Action figures don't get more awesome than this: U.S. President Barack Obama standing over the late (by mere seconds) Osama bin Laden, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder and his trusty Blackberry clipped to his belt.
On May 1st, 2011, the United States meted out deadly justice to Osama bin Laden, Al Qaida founder and architect of the 9/11 terror attacks. Regardless whether you're an Obama fan or foe, karma hit home under his watch and as America's Commander in Chief he represents the US of A in this striking figurine from China's leader in trendy & newsworthy pop culture action figures, M.I.C Gadget.
Actually it's two figurines in one: a cool & confident Obama and the late, prostrate Osama. As is typical for M.I.C Gadget's figurines such as those depicting Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, the detailing is meticulous and the likenesses are spot on. Unlike the two previous “honorees”, no lawyers will be stepping up with Cease & Desist orders so feel free to place YOUR orders at your convenience.
Well, maybe you should get off the fence and order – this is a Limited Edition release with only 500 sets having been produced, priced at $129 each before shipping (sorry, delivery will not be via a stealth Blackhawk helicopter)
The action figurines come with a faux-stone scenic display base meant to evoke the stark décor of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. Speaking of OBL, he's rendered in an almost comical manner with his eyes rolled up and his tongue hanging out – or maybe that's the usual response to having a hole in one's forehead. The free world's ex-nemesis is depicted barefoot and wearing a neat camouflage jacket.
As for Obama, have you ever seen such a stern, stoic and determined pose? Seriously, he looks better than in real life! Da Prez sports his signature red necktie, an American flag pin, his trusty Blackberry, and shiny black shoes – one of which is firmly stamping on bin Laden's unmoving chest.
Check out this in-house video from M.I.C Gadget describing this all-kinds-of-awesome figurine. It starts slow with a formal tribute to the victims of 9/11 but then takes off into savvy product promotion after about 35 seconds:
The fine detailing extends to the included accessories. Obama's gun hand is removable, for one. Then there are a scattering of shell cases and, speaking of case, a metal security briefcase marked “AAA” but with the last “A” struck through signifying the recent downgrade to the US's credit rating. Alas, there's only one stack of greenbacks left in the case – and it's removable, too.
As with the company's other figurines, the so-called “Obama Kill Osama figurine” includes 3 speech bubble cards and a mount that enables you to put words of your own choosing into Obama's mouth.
All in all and politics aside (if that's possible), this may be M.I.C Gadget's best effort to date. Expect more awesome action figures in a similar mold: the guys at M.I.C have hinted at upcoming releases featuring the likes (and likenesses) of tech giants Steve Wozniak, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. Go figure!