Toys R Us puts ‘Breaking Bad’ action figures on ‘sabbatical’ after protest
(CNN) — “Breaking Bad’s” drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White will have to stop making the sale at Toys R Us.
The toy store chain won’t be selling “Breaking Bad” action figures anymore, thanks in part to an online petition that urged the store to pull them from their stores and online site. The petition, issued by Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, Fla., received more than 9,000 signatures.
“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical,’ ” Toys R Us said in a statement.
Schrivjer’s petition had picked up plenty of media coverage.
Even Walter White, actor Bryan Cranston, weighed in, tweeting, ” ‘Florida mom petitions against Toys ‘R Us over Breaking Bad action figures.’ I’m so mad, I’m burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest.”
Cranston was back Wednesday after Toys R Us put out its statement.
“Toys R Us puts Breaking Bad toys on ‘indefinite sabbatical.’ Word on the street is that they were sent to Belize. Nicely played Florida Mom,” he tweeted.
Using the name Susan Myers on Change.org, Schrivjer had noted the store’s “selection of toys for children of all ages.” However, she added, “their decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values.”
On Wednesday, the petition webpage had a “Victory” symbol at the top.
Schrivjer told CNN affiliate WFTX of Fort Myers that she likes “Breaking Bad,” the show. But seeing the action figures at Toys R Us was just too much.
“Kids mimic their action figures, if you will,” she told the station. “Do you want your child in an orange jumpsuit?”