Made In China has begun selling what it calls a “Poking Inventor Action Figure” that kind of looks like Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, and has an oversized price of $69.90, including tax.
We’re wondering why MIC set the price so high. Sure, Facebook’s a hot topic right now, but the supply and demand for tchotchkes doesn’t add up to $69.90.
Perhaps that price includes the legal fees MIC will have to pay when Facebook’s in-house attorneys turn their attention to this doll that’s not named Mark Zuckerberg. And his company’s name doesn’t appear in the blog about the action figure.
We think these omissions are deliberate legal moves, rather than accidental omissions — even though the action figure comes with iconography clearly taken from Facebook. This includes the “F” logo, plus icons for “poke” and “like.”
The lack of Mark’s name and company suggest that this action figure isn’t officially approved by the CEO nor Facebook. Certainly.
MIC’s convenient location in China offers some legal protection, but that wouldn’t stop, say, U.S. based credit-card companies and payments providers from taking Facebook’s side if asked — in other words, they could block payments.
Readers, what do you think about this action figure — do you want to buy one?