Yahoo reports that the The Weinstein Co. has asked NECA to discontinue their line of Mego style figures based on the Oscar Nominated Dejango Unchained movie from director Quentin Tarantino. The reason for this request apparently is due to complaints the Weinstein Co. received stating the figures were offensive.
"Django Unchained" is a violent mix of spaghetti Western and blaxploitation genres about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a bounty hunter. Civil rights groups argued that the toys trivialized the horrors of slavery.
"We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone," The Weinstein Co. said in a statement. Toy maker NECA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
So if you managed to pick these figures up, you may want to hold on to them. They are likely to become rare on the collector secondary market.