The makers of a Steve Jobs action doll have removed the figurine from sale following a legal challenge from Apple and Jobs’s family, the toy manufacturer has said.
IN Icons, is a Hong Kong-based toy manufacturer, posted a notice on its website, saying it was stopping production of the doll “after immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family”.
“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,” the statement said.
“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,” it added.
Customers who had pre-ordered the 12-inch doll, which came complete with blue jeans, sneakers and black turtleneck sweater, were promised full refunds.
The figurine had been on sale for $99 on the company’s website, and was available on auction site eBay for $135.