Man Raises Concerns Over 'Serial Killer' Doll


UPDATED: Monday August 30, 2010 1:41 PM

A man on Wednesday was raising concerns over one of the latest toy to be stocked on the shelves of Toys R Us.

Jim Schultz is passionate about collecting things, from model trucks to more than 8,000 patches and badges, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported. 

"I'm a geek," Schultz said.

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Last week, Schultz's hobby took him to Toys R Us where he said he was surprised to see a serial killer action figure.

"As I'm weaving through the aisles I pass this toy and think, 'That that can't be,'" Schultz said.

The "Dexter" action figure is modeled after the character from the TV show about a serial killer who kills other murderers, Hirsch reported.

The action figure comes complete with a handsaw and bloody gloves.

"I thought 'Oh my god!  You've got this in Toys R Us? Are you kidding me?'" Schultz said.

Schultz complained to Toys R Us.

The company issued a statement that said in part, "A small number of the item was ordered to accommodate (the stores) avid action figure collector customers," Hirsch reported.

Schultz said collectors can find the Dexter doll in a more appropriate store.

"I've seen the Toys R Us commercials, I didn't see a 30-something-year-old guy dancing around with the kids and the giraffe," Schultz said. "There isn't a serial killer Ken.  He doesn't come with a hack saw and a trash bag to put Barbie's head in."

A Toys R Us spokesman said the Dexter figure has been on the shelf for a couple of weeks and that Schultz' complaint is the only one the company has received. 

He also said the packaging is labeled "Ages 18 and up" and "Not intended for children."

"I understand it's marketed towards adults, but I do condemn Toys R Us for putting it on their shelves in the same store where you can go buy Barbie or Kermit or Elmo," Schultz said.

The stores in the central Ohio area were each stocked with about eight dolls and once they are gone, they will not be restocked, Hirsch reported.

The company's spokesman said Toys R Us is not the only retailer that carries the doll.

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