Jan. 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM ET
Just in time for the holiday season, eBay user sigsauerp2269 posted a set of fan-made action figures inspired by "Call of Duty: Ghosts" that included a real-world rendition of Riley, complete with all the high-tech, canine-friendly weapons that helped the lovable pooch take down many a bad guy in the single-player "Ghosts" campaign.
The set also includes a model of David "Hesh" Walker, one of the game's main characters and brother of Logan Walker, the chief playable character. But let's be honest: Who really cares about Hesh? Sure, he has all of those opposable thumb-enabled abilities like the ability to use guns. But as the video game blog Kotaku immortalized with a now-classic GIF, it was Riley who single-handedly (or, more accurately, single-pawedly) took down a helicopter.
Excitement about a Riley toy aside, this kind of fan-made art can land gamers in legal hot water, as a potential encroachment on intellectual property. Thankfully for Riley fans, it seems like "Call of Duty: Ghosts" developer Infinity Ward is OK with the plastic pooch — the company tweeted a photo of the toy on New Year's Eve telling fans to "check out these sweet custom made Hesh & Riley figures."
But more importantly for Riley-lovers, the real issue is that there's only one of these toys in existence right now, and it already sold for $89.99. Does Infinity Ward's apparent endorsement mean that there might be another line of Riley stuffed animals in the works? We've reached out to Activision and Infinity Ward for comment and will update this when we hear back.
Yannick LeJacq is a contributing writer for NBC News who has also covered technology and games for Kill Screen, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. You can follow him on Twitter at @YannickLeJacq and reach him by email at: Yannick.LeJacq@nbcuni.com.