Remember the ultra-realistic Steve Jobs action figure we told you about earlier this month? Apparently production of the doll has now been halted due to “immense pressure” following Apple’s threat of legal action against the manufacturer.
PC World points out that In Icons has issued a statement on its website, stating that they still don’t feel they have violated any laws, but will nevertheless halt production of the figure out of respect for Steve Jobs.
I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the original intention for creating the figurine was driven by a fan’s admiration of Steve. We respect copyright and trade mark rights and therefore indicated on our site that we were not providing any Mac, iPhone and iPad models with the figurine. Further, we haven’t used any Apple related brands. Unfortunately we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family. 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. 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 doll had originally sold for $99.99 plus shipping, and included a full assortment of accessories to replicate important keynotes or poses that Jobs was well known for. The company plans to issue a full refund to anyone who has already placed a pre-order.