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NewsPoster Jan 29, 2013 11:41 PM
Japanese firm tempts fate, announces Steve Jobs doll
Following in the footsteps of <a href="">others</a> that have attempted to <a href="">market</a> a Steve Jobs action figure, a Japanese company called Legend Toys has made another eerily realistic doll based on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' iconic look and is taking pre-orders for the $200, 12-inch figurine. As with previous attempts, the company will likely be served with a cease-and-desist order both from Jobs' family as well as Apple itself, which has previously claimed that it owns at least some of the rights to Jobs' likeness.<br /><br />Chinese site and accessory seller <em>M.I.C. Gadget</em> was <a href="" rel='nofollow'>among the first</a> to offer a "memorial" figurine of the former CEO only two months after the iconic Jobs died of complications from pancreatic cancer. The statue was done with an enlarged head in the classic "caricature" or "bobble head" style, and a handful were sold at prices up to $2,500 before Apple forced Ebay to close sales.

A year later, a Hong Kong company called InIcons <a href="" rel='nofollow'>produced a $100 Steve Jobs doll</a> that the newest version is clearly copied from (indeed, the new company may have the same people behind it as InIcons). The doll, though praised for its strong likeness and attention to detail, was <a href="" rel='nofollow'>halted</a> before production models could come to market, with buyers losing their pre-order deposits. Apple claimed in <a href="" rel='nofollow'>legal filings</a> that it owned the rights to some of Jobs' likeness (those in which he appears in his Apple "uniform"), and the fact that the original packaging of the doll came in a mockup-box resembling Jobs' biography didn't help the company's legal standing.

The company does not automatically shut down all projects dealing with Jobs' likeness, however. Several <a href="" rel='nofollow'>statues of Jobs</a> have been erected and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>other tributes</a> published around the world, and none so far have received any objection from either Apple or Jobs' family. The key component to avoiding legal action seems to be to use Jobs' likeness only in tribute and with no profit motive, which suggests this latest effort at selling a doll based on Jobs is also doomed to fail.

Legend Toys has again made the error of announcing a pre-order on the action figures, giving Apple's legal team time to halt the proceedings. It remains to be seen how the Japanese courts will handle the matter, should it go that far.

beb Jan 30, 2013 12:02 AM
Terence, This is Stupid Stuff...
How many geeks out there purchase Star Wars or Trek figurines? To some folks, Steve WAS an action figure. I'm not saying he had kung-fu abilities, lightsabers, or phasers set to stun. But the man could wow an audience and stupefy the media. But if some bunch of weirdos (iJustine, I dunno) want to pay a hundred bucks or so just to have a Steve Jobs doll—let em! Who cares anyhow? As a shareholder, why is Apple wasting any time on this? The only thing that really matters is whether or not he fits inside of Barbie's convertible.
blahblahbber Jan 30, 2013 12:53 AM
that's funny
devopro Jan 30, 2013 08:15 AM
You can still buy the Steve jobs statue with the oversized head in China. it sells for about $8USD. I bought one for a friend for xmas.
Gazoobee Jan 30, 2013 09:45 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by beb (Post 4214420)
... The only thing that really matters is whether or not he fits inside of Barbie's convertible.
The only thing that really maters is whether he fits inside Barbie's *clothes* (or perhaps the GI-Joe Astronaut costume).

IMO the only reason to buy this doll is to mess around with it. I think it could be tons of fun to dress him up in stuff and goof around, (Steve Jobs parachutes off the roof!, Steve Jobs, Navy Seal!, etc.) but if you are going to leave it dressed up as Steve, and put it on a pedestal or something just to look at, there is something deeply wrong with your life.

Somewhere there is a really, really, sad and lonely guy with a complete Steve Jobs doll collection, "mint in box."
mactarkus Feb 3, 2013 08:19 AM
Already have mine
My Steve Jobs figure from Legend Toys arrived last week. You story isn't exactly current because I learned about mine months ago and preordered then. Also, it costs $150 with $50 to ship to the US. The figure is extraordinary!
andi*pandi Feb 5, 2013 10:26 AM
"Steve Jobs, Navy Seal"

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