Tue, January 17, 2012
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Steve Jobs action fiction pulled from market

2012-01-17 06:34:59 GMT2012-01-17 14:34:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A lifelike Steve Jobs action figure will not be sold due to immense pressure from Apple's lawyers and the late CEO's family, according to foreign media reports Tuesday.

"We understand that this decision will cause many of the fans disappointment, but please forgive us as there is no other alternative unless to have the blessing from Steve Jobs family," the company behind the figurine said in a statement on its website.

Just three months after the death of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, a company called In Icons has put images of a prototype Steve Jobs action figure on its website and the Internet is going crazy.

In Icons has been taking pre-orders of the doll at 100 dollars and coming with "one realistic head sculpt and two pairs of glasses," "one highly articulate body and three pairs of hands," one black turtleneck, one pair of blue jeans and two apples -- one with a bite taken out of it.

"We will aim to have full refund to the fans who have pre-ordered," In Icons said in the statement.

The company has planned to start shipping the dolls in February and said on its website that it was running out of stock.

In the statement announcing its decision, In Icons said the figurine was adjusted "countless times" to achieve the Apple visionary's likeness. And the company said making the doll is a tribute to Jobs.

"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," said the statement, "Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family."

Back in 2010, Apple blocked a company called M.I.C. Gadget from selling a Steve Jobs action figure on Ebay, saying that the action figure was a violation of its copyrights and trademarks.

(Agencies)

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