Over a year ago, we said that M.I.C. Gadget's $99 figurine of Steve Jobs was "amazingly detailed," and Apple felt threatened enough to ban its sale on eBay, citing trademark infringement. The figurine itself wasn't anatomically correct, sporting an unusually large, balloon-like head and a shrunken body. But there was no mistaking who was holding up the miniscule iPhone 4 even when the toy was "disguised" with a ninja mask and wielding ninja stars in an attempt to dodge Apple's legal hounds.
Now the Steve Jobs action figure is back, except this time it's anatomically correct, standing 12 inches tall and is fully poseable from head to foot. It's brought to Apple fans by another Chinese manufacturer -- this time In Icons -- and will retail for around $100 when it hits the market in February. Previously In Icons teamed up with Hong Kong-based toy manufacturer Dragon in Dreams to produce the popular Barack Obama action figure that was released back in 2008.
As before, the figure is donning the iconic turtleneck, blue jeans and John Lennon glasses. But unlike the previous version, this Steve Job toy is even more strikingly life-like, down to the stubble on the neck and the veins in the hands. Even the "skin" on the toy's face reveals wrinkles around the eyes, the cheek bones. Just go to In Icons' website and see the figure's face up close for yourself -- it's almost too real for words.
According to the manufacturer, the doll includes one realistic head sculpture and two pairs of glasses, one highly articulated body and three pairs of hands, one black turtleneck and a pair of blue jeans, one black leather belt, one pair of black socks, one pair of sneakers, and one chair. There's also two apples, one of which has a bite, and a hard backdrop that reads "One More Thing."
Given the amount of detail, Apple will likely swoop in with a cease-and-desist order. Then again, this figurine doesn't possess an iPhone, so In Icons may have a better chance at dodging Apple's lawyers. If anything, Apple should allow its sale but only if a certain chunk of the revenue goes towards the Jobs family or a charity in his name.