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Slavery-era action figures for 'Django Unchained' called insensitive

FILE - This undated publicity file image released by The Weinstein Company shows, from left, Christoph Waltz as Schultz and Jamie Foxx as Django in the film "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino. A line of action figures of the movie's main characters are currently on sale online, made by toy-maker NECA in partnership with the Weinstein Co. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, will hold a press conference with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Andrew Cooper, SMPSP, File)
January 08, 2013 - 10:01 AM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Some are questioning the appropriateness of slavery-era action figures tied to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

A line of figures of the movie's main characters are currently on sale online, made by toy-maker NECA in partnership with the Weinstein Co. On Tuesday, Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, will hold a press conference with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market.

Ali calls the action figures "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery."

Action figures were made by manufacturer Hot Toys for Tarantino's last film, "Inglourious Basterds."

The Weinstein Co. and NECA didn't immediately comment Tuesday.

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