Fake Lego toys which feature terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been pulled from the shelves of a local retail store and e-commerce sites after netizens complained that the toys come across as glorifying the terrorist group.
According to one of the complainants, the made-in-China toys were sold at a toy store in People’s Park Center and on Carousell.
The toys were meant to be handled by children aged 6 to 12 and showed violent images of terrorists carrying the ISIS flag, launching dynamite, firing AK-47s and even had one image of a plastic figurine holding a decapitated head!
Described as “Falcon Commandos”, the sets were priced at $3.80 to $25.
Another online store, Brick Generals, has also been found selling toy figures labelled as “militants” and “bombers”. One of the toy figures’ names was “ISIS Jihadi John” followed by the description: “Extremist who enjoys blowing things up for fun. One day, he’ll blow himself up.”
Carousell and the affected retail stores have taken the toys off the shelf. Lego, whose toys the knock-offs are imitating, has also condemned from the violent toys.
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said that it is “extremely concerned that figurines which propagate acts of violence are being offered for sale for the young”.
“This is especially troubling when Muis has been actively working to counter the messaging behind extremist movements such as ISIS.”