The late Steve Jobs, CEO and founder of Apple, who’s synonymous with the most popular Apple products like the iPad and the iPhone, can now be associated with a new one. It’s a mini-figure of the Apple visionary, released by action figure maker In Icon and Hong Kong based design group Dragon Dreams. Incidentally In Icon have also released a Barack Obama figure in the past, so this is not new territory for the group.
The Jobs figure is aptly named the iCEO mini and is a 12-inch action figure made in the likeness of the late founder. Images released by In Icon show the Jobs figure holding an iPad, and iPhone. It is likely to be released in February this year. And no, the mini-figure does not come cheap, it’s priced at $99.99.
Here’s how CNET’s Tim Hornyak described this latest ‘tech toy’.
I haven’t picked up a bearded 12-inch action figure since the 1970s, when the GI Joe Action Adventure Team was a kick-ass toy. But I can’t resist this new fuzzhead from In Icons that’s the spitting image of Steve Jobs.
Like all regular ‘dolls/figures’, this one comes with accessories as well. Jobs’ traditional black turtleneck, blue jeans, plus a chair ( both wood and metal). Most importantly, it comes with two apples, one which is half bitten, sort of like the Apple Logo, well exactly like the Apple logo. For those who were wondering , if it comes with a mini iPad, the answer is no. They probably thought Apple would sue them for that one.
Since it’s only been three months since Jobs passed away, not everyone thinks that the figure was in good taste. The Daily Mail called it a, “tasteless iDea.”
The Verge on the other hand was little overawed by the ‘creepiness of the doll’. They were a little doubtful of how useful the doll would be and had this to say about it:
The company wants you to take note of its “piercing eyes of soul” that will “always remind you to stay hungry, stay foolish and to follow your heart in the limited life,” which sounds like a lot to ask of something that will likely collect dust on a shelf somewhere until one of our younger relatives takes it outside to conduct experiments with a Swiss Army Knife and / or some M-80s, but we’ll let you know for sure once we get one for ourselves.
It’s not exactly clear what Apple fans/Steve Jobs fans will have to say about the mini-figure, but one thing is for sure, nobody can deny that it looks eerily like Jobs. Perhaps like all products linked to Jobs, this one too could become a collectible item.