Now you can own your own billionaire! Well, maybe not. Facebook is suing the Chinese company, M.I.C. Gadget, because of its production and sale of the “Poking Inventor” Action Figure. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
If you were one of the lucky ones to order the action figure before the lawsuit, you would’ve paid a hefty $70 for the Mark Zuckerberg look alike. Action figures sure cost more now than when I was a kid!
I have to say M.I.C. did a pretty awesome job depicting the Facebook inventor – from his iconic hooded sweatshirt and jeans to his Adidas flip flops. The action figure also came with a variety of signs including “like” and “poke” as well as blank speech balloons that attach to his head. M.I.C. called the mini-mogul statue, “inspired from a man who makes the world more open and connected.”
Before I was able to buy one, M.I.C. Gadget received a cease and desist letter from a Beijing law firm representing the social networking site. The letter stated:
Without the authorisation of Mr. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, you have manufactured and sold on your website the Mark Zuckerberg action figures to customers globally, which has used Mr. Mark Zuckerberg’s portraiture for commercial purpose and infringed his legitimate right. In addition, Facebook’s trademark “F” has also been used on these action figures, which has also infringed Facebook’s trademark right.’
Well, shucks. Maybe Facebook will come out with their own version of the Mark Zuckerberg action figure.
Were you able to snag a little Mark Zuckerberg for yourself before he was pulled?