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WHAT DO YOU THINK? Mother wants toy pulled from shelves

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A mother in Florida doesn't want action figures modeled after characters on Breaking Bad available for children. (PHOTO: AMC / MGN ) A mother in Florida doesn't want action figures modeled after characters on Breaking Bad available for children. (PHOTO: AMC / MGN )
KHQ.com - A mother in Florida has launched a petition for Toys 'R' Us to remove action figures from the TV show Breaking Bad from their shelves. 

Susan Schrivjer told a local TV station in Florida that she is a fan of the award-winning show, but doesn't think it's a great idea for the toy chain to sell action figures based on crystal meth dealers. The toys Schrivjer is referring to are Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul's characters in the TV show, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. The figurines comes with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth. Schrivjer claims the toys are a "dangerous deviation from their (Toys 'R' Us) family values."

"While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," Schrivjer said on her petition. She wants the toys pulled from shelves and sold only in an "adult toy store." Schrivjer said she has nothing against the show itself. She thought it was "riveting," she just thinks "meth inspiring action figures" aren't for children.

As of Monday morning, the petition had more than 2,600 signatures.

Toys 'R' Us released a statement clarifying that the Breaking Bad packaging "clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up” and that they're only sold “in the adult action figure area of our stores.” A report on the Today show found however that the adult section of toys was within arm reach of G.I. Joe dolls, Super Mario Brothers toys and other products obviously aimed at children.

And Toys 'R' Us is not the only chain selling the toys. They are also sold at Barnes & Noble, Walmart and other major retailers. Figurines aimed at adults are nothing new. You can buy toys from horror movies featuring hockey-masked machete wielding Jason Voorhees, or Freddy Krueger. Sales of traditional toys have been slumping, so companies are beginning to make action figures (that's what they are called when you're an adult, not a "toy") oriented towards adults.

KHQ went to a local Toys 'R' Us store on Monday to see if the Breaking Bad toys were for sale locally, and could not find any. They are available for purchase online

What do you think? Does this mom have a point, or does she need to relax? Let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook page.

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