Bad news to all those Apple aficionados who were looking forward to owning the much coveted Steve Jobs doll. It seems like the much awaited toy won’t be made after all.
Apple and Steve Jobs family threatened Tandy Cheung forcing the entrepreneur to stop his plan of mass producing the scale model of the Apple founder.
Apple has always used the courts to force an individual or a corporation to stop using any of their patents,or in this case, the likeness of their founder. So it’s not unusual for them to issue a cease and desist order to Mr. Cheung.
Tandy Cheung was quoted as saying that he, “received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family,” thus forcing him to give in to their demands.
Before this developed, Tandy Cheung told ABC news that, “Apple can do anything they like. I will not stop, we already started production. I had a feeling it was too good to be true. I’ve never felt the weight of Apple’s lawyers, but I can probably bet I don’t want to rumble with them.”
Apple aficionados and Steve Jobs’ devotees can have their beloved tech icon on their shelves with the release of the founder’s unofficial action figure.
The Chinese company Inlcons is about to release a scale model (1:6 scale) of the Apple founder wearing his trademark poloneck, jeans and glasses. Images of the action figure show how similar (and I mean VERY similar) it is to the real Jobs that it received mixed reactions. The web is abuzz with comments on how realistic the doll is that its uncanny and bordering on creepy. 🙂
Initial reports indicate that the collectible will sell at $99.99 and will be in stores in February (if no injunctions are to be faced). The doll includes one realistic head with two pairs of glasses, one body and three pairs of hands.
Apple lawyers used to take legal action against companies who are selling Steve Jobs models. One example is the founder posed as a ninja. One Apple lawyer said, “Mr Jobs has not consented to the use of his name and/or image in the Product.”
If Inlcons escapes the wrath of Apple lawyers, buyers will have one realistic Steve Jobs collectible and two Apple logos – that makes it even more vulnerable for the company to be sued by Apple.