Action figure Django Unchained toys are now banned on Ebay after the Weinstein Company received complaints about the rare line of dolls being sold at public auction. But then, enterprising sellers tried to turn them around for a profit before the virtual marketplace began shutting down those sales as well.
Ebay pulled the Django toys off the online shelves, cautioning sellers not to try to re-list them.
“Since the manufacturer of this product has discontinued the item’s sale due to its potentially offensive nature, we are not allowing it to be sold on eBay,” eBay wrote to sellers in an email explaining why the items had been removed.
A rep for eBay said that the figurines had been classified as “offensive materials.”
The Weinstein Company faced criticism from African-American groups over the Django figurines, including Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, which called for a boycott of the toys and said they made “a mockery of slavery.”
Naturally, banning them made them a popular item for collectors, who began to snap them up for prices up to several thousand dollars.
A person owning one of the Django Unchained action figures can still turn them around for a major profit since they are a rarity.