first published on June 20, 2017 by Josh
In a set the knock-off company is calling Falcon Commandos, an obvious play on the intellectual property of G.I. Joe, Islamic Extremist mini figurines are sold in sets that conduct guerrilla warfare against counter-terror police. The sets are complete with flags containing extremist rhetoric, and even easily beheaded figurines.
Concerns over the sets were first raised by a mother in Taiping, north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She had purchased them for less than $2 for her 2-year-old son, only to be horrified to find that the sets contained extremist rhetoric and propaganda when they were opened. Malaysia is an Islamic majority country. As of 2013, there were approximately 19.5 million Muslim adherents, or 61.3% of the population.
The serial numbers were traced back to a manufacturing company in China.
This is not the first time that Lego has knocked-off by a company in China, and the company says that they are well aware of the situation. In the past, the company was forced to deal with an issue where an Osama Bin Laden figurine was released portraying an obvious terrorist wearing a belt of grenades and toting an AK-47.
When the knock-off brand was approached, they had already listed the product online, and were making claims to have shipped them to Australia. The sets are labeled for children six and up.