Steve Jobs doll craze crashes manufacturer’s Web site

For Apple fans worldwide, Steve Jobs was a superhero. Now, he’s been given a tribute usually accorded to superheroes: An action figure has been made in his likeness.


This is not an image of the Steve Jobs doll, but the figurine is so lifelike, it may as well be one. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

The doll, which was created by Chinese company In Icons, will be released in February, but can be pre-ordered now. Of course, you’ll have to wait a bit until the Web site comes back up. It seems rabid Jobs fans have overwhelmed the company with visits.

If that’s the case, the fans who stay long enough to buy a doll will be shelling out big bucks for the 12-inch collectible: The figurine, which comes dressed in Jobs’s signature black turtleneck and New Balance shoes, costs $99.

Placing your order right now may be a gamble, though, according to The Next Web. Writes Drew Olanoff, “It’s unlikely that this action figure will see the light of day, since it’s not an authorized product. I’m sure that the Jobs family will have something to say about its release, but man this thing is impressive.” According to PCR, the Jobs family successfully blocked the company MiC Gadget from selling Steve Jobs dolls in 2010.

Nerd out over photos of the fascinatingly lifelike figurine — and its box, inspired by the cover of the Walter Isaacson biography — at The Next Web.


View Photo Gallery: Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and revolutionized personal computing, died Oct. 5. He suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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