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Weinstein Co withdraw 'slavery-mocking' dolls, while Leonardo DiCaprio announces long break from acting to concentrate on green activism

A range of action figures accompanying the release of Quentin Tarantino's bloodsoaked spaghetti-western homage Django Unchained have been withdrawn from sale after attracting criticism from black activists in the Us.

The eight-inch-tall figurines, which include depictions of "house slave" Stephen (played by Samuel L Jackson in the film) and Jamie Foxx's Django, were on sale via Amazon and other sites priced at $39.99 per model. In the wake of their removal by the Weinstein Company, which financed Tarantino's film, some were on sale this morning via private sources for up to $4,999 on the same site.

Announcing the removal from sale, the Weinstein Company said in a statement: "In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience »

- Ben Child

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