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(The Sun)   Some are not amused about an al-Qaeda terrorist Lego-man complete with a rocket launcher, assault rifle and grenades   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 85
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2008-12-04 07:10:22 AM
"These distasteful toys are something we could all well do without, especially when there is so much tension around."

THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM SO farkING MUCH
 
2008-12-04 07:19:14 AM
They'll get over it.
 
2008-12-04 07:25:42 AM
Terrorism is Serious Business. How dare you mock people who want nothing more in this world than to be feared by modeling small chunks of plastic after them!
 
2008-12-04 07:40:38 AM
A RANGE of Lego-style fighting figures - including an al-Qaeda terrorist - has been slammed by religious leaders.

The masked follower of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden comes with a rocket launcher, assault rifle and grenades.

Mohammed Shaffiq, of Muslim organisation The Ramadhan Foundation, branded the toy "absolutely disgusting".

He said: "It is glorifying terrorism - the makers should be ashamed.

Extremist ... with array of weapons

Extremist ... with array of weapons

"We should be coming together to unite against terrorism, but how is that possible when children are playing with toys like this?"


Kids need bad guys for their playsets. They *always* have needed bad guys. Don't be upset because the jackasses that are attacking hotels, bombing nightclubs, and flying planes into buildings are claiming your faith and your culture as their own. If you want this crap to not be associated with your regional accents, garb, prayers and institution, then it is YOUR job to make them STFU.

Or you could counter this with a set of mohammed action fig... oh wait... there's someone at the door ... (BOOM!)

/Tards.
 
2008-12-04 07:46:02 AM
What, no Hitler Pez yet?
 
2008-12-04 07:47:15 AM
Has anybody pointed out that this is not Lego?
 
2008-12-04 07:52:36 AM
How are pirate sets any different? They were once the scourge of the sea and killed countless people. Now we dress as them for Halloween and make blockbusters about them. Time heals all wounds
 
2008-12-04 08:03:07 AM
I justified ordering one by telling myself that is for my companion, and it will soon be a collector's item. Not PC, but farkit!
 
2008-12-04 08:24:57 AM
Cornwell: LegoBastard: I don't think that they have any interest in producing actual weapons for their minifigs.



I think they could use a hand in getting it right. Quite a few of their newer kits contains weapons, but more often than not it's old stuff from the infamous western series, only cast in gray rather that brown.


Infamous western series? What's up with that?
 
2008-12-04 08:28:45 AM
LegoBastard: As the self-appointed Fark Lego afficionado, I can tell you, with absolute certianty, that Lego's are cool. This being said, Lego will probably sue Brickarms.com into the Stone Age.

If BrickArms could be sued for saying their products are compatible with LEGO (notice the "LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site." message at the botton of each page"), then imagine how much money Microsoft could pull in for every software site that uses the word "Windows".

My point being, LEGO doesn't have a leg to stand on here.


/Damn, it was tough to resist the "lego to stand on" pun
 
Rib
2008-12-04 08:35:22 AM
LegoBastard: As the self-appointed Fark Lego afficionado, I can tell you, with absolute certianty, that Lego's are cool.

If you were a big a fan as you say you are, you would know you can't pluralise Lego. :)
 
2008-12-04 08:42:22 AM
I have these on my TV stand:

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2008-12-04 08:44:50 AM
LOL

(Disclaimer: All BrickArms tiny toy weapons are made of solid ABS plastic, designed to be used with LEGO toys. They cannot shoot bullets and cannot be made to fire bullets in any way. Again, they are a TOY! T-O-Y Toyee!)

The soccer moms must have found their email address.
 
2008-12-04 08:53:28 AM
rubi_con_man:
Don't be upset because the jackasses that are attacking hotels, bombing nightclubs, and flying planes into buildings are claiming your faith and your culture as their own.

Where did he say anything about that? All he said was that he thinks it's a bad idea to glorify terrorists.
Whether or not you agree these particular toys do that, he wasn't biatching about anything else in these quotes.

If you want this crap to not be associated with your regional accents, garb, prayers and institution, then it is YOUR job to make them STFU.

Where did he complain about it being associated with Islam?
The only reason the the Muslim and Jewish guys commented in the first place, is because the Sun called them and said "Have you heard about these toys? Aren't they awful?". It's not like they held a press conference, or even raised the matter.

But I'm sure as the story spreads there will be headlines like "Muslim outrage over innocent toys - worldwide riots expected".
Damn liberal media.
 
mjl
2008-12-04 08:58:44 AM
Cornwell: LegoBastard: I don't think that they have any interest in producing actual weapons for their minifigs.

I think they could use a hand in getting it right. Quite a few of their newer kits contains weapons, but more often than not it's old stuff from the infamous western series, only cast in gray rather that brown.

I recall that the LEGO guns policy is not to do 'present day' weapons ie pistols, rifles and blasters. I also recall hearing that Lego never produced green bricks in standard packs to prevent realistic tanks being built.
 
2008-12-04 09:19:49 AM
When boys play with these kinds of toys you have to have bad guys. You can't have good guys without someone to kill.

Muslims are going to have to get over it. They are the new Germans: easy access villains. If they want to overcome that image with a more positive one they better get to it and stop insisting that the rest of us do it for them.
 
2008-12-04 09:20:26 AM
Rib: LegoBastard: As the self-appointed Fark Lego afficionado, I can tell you, with absolute certianty, that Lego's are cool.

If you were a big a fan as you say you are, you would know you can't pluralise Lego. :)


As a self-appointed Fark Grammar Nazi, I can tell you that you don't know the difference between a possessive and a plural.
 
2008-12-04 09:20:57 AM
Whatever. Model makers have been making little Nazi panzer tanks and little Nazis forever. Well, not forever, only since WWII. Many history buffs love to make these things. But I guess since Legos are "only for children" we should all panic.
 
2008-12-04 09:56:33 AM
red headed stranger: I wonder how many more sales they will be getting thanks to this outrage free advertising.

If you want to start counting, count me in!
 
2008-12-04 09:59:45 AM
Brickarms is great!

Count me in!
 
2008-12-04 10:01:46 AM
Yeah and anyone wearing digital camo fatigues is a member of the US military.

Just because someone has a turban and a gun does not automatically make them a terrorist you xenophobic assholes (speaking to the Sun et al). In fact this one is just called a "Bandit".
 
2008-12-04 10:02:46 AM
Cornwell: LegoBastard: As the self-appointed Fark Lego afficionado, I can tell you, with absolute certianty, that Lego's are cool. This being said, Lego will probably sue Brickarms.com into the Stone Age. Shame too, they were a great place to get all the parts I needed for my Lego reenactment of the Battle of Hamburger Hill. Lego M-16's are kinda hard to come by.

/Next up, Lego Gettysburg complete with Lego cannister damage!
//Lego Lincoln, Lee, and Meade FTW.

I think that LEGO has been well aware of BrickArms for years, but not considered them a nuisance simply because they provide something that people might want, but Lego would hardly bother to produce.

With The Sun providing a somewhat botched article making it hard to separate BrickArms from Lego, BrickArms suddenly becomes a liability leading to bad rep, which should lead to a nice, fat lawsuit quite shortly.

Hopefully that lawsuit will involve the handing over of a few molds and 3D model CAD files to Lego, because the stuff BrickArms makes is far superior to the weapons Lego provides.


Too bad a lawsuit against the Sun is shakier. Hard to prove they MEANT to damage their reputation by the way they made very little distinction between Brickarms and Lego.

We'll all have forgotten about this soon enough. Except those of us that purchase them, of course.
 
2008-12-04 10:22:38 AM
Legos and pirates?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mclbc8nSww4
 
2008-12-04 10:40:53 AM
Wait... did someone just post a lego aushwitz a minute ago, or is my brain farking with me?
 
2008-12-04 10:51:21 AM
Djonin Stark: Wait... did someone just post a lego aushwitz a minute ago, or is my brain farking with me?

Lego Auschwitz is an internet classic- originally someone's art installation or something. Anyone else remember when the the Lego Beretta (new window) made the front page?
 
2008-12-04 11:45:29 AM
You can't stop the nerds and the geeks of the world from customizing Lego(TM) figurines. You can sue companies that do it.

What's a playset without bad guys? Bad guys have all the cool toys. Except for Batman.

I did some terrorist customizing myself. Being lazy, it involved a tiny piece of Bluetac.

What you need:

Stonecutter Homer and accessories
Stonecutter Number One and accessories
A tiny bit of Bluetac

Roll a tiny bit of Bluetac into a cylinder the size of a Fu Manchu moustache for Stonecutter Number One.

Take the hat from Stonecutter Homer and put it on Stonecutter Number One.

Voilà!

The Insidious Doctor Fu Manchu, the world's first and greatest bio-terrorist.

Total cost of customizing: zippo, zilch, nada, provided you have some Bluetac around to hang up posters.

Little known facts about Dr. Fu Manchu:

He was clean-shaven. In other words, he never, ever, wore a Fu Manchu moustache. But what's the point of accuracy? It spoils the fun.

He was the world's first modern bio-terrorist, which is to say he was the first to genetically modify organisms to make them worse. Heaving a sheep that died of anthrax over the walls of a castle doesn't count as real bio-terrorism. You have to have cool toys.

Unlike most heroes, Smith and Whozit there almost always arrived too late to save their friends.

Any hoo. This story is obvious fark. Any sensible person knows that there has to be bad guys.

The pseudo-PC people, the religious and other professional offendees wouldn't even dream of terrorist figurines if some journalist didn't stir them up. Fark, fark, fark, fark, fark.

I love the Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. If the good guys were women they couldn't possibly be more hysterical.

His real name was Lee. He was a graduate of several notable Western universities, just like Fidel Castro (U of Chicago).
 
2008-12-04 12:20:35 PM
Djonin Stark: Wait... did someone just post a lego aushwitz a minute ago, or is my brain farking with me?

I know.
 
2008-12-04 12:24:18 PM
Well, couldn't care less about the "Terrorist" figure... looks like any generic bad guy from a score of different movies. What the ultimate awesome from Bricks Arms appears to be the Colonial Marine from Aliens. All they need now is the waist mounted Smart Gun from the movie.
 
2008-12-04 12:35:05 PM
There's a series of LEGO-like sets produced by an outfit called "Best-Lock" that have a military theme.

Personally, I think LEGO is a superior quality product to Best-Lock. But the Best-Lock sets do provide firearms. No terrorists, though.
 
2008-12-04 12:52:41 PM
Mohammed Shaffiq, of Muslim organisation The Ramadhan Foundation, branded the toy "absolutely disgusting".

He said: "It is glorifying terrorism - the makers should be ashamed.


Those figures are being sold as bad guys, he knows this, and that is why he is upset.

Suck it.
 
2008-12-04 12:57:06 PM
why the fark couldn't we have this when i was a kid :(
 
2008-12-04 01:03:46 PM
Just bought $50 worth of their stuff for my little brother. This stuff is so kickass!
 
2008-12-04 02:14:14 PM
meekychuppet: It is nothing to do with Lego.

There have been many, many precedents for sites that were "nothing to do with" a company (and who placed a disclaimer on their site saying such) - who then filled their site with references to the company they were nothing to do with, only to be sued into oblivion.
 
2008-12-04 02:17:51 PM
stop bombing/killing us and we'll stop pointing out who the bad guy is.
 
2008-12-04 03:05:37 PM
Those Lego flowers did look suspiciously like poppies.
 
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