Obama battles Darth Vader in toy set

Jan. 24, 2009 at 12:24 PM
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TOKYO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is now available as a tie-wearing action figure battling Darth Vader with a light saber, a Japanese doll maker says.

Gamu-Toys' Obama Action Man figurine also can battle against enemies, both foreign and domestic, with a samurai sword or, in a less bellicose stance, be posed casually with a coat jacket slung over his shoulder, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

The Japanese dolls are one-sixth scale, standing roughly 12 inches high, and come with plenty of accessories, such as outfits and weapons, which are not included as part of the basic package. Prices of the Obama Action Man dolls were not provided.

Obama is not the only one with in his family thought to be the inspiration for dolls. His daughters Sasha and Malia appear to have inspired two new dolls from Ty Inc., the U.S. toy company that makes Beanie Babies, the newspaper said. The company, however, claims the brown-skinned and black-haired "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia" weren't chosen because they matched those of the president's family.

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