The controversial “Django Unchained” toys have been banned on eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), where the action figures of characters from the Quentin Tarantino film were fetching asking prices of up to $12,000.
The Weinstein Company, producers of “Django Unchained,” discontinued the toys following criticism from African-American advocacy groups, such as the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope, TMZ reported.
The exclusivity of the toys following their discontinuation prompted owners of the collectibles to put the action figures up for sale on eBay.
An eBay seller based in Illinois was offering 11 “Django Unchained” for $12,000.
“SOLD OUT WORLDWIDE DON'T LOSE YOUR CHANCE TO OWN CINEMA HISTORY!!!!!” the seller wrote in their description of the toys. “SET INCLUDES BROOMHILDA!!! THIS ONE PIECE ALONE IS VALUED AT OVER $5000!!!!!”
While “Django Unchained” has received critical acclaim, it has also been slammed for its depiction of African-Americans. The Quentin Tarantino movie bares similarities to the director’s “Inglorious Basterds,” a gory film about American Nazi hunters.
“Django Unchained” takes place in the Deep South in the late 1850s and features freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) vying to liberate his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from vicious plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio.)
San Jose, Calif.-based eBay has banned the “Django Unchained” toys from its website, TMZ reported.
Yet that hasn’t stopped new listings from appearing on the commerce site.
A Broomhilda toy is currently going for $1,025 with four days left in the bidding. But apparently, eBay will not let the sale take place. The highest bid for a Django doll is $355 as of late Thursday afternoon.
The California-based seller of the Django toy touted the action figure’s exclusivity in their listing.
“These collectible toys are no longer on shelves and are quickly becoming unavailable,” they wrote. “Act now before you miss out on these wonderful items.”