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Here’s a non-shocker for Apple junkies. The all-powerful company is allegedly putting a stop to the latest Steve Jobs action figure. According to the Telegraph, Apple sent a cease-and-desist letter to Chinese company In Icons, threatening legal action if it does not immediately stop making and selling the likeness of their late founder
Apple claims it owns rights to Jobs’ likeness and will fight any product, toy or gadget depicting the Apple trademarks, logo, or products — as well as the likeness or name of Jobs.
We emailed In Icons for information on when the Jobs figures already ordered would be shipped. Here’s their just received emailed reply: “Thank you very much for your enthusiasm and support to our Steve Jobs collectible figure. The new release has drawn a lot of attention from different parties. We are under pressures and trying very hard to resolve the problem ASAP. Please be patient and stay tuned to our website for future announcement. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
Apple previously shut down another Steve Jobs toy from the Chinese company M.I.C. Gadget.
In Icon’s 12-inch moveable doll bears an almost creepy resemblance to the late Jobs. Its clad in Job’s iconic uniform of jeans, a black turtleneck, black leather belt, a pair of wire frame glasses, black socks and sneakers.
Originally set to ship in February, In Icons’ Steve Jobs action figure is/was priced at $99, but the company has stopped taking pre-orders. If your longing for this toy will simply not be appeased, there’s a few already selling on eBay for $160-220.
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Taraji P. Henson