Fake Lego sets sold in Singapore show ISIS terrorists from the shelves.
The toys sold in a local retail store and on e-commerce sites were removed after concerns were raised that might lead to the glorification of the Islamic state in Iraq and the Syrian terrorist group. A reader had sold the Straits Times to the Made-in-China characters sold at a store in the People's Park Center, as well as online.
These toys, recommended for children between six and twelve years, show violent scenes, the figures with the ISIS flag, sticks of dynamite and shot of AK-47s. One also includes a plastic figure of a decapitated head.
These toys, which were referred to as "Falcon Command" sets, were priced between $ 3.80 and $ 25. They were sold to the local online marketplace Carousell and at 8 Series, a retail store that sells household goods, toys, and other lifestyle items at People's Park Center.
Another online retailer, Brick Generals, also sold toy figures called "militants" and "bombers". One of them was called "ISIS Jihadi John", while a description for a bomber figure read: "Extremist, who makes things fun. One day he will blow up."
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In June, the Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian reported that the fake Lego figures were sold in Malaysia. A school teacher reported the toys to the Islamic Council and the police officers in Malaysia, raising concerns that they "touched on religious sensitivities".
After the incident in Malaysia the articles were taken from the e-commerce website AliExpress, which distributes these products internationally.
Carousell took the listings for the toys yesterday afternoon, and Brick Generals also removed his listings last night.
Mrs Charlotte Simonsen, Senior Director of Corporate Brand Communications at Lego, said that the toys "are in no way linked to the Lego Group".
"As a company dedicated to the inspiration and development of children, we would never, of course, make a product," she added
The Islamic Council of Religions of Singapore (Muis) "it is extremely concerned that figures propagating acts of violence are offered for sale to the boy".
"This is especially disturbing, as Muis has actively worked to counter the messaging behind extremist movements such as ISIS," said a spokesman.