Monday, October 27, 2014

Breaking Bad Toys

A woman from Fort Myers, Florida was outraged when she found action figures from the Breaking Bad television show at her local Toys R Us. She did not want her children to be exposed to these dolls based off the characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. If you are not familiar with the show Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin. Jesse is his sometimes dumb, lovable sidekick. The dolls come with guns, bags of money and a bag of meth. This mother could not find reason for these dolls to be in a kids toy store. 

This mother was upset enough to take action. She began a petition to have the toys removed from the shelves. And it worked. Toys R Us has removed Walter and Jesse from their shelves. Aaron Paul, the actor who played Jesse Pinkman had something to say about it. On twitter of course.




Now I loved the show Breaking Bad. I binge watched it a few months back. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen. But I watched every episode without my kids. It is obvious that a show filled with drugs and violence is not appropriate for children. When it comes to these action figures I am torn on my opinion. On one hand, the toys are labeled for 15 and up and as a parent if you don't think these toys are appropriate then don't buy them. But at the same time should little kid have these toys next to their legos and Star Wars figures.

What side of the controversy are you on? Florida Mom's side or Aaron Paul's side? 


2 comments:

  1. Great show, but not with my kids. Great post! Shared on my social media pages. Lots of love, Lisa

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  2. Thanks for sharing this news on your post. I had not heard about this issue. I do think Aaron Paul has a point and while I understand the idea of Barbie giving girls a false reality of what bodies are like and whatnot, I think the message is covert. The Breaking Bad toys are different. And while a bag of money and guns may not be so bad alone, I am shocked that a bag of meth was included.

    I wonder how they arrived at the 15+ age range marking.

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