Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger has entered the rough-and-tumble world of politics, might this be the moment for a career politician to claim equal time in the action/entertainment arena? BBI Toys apparently thinks so. Joining the ranks of Lara Croft and G.I. Joe is George W. Bush: U.S. President and Naval Aviator -- a 12-inch action figure with flight uniform, available for $39.99 as part of the company's Elite Force historical military series.
The pose-able figure was inspired by the images of the chief executive stepping from an S-3B Viking aircraft he'd flown above the Pacific Ocean May 1 after the plane was landed by another pilot on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln.
"When we saw him land in a flight suit that's current issue, it rang a bell for us," says Lauri Aibel, a spokeswoman for BBI, a division of Blue Box Toys. "We wouldn't put him in a business suit, but because he landed in gear -- we made that decision. He looked like one of our action figures and was doing something one of our actions figures would have done."
This one-sixth-scale replica of the commander in chief is not a doll for children, Aibel insists, but is meant for serious military and historical collectors. "They're action figures -- 37 of their joints move. Our collectors like to build dioramas, and they position them. The age grade on it is 14 and up. I don't see parents going out and buying it for their kids. We don't go into the kids' magazines or that market. It's mainly for adults."