Toys R Us: Breaking Bad Dolls on 'Sabbatical'

Meth-dealing action figures pulled after petition
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2014 2:09 AM CDT
Bryan Cranston is seen as Walter White in a scene from the series finale of "Breaking Bad."   (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote, File)

(Newser) – Bad news for Breaking Bad fans: Toys R Us has decided to pull a range of dolls based on the series—which came complete with bags of meth and cash—after a petition started by a Florida mom gained more than 9,000 signatures. The retailer tells the AP that the action figures, which were sold in the adult action-figure area of its stores, "have taken an indefinite sabbatical." The petition started by Fort Myers resident Susan Schrivjer called the dolls a "dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."

"While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," the petition said. A rival petition urging the retailer to keep selling the dolls gained more than 3,000 signatures, reports the BBC. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, whose Walter White character was one of the action figures, tweeted: "'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." (Read more Breaking Bad stories.)

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