LEGO’s toy sets are intended to “inspire the builders of tomorrow,” with kits to make boats, castles, skyscrapers, and even Rome’s Colosseum.
Nothing from the real world, it seems, is off limits, except for anything modeled on today’s military.
A Lego spokesman said, “We have a long-standing policy of not creating sets which feature real military vehicles that are currently in use.”
But this summer, the Danish company released a set for the V-22 Osprey, an aircraft only used by the American and Japanese militaries.
But it drew a quick, harsh protest from the German Peace Society — United War Resisters, an almost 130-year-old anti-war group which said the vehicle was involved in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.
LEGO pulled the model from its inventory in late July. The few sets that had been sold made their way into the hands LEGO enthusiasts and internet trading sites for as high as 1,000 dollars for a set that retailed at 120 dollars.