You Can Now Purchase an Edward Snowden Action Figure

For $99, you and your child can play with one of America’s most wanted fugitives.

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Dustin Volz
Feb. 19, 2014, 7:53 a.m.

Move over, Cap­tain Plan­et. A toy man­u­fac­turer in Ore­gon has com­mod­it­ized the de­bate over gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance and is now selling cus­tom­iz­able Ed­ward Snowden ac­tion fig­ures for the cool price of $99.

“This pack­age in­cludes Ed­ward Snowden’s cus­tom ac­tion fig­ure head moun­ted on a 12-inch ac­tion fig­ure body with a sev­er­al [sic] choices of out­fit styles,” the web­site, ThatsMy­, boasts. “By se­lect­ing Head only in the Out­fit se­lec­tion box above, you can also buy Ed­ward Snowden’s head for $60 only and fit it onto your own 12-inch fig­ur­ines.”

The sales page fea­tures a video demo show­ing toy Snowden hanging out with his secret-leak­ing com­pan­ion, WikiLeaks founder Ju­li­an As­sange. (As­sange’s hand is placed con­spicu­ously on Snowden’s shoulder, as if to say, “We’re in this to­geth­er.”)

Bet­ter yet, an ac­com­pa­ny­ing toy de­scrip­tion tells us who Snowden is and why we should buy the Bar­bie-sized fig­ur­ine:

Ed­ward Joseph Snowden is an Amer­ic­an com­puter spe­cial­ist, a former Cent­ral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) em­ploy­ee, and former Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency (NSA) con­tract­or who dis­closed a large num­ber of top secret NSA doc­u­ments to sev­er­al me­dia out­lets.

Pro­ceeds from sales of the ac­tion fig­ure will be donated to the Free­dom of the Press Found­a­tion, which named Snowden to its board of dir­ect­ors last month, a group that also in­cludes Pentagon Pa­pers leak­er Daniel Ells­berg, journ­al­ist Glenn Gre­en­wald, and act­or John Cu­s­ack. The toy man­u­fac­turer notes in a dis­claim­er, however, that the non­profit did not spon­sor the ac­tion fig­ure.

Earli­er this week, Snowden, who is still be­lieved to be liv­ing some­where in Rus­sia, was elec­ted stu­dent rect­or by the Uni­versity of Glas­gow.

The toy site also fea­tures a lengthy “celebrity ac­tion fig­ures” page where you can browse through the likes of Ron Paul, Eric Hold­er, Rahm Emanuel, Rick San­tor­um, and, of course, Pres­id­ent Obama.


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