We can’t say that a miniaturized tribute to Apple CEO Steve Jobs is crowning our holiday wish lists this year. But after Apple’s lawyers put the Steve Jobs figurines on the endangered list, a niche market has emerged on eBay that’s willing to pay a pretty penny for the privilege of owning a stocking stuffer-sized tech idol.
The Steve Jobs figurine saga began last month when Chinese website M.I.C. Gadget announced that it had sold out of an initial run of 300 Steve Jobs figurines. Before the company could announce another batch, Apple intervened, threatening legal action if the company didn’t cease selling the figures.
M.I.C. Gadget responded in a blog posting announcing that it would comply with Apple’s wishes. “A few hours ago, we have just received an email from a law firm representing Apple Inc.” read the posting composed in shaky English. “Apple has informed us that this phenomenal SJ action figure, has not consented to the use of Apple’s copyrights and trademarks, therefore they request us immediately to cease the marketing and sale of this figure.”
Apparently, Apple’s objections didn’t reach M.I.C. Gadget in time and some 100 orders were sent out to customers — some of whom are now trying to capitalize on the figurine’s rare status.
As of this writing, there are two active auctions on eBay for Steve Jobs figurines. Another eBay auction for a Jobs doll ended this past Friday and attracted a sole bid of $2,500. The figurines initially sold for $99 retail. We should note that it’s been suggested that the auctions may not be wholly genuine and rather are attempts to feign demand for the figures in hopes of driving up prices.
In case you’re still interested, the dolls are reportedly hand-painted and feature Jobs in his trademark New Balance 991 sneakers, black turtleneck, and removable eyeglasses (able to perched atop the figurine’s forehead in true Steve fashion). The mimicry continues with the Apple co-founder clutching an iPhone 4 in full-on Apple evangelizing pose while perched atop an Apple logo base. M.I.C. Gadget initially offered the figures with an optional add-on kit that featured speech bubbles and a marker to allow owners to attach their favorite Steve Jobs quotes to their figurines.