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Toy company Neca has been no stranger to darker or violent attributes when it comes to their lines of film-related figurines, having drawn content from “Sin City,” “The Evil Dead” and, most extensively, the filmography of Quentin Tarantino. With the director's highest grossing film, “Django Unchained,” it looked like stellar business was in store for the toy company, but now Neca -- and The Weinstein Company -- have been served with the type of controversy wafting off the spaghetti western itself. The Weinsteins have just announced plans to discontinue their line of “Django Unchained” figurines after a flood of protests objected to Neca's supposed commercialization of slavery, which -- in the words of Change.org's petition -- “makes a mockery of our ancestors' bloodshed, strife, pain and suffering." As with all of their figures licensed from R-rated films, Neca advised its toy likenesses of Django, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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