- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003

From combined dispatches

It didn’t take long, and it’s just in time for the holidays: The “Captured Saddam” action figure, presumably fresh out of an imaginary spider hole, has been rushed to store shelves.

“We got him,” advertises Herobuilders.com. “We are thrilled at the fact that we can respond to new world circumstances within 24 hours.

“We still mold and hand-paint each and every action figure right here in the Good Old USA,” adds the Danbury, Conn., company, which specializes in political playthings and is also proud to feature Uday Hussein dolls, including a macabre DOA (dead on arrival) version.

Also in the company’s lineup are: an artificially muscled President Bush, talking and nontalking versions; Osama bin Laden; and an earlier “Butcher of Baghdad” model of Saddam, including black beret and sunglasses.

In April, Herobuilders.com rushed production of a “Baghdad Bob” doll, a rendering of Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, the poker-face Iraqi information minister who delivered tirades on television during the Iraq war.

For the European front, the company features a Tony Blair “Talking British Ally” model; German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in camouflage; and French President Jacque Chirac, whom it calls “Le Worm” in a flouncy French maid’s outfit. France and Germany opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

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