Toy manufacturer made Nazi dolls look like German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Manchester United’s World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is considering legal action against a Hong Kong toy manufacturer that has made Nazi dolls that look just like him.
The dolls are produced by Dragon in Dream (DiD) a toy manufacturing company that specializes in producing "realistic, lifelike" action figurines, according to its website.
DiD's website was quickly disabled following the revelations, but the original site featured a doll labeled as "WWII German Army Supply Duty -- Bastian" that came complete with a uniform adorned with a swastika-bearing eagle.
The website appeared to be working later Friday.
The toy figure was brought to light by German newspaper Bild, which proclaimed “"Our football hero Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Nazi soldier!" on Thursday.
DiD added: "The figure is a member of a Wehrmacht supply unit, a so-called 'kitchen boy'."
DiD's phone went unanswered on Friday and it could not be contacted for comment by email, but the company previously told the newspaper that it was a "complete coincidence" that the figurine looked like the footballer.
"We thought all Germans look like that," DiD said. "Bastian is also a very common name in Germany."
Exploration of other products on the DiD website before it was taken offline revealed a series of other remarkable coincidences, with advertised figurines that bear a striking resemblance to Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro and Johnny Depp, among others.