Toys R Us made news this week by pulling a line of controversial "Breaking Bad" action figures. Check out this photo gallery of other toys that were pulled from shelves after controversy.
"Breaking Bad" action figures — This month, Toys R Us pulled a line of action figures based on the Emmy award-winning television series “Breaking Bad” after parents complained about the toys’ depiction of drugs. The action figures included detachable items including a guns, bags of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.
Oreo Barbie — This doll was the result of a cross-promotion between Mattel and Nabisco in the 1990s. Apparently no one in the board room knew the negative implications of pairing an African-American doll with the brand name Oreo but as soon as it hit shelves, negative feedback was heard. The doll was quickly recalled and is now a collector’s item among eBay sellers.
Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 Broom — Dubbed a “sex toy” by some reviewers when it was released in the early 2000s, this Harry Potter toy broom was pulled from shelves after parents realized it vibrated. One 2001 Amazon review warned to “Keep the batteries out” of this Mattel-produced toy.
"Django Unchained" action figures — Released in conjunction with the release of director Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film “Django Unchained,” these action figures didn’t last long at Amazon’s online store. Reportedly yanked after only 1,000 toys were produced, due to controversy over glorifying slavery. Among the toy line’s critics was Al Sharpton.
Steve the Tramp action figure — Released in conjunction with the release of 1990’s “Dick Tracy” film starring Madonna and Warren Beatty, this action figure was quickly pulled after being deemed offensive toward homeless people. According to reports, the toy’s packaging included statements calling the action figure an “ignorant bum … you’ll smell him before you see him.”
Hippy Sippy — A brand of candy introduced in the late 1960s as a commentary on drug use among the hippie counterculture. The small pellet-shaped candies were packed into a toy syringe, immediately causing controversy and eventually leading to a Food and Drug Administration recall in 1969.
Aqua Dots — Parents were upset by the depiction of drugs included with “Breaking Bad” action figures but what about a toy actually laced with drugs? It has since come back on the market but in 2007, several parents complained that their children had swallowed the product’s colorful beads, resulting in vomiting and other symptoms. Studies into the toy revealed that one of the ingredients was similar to the date rape drug gamma hydroxyl butyrate.
Cuddle with Me "Lil' Monkey" doll — Another children’s toy that was blasted for being racist and subsequently pulled from shelves. Costco’s “Cuddle with Me” line included an African-American baby doll paired with a plush monkey and banana — but the topper was a knit cap on the doll’s head that read “Lil’ Monkey.”