Jen Yamato is a Deadline contributor.
Action figures created for Quentin Tarantino’s slave pic Django Unchained are going for $300 apiece and up right now on sites like eBay after distributor The Weinstein Company announced today it was pulling they toys off the shelves. The dolls based on the Best Picture Oscar nominee prompted pundits and civil rights groups including Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network to call for a boycott. The NECA-issued toys had been selling for $39.99 on Amazon and had been created “as a matter of course” for fans 17 years and older, according to the studio, which released a statement today announcing the move. “In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone. Action figures have been created for all of Quentin’s films including Inglourious Basterds, and as a matter of course produced them for Django Unchained as well. “They were meant to be collectibles for people 17 years and older, which is the audience for the film.” Right now, a complete set of the toys is bidding up past $1000 and counting on eBay.
The toy line, announced by NECA and TWC in September, includes six poseable 8-inch-high action figures crafted in the likeness of its stars, including the titular freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx), his enslaved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), and German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). The line also includes figures for Leonardo DiCaprio’s plantation owner Calvin Candie, Samuel L. Jackson’s Stephen, and Candie’s confidant Butch played by James Remar.