German Soccer Star Sues Toy Company For Making Nazi Doll Look Like Him (Photos)
Germany and Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger is up in arms over the creation of a Nazi figurine bearing more than a slight resemblance to the World Cup winner.
DiD Corporation, the Hong Kong-based creator of the toy, reportedly claimed the resemblance between the soccer star and the doll is merely a "coincidence," despite the fact the figure is named... Bastian!
World War II toy soldier made in China looks like Bastian Schweinsteiger & is called Bastian https://t.co/OiqlM4LXGI pic.twitter.com/VAlB6u2XDA — German at Portsmouth (@GermanAtPompey) October 22, 2015
A company spokesperson reportedly said,
We don't sell any figures which resemble footballers. It is a complete coincidence that the figure 'Bastian' looks like Schweinsteiger. We think that all Germans look like that. Bastian is also a very common name in Germany.
According to German newspaper Bild, Schweinsteiger is suing the company for what media lawyer Ulrich Amelung said "is a clear violation of Schweinsteiger's personality rights."
To see him as a swastika-bearing Wehrmacht soldier also constitutes a gross defamation and insult.
The doll comes with a winter outfit for those cold marches through the Soviet forest...
...as well as accessories to help fend off any attack from the Allies.
In case you were wondering, the toy reportedly retails for $108.