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(ABC News)--A collection of dolls based on the characters in Quentin Tarantino's slave revenge epic "Django Unchained" has the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network calling for a national boycott of the dolls.

"Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community," the Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Network's Los Angeles chapter, told the New York Daily News.

"The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don't want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery."

The 10-doll collection, sold through Amazon, includes figures for Jamie Foxx's Django, a freed-slave-turned-bounty-hunter, and his on-screen wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. There are also figures for the Mississippi plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and the characters played by Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

Prices range from $29.99 to $34.99 for one doll, or $299 for all 10.

Amazon's recommended age for the dolls is 18.

The manufacturer, National Entertainment Collectibles Association, offered this description on Amazon: "From the highly anticipated new film from prolific director Quentin Tarantino — comes this collection of poseable 8-inch figures with tailored fabric clothing — similar to the retro toy lines that helped define the licensed action figure market in the 1970s."

According to the description, each figure comes with "tailored western clothing," "authentic weapons" and "accessories."

It's not known whether the Weinstein Company, the movie studio behind "Django," granted a license for the dolls to the manufacturer. Neither responded immediately to ABCNews.com's request for comment.

This isn't the first controversy surrounding Tarantino's new film.

Director Spike Lee called the film disrespectful to his ancestors.

"American Slavery Was Not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," he wrote on Twitter before the film's Christmas release.

Tarantino defended his work at the film's German premiere Tuesday. "The truth, or the reality, was a thousand times worse than what I showed," he said.

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