According to a posting on the front door of the InIcon site, “[W]e have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and [the]Steve Jobs family.”
But the note, signed only “inicons.com,” claims the firm still believes “we have not overstepped any legal boundaries,” but that the firm “has decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.”
“We understand that this decision will cause many of the fans disappointment, but please forgive us as there is no other alternative unless to have [sic] the blessing from [the] Steve Job’ family.”
The full text of the announcement, dated January 15, can be seen at http://www.inicons.com.
InIcon will refund pre-orders.
Trading in figurines apparently already in the market has jumped at eBay, ranging from the offer of the head-only at $31 to the full “collectible action figure” for $2500 from a seller who is still waiting for their shipment, pre-ordered in October and which the seller still hopes will show up. (“[B]ut if for some reason I don’t get it your money will be refunded….”) This seller claims to have pre-ordered the day the figures were first offered and expects to receive shipment in February or March; which raises the question how other sellers have been able to obtain their figurines, with claims to have them “in stock.”
For background on this story and pictures of the icon, see our earlier story, “Steve Jobs: Apple Files to Stop Action Figure Sales, eBay Site Redirects“.