Fake Lego sets aimed at children as young as six depicting terrorists firing AK-47s and berita viral launching sticks of dynamite have been pulled from the shelves.
Among the figures sold in various shops in was an ‘ISIS Jihadi John’, based on British executioner Mohammed Emwazi and the profile read: ‘Extremist who enjoys blowing things up for berita viral fun. One day, he’ll blow himself up.’
The sets, which are not linked to Lego in any way, featured ISIS flags and retailed at between £2.85 and £18.70 and some included plastic figurines of a decapitated head.
U.S.manufacturer BrickArms has produced fake ‘Lego’ featuring terrorist characters holding guns and rocket launchers (above)
A counterfeit ‘Falcon Commandos’ Lego set (pictured), which depicts ISIS terrorists dressed in black battling counter-terror police, is being produced in China and sold online
The fake set is being sold on at least three overseas websites – including a Chinese discount retailer that ships to Australia (pictured)
When contacted by , the outlets said they had stopped selling the counterfeit products.
Professor berita viral Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), said told the Singapore newspaper the sets could glorify ISIS and incite hate.
Remy Mahzam, an associate research fellow at ICPVTR, said misusing Islam and its figures such as Allah and Muhammad was ‘very problematic.
‘It touches on religious sensitivities and sheds a negative light on Muslims,’ he said.
Lego immediately distanced themselves from the ISIS toys, also branded as Falcon Commandos, saying they were ‘in no way affiliated with the Lego group’.
Charlotte Simonsen, senior director of corporate brand communications at Lego, told The Straits Times the company is dedicated to developing children and would therefore never make a product like this.
On the front cover, what appears to be an ISIS jihadist is seen holding a chainsaw near a man’s decapitated head
-inspired knock-off Lego was marketed to Australian children for less than £6 in June.
The counterfeit ‘Falcon Commandos’ set was being produced in and sold on at least three overseas websites – including a Chinese discount retailer that ships to Australia.
The set, which depicts ISIS terrorists dressed in black battling counter-terror police, were being sold for £5.80 or less.
Ads for fake toys showed eight mini-figures – the small individual toys in each set of Lego – on the cover of the set.