The rave reviews for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained have been pouring in for almost a month now, but the same can’t be said for a series of action figures based on the Certified Fresh film, which tells the story of a mid-18th century slave and his quest to free his wife from servitude.
The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Django producers The Weinstein Company have halted production on a line of six collectible figurines after advocacy groups such as the National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope protested the inclusion of three slave action figures, the Daily Mail reported late last week.
“We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced,” said Project Islamic Hope Director Najee Ali, calling the idea of collect-them-all toys based on Django, wife Broomhilda, fellow slave Stephen and their three white adversaries “a slap in the face of our ancestors.”
Amazon.com has since stopped directly selling the Django action figures. If opponents of the figurines were upset over the toy makers profiting off the idea of slavery, they certainly won’t be happy about what they’re going for in the resale market. As of Monday, the Stephen figurine, which retailed for $29.99 just last week, was going for $567. Sellers were asking an astronomical $6,500 for a Broomhilda toy, while a complete set (including four bonus duplicates) would set one Tarantino collector back $20,000.
Thanks to all the hoopla, race issues aren’t the only thing about the figurines irking collectors. “I was willing to fork out 200 maybe 300$ for the whole set but thanks to people being offended, I now have to stick to being offended at how astronomical the price for the whole set has become,” wrote Amazon reviewer torquemada. “Thank you PC people, for your sensitive feelings have just catapulted Django memorabilia from being mere dolls, into priceless heirlooms we insure and lock in a bank vault.”