Just three months after Steve Jobs passed away, two toy companies have unveiled an action-figure of the iconic Apple CEO. Called the iCEO mini, it’s a 12-inch action figure made in his likeness.
Toy companies In Icons and Dragon in Dream unveiled the figure yesterday in tribute to the tech visionary who gave the world the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
A new action figure doll of Steve Jobs features an impressively realistic cast of the late Apple co-founder’s face, particularly the eyes, but is unlikely to ever actually ship due to being unauthorized.
Pre-orders are being taken for the $100 set, which comes in a box that mimics Jobs’ official biography (further decreasing its chances of ever actually going into production).
The model is built to one-sixth scale. The doll features Jobs’ iconic Apple “uniform” of a black mock turtleneck and blue jeans, and features Jobs as he looked in 2009 when the portrait that would ultimately be used as the cover of the biography by Walter Isaacson was taken.
Jobs would later revert to the more gaunt look that had been seen when he was ill in the mid-2000s until he died in early October.
The kit is said to include two pairs of glasses and three pairs of hands in different poses. The figure is highly articulated and also includes the outfit (including black socks and sneakers) a chair, two apples (“one with a bite”) and a “One More Thing” Apple-style backdrop.
And sadly, the pictured miniature Mac, iPhone and iPad wonâ€™t come with the figure, the site notes.
The In Icons website promises buyers that refunds will be issued if the company “sells out” of the figures, but does not explicitly promise that money will be returned if the company is blocked from producing the product in the first place.
Given its unauthorized nature and long lead time (In Icons says it will not be shipping until late February), the possibility of it actually coming to market is very low.
Nonetheless, The volume of Internet traffic Tuesday morning slowed InIconsâ€™ website to a crawl, proof of continuing public interest in the Silicon Valley inventor.
A previous company’s attempt at a statuette of Jobs was shut down by Apple and the few that actually shipped to buyers are considered highly collectible but are rarely offered publicly since Apple’s legal team tend to have auctions pulled or otherwise put a stop to the sale.
â€śMr. Jobs has not consented to the use of his name and/or image in the product,â€ť Apple lawyers reportedly said.
However, Dragon In Dream company has managed to release unauthorised figures in the past, depicting such famous people as U.S. President Barack Obama.
An actual (full-size) statue of Jobs erected in Hungary as a tribute by Mac and Windows developer Graphisoft has met with no objection from either Apple or the Jobs estate.
Steve Jobs died on October 5 last year after a 7-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the news of Jobs’s death to Apple employees via e-mail, in which he said: “I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.”
“No words can adequately express our sadness at Steveâ€™s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”
So, what do you think? A new action figure doll of Steve Jobs is heartwarming tribute or merely a tasteless cash-in? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.