Toys based on a critically acclaimed TV series are being pulled from the shelves by retailer Toys R Us. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the toy chain said it’s pulling the “Breaking Bad” toys after they sparked a petition from a Florida mother.
Toys R Us called the move an “indefinite sabbatical” for the toy line, according to the report.
The online petition was started by Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, and drew more than 8,500 supporters. She was outraged to find the toy store carried figurines based on the AMC series about a chemistry teacher who becomes a meth dealer, calling the toys inappropriate.
“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical’,” Toys R Us said in a statement. It had no other comment.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston voiced his view on the subject via Twitter, writing, “’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.”
The drama series, which wrapped in fall 2013 after five seasons on AMC, is one of the most acclaimed TV shows ever, including winning six Emmys earlier this year, with Cranston receiving his fourth Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for his work on the show.
The series won Emmys for outstanding drama series in 2013 and 2014, and during its run was honored by the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, AFI, DGA, Television Critics Association, WGA and Critics Choice Awards, among other honors, along with a string of Emmys.
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