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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:27:01 AM(UTC)
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Breaking Bad's Walter White had a knack for evading authorities and, on several occasions, certain death through the show's five seasons. But of all the adversaries he faced off against, his toughest opponent yet might turn out to be a mom from Florida. Otherwise known as Susan Schrivjer, this pissed off mother is making headlines for launching a Change.org petition demanding that Toys R Us remove its Breaking Bad doll collection.

The sight of Walter White transformed into Heisenberg in doll form selling for $17.99 (marked down to $13.99) on Toys R Us's website was too much for Schrivjer to bear. To her credit, Heisenberg is a meth-cooking kingpin and a killer, a character who crossed so far beyond the gray area of morality that there's no returning to the simple state of being a loving husband and father. Simply put, he's one of TV's bad guys, even though he didn't start out that way.

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"Sony Pictures Television has recently partnered with Toys R Us to release a collection of dolls based on the characters from Breaking Bad. The show centers on the story of a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug kingpin in order to make ends meet. 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," Schrivjer's petition reads.


Point taken, though the counterargument is that censoring these types of collectibles crosses a precarious line. While Heisenberg's presence in a Toys R Us may seem odd, he's not the only toy or collectible with a violent past or nature. An easy example is Grand Theft Auto V, a violent (and highly entertaining) video game in which all kinds of atrocities are performed, including torture. You can also purchase a Freddy Krueger costume on Toys R Us and bundle it with a Darth Vader collectible. The question is, where do we draw the line?

According to Time, the Breaking Bad packaging "clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up" and only sold "in the adult section figure area of our stores." However, they've also been spotted uncomfortably close to toys intended for kids, such as Super Mario Brothers figures.

What's your opinion? Should Toys R Us continue to sell adult-themed toys and collectibles, including dolls of drug dealers? Or do you plan to sign the petition?
Offline basroil  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:36:11 AM(UTC)
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Not all toys are for kids, including the toys that woman likely has in her drawer. ToysRUs sell plenty of R rated merchandise, including at one time Conkers Bad Fur Day (pretty much the only R rated cartoon style video game), hundreds of mature rated video games, and some R rated movies as well.

Toys R Us has a responsibility to the community to fight against overbearing censorship!

Offline SeanDKnight  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:17:07 AM(UTC)
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Apparently Schrivjer, and everyone who signs the petition, is not aware of all the toys that Toys R Us sells and ignores the fact that such figures are for teenagers and up which should, by then, know the difference between right and wrong - fantasy and reality.

Offline sevags  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:08:56 AM(UTC)
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BOOOOOO Mr. White deserves to stay on store shelves! I wouldn't want to be the one to cross him.

Offline Anonymous  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:37:11 AM(UTC)
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If your kid gets to the adult section (where he can find Charles Chaplin figures a kid would find boring and 60's TV s[censored]s and have been there for years), and your kid recognizes and asks for the Breaking Bad figure and he/she already knows what BB is about and that worries you..then you already failed as a father

Offline JohnCathcart  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:37:12 AM(UTC)
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Breaking Bad and Walter White didn't glorify meth... if anything it showed that it will completely ruin every aspect of your life and likely get you killed.

Offline MarkAllison  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:37:13 AM(UTC)
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We got bigger fish to fry, move along.

Offline Super Dave  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:44:32 PM(UTC)
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Dang - I was gonna buy one but Toys R Us pulled them...

Offline CliffVincent  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:07:21 AM(UTC)
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yeah breaking bad was awesome and it ended with no fun on the meth side

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