Does the Bernie Madoff doll (or action figure) trivialize his scam victims?
In this economy, would you pay $149.99 for a Bernie Madoff action figure?
Would your answer be influenced if you knew it was a limited edition action figure?
Herobuilders.com is no stranger to controversy, brazenly giving G.I. Joe collectors the meanest enemies possible to wage war on — Saddam, Osama, Hugo Chavez.Â Without bad guys, who are the good guys gonna fight, right?
But as brash toymaker Emil Vicale tells the Boston Herald, not everyone wants real-world evil (corrupt CEOs like Lex Luthor are fine) represented in the playroom.
â€œEverything we do offends somebody,â€ he says. â€œIf you are looking for a company not to offend somebody, itâ€™s not us.â€
(Darren Garnick, who has an Apollo Creed bobblehead on his desk, can be reached at www.cultureschlock.com)