Steve Jobs Action Figure Designer Apologizes to Fans of Apple Founder
Pressure from the Apple founder's family -- and Apple attorneys -- led to the toy being pulled off the market.
If you -- like millions of Apple fans -- have been following the treacherous tale of a Chinese toy manufacturer, In Icons, recent release of an eerily realistic Steve Jobs action figure, clad in his iconic fashions -- jeans, an Issey Miyake black turtleneck -- the inevitably disappointing news is that Apple's attorneys have put the kabosh on the toy.
But here's an interesting statement posted on the In Icons website explaining the birth of the figurine and why the company has ultimately opted to cease production. It also includes apologies to the Jobs family and promises of refunds to all those Jobs fans who pre-ordered his figurine for $99. Being true Appleites we are moved by reading this statement by the Jobs fan who lovingly created the likeness of his hero.
"On Oct 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 an emptiness, sadness and a feeling of great personal loss. I am sure hat these sentiments are felt by all of his fans. Four years ago, I created a single figure of
Steve that I place 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 mermory. 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 crating the figurine was driven by a fan’s admiration of Steve. We respect copyright and trade marks right and there indicated on our site that we were not providing any Mac IPhone and IPad models with the figurine. Further, we have not used any Apple-related brands. Unfortunately, we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs’ 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 we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family. We understand that this will cause many of the fans' disappointment but please forgive us as there is no alternative unless to have the blessing of the Steve Jobs family. We will aim to have full refund to the fans who have preordered. Lastly, we wish to thank everyone for their admiration and appreciation of the figurine and again, we offer our sincere apologies to affected fans."