Some people just can't quit Steve Jobs. Given the impact the iconic Apple founder had on this industry and the emotional connection they feel to Apple products, I totally get that. Now, they may never have to let go.
A Hong Kong-based company called InIcons is planning to sell a creepily realistic 12-inch-tall plastic version of Jobs, complete with black turtleneck, jeans, and New Balance sneakers. Also in the package to add to the creepiness: three pairs of hands in different poses and two apples (one with a bite out of it).
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The cost? $110 with shipping. Want to add an iPhone 4 or the original Macintosh computer to your Applesque diorama? That will cost extra, though the exact price isn't listed on the site.
Aside from the beard, which looks a bit too plasticky, the prototype figurine shown on the InIcons site is a stunning re-creation of the man -- you have to look closely to realize it's not an actual photo.
The figure is slated to go on sale next month, but probably not if Apple has anything to say about it. It managed to intimidate a Chinese company into pulling its Steve Jobs action figure in November 2010. (The company's Mark Zuckerberg-inspired Poking Inventor Action Figure is still available, though.)
A company called PodBrix started selling a huggable, plush 17-inch version of the Apple founder in April 2009. Today that company is gone, though it's unclear whether it foundered on its own or Apple put out a hit on it.
Now Apple may try to do the same to InIcon, though contrary to most press reports, it doesn't appear to have taken any action yet. Of course, back then Steve was still with us. Now that he's not, the rules have changed a bit. As PaidContent's Jeff Roberts notes: