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Facebook Kills Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure 123

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the what-the-zuck dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After being told it can no longer sell its Apple CEO Steve Jobs action figure, M.I.C. Gadget has been ordered to kill off its Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg action figure as well. The lifelike Zuckerberg doll was available for $70 online, but now Facebook has had it banned, just like Apple did for the Jobs doll." Still waiting for a lifelike 'CmdrTaco' doll with Carpal Tunnel Grip.
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Facebook Kills Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure

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  • Come on now (Score:5, Funny)

    by Billy the Boy (2016540) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:01AM (#35502684)
    Shouldn't we give Zuckerberg some privacy?
    • by Shikaku (1129753)

      Help, there's soda all over my keyboard!

  • Except when I don't want to be.
  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:05AM (#35502734) Homepage Journal

    Still waiting for a lifelike 'CmdrTaco' doll with Carpal Tunnel Grip.

    Speak to the people at RealDoll. I'm sure there's a market among the neckbeards!
  • WTF? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by cbope (130292)

    Whomever would pay 70 FUCKING DOLLARS for either of these seriously needs their head examined. Or just shoot them and put them out of their misery, they cannot be saved.

    • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by duguk (589689) <dug.frag@co@uk> on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:19AM (#35502896) Homepage Journal

      Whomever would pay 70 FUCKING DOLLARS for either of these seriously needs their head examined. Or just shoot them and put them out of their misery, they cannot be saved.

      Depends who the money is going too - it's obviously not going to Facebook
      If it was going to a privacy advocate, I might buy it*

      * mostly for voodoo

    • by tomhudson (43916)
      Maybe they want the dolls to stick pins in them, like voodoo.

      Speaking of which, maybe they could market it as a voodoo doll, and try for some religious exemption (voodoo is classified as a religion).

    • >Whomever would pay

      Apologies in advance, but in the great Slashdot tradition of going off on a grammer* tangent:

      It is'nt "whomever" would pay, it's "whoever". Whom would be used if it were the object of the verb, which it's not. It's the subject. You can tell by substituting "he/him" for "who/whom": "Him would pay" doesn't make sense. "He would pay" does, and he is nominative.

      An example of a subject would be:
      To "whom" should this prize be given?
      Give "him" this prize.
      Whom and him are both objects of the

      • by Guignol (159087)
        Thank you very much kind sir ! This is very helpful
        (not on sarcasm mode, nor in the 'thank god someone else thinks like me' one (ok a little too maybe :)) but I didn't know the rule well and had mostly an intuitive feeling about it without never thinking clearly about which one to choose)
        • by Compaqt (1758360)

          The funny thing is, because I guess schoolmarms aren't teaching these handy rules anymore, people are hypercorrecting themselves where they don't even need to:

          "me" is seen as a indicator of lower status, like "ain't", so people just use I where it doesn't fit:

          "They gave my wife and I a gift." Wrong.

          Split them up, and then see if it works:
          "They gave my wife a gift." OK.

          "They gave I a gift." ??

          Should be:
          "They gave me a gift."

          Together:
          "They gave me and my wife a gift."

          • by ynp7 (1786468)

            This is _the_ worst. Make all the grammar mistakes you want, more if you do it on purpose, but do _not_ make those mistakes while trying to sound smart!

      • by Keill (920526)

        If you REALLY want to get stuck in to a language problem, then try reading the first entry in my blog:

        http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/DarrenTomlyn/20110314/7218/Starting_Again__Part_1_Problems_With_The_Word_Game.php [gamasutra.com]

    • Yeah, seriously. That is a lot of money for a Zuckerberg, but I'd pay it for a "My Dinner With Andre" action set...
    • Depends on the equipment that comes with it. With a few needles and being crafted by a genuine Voodoo priest, fuck, people'd pay 700+ for it!

    • I totally agree. Who cares about Jobs and Zuckerberg? On the other hand, I'd be proud to display Woz alongside my Albert Einstein action figure!

      B the W, you only need "whom" when it's the *object* of a sentence, not the subject. "I would pay 70 dollars to WHOMever would make a Woz action figure", but "WHOever would pay 70 dollars..." is correct. You do get extra credit for caring enough to try, though.

    • by 517714 (762276)
      Would you be interested in the Chia Zuckerberg?
    • Ah, but who's laughing now [ebay.com]?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:08AM (#35502744)

    I was very disappointed when I finished reading the headline.

  • This company (Score:4, Informative)

    by Haedrian (1676506) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:08AM (#35502746)

    Should start making voodoo dolls instead.

    I'd have bought one of these.

  • by SpaghettiPattern (609814) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:11AM (#35502784)
    Hmmm,... I wonder,... Could there maybe be a market for a life size action figurine of Pamela Anderson?
    • by Haedrian (1676506)

      You'd cause a worldwide Silicone shortage if you attempted that.

    • by uncanny (954868)
      yeah, they tried that, but shortly after there was an outbreak of HEP C and all the dolls were recalled
    • by Inzite (472846)
      Dunno about Pamela Anderson, but there's clearly a market for President Barack Obama [streakr.com].
    • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

      Could there maybe be a market for a life size action figurine of Pamela Anderson?

      Have you seen Pam Anderson lately? She's starting to look like Divine from Pink Flamingos.

      • by tehcyder (746570)

        Could there maybe be a market for a life size action figurine of Pamela Anderson?

        Have you seen Pam Anderson lately? She's starting to look like Divine from Pink Flamingos.

        You're saying that like it's a bad thing.

  • I'd often daydreamed (but not had the knowledge or contacts to go through with it) of making toy "voodoo dolls" complete with pins.

    I don't necessarily believe in them working but the stress relief when MS Word (yes I have to use it at work) does its own thing and messes up formatting again of having a Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates doll and a long pin or two handy would be worth anyone's money.

    Guess I'll cross Mark Z off the list now.

    Still, imagine how much a Darl figure would have been worth during the SCO sa

    • The Ballmer doll better come with a chair too.
      • It comes with sweat rings under the arms and shouts " Developers ,Developers ,Developers ,Developers " when you pull the cord

    • I don't necessarily believe in them working but the stress relief when MS Word (yes I have to use it at work) does its own thing and messes up formatting again of having a Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates doll and a long pin or two handy would be worth anyone's money.

      Yes, please give me that Steve Ballmer doll. Don't worry about the pins though, I've already got a very nice one. And keep the lube too, his sweat already does the job quite adequately...

  • by balaband (1286038) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:19AM (#35502898)

    an old joke:

    Slobodan Milosevic was walking down the bridge when the huge wind strikes. He falls into river and starts drowning, and three man notice that and rescue him. Milosevic, grateful for saving their lives, ask them anything that they would like to have:

    Guy #1 : "Mr president, I would like 1.000.000 dinars so I can feed my family, pay our debts and buy stuff that my family needs"

    Milosevic: "Ok, that is fine, you can solve financial problem of your family for the rest of your life with that amount"

    Guy #2 : "Mr president, I would like one of the government-owned companies. I'm a capable guy, and I know we can employ a lot of people and make some healthy profit"

    Milosevic: "Oh, that is good, I'll see to it that you get that"

    Guy #3: "Mr president, for me, only thing I want is a little doll in your image"

    Milosevic: "Haha, that is good, I would see to it."

    One year later, Milosevic remembers his saviours, and goes to see how they are doing. So he visits guy #1 and see he is poor, his house a ruin, and his family hungry;

    Milosevic: "What the hell?! I gave you all that money!"

    Guy #1: "Inflation, Mr president...."

    Then he goes to see guy #2. Company he gave him is not working, there are workers in front of it on a strike, and the guy is looking miserable.

    Milosevic: "This company was working perfect; What the hell happened?!"

    Guy #2: "Embargo, Mr president...."

    Milosevic then goes to guy #3; He sees his house and it is huge; there is a Ferrari on the driveway; Inside, half of the place is made of gold! Milosevic is confused, how did this happened?!

    Then he sees his doll and sign underneath it:

    "SPITTING 1 DINAR, PISSING 5"

  • I hereby propose the Mark Zuckerberg emoticon: i-$

    The little i represents your information in Zuckerberg's eyes.

    The smiley dollar face repesents the amount of money Zuckerberg enjoys through access to your information.

    • Yesterday I was thinking, a lot of tech-celebrities have pseudonyms: Chris 'moot' Poole, Rich 'Lowtax' Kyanka, Andrew 'ZOZ' Brooks, Julian 'Mendax' Assange, Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda, Anonymity 'Moxie Marlinspike' IsSeriousBusiness, etc, but Mark Zuckerberg doesn't have one. I came up with one that's perfect for him:

      Mark 'CyberSatan' Zuckerberg.

      I dare anybody to come up with a better one.

      • by jDeepbeep (913892)
        How about Zuckerpunch?
      • by tehcyder (746570)

        Yesterday I was thinking, a lot of tech-celebrities have pseudonyms: Chris 'moot' Poole, Rich 'Lowtax' Kyanka, Andrew 'ZOZ' Brooks, Julian 'Mendax' Assange, Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda, Anonymity 'Moxie Marlinspike' IsSeriousBusiness, etc, but Mark Zuckerberg doesn't have one. I came up with one that's perfect for him:

        Mark 'CyberSatan' Zuckerberg.

        I dare anybody to come up with a better one.

        Mark "cuntfuckpissshitwankarsetitbollockdickdidialreadysaycunt" Zuckerberg?

  • If I didn't want someone making action figures of me, I would hope it's reasonable for me to ask them to stop. Did they even ask permission to use his image and Facebook's logo? At least make an offer of some of the profit. I hope they're not surprised.
    • by cptdondo (59460)

      Well, I'd say that since Mr. Zuckerberg has made a fortune using other people's work and disrespecting their privacy, turnabout is fair play.... If Facebook rules are good for everyone, then they should be good for everyone. Oh wait, the ordinary rules don't apply to the rich and famous, I forgot.

      • Facebook users agree to have their privacy invaded and willingly give up their information. Zuckerberg didn't agree to have his image made into a figurine.

        I'd say the rules are working just fine.

      • Well, I'd say that since Mr. Zuckerberg has made a fortune using other people's work and disrespecting their privacy, turnabout is fair play.... If Facebook rules are good for everyone, then they should be good for everyone. Oh wait, the ordinary rules don't apply to the rich and famous, I forgot.

        Now that's a completely different debate. Sneaky EULA wording and deceptive privacy rules aside, Facebook is still a free service that is in no way involuntary. The figurine is different in many ways. Facebook doesn't let you order custom prints of other peoples' photos or figurines for that matter. Considering the company didn't ask for permission sets it aside from Facebook's service entirely. Don't agree with Facebook's rules? Then don't use it. There's nothing to stop people from filing a class-action s

        • by vux984 (928602)

          Don't agree with Facebook's rules? Then don't use it

          I don't. How can I be sure facebook still isn't profilling me through what other people are saying and doing and tagging in relation to me? Indeed I bet there are all sorts of things about me on there... given my sister is on there, and other family members...

          How do I even find out what facebook is doing with my likeness and how many people have access to those images..? Oh easy... I just... have to join up first? But that would entail signing the eula...

          • Even if they did this (I'd say the burden of proof lies with you) What problem would you have with them gleaning second-hand information about you? At what point does responsibility move from Facebook to the person who submits, what is essentially public, information about you?

            Actually, fuck it. Your example is too far fetched. I would love to see an example of this happening.

            • by vux984 (928602)

              At what point does responsibility move from Facebook to the person who submits, what is essentially public, information about you?

              The point at which they start building profiles or otherwise commercializing the information.

              At what point does responsibility move from Facebook to the person who submits, what is essentially public, information about you?

              Your mistake is thinking that its essentially public information.

              Its essentially private. That small bits of private information are leaked continually in publ

              • by praxis (19962)

                What I agree that it's creepy, I don't think we should start making laws against collecting information. Using it in a way that's damaging yes, but collecting no. Of course, that's not easy to enforce but if we start forbidding collecting and analyzing information that's visible to the public we're crippling science. Essentially the line between "I'm okay with people making a note of what I was wearing when I went out today" and "I'm not okay with people making a note of what color I wear most often" is too

    • So, according to the Article, sold for 70$ and there were 300 of them.

      I don't know about profit margins, but if we just multiply the values -

      21,000$

      I'm sure Mark could use that money to tip his paperboy or something.

  • Possibly Batman and Spiderman, but how much action is involved sitting behind a keyboard??

  • This has always been somewhat well established I think. You can't make "parodied Darth Vaders" for sale, but you can make one for public display as as art work of expression. (The right to sell such art work is not protected under a wide variety of laws restricting and limiting content ranging from religious to politics and business reasons.)

    Can such art works be "given away"? That should be tested.

  • by Tigger's Pet (130655) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @09:35AM (#35503054) Homepage

    I had to double-take when that headline popped up on my screen - "Facebook kills Mark Zuckerberg".

    I thought the machines had finally arisen from their shackles and decided to start with revenge rather than taking over the world.

    I for one welcome our Social Network-based Overlords - they already know everything about us.

  • You can still order one Here [shopinprivate.com].

  • Reminds me of the scene from Babylon 5 where Londo explains that an action figure of him is lacking the appropriate alien sex organs and that is why is should be banned.

  • ...before I read the last two words.

  • Do what businesses traditionally do when faced with this sort of thing:

    Slightly change it, by adding a freckle to the figure's face or something; then rename it (I suggest something like "Zark Muckerberg, - billionaire superhero/supervillan extreme," then use the controversy for marketing..... "MARKeting," get it? {rimshot}!

  • So where is the Richard Stallman Action figure?

    accessories include:

    - Depakote prescription bottle
    - Therapy office with wood desk and therapy couch
    - Sigmund, your helpful Therapist action figure.

  • by jav1231 (539129)
    I just can't think of "action" and "Zuckerberg" together.
  • On PBS series Antique Roadshow, rare Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure said to be worth 2 trillion dollars. Unfortunately, due to inflation, 1 trillion dollars in 3000 is only worth 50 cents in year 2000 dollars.
  • Otherwise there would have been people buying the dolls, just to kill them anyway.

    The only thing sadder than this story being on Slashdot is that I commented on it.
  • Fortunately Massengill and Summer's Eve still make fairly accurate simulacra of Zuckerberg.
  • I heard there is going to be an Eduardo Saverin figure, although it's going to be 1% of the size of Mark's.

  • So, pull it from the shelves, re-brand it as Mark Zuckerborg, add a couple cybernetic components and sell it again.
  • One poster here says that it's clear you cannot sell personal replicas for profit. Is it? I thought the "right of publicity" rules were somewhat less powerful, and that there were public figures exceptions of some sort. Do Bill, George and Barack get a few cents of royalties from each of the little President Bobbleheads on sale at DC tourist traps and airports? IAAL, but haven't looked into this law recently.
    If the little Zuckerberg was holding a cardboard "Will Sell Sekrets for $$$" sign, would that

  • Please tell me that the people who make Robot Chicken managed to get one before it was made unavailable!

  • Guess Robot Chicken won't be able to make a parody of The Social Network now that Mark Zuckerberg's action figure isn't available...

  • Are they worried about how many people would be sticking pins in it?
  • I didn't know about the move to https, but I just went to Twit with Firefox on linux; then tried Safari on a Jobs machine.

    The error page tells me politely, "Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing ..."

    Anybody else getting this?

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