In a recent local TV news story out of Philadelphia, a local father went on TV claiming that the Star Wars Black Series ‘Slave Leia‘ figure was inappropriate for children and should not be sold in the children’s toy department. You know that in the current social climate, one person taking offense to something will gain traction and in a week, Hasbro will stop selling Slave Leia altogether. So what do you think about this stance? Sound off with your thoughts after the JUMP!
A trip down the toy aisle had a local dad doing a double-take. He’s furious over a popular Star Wars action figure sold in stores in our area. He says it’s not appropriate for young children.
So is it harmless movie memorabilia or too racy for youngsters?Take a look and you decide. We sent our Chris O’Connell to talk with the da .and do some digging.
It’s a toy on store shelves all over the country, but some parents say the action figure intended for kids 4 and above-is way too inappropriate for kids of any age.
We caught up with Fred Hill and his daughters at the Target Store in Deptford shopping for their birthday gifts.
The single dad was shocked to see this on the toy aisle shelf. A Hasbro made Star Wars Black Series action figure of Princess Leia wearing what the box described as a slave outfit.
“That’s pretty inappropriate,” he said, “I got 2 daughters I don’t need seeing that crap.”
The toy features scantily clad version of Princess Leia complete with a chain around her neck. The toy even had dad blushing.
“They’re like dad why does this doll have a chain around its neck. I don’t have any answers. I was just blown away looking at it,” Hill said.
Even his kids thought the toy meant for ages 4-and-up maybe better suited for adults.
We showed the action figure to other parents who had a similar reaction.
“It’s a little indecent. A little more clothing would have helped,” Eugenia Mirica said.
“It’s just a bit much for a child. So no I probably wouldn’t give this to my 4 year old and maybe not an 8 year old,” Tiffany Mahan said.
“It’s true to the scene but I don’t know if I would purchase this for my girls.” Allison Degarmo said.
We found the toy is sold online and in stores like Target and Toys R Us, but this dad thinks Princess Leia needs to go.
“But that kind of crap is in the toy aisles for me to see? Nah,” Hill said.
We did reach out to Target corporate headquarters for a response. In a statement they say:
“We have not received any other guest complaints about this product. If the guest has a question we recommend they reach out directly to Target’s guest relations team”.
We also reached out to Hasbro for a comment on the story we have not received a response.
The toy is sold all over the country for about $15-20 bucks.