Mom petitions to have ‘Breaking Bad’ action figures removed from Toys R Us

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(CNN) -- "Breaking Bad's" Walter White may have cleverly dodged authorities during his career as a drug kingpin, but his action figure hasn't dodged the wrath of a Florida mother.

Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Fort Myers, launched a petition in early October to have White -- and other "Breaking Bad" action figures -- removed from Toys R Us.  As of Monday night, the request has received more than 4,000 signatures.

In the petition, Schrivjer -- who wrote the appeal under the name "Susan Myers" -- gets right to the point.

"Toys R Us is well known around the world for their vast selection of toys for children of all ages," she wrote. "However their decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children's toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."

In an interview with CNN affiliate WFTX of Fort Myers, Schrivjer expanded on her thoughts.

"Kids mimic their action figures, if you will," she told the station. "Do you want your child in an orange jumpsuit?"

Signers to her petition agree.

"It's sick that a company would design kids toys that glorify the making of meth. It's just as sick to sell them," wrote Jaime Keasler.

"While I support free enterprise and there may be a market for these figures, this is a children's toy store," said Monica Tessmer. "It shouldn't even be a question that this is inappropriate. Not a smart move Toy r Us."

The action figures include White -- the chemistry teacher turned meth lord -- and his assistant, Jesse Pinkman, in hazmat suits, as well as White as his gun-toting alter ego, Heisenberg.

It's not "Breaking Bad" itself, Schrivjer hastens to add. She says she was a fan of the show.

"I thought the show was great," she said. "It was riveting."

But she draws the line at seeing the characters in Toys R Us. Her goal? "Just to get those taken off the shelf and put them in an appropriate store."

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, who played White, responded jokingly to Schrivjer's movement.

" 'Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures.' I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest," he tweeted.

Toys R Us has yet to respond to a CNN query. In a statement to WFTX, the toy giant said, "The products you reference are carried in very limited quantities and the product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up. Items from this TV series are located in the adult action figure area of our stores."

A search on their website reveals a cache indicating the action figure was for sale on the website, but there appears to be no way to buy Heisenberg's figure, or the one for Jesse Pinkman.


  • Katie

    Even Toys R Us stated, “adult section”…. The store isn’t just for kids!!! All of y’all need a reality check, because the store is toys for ALL AGES!! So if you don’t want your kid to see it, don’t go in that section. And sure as heck don’t buy it for your kid! Chances are, if your kid hasn’t seen the show, they’ll have no clue as to what it even is and walk right past it to the Transformers!! Next we’ll have Spencer’s taking their merchandise out of the window just so a kid doesn’t see it. Or how about grocery stores removing condoms from their shelves because it’s inappropriate for kids to see.. Prioritize the issues that really need to be taken care of in the world, and this isn’t one of them! Bottom line is,
    don’t take your kids into the adult section of Toys R Us (the store for ALL AGES). Problem solved!!

  • tessarooo

    I’d like to know who the rocket scientist is who thought that creating “Breaking Bad” action figures was a good idea.

    Toys R Us’ “defense” is that the packages are marked “age 15 and up”. Although in theory, the manufacturer has covered its foul-smelling butt by marking the package this way, I don’t know many 15 year olds that play with action figures.

    Granted, it’s up to parents to make the decision as to whether or not to buy this “toy”, but let’s face it…not all parents have a good moral compass or a lick of common sense.

    We all want our children to aspire to be something great, but a meth manufacturer should clearly be scraping the bottom of the barrel of “what I wanna be when I grow up”.

    Shame on the manufacturer and shame on Toys R Us. Just sayin’…

  • Kacie Becker

    Then They also need to get rid of all the Walking Dead Action Figures and Call of Duty too. It’s sick and wrong. Most young kids I know would not walk into Toys R us have a clue who that is or what that show’s about. It’s disgusting!!!

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