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post #41 of 73
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Originally Posted by Crimguy View Post

If you could look through his bionic eye and push a button on his back to make his bionic arm go up I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

LOL. The Six Billion Dollar CEO.

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post #42 of 73
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Originally Posted by mrstep View Post

I think a talking action figure would be fantastic!

Pullstring Steve Jobs. I like it.

"Boom!" "It's that easy!" "Isn't this great?" "But there is one more thing"

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post #43 of 73
The article says the "figurine comes with a pair of black socks, glasses, a leather belt, a bar stool." No black turtleneck, no jeans, no shoes? If this is an action figure, what kind of action are we talking about?
Please don't be insane.
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post #44 of 73
Yeah, but does it have the GI Joe Kung Fu grip? (fans of Eddie Murphy's standup will know what I'm talking about)
post #45 of 73
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Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post

The article says the "figurine comes with a pair of black socks, glasses, a leather belt, a bar stool." No black turtleneck, no jeans, no shoes? If this is an action figure, what kind of action are we talking about?

It comes with this:

-One realistic head sculpt & Two pairs of glasses

-One highly articulated body & Three pairs of hands

-One black turtleneck & One pair of blue jeans

-One black leather belt & One chair (wood + metal)

-One pair of black socks & sneaker

-Two apples (One with a bite.)

-One piece of "ONE MORE THING hard backdrop

$99 is cheap for an action figure of this detail. I was looking at a few planet of the apes action figures a while back, and they were around $200.
post #46 of 73
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Originally Posted by Bloodshotrollin'red View Post

How's that? Unlike Newton Einstein had no connection to an Apple.

Was referring to the stereotype that a Jew will do anything for a buck.
post #47 of 73
I find it to be totally tasteful and respectful of Steve Jobs! He has been an important part of my life since the original Mac, and as a stockholder, and I would love to have one of these. What better way to remember Steve. It is no different than having a likeness of Einstein or Edison, or if you are so inclined, of Christ himself.
post #48 of 73
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I am back!!! I'm not gonna let any disgusting Fandroids get the best of me! I figure that I will keep posting here and if I get any further infractions, then they will just have to pile up until I exceed the limit and I am banned. I am ok with that. Fandroids will never win! And anybody making any snide comments towards me or ad hominem attacks which are against the rules of this forum will immediately have their posts reported, as I don't take kindly to any douchebags who don't follow the rules. The bottom line is that Android still sucks, it's always sucked and nobody should be afraid to state that.

As for the topic in this thread, I ordered one of these a couple of days ago, I hope that I get it in Feb. The figure looks so damn cool and realistic and I will put it next to my collection of old Macs, it will fit in perfectly there, resting on top of one of the old machines.


You tried to report me and give me an infraction. I didn't. Glad to see you got one, can't say you were missed.

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post #49 of 73
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Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post

cool, the action figure has "kung-fu grip"

Of course, he was a ninja!
post #50 of 73
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Originally Posted by Andysol View Post

You tried to report me and give me an infraction. I didn't. Glad to see you got one, can't say you were missed.

All you do in many of your posts is comment about me. You are like one of those internet stalkers and trolls that does nothing but make off topic posts about other posters.

You're also a liar, because you claimed that you had blocked me. I never did believe that when I read it, because most of the people who say that usually lie, because they want to still read what the person who they supposedly blocked writes.

Mods, what's the policy on stalkers here? I don't need anybody stalking me. Can something be done about this off topic troll, liar and stalker? Go look at their posting history and you'll find a certain percentage of their posts is about me, yours truly. Stalking in multiple threads. Personal attacks don't get infractions on this forum, when it's against me? But as soon as I say something bad about Fandroids, the mods are quick to show up?
post #51 of 73
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Personal attacks don't get infractions on this forum, when it's against me?

now you're getting it.

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post #52 of 73
I hope AI is not going to be sued by apple for re-printing the toy photo that they deem offensive to the Apple brand.
post #53 of 73
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I hope AI is not going to be sued by apple for re-printing the toy photo that they deem offensive to the Apple brand.

Not until SOPA passes, at least.

Originally Posted by Marvin

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post #54 of 73
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Originally Posted by ShaolinDave View Post

wait, Apple "owns" the likeness of Steve Jobs?

It owns the rights associated with the keynotes depicted in the marketing.
post #55 of 73
All the creators of the action figure need to do is give plastic Steve a PC and call the product "parody."
post #56 of 73
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

That item became so popular that owners turned to eBay to sell the figurine at marked up prices. But Apple intervened in those sales as well, and stopped the sale of one for $1,125.

In fact, similar items are being sold openly and routinely on eBay, and from China, right now, although not for anything like $1,125.

Its just my personal opinion that a public figure should not be be able to restrict the use of their image. After all, they appear in newspapers and magazines all the time without reimbursement or permission...and that's kinda what "public" means anyway.

And, how can this be "how they make their money" if Apple is always trying to bar usage? I can't seem to find any similar products in the Apple store...although tons of cases and sleeves etc. are sold openly and without objection all the time now.

And to those of you who find a likeness "distasteful and disrespectful", I say lets all get together and make them take down that darn Lincoln Memorial, and all the other likenesses of significant "public figures".
Its such a freakin' disgrace, and correct me, but aren't we supposed to have "no graven images" anyway???

Gee, that's been "a law" for a long time...
post #57 of 73
It is once again refreshing to see that the world and the people in it are focused on fixing the really important problems of the day. Maybe by exercising the rights to sell this doll, Apple can increase it's cash on hand from $90,000,000,000 to $90,001,000,000.
post #58 of 73
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

Einstein appeared in an Apple ad. You can Google the query Einstein Think Different.

it was only a facsimile of einstein, not the real one, so that makes it different
post #59 of 73
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci...106-1pneo.html

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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple's legal team has set its sights on preventing a new lifelike figurine, designed to look like late Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, from being sold for $99.

The 12-inch figurine was set for release in February from Chinese company Icons, but according to The Telegraph, Apple has issued a "legal challenge." Lawyers from Apple have reportedly threatened to sue the toy maker if they proceed with their plans to sell the action figure.

The retail price of the plastic doll is $99, though reseller prices through eBay have been around $135. The figurine comes with a pair of black socks, glasses, a leather belt, a bar stool, a "One More Thing" backdrop, and two apples, with a bite taken out of one of them.

"The legal wrangle is over the likeness of the doll to the late Apple founder, the rights of which the company claims it owns," the report said. "Apple reportedly stipulates in a letter to the Chinese manufacturer that any toy resembles the technology company's logo, person's name, appearance, or likeness of its products is a criminal offence."

The latest spat isn't the first time Apple's legal team has gotten involved in a figurine depicting Jobs. In December of 2010, Apple shut down sales of a miniature statue depicting Jobs holding an iPhone and standing atop an Apple logo.




That item became so popular that owners turned to eBay to sell the figurine at marked up prices. But Apple intervened in those sales as well, and stopped the sale of one for $1,125.

Unlike the previous figurine, the new plastic toy out of China is a pose-able action figure. Promotional images show it delivering a keynote, sitting on a stool, pointing, and doing other well-known poses done by Jobs in real life.
post #60 of 73
Dead People make a lot of money this year.

1.Michael Jackson $270 Million
2.Elvis Presley $60 mil
3.J.R.R. Tolkien
4.Charles Schulz
5.John Lennon
6.Stieg Larsson
7.Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
8.Albert Einstein
9.George Steinbrenner
10.Richard Rodgers
11.(tie)Jimi Hendrix
11.(tie)Steve McQueen
13.Aaron Spelling

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post #61 of 73
The figure, like all figures of real people has those uncanny valley eyes. Of course, Steve was known not to blink at times, so maybe that it real.

Even the premium ones from Sideshow have this issue with eyes. I sometimes see a very nice one that I want to buy, but one look at the eyes and I decide against it.

As for this one, I may want to buy it, but if I did buy it, I'd be very worried about myself.
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post #62 of 73
It's definetly in the "too soon" category, but I still think it's a gosh darn amazing piece of Apple memorabilia to have. I'm considering getting one... And I also kinda think Apple should back off a little. One little company makes a Steve Jobs toy and all of a sudden they're gonna freak out. It's not like they're taking much away from the giant profits Apple makes. I think Steve would actually find this kinda cool!
post #63 of 73
Really.. I mean really... Come on this is bound to happen to anyone!

Doesn't Elvis have a doll too? Way overrated
post #64 of 73
I like the line about

"and other well known poses of Steve jobs"

Such as sitting... Standing...

Some of the lesser well known poses were lounging and cavorting
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post #65 of 73
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link

I'm sorry, what does that have to do with anything and why did it require you to quote the entire article?

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post #66 of 73
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Originally Posted by JBFromOZ View Post

it was only a facsimile of einstein, not the real one, so that makes it different


Not sure but it makes no difference to the law firm that licenses Einstein's likeness. You still have to pay the same fee just as if it were an actual photo of him.

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post #67 of 73

Originally Posted by Marvin

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post #68 of 73
apparently they're going to release various special event clothing sets, so that the keen collector can dress their idoll for every occasion

media event: black turtleneck, jeans

board meeting: black turtleneck, jeans

design review: black turtleneck, jeans

legal meeting: black turtleneck, jeans

toga party: black turtleneck, jeans
post #69 of 73
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Apparently it's legal.

Thanks.

Here's a link to the source for the 9to5 story:
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-s...s-not-indiana/

"Apples lawyers have a fearsome reputation for defending the companys intellectual property. But it sure looks like theyre bluffing in the controversy over a new Steve Jobs doll... Apples legal claim is largely bogus. While people can indeed own rights to their likeness, those rights usually apply only to living people. Unlike other forms of intellectual property like patents or copyrights, image rights do not survive beyond the grave in most places."

"Under American law, so-called personality rights exist only at the state levelthere is no federal law. And only about a dozen states recognize image rights after death."

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post #70 of 73
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Apparently it's legal.

If that's true, then that's good news, as it looks like I'll be getting mine, since I don't live in one of these states.

Paid Content cites the following list of the states where the doll could potentially run into an issue according to a recent paper on Dignitarian Posthumous Personality Rights:

Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, California, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey, Nevada, Nebraska, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
post #71 of 73
I'm curious to see if the doll turns out to look as detailed as the pictures. If it is, I might have to pick one up.
post #72 of 73
Lawyers do very well off attempts to legislate taste. The rest of the world, not so good.

This battle was lost long ago. Once we assigned a price tag to everything, we became incapable of recognizing the value of anything. Having turned the world into one vast Walmart, it's hardly surprising to find ourselves transformed into the ignorant, slack-jawed, inbred, wall-eyed nose-pickers who inhabit it.

We not only get what we pay for, we become it.
post #73 of 73
Wasn't Steve actually a replicant???
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