Walter White is America’s favorite anti-hero; played impeccably by that guy from Malcolm in the Middle, White is a guy who becomes a monster for the best of reasons. The chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-lord is a case study in moral ambiguity — in how greed corrupts the best of intentions, and how the love of those we hold the most dear can be twisted to serve the ends of evil. Kind of like Toys ‘R Us.
Maybe it was inevitable, then, that Breaking Bad‘s lead characters wound up as “adult action figures,” and that those figures found their way onto the shelves of America’s biggest retailers. Sold in the “adult” section of Toys ‘R Us, Walt comes with a lab coat, a beaker and a bag of “blue crystals” that probably aren’t meant to represent dried-up Kool Aid.
A mother by the name of Susan Myers has taken issue with the toys being sold at the store, though. She recently started a petition on Change.org to get the Breaking Bad figures pulled from the shelves, on the basis that:
“[The show] is about drugs, and they’re selling [the figures] in a childrens’ toy store.”
And she has a point. It is pretty messed up that we’d create toys supporting morally questionable behavior, and sell them in the same building as Legos and teddy bears. Even if it is in the adult section of said store…because we all know from The War on Drugs that the single most important thing in the world is not encouraging, in any way, the use of intoxicants, or introducing notions of moral ambiguity. Especially in cases (unlike the Breaking Bad figures) where you’re selling those toys directly to children.