There’s a new report this morning from Zusammengebaut that may affect the release of the upcoming LEGO Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (42113). Since the Osprey is based on a military vehicle, the German Peace Society has denounced LEGO for planning to release this set which was scheduled for August 1. LEGO’s version of the set is based on a search and rescue vessel, one without weapons.
The German Peace Society says LEGO cooperates with arms companies and plans to stage protests this week outside of three LEGO Brand Stores in Germany, including the flagship store in Berlin.
LEGO has released a statement regarding this issue on the Ambassador Network:
The LEGO Technic Bell Boeing Osprey V-22 was designed to highlight the important role the aircraft plays in search and rescue efforts.
While our set depicts a rescue version of the plane, the aircraft is predominately used by the military. We have a long-standing policy not to create sets which feature military vehicles and in this case we have not adhered to our own internal guidelines.
As a result, we are currently reviewing our plans to launch this product on August 1.
As a result, the LEGO Technic Bell Boeing Osprey V-22 has been removed from LEGO Shop@Home and the release of the set could be cancelled even before it hits store shelves.
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