Where there are condoms, toys aren’t far behind.
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose scandal worsens each day, sparked the creation of Weiner Condoms last week as a result of his lewd Twitter picture posting, online exchanges with numerous women, and outright lie that he’d been “hacked.” By Wednesday, it seemed the shamed Congressman couldn’t sink any lower, but as revelations surfaced that he’d contacted a minor, rumors started that his wife is pregnant, and partially clothed photographs of him at the House Members Gym went viral on the Internet, #Weinergate ceased to normalize or die down.
With that, Herobuilders has launched the Weiner doll, a new action figure. The website, which has made several toys out of political officials, debuted the Weiner product on Saturday and offers two versions of the toy, the more expensive of which is an “adult only” item.
Emil Vicale, president of the company, told The Daily Caller that a reporter approached him when the Weiner story first broke and asked if the toy business would be making a doll after the Democratic politician.
“When this scandal first broke, one of the reporters, someone like you that does stories on this all the time…One of the first emails I got was, ‘When is Weiner doll coming out?'” Vicale told TheDC. “Then we held off for a day or two and then it just seemed like everyone was calling about it, so we went ahead and did it as soon as we could.”
The Weiner doll, which comes fully equipped with a crotch bulge, sports a white shirt and pair of shirts that bares the words “TWEET This.” The product, which Vicale and his team have been working on for a week and a half, is not meant for children.
“Obviously, nothing we do on our website is for kids because kids don’t have credit cards, so nothing is for kids,” Vicale told TheDC. “They’re political action figures, which…I don’t think kids understand what politics is yet.”
Vicale has no plans to mail a doll to Weiner, who has reportedly entered a treatment center to become “a better husband and healthier person.”
“Everyone always asks us that, but we’ve never, ever done that to anyone, you know reached out to them and sent them an action figure that we built of them,” Vicale said. “Maybe this will be different…I don’t see us doing it, but if someone from his office requested it, we’d send it.”
The Weiner doll’s release comes at a time when #Weinergate has taken a tragic turn, as the Congressman’s spouse Huma Abedin is allegedly expecting a baby and the politician himself has come under fire for messaging a 17-year-old Delaware girl.
Though the Weiner doll is meant to be a gag gift and inspire laughter, Vicale admits that the story as a whole is very sad.
“I’m getting older now, you know I used to have so much fun when I first started the company, but I feel unbeliavble sadness for his wife,” Vicale told TheDC. “I think she would have to be out there doing her job in another country feeling so detached and so lost as an adult with a new life with this man, and there she is traveling the world and trying to do her job and focus. I can’t even get into it, how my heart feels for this poor woman. I’m speechless, kind of. That’s where I am these days, I’m a softie now.”
With regards to Weiner, Vicale has “nothing to say.”
“It’s just getting bad now,” Vicale said. “I mean, I wish he were single. If he were single, I would have such a goof. I wish he wan’t married because then I would have tons of fun with this [with the product].”
Though #Weinergate remains a hot topic, Vicale doesn’t think the Weiner doll will eclipse Herobuilders’s figurines of former Alaska gov. Sarah Palin.
“Nothing’s going to sell better than Sarah Palin action figures, come on,” Vicale said, laughing. “He’s no Sarah Palin, let’s put it that way. It’s impossible to get to her geometry.”