September 22, 1999 |
Sears has stopped selling "The Villain," a gun-toting, 12-inch action figure in a black trench coat, because of complaints that the character resembles the teenage gunmen at Columbine High School in Colorado. The $29.99 doll, recommended for children ages 5 and up, comes with a ski mask, black coat, body armor, shotgun and rifle. It appears in Sears' holiday catalog as part of a series called "Heroes and Villains." Other dolls in the set represent soldiers from World War II and the Vietnam War.