January 18, 2013 6:44pm PT by Jessica Toomer
'Django Unchained' Action Figures Pulled in Response to Controversy
The Weinstein Co. has pulled its Django Unchained acti n figures from shelves, TMZ reports.
The move comes following advocacy groups such as Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope lashed out with harsh criticism for what they called "slave dolls" inspired by Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-nominated film.
The action figures were produced by National Entertainment Collectibles Assocation in collaboration with The Weinstein Co. The toy company said it had no intention of causing controversy and has ceased production on the line. Only 1,000 dolls are believed to have been produced.
The collection features plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his slaves Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).
Other celebrities including director Spike Lee -- who has been critical of the film's language and depiction of slavery -- have made their feelings known on the subject, bashing the selling of the figures.
Django Unchained has been honored at some of the season’s biggest awards shows -- Christoph Waltz won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a drama, and Tarantino took home the best screenplay -- and has five Oscar nominations, including best picture.