Schwarzenegger doll not selling well

GOVERNOR'S RACE
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger success in the polls has hindered plans for a talking doll mocking the former actor.Steve Yeater / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A California man who gambled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for re-election on Nov. 7 would fail is stuck with a product he cannot sell.

Derrell Brown said he paid a toy maker in Taiwan about $6,000 to create 1,400 talking Schwarzenegger action-figure dolls that mock the actor-turned-governor's trademark line from the Terminator movies.

When you touch the Schwarzenegger doll's arm, it says "I won't be back."

Brown, 75, ordered the dolls a year ago, when things were looking down for Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign.

"I didn't think he was going to make it," Brown said.

But with polls showing the Republican governor going into next week's election with a double-digit lead over his Democratic rival, Phil Angelides, Brown's not finding much of a market for his wares. He said even charity groups won't take the dolls off his hands to give to needy children on Christmas.

"I just wanna get rid of them," said Brown, a retired bus driver. "But no one seems to want them."