Counterfeit Lego sets sold in Singapore depicting ISIS terrorists have been taken off the shelves.
The toys, which were sold at a local retail store and on e-commerce sites, were removed after concerns were raised that they could lead to the glorification of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group. A reader had alerted The Straits Times to the made-in-China figurines being sold at a shop in People's Park Centre, as well as online.
These toy sets, recommended for children aged between six and 12 years, depict violent scenes that show figurines carrying the ISIS flag, launching sticks of dynamite and firing AK-47s. One also includes a plastic figurine of a decapitated head.
These toys, described as "Falcon commando" sets, were priced between $3.80 and $25. They were sold on local online marketplace Carousell and at 8 Series, a retail store selling household goods, toys and other lifestyle items in People's Park Centre.
Another online retailer, Brick Generals, also sold toy figurines described as "militants" and "bombers". One of them was labelled as "ISIS Jihadi John", while a description for a bomber figurine read: "Extremist who enjoys blowing things up for fun. One day, he'll blow himself up."
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In June, Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian reported that the fake Lego figurines were being sold in Malaysia. A schoolteacher reported the toys to the Islamic council and police officers in Malaysia, raising concerns that they touched "on religious sensitivities".
Following the incident in Malaysia, the items were taken off e-commerce site AliExpress, which distributes these products internationally.
Carousell took down the listings for the toys yesterday afternoon, and Brick Generals also removed its listings last night.
Ms Charlotte Simonsen, senior director of corporate brand communications at Lego, said that the toys are "in no way affiliated with the Lego Group".
"As a company dedicated to inspiring and developing children, we would naturally never make a product like this," she added.
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said it is "extremely concerned that figurines which propagate acts of violence are being offered for sale for the young".
"This is especially troubling when Muis has been actively working to counter the messaging behind extremist movements such as ISIS," said a spokesman.
Source: ISIS-themed fake Lego sets pulled from store, online published HERE