CIAs Osama bin Laden-Actionfigure looks like Darth Maul

Die CIA hat vor ein paar Jahren tatsächlich an einer Osama bin Laden-Actionfigur gearbeitet, die wie Darth Maul aussieht. Erinnert ein bisschen an die wahre Geschichte hinter dem Film Argo, als die CIA einen SciFi-Film fakte, um amerikanische Geiseln aus dem Iran zu schmuggeln. Die Concept-Arts damals stammen übrigens von Jack Kirby, die Actionfigur kam von dem jüngst verstorbenen Actionfigur-Erfinder Donald Levine. 'Nen guten Geschmack haben die ja, muss man ihnen lassen. Wahrscheinlich benutzen sie zum Waterboarding auch nur Evian und lassen sich ihre Foltergerätschaften von Banksy anmalen.

Beginning in about 2005, the CIA began secretly developing a ­custom-made Osama bin Laden ­action figure, according to people familiar with the project. The face of the figure was painted with a heat-dissolving material, designed to peel off and reveal a red-faced bin Laden who looked like a demon, with piercing green eyes and black facial markings. The goal of the short-lived project was simple: spook children and their parents, causing them to turn away from the actual bin Laden.

The code-name for the bin Laden figures was “Devil Eyes,” and to create them the CIA turned to one of the best minds in the toy business, said those familiar with the project, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the project publicly.

The toymaker was Donald Levine, the former Hasbro executive who was instrumental in the creation of the wildly popular G.I. Joe toys that generated more than $5 billion in sales after hitting the shelves in 1964.

Washington Post: CIA hatched plan to make demon toy to counter Osama bin Laden’s influence (via The Verge)

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