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Ebay Puts 'Django' Doll Sales in Chains

Let's start this by asking, who hought selling "Django Unchained" action figures would be a good idea in the first place? Whoever it was, he or she certainly put into motion one of the more cantankerous movie stories of the month ... and "Zero Dark Thirty" caused actual protests, for crying out loud.

The Weinstein Company, in response to pressure from civil rights advocacy groups, recently directed NECA Toys, which had been licensed to produce and distribute the "Django" dolls, to discontinue the line and pull the dolls from shelves. The toys were seen as totally distasteful, because there's just something not right about kids playing with slave and slave owner action figures.

In a statement, the company said that like the Rated R film itself, the action figures were not meant for consumers below the age of seventeen.

They added, "We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone." (Of course, not everyone was offended: Eric D. Snider at Film.com gave a spirited defense of the dolls when they were released.)

Naturally, a boon in sales prices on Ebay and Amazon quickly followed the supply shutdown, with the dolls suddenly selling for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to collectors.

In response, per Deadline, Ebay has now blacklisted the products, claiming that they violate the site's Offensive Materials policy which bans the sale of goods which "graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value" and "racially or ethnically offensive language, historical items, reproductions, and works of art and media."

As of this writing, the ban has not quite gone into effect, because the action figures are still very available for sale on their site - for outrageous sums, of course. Amazon, too, is still hosting sales of the products at the moment.

The six characters included in the collection are were Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), Butch Pooch (James Remar), Django (Jamie Foxx), Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), and Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson).

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