Toys 'R' Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Toys in Wake of Parent's Petition
The action figures are headed to "indefinite sabbatical," THR has learned
Walter White is no match for one concerned parent.
Toys "R" Us has removed a line of Breaking Bad action figures from shelves following a Florida mom's grassroots crusade, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The toy line for the AMC drama, which starred Bryan Cranston as a chemistry teacher who resorts to cooking meth, has been pulled from shelves, effective immediately. The line included figurines of characters Walter and Jesse Pinkman, with Walter's likeness including a tiny tray of crystal meth.
"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical,' " a Toys "R" Us rep said in a statement.
Anyone pleased by this news has Florida mom Susan Schrivjer to thank. Schriver recently launched a Change.org petition to get Toys "R" Us to stop selling the toys, given the show's drug-centric theme.
The petition gained more than 8,000 signatures, which is about 0.08 percent of the 10.3 million people who watched the series' September 2013 finale.
Cranston himself had a cheeky response to the petition. "I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest," he tweeted Monday.