to change their actions – and that’s clearly what we’re seeing here. Meanwhile, the other side of it comes from the Jobs family because the company feels that it's the “heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family” that helped them to make the decision on canceling the product line entirely.

Aside from making amends to the family, In Icons also expressed its apologies to anyone who placed orders for the toy – and of course, they’ll be issuing refunds. There’s no kidding that some people want to remember the legendary Steve Jobs in some way, but for now, the toy simply isn’t going to be it.

via AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. steviewonders

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Trust Steve Jobs to have his face patented.

2. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You can copyright a person? Wow...

3. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Because the system is broke, straight up!

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well its kind of basic rights… if i were steve jobs family i wudnt want dolls of my family members to be sold either..

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Specially when they are that creepy! They aren't just creepy creepy just akwardly creepy meh! I understand why they don't want them out

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you cant make a likeness of someone without their permission.

19. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I finally agree with this guy

4. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

they should cancel it !!! its way too freaky!!!

5. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

@ Xiobnb NO KIDDING! that is such a creepy doll. I'm glad they decided to cancel it; i didnt like steve jobs as a person but out of respect for their family i too wouldnt have wanted a freakish doll lol good call on the cancel

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

DAMN IT! ...Fanboy heart...broken...again...

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Darn it, I was looking forward to having my very own Steve Jobs iVoodoo Doll; guess I'll have to use a Ken Doll, instead. Either way, anatomically, there probably wouldn't have been any difference.

8. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I believe if this actually went to court they would have a case, seeing as you can't actually copywright a person. I'm under the impression the In Icons could not afford to shell out the amount it would cost for legal support against Apple, so they had to cave. It really is a shame.

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Who bets some of them get *stolen* and sold on ebay for thousands of dollars?

13. jemolian

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I guess Apple would probably sell it themselves for $299...

14. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

what's so bad in being idolized to the point that they are going to live in the world using an action figure? isnt it so overwhelming if i can see people down there on earth wanting a piece of me. i feel proud i made a great dent in that universe.

15. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

steve jobs was cool but not $99 action figure cool

16. kensei

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 06, 2011

Seriously. Why. Why was this made in the first place.

17. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Who the eff would buy one of these? Jeez people are so stupid now a days! Useless crap!

18. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Regardless of what people are thinking of Apple - Steve Jobs i dead and his family has such a right. Please respect it.

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Now with 5 new action phrases including "You're holding it wrong" and "Charity is a waste of money" *Batteries not included, iPhone sold separately

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