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In what can only be described as a chain of terrible marketing decisions, the Weinstein Company and the National Entertainment Collectibles Assocation (NECA), a company that makes toy lines based on film properties, decided to license and produce a line of official toy action figures based on the slave characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.
The figures include Django, a slave-turned-bounty hunter played in the film by Jamie Foxx, Broomhilda, Django's enslaved wife played by Kerry Washington, and Steven, another slave played by Samuel L. Jackson.
After backlash from groups like Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Black Is magazine, TMZ is reporting that the Weinstein Company, who produced the movie and licensed the line of toys, has asked the NECA to pull them.
TMZ reports that the toymakers only released somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 dolls before shutting down production. As Mediabistro points out, however, some of them are still available on Amazon.
· 'Django' Slave Toys Discontinued [TMZ]