The controversial ‘Django Unchained’ action figures have officially been pulled from shelves, TMZ is reporting. The discontinuation of the toys comes after several African American groups called for a boycott of the dolls, which were based on the characters from writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed hit film.
The dolls’ discontinuation comes after The Weinstein Company, which produced the western action drama, received complaints from such advocacy groups as Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope. The film studio then reached out to the toy company, and told them to stop the toy line as soon as possible. The toy company agreed and stopped production immediately, as officials never intended to offend anyone. The toy company only released approximately 1,000 dolls before it stopped production.
The Weinstein Company hasn’t released an official statement on the discontinuation of the ‘Django Unchained’ doll collection. But one of the stars of the film, Golden Globe winner Christoph Waltz, knew the action figures were discontinued earlier this week. When the actor was approached by TMZ in Hollywood and asked if he would be getting one of the dolls, he surprised the cameraman by saying he heard the toys were discontinued.
Watch the clip of Waltz revealing the discontinuation of the ‘Django Unchained’ dolls below.
Written by: Karen Benardello