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I'm sure this has been beaten to death, but I am just a few months out of my dark ages and still learning the ropes of Lego in 2012.
I understand the history of Lego and its creator being a pacifist; he didn't think war/weapons/violence should be mixed with children playing with toys.
Well, times change, and Lego kits are filled with violence and weapons. Just about everything in the successful Star Wars theme is designed to kill someone. We have light sabres, X-wing fighters, TIE fighters. POC ships have cannons for waging naval battle.
This summer we will have the LOTR sets including one which depicts the battle of Helm's Deep from The Two Towers. That entire set's theme is "war" or "violence".
Isn't Lego's stance on this a bit contradictory? Yes, all of the violence I have referenced can be described as "fictional violence" or make-believe violence, as no real light saber has ever killed a real human being. But is that distinction even relevant, especially when dealing with toys for kids?
And how do you explain the existence of the Sopwith Camel (a real weapon of war) which will be updated later this year?
Isn't violence the same whether it's referenced in Star Wars or a World War I biplane that actually existed and actually killed real people?
My point is that Lego should abandon their alleged "policy" here and it is high time for the World War II theme. In my opinion, the day they unveil WWII kits, they will hit historic sales records.
Ditto for Lego: Modern Warfare.
I just finished working on Lego 8069, the Technic backhoe. I love the complication of the Technic pieces and the mechanisms they create, but a backhoe is just boring! It occurred to me while working on my ultimately disappointing piece of construction equipment that the perfect application of Technic pieces would be an AH-64 Apache gunship molded in olive green plastic. Or a Tiger tank in dunkelgelb.
Will we ever see a Lego WWII theme? Do they realize the endless kit opportunities here, the massive world-wide interest in such kits, or the mega dollars they could make selling a 2,000 piece Spitfire kit?