Steve Jobs doll sale and production stopped due to ‘immense pressure’ from Apple, In Icons says

By on Jan 17, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

In Icons, the Steve Jobs dolls maker, announced on Sunday, January 15, 2012 that it has stopped the sale and production of the said figurines, citing “immense pressure” from Apple lawyers.



Steve Jobs doll
Image Credit: InIcons.com

According to a press release by In Icons on its official website that day, the production and sale of the 12-inch Steve Jobs doll has been stopped and a full refund for preorders will be made soon.

As noted by In Icons, the $100 plastic doll, which depicts the late Apple co-founder in his famous attire, wearing a pair of eyeglasses, a black turtleneck, and a pair of jeans, was created especially for Steve Jobs fans.

“The figurine, especially his facial features, was adjusted countless times to achieve his likeness in my memory. I strove to perfect the figurine with the spirit of Steve Jobs because only this will properly reflect my respect and admiration of him.” Tandy Cheung, head of the Hong Kong-based toy maker. wrote at InIcons.com.

“Unfortunately we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family.” Cheung added, apologizing and noted that he is still a Steve Jobs fan despite the pressure.

“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.” Cheung explained further, with the Steve Jobs doll supposed to be out this February.

Apparently, there were previous similar cases, one in December 2010 wherein eBay removed the Steve Jobs dolls from their site as requested by Apple, and also in November 2010 when MIC Gadget, a Chinese toy manufacturer sold the rare figurines also at eBay for $79 each.



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