Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to the show's characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list? Mine either. And if they were, I will not be placing them under the tree. My kids aren’t old enough to watch the show or play with meth toting dolls. But because I’m not going to buy them, should they be pulled from Toys R Us or any other toy store?

Susan Schrivjer, the Florida mom who started her petition on Change.org, was quoted as saying, “Parents and grandparents around the world shop at Toys R Us, online and in stores, with their children and should not be forced to explain why a certain toy comes with a bag of highly dangerous and illegal drugs or why someone who sells those drugs deserves to be made into an action figure. Please sign to join me in asking Toys R Us to stop selling the Breaking Bad dolls and return to the family focused atmosphere for which they are known.”

Personally, I disagree. Talking to your kids about drugs is a great thing. Doing meth is bad. Hanging out with people who do meth is bad. Stick to math. Math labs are good. Meth labs are bad. And unless your child recognizes the characters, are you really going to be forced into that conversation while picking up a toy for a child’s birthday party? I have a feeling your kids—who are much too young to know who Heisenberg is—will zip right by his doll to get to the newest Star Wars Lego set or Frozen toy and then proceed to nag you to buy it until you finally leave the store in a frustrated tizzy over your child’s constant demands for new toys.

Where is the petition to stop Disney from making more and more products my daughter thinks she needs?

Breaking Bad toy sets and dolls are geared toward teenagers 15 years old and up. And by up, I mean adults who like to collect and play with dolls. These adults probably like Comic Con and cosplay too, which, in my opinion, is a harder conversation to have with my young kids than a fictional character on television who made some poor choices. I really don’t know why grown men dress up as their favorite super hero and then pay money to join up with other men who do the same thing.

We can’t sanitize the world from the things we don’t want our kids to see. And we can’t sanitize all stores from the things we don’t want our kids to have. But I can choose not to buy them. I don’t think a Walter White or Jesse Pinkman doll is any worse than a violent video game, toy weapons, or a doll that portrays an unrealistic body image or dresses in skimpy clothing. All of those things are targeted at kids younger than 15, yet they are still on the shelves of Toys R Us.

Christmas is coming and I know your kids are making their lists. As parents we get to choose what ends up under the tree. If you are looking for Breaking Bad figurines or other collectables, check out Amazon or Mezco. Both online retailers carry plenty of options. Amazon also carries that Star Wars set or Elsa doll your kid wants.

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Oct 22, 2014
by Serena Dorman
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These are awesome but I'd

These are awesome but I'd have to agree they're not Toys R Us material, maybe a novelty store like Spencers.  Great article!

 Serena Dorman

Funny Gal Extraordinaire

Oct 23, 2014
by Amber Leventry
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Thanks Serena!

Thanks Serena!