January 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

Maker of Steve Jobs Action Figure Caves to Pressure, Cancels Sales

steve jobs dollWe don’t report much on the action-figures scene, but given that Steve Jobs invented the app as we know it today, we feel obliged to mention that the incredibly life-like Steve Jobs action figure, which was announced after his passing, will not actually go on sale for $99 as had previously been reported.

Following what action-figure manufacturer In Icons called “immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs [sic] family,” the company has elected not to sell the action figures after all. However, it maintained its legal innocence in the following  unsigned statement:

On 5th October 2011, Steve Jobs, the genius, great inventor, and visionary, passed away. For the past 25 years I have been a big fan of Steve Jobs following his achievements religiously and using Apple products. His passing left me with emptiness, sadness and feeling of great personal loss. (I am sure that these sentiments are felt by all of his fans). Four years ago I created a single figurine of Steve which I placed on my desk next to my Mac. I decided to share this memento with the rest of his fans as a commemoration to Steve. The figurine, especially his facial features, was adjusted countless times to achieve his likeness in my memory. I strove to perfect the figurine with the spirit of Steve Jobs because only this will properly reflect my respect and admiration of him.

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the original intention for creating the figurine was driven by a fan’s admiration of Steve. We respect copyright and trade mark [sic] rights and therefore indicated on our site that we were not providing any Mac, iPhone and iPad models with the figurine. Further, we haven’t used any Apple related brands. Unfortunately we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs [sic] family. Regardless of the pressure, I am still Steve’s fan, I fully respect Steve, and his family, and it is definitely not my wish or intention that they be upset. Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.

We understand that this decision will cause many of the fans’ disappointment [sic], but please forgive us as there is no other alternative unless to have [sic] the blessing from Steve Jobs [sic} family. We will aim to have full refund to the fans who have pre-ordered.

Lastly, we wish to thank everyone for their admiration and appreciation of the figurine, and again we offer our sincere apologies to affected fans.

According to the author of the statement, manufacturer In Icons had made a prototype of the doll about four years ago, well before Jobs passed away. However, it only went forward with plans to produce it on a wider scale after his death in October.

Apple declined to comment to CNN about the news.