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, ThatsMyFace.com, 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.