Toys R Us Pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ Toys in Response to Petition Started by a Florida Parent

Toy retailer giant Toys R Us has pulled a line of action figures featuring characters from A&E’s hit show Breaking Bad in response to a petition started by Florida parent Susan Schrivjer.

Children mimic their action figures, if you will. Do you want your kid in an orange jumpsuit?

While the figures were marked for ages 15 and up and sold in the adult action figure section of the store, Toys R Us removed the figures from shelves and their website. In a recent statement, Toys R Us said, “Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical.'” The figures, along with other Breaking Bad toys, are available directly through Mezco Toyz.

Actor Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White on the show, had this to say:

Breaking Bad Action Figure

photo via Mezco Toyz

via WFTX-TV, Associated Press, NPR

‘Kiko’s Pop’, A Fantastical Bubblegum-Fueled Fashion Video Featuring Kiko Mizuhara

In the charming short video “Kiko’s Pop,” model Kiko Mizuhara is transported through a series of fantastical worlds (and outfits) every time she pops a bubble of bubblegum. The video and its colorful handmade props were created by London creative duo Tom Wrigglesworth & Matt Robinson (Wriggles & Robins) for French fashion magazine Jalouse. We previously posted about Wriggles & Robins’ clever life drawing class animation.

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‘The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances’, A Tale of Motivation by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a new book by Matthew Inman (previously), creator of The Oatmeal. Based on his comic of the same name, it features the hilarious and inspiring tale of Inman’s beginning as a runner and what makes him keep the habit.

More about the book can be heard at Inman’s book signing tonight at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. The book is also available for sale now on Amazon.

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

photos via Amazon

Darius Kazemi Discusses the Lottery of Creative Success at the 2014 XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon

Darius Kazemi discussed the lottery of creative success at the 2014 XOXO festival (previously) in Portland, Oregon back in September. The talk starts off as a parody of talks typically given at these kind of festivals before discussing the inherent luck involved. Kazemi creates, in his own words, “Weird Internet Stuff,” and only a select few of his many projects have achieved measurable success despite the relatively similar amount of work put into each.