Sen. Elizabeth Warren is persisting … as an action figure.
The Massachusetts Democrat is the latest politician to be transformed into an action figure as part of a Kickstarter campaign from product design maker FCTRY.
The company has a history of drawing inspiration from real-life Washington regulars, creating action figures based on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Trump and former President Obama.
“The moment Mitch McConnell spoke the words, ‘Nevertheless, she persisted,’ we knew Warren had to be our next figure,” Erica Chon, FCTRY’s content strategist, tells ITK.
Republicans in February voted to bar Warren, 67, from speaking on the Senate floor following scathing remarks about Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has since been confirmed as Trump’s attorney general.
Defending the reprimand, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Warren had “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama” after an official warning.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell said. “She appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
McConnell’s remarks quickly became a rallying cry for Warren’s supporters and feminists nationwide.
“Our mini-Warren will be in full defiant-hero mode,” FCTRY CEO Jason Feinberg says, “with an empowered fist raised in the air.”
An accompanying video featured as part of the Kickstarter campaign shows Warren’s smiling action figure knocking a middle finger-waving Trump toy in the face, before raising him over her plastic head for a body slam.
The $20 figure features Warren’s signature prescription glasses “to see through the GOP’s bull,” rolled up sleeves to “wrestle with the big banks,” one open hand to “smack down Trump’s policies” and comfortable slacks to “stand up for democracy.”
The Kickstarter campaign reached its $15,000 goal just hours after a soft launch on Monday night.
FCTRY made headlines in February after it announced that it would donate all profits from its “Trump Over-Reaction Figure” to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The toymaker tells us it originally aimed to donate a portion of the proceeds from the Warren figure to the lawmaker’s 2018 reelection campaign, but couldn’t because of legal stipulations.
“Instead, we’ll be contributing to Emily’s List, an amazing nonprofit organization that empowers and elects women into office,” Chon says.
Warren action figures are expected to start shipping out in September.