(CNN) A photograph posted on an Islamist Web site appears to be that of an action figure and not a U.S. soldier being held hostage.
Liam Cusack, the marketing coordinator for Dragon Models USA, said the figure pictured on the Web site is believed to be “Special Ops Cody,” a military action figure the company manufactured in late 2003.
“It pretty much looks exactly like the same person,” he said.
Cusack said he was contacted Tuesday morning by one of his retailers, who informed him that the alleged hostage appeared to be one of the company’s action figures.
“I thought it was a joke at first,” he said.
But after reading a report on a news Web site about a U.S. soldier allegedly being captured, “I looked at it and said, ‘It does look like one of our action figures.'”