Nazi doll no big deal, retailer says
Critics of a controversial doll depicting a Nazi SS combat division linked to concentration camps are making a lot of fuss about nothing, a Winnipeg retailer says. "If it's just a military-based figure in a Nazi costume, I don't think we'd have a problem with that," said Galaxy Comics & Collectibles staffer Justin Phaneuf. "Sometimes the people that create controversy like this have too much time on their hands."
The dolls -- made by Ohio-based Plan-B Toys -- are replicas of characters in the Second World War video game Call of Duty, and are also part of a larger collection of military toys manufactured by the company.
One figure in particular, the Totenkopf Division doll, has generated a spate of negative press for the toy-makers, particularly from concentration camp survivors who say it glorifies race-based hatred.
The dolls can't really be linked to concentration camps as they're depicting Nazi SS combat division which were in fact Waffen-SS who were just like regular soldiers. I hate the way history is twisted and shoved down people's throats.
Let me just state that if there were dolls which came with concentration camp setups (you know, like dollhouses), I would be a little bit worried. If they came with little toy cans of Zyklon B, I would be outraged. But they're just soldiers in historical attire just like any G.I. Joe dolls.
People make such a fuss out of anything.