Someone at Lego is having a busy day on social media trying to set the record straight about the toy company’s “caving” to Muslims who found one of the company’s building sets anti-Islamic.
According to reports in the U.K. Independent and other media outlets, Muslim critics of the Star Wars-themed “Jabba’s Palace” set are declaring victory, claiming that pressure from Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association and other groups forced the Denmark company to withdraw the set from production. The set, which some say resembles Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia mosque, depicts Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt as a “terrorist who likes to smoke hookah and have his victims killed,” according to the TCA.
Many Lego fans were outraged by the headlines today, fearing that Lego had caved in the name of political correctness.
Not so fast there. Lego is insisting that the Turkish Cultural Association’s victory is a hollow one at best. Yes, the set will be phased out by 2014, but as anyone who collects licensed Lego sets knows, the set was scheduled to be discontinued anyway. Lego did its best to correct the record on Twitter.
So “Jabba’s Palace” will remain on shelves throughout 2013 as planned, but if you’re a collector, you might not want to wait to pick it up.