It was definitely one of my top films of the 2012. Just like any Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained was a good shock to the system to break up the monotony being pumped out of Hollywood. Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan of the film. Director Spike Lee has been very vocal about his distaste for the film calling it was disrespectful to his ancestors. Keep in mind that Spike had not seen the film prior to issuing this statement.
As part of the film’s marketing, NECA Django Unchained dolls were put into production. Last Friday, The Weinstein Co. released a statement saying that the toy line had been discontinued because of the backlash from African-American advocacy groups.
“We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone.”
Wednesday night, Ebay removed all the dolls listed on the website and sent out an email to all its sellers.
“Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay.”
“These [toys] were removed as they were in violation of our Offensive Materials policy.”
The doll are still being sold on Amazon. Thanks to all the hoopla and controversy surrounding the toys. Individual dolls are going for as much as $7,000 and sets of all six are priced at nearly $20 thousand dollars. The dolls are now worth more than double the price of what the fancy Real Masterpiece figures are going for. In short, boy did I miss out.
No word yet if Amazon will also follow suit. After all, Amazon has been known for its controversy in the past. Django Unchained is still currently in theaters everywhere.