A 65-year-old grandfather from Southend On Sea has told Southend News Network that he is OUTRAGED after the toy maker Duplo allegedly ‘stole’ his image and used it for a character in a playset.
Barry White only realised that his face had been recreated in Duplo after his grandson William Lucas, 3, opened his birthday presents.
He admitted that although he was ‘shocked’ at first, these feelings soon turned to outrage after he became aware that the company had probably already recreated his likeness millions of times for profit.
He said: ‘I have no idea how they managed to get my picture, but I have a suspicion that it was probably one of those Google Earth cars that you see driving around.’
‘To be fair, it wouldn’t be the first time that this has happened to someone that I know.’
‘My friend Nigel bought a Postman Pat set for his grandkids, and the little Jess toy was clearly a rip-off of his cat Gary.’
We asked Barry if he intends to take this further with Duplo’s parent company Lego.
He said: ‘I am speaking to my solicitor at the moment, but I am aware that I need to be careful as they have a habit of breaking into people’s homes and leaving little bricks on the carpet facing upwards in the middle of the night.’
‘Those Danes already have it in for me anyway after I complained about my last Millennium Falcon.’
‘Bastard thing was missing a wing mirror and they wouldn’t have it – I would have thought Hans Solo would have been knocking down rubbish bins and all sorts.’