Facebook Unliked Chinese Company’s Mark Zuckerberg DollMarch 20, 2011
As a famous, or powerful person, you can have as many awards, plaudits or freebies as you like, but nothing puts your stake in the ground more strongly than an action figure version of yourself. Get one of these and you have truly arrived. Mark Zuckerberg had his own action figure, but didn’t like it. Possibly because the company that made it, didn’t get his permission.
A Chinese company called M.I.C. Gadget created the Mark Zuckerberg doll, or, as they called it, ‘Poking Inventor action figure.’ The likeness was pretty good, right down to the hoodie, jeans and sandals. And bless ‘em, they included accessories the Poking Inventor could hold such as ‘like’ and err…‘poke’ signs. They’d even been careful to not mention his name or Facebook in the description of the doll. But Facebook went and spoilt the party anyway by threatening legal action and now the dolls, going for $70 apiece, have to be destroyed, accompanied by a grovelling apology.
This company has form. They made a Steve Jobs doll last year and his legal team made them pull the plug on any further production. They called it ‘Pineapple CEO action figure,’ just so you understood it was not actually Steve Jobs, but paying homage to his greatness.
I imagine Jobs would’ve been particularly pissed off when he found out they had put out a ‘ninja’ version of him.
Being a lawyer for M.I.C. Gadget must be the sweetest gig ever.
Only 300 Zuckerberg, sorry, Poking Inventor dolls were produced, so if you have one, you could be sitting on a fortune in years to come – if you don’t mind being sued as you try to sell it.