What will they come up with next? First, there were Jersey Shore Christmas baubles, now we’ve got a playful tribute to Steve Jobs that’s just as portable — and twice as playful! — as his own products. Chinese toy company In Icons and Hong Kong-based manufacturer Dragon In Dreams have crafted an eerily lifelike, albeit it 12-inch-tall, Jobs action figure. The unauthorized figurine (it’s not a toy!) is scheduled to go on sale next month for $99. That’s two Shuffles or an Apple TV unit in Jobs-ian terms.
Many are arguing the action figure is creepy because of its ultra-realistic detail. I say let’s focus on the possibilities of having a true-to-form Li’l Jobsy that you can practically cart around in your pocket. Bored with boors at a dinner party? Bring him out to inspire yourself not to “let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Frustrated with PCs? Jobsy will never let you forget that “the only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste.” Having trouble sticking to your New Year’s diet? Keep Jobsy around as motivation to eat those apples. So yeah, perhaps the toymakers overshot on realism, but I think the figurine could be inspirational — a reminder to lead and not follow, think of what could be instead of what is, and ultimately put your “ding in the universe.”
What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you pro or con Li’l Jobsy? Does the intricate detail disturb you, or do you think it’s a cool tribute to the late, great Apple impresario?