Controversy swirled this week between a Florida mom and retailer Toys R Us. At the heart of the issue? "Breaking Bad" action figure toys that have now been quietly pulled from the toy giant's shelves.
It all started when Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, Florida, was shopping at her local Toys R Us store and found the meth-making mastermind Walter White doll alongside a doll of his partner-in-crime, Jesse Pinkman, on toy store shelves not far from Barbies and Disney characters. Schrivjer launched a change.org petition asking the stores to pull the items from its shelves.
"Toys R Us is well known around the world for their vast selection of toys for children of all ages. However their decision to sell a 'Breaking Bad' doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys, is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values," said Schrivjer in her petition.
"Parents and grandparents around the world shop at Toys R Us, online and in stores with their children and should not be forced to explain why a certain toy comes with a bag of highly dangerous and illegal drugs or why someone who sells those drugs deserves to be made into an action figure," she continued.
Initially, the toy giant defended its toy selection, saying in a statement, "the product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up" and "are located in the adult action-figure area of our stores."
Bryan Cranston, the actor behind the Walter White character joined in the debate with this tweet:
"Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 20, 2014
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