Yesterday, I reported that the upcoming release of the LEGO Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (42113) was potentially cancelled and it looks like it has been confirmed. LEGO has just released a statement regarding the set which you can read below.
The LEGO Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey was designed to highlight the important role the aircraft plays in search and rescue efforts. While the set clearly depicts how a rescue version of the plane might look, the aircraft is only used by the military. We have a long-standing policy not to create sets which feature real military vehicles, so it has been decided not to proceed with the launch of this product.
We appreciate that some fans who were looking forward to this set may be disappointed, but we believe it’s important to ensure that we uphold our brand values.
There are going to be some stores that have already received stock but LEGO Stores should never receive stock. Our sales teams have been in touch with their customers as well. I would expect a few mom and pop type shops to receive a shipment but larger retailers will be less likely.
The German Peace Society denounced LEGO for the release due to it being a military plane even though it was designed to be a search and rescue plane and there were protests scheduled in Germany because of it.
It’s pretty embarrassing on LEGO’s part with nobody speaking up during the design process that the Osprey was mainly used as a military plane. I’m … Continue
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 [email protected] and the release of the set could be cancelled even before it hits store shelves.
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