The CIA secretly developed a demon-Osama bin Laden action figure, known as “Devil Eyes,” in an effort to scare children and their parents away from following the late al-Qaeda leader.
The action figure was developed in 2005 as part of the CIA’s “influence operations” — the agency’s way of persuading various populations to adopt a particular belief or ideology — but was shut down before production could begin, Washington Post reports.
Heat-dissolving paint covered the action figure’s face and was designed to peel off to reveal a tattooed red-faced bin-Laden underneath.
The brains behind the covert toy was former Hasbro executive and G.I. Joe inventor Donalde Levine, who died recently at the age of 86.
According to the CIA, once they saw the first prototypes, the canned the project and none of the toys actually shipped out.
“To our knowledge, there were onlyt here individual action figures ever created, and these were merely to show what a final product might look like,” CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said. “After being presented with these examples, the CIA decline to pursue this idea and did not produce or distribute and of these action figures. Furthermore, CIA has no knowledge of these action figures being produced or distributed by others.”
[ Washington Post ]