"Django Unchained" dolls
were first. Now it's toys crafted in the fashion of the Predator RQ-1 drone drawing controversy.
Before it could be yanked from Amazon's cyber-shelves due to its tendency to offend certain shoppers, the toys modeled after the deadly, unmanned aircraft sold out, Slate
's Ryan Gallagher reports
. The toys manufactured by a Hong Kong-based company actually received largely positive reviews, but attracted (mostly sarcastic) outrage too, especially in light of their recommended use for children as young as three. But despite this feedback from some Amazon users, the drone replicas were snatched up fast, and even saw their price spike by over 400% by the time the last one
(which may already be gone by the time you link) could be purchased.
"Love the idea of teaching the value of killing folks from a long distance while sitting comfortably in a remote location," complained one reviewer. "Absolutely no need for a sense of morality or conscience is required to operate...just like the real ones."
"The toy Predator is an acute example of how drones are becoming embedded in Western culture," writes Gallagher. "It seems likely that in the near future we'll see more and more examples of the creeping influence of drones - on everything from toys to fashion accessories and art projects."