Susan Schrivjer is fed up. The Fort Myers, Fla. mother has started a petition to get Toys 'R Us to remove Breaking Bad action figures from their shelves. "Kids mimic their action figures, if you will," she told WFTX. "Do you want your child in an orange jumpsuit?"
This is tricky logic. Because if we're going to ban toys on the premise that "kids mimic their action figures," then what about the hundreds of other ostensibly heinous action figures sold by Toys R Us for kids to hypothetically emulate? Are we not worried about kids mimicking Predator? What about something called "Bioshock Infinite 9 inch Scale Action Figure - Benjamin Franklin 'Heavy Hitter' Patriot"? A My Little Pony iPhone 5 case?
The Breaking Bad toys in question are figures of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul's characters in hazmat suits. There's also one of Walter White and a gun and, heads up, it's on sale right now for $13.99.
"The products you reference are carried in very limited quantities and the product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up," Toys 'R Us, said in a statement released to WFTX. "Items from this TV series are located in the adult action figure area of our stores." (Oh.)
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. That's why I'm calling on Toys R Us to immediately stop selling the Breaking Bad doll collection in their stores and on their website.
But let's be clear: Schrivjer is a fan of the show. "I thought the show was great," she told WFTX. "It was riveting." But these toys? They gotta go!
Meanwhile, the real Walter White, Bryan Cranston, put Schrivjer on blast on his Twitter today:
"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