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LEGO-Style Terrorist Toys Cause Outrage

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Are today's cowboy and Indians being replaced with kids playing "terrorist?"

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A Lego-style miniature figurine that looks very much like an Islamic terrorist -- complete with tiny strapped-on explosives, assault rifle, grenade launcher and face scarf -- is infuriating Muslims and concerned parents alike. The idea for the controversial toy, says Will Chapman of BrickArms (the company that produces the action figures) came from his 9-year-old son. 

The inspiration might have come from a child, but it's got some adults fighting mad. The British Muslim organization Ramadhan Foundation has called the toy "absolutely disgusting and "glorifying terrorism." 

The gun-toting figurine called  "Bandit -- Mr. White" and sells for $14. "Terrorists" aren't the only thing for sale at BrickArms, however. You can also buy a miniature Nazi SS officer.

Momlogic spoke with Chapman's wife Jennifer and asked if she lets her three children play with the toys. She refused to comment.

What do you think? Are these toys innapproriate for children?

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Spookygirl December 5, 2008, 6:54 PM

Ummm, at $14 a pop for a tiny Lego figure, they are NOT selling these for kids. These are for die hard adult Lego collectors.

Anonymous December 5, 2008, 9:32 PM

You say Brickarms doesn’t sell “good guys”? I went to their website and saw that there are also US Marines and US Sergeants. I consider them to be pretty good guys.

ahemberz December 5, 2008, 11:51 PM

Yes! Thats because Brickarms is teaching terrorism to adults, teens and kids alike.

Ban this toy!!!

Obese Chess December 6, 2008, 1:42 AM

Of course they’re inappropriate for children. That’s the point.

brady dougan December 6, 2008, 8:01 AM

I think it’s fine for my kids to play with these. They need to learn about the realities of the world as soon as possible. I try to have them name good and evil people as examples in their daily lives.

Pedrov Baehr December 6, 2008, 9:57 AM

I see nothing wrong with this. I played with toy cowboy and Indians growing up, and I have never had any desire to go out and shoot real cowboys.

The Ramadhan Foundation should be concerned if it was marketed as a Muslim, but as a bandit, well, let’s face it, a lot of individuals in hot places in this world choose to wear a headscarf for practicality. Being overly sensitive because some people would construe it as “racist” or “bigoted” is a tactic commonly used to make a harmless action an offensive one.

Grow a pair, RF.

just sayin' December 6, 2008, 11:18 AM

Indians were not bad, hell, we messed up things for them. But terrorists? Now there is a really bad guy. I agree, 14 bucks is way too much.

Trey December 6, 2008, 9:33 PM

Good God, these are meant for collectors that create dioramas, stop motion lego films and the like. This site custom makes theses weapons, so of course it’s $14. There are also all kinds of inpiring minifigures on the sight as well. People should stop taking some things so seriously, and worry about more important things, like our economy.

J December 7, 2008, 12:22 AM

Lots of LEGO toys come with little weapons for the minifigures and mounted on the vehicles, too. I don’t know why you’re doing a story trying to wreck this guy’s small business selling homemade little accessories for the toys. If you really thought that the armed toys, Nazis, and so forth were inappropriate for children, then you’d already have been up in arms about the LEGO Agent line or the Indiana Jones line or the Star Wars line. I can’t believe anyone really thinks these toys, of all toys, are offensive.

TouchDown December 8, 2008, 12:39 AM

HA HA HA HA i’m sorry but this is funny. If it was a african american toy with big lips it prob wouldn’t be to me but this is a ACTUAL threat to ppl that is being made fun of. Why are NONTERRORIST so upset about it? I’m sorry but i laugh at it.

P.richael December 8, 2008, 3:39 AM

umm come on what are kids going to do with their military leggos if they dont have the stereotypical bad guy. This is not “Glorifying”, most adults need to chill out with the political correctness, If you dont want your children playing with a muslim terrorist doll then dont pay that rediculous price for them GEEZ! Just because you dont want your kids playing with them does not mean everyone else has to follow your parenting methods.

REAL6 December 27, 2008, 3:29 PM

You guys complain about so much. You wanna call Musliums Terrorists. But they are only protecting their country from Foreign invaders like Amerikkka. SO who’s the real terrorist?

I for one am happy with toys like these. You people need to stop being offended at every little thing out in the real world. We feel sorry for you.

unknown5 November 23, 2010, 9:43 PM

@ Ahembers: Ban it? That’s a bit much. Also I am pretty sure a lot of kids don’t know the website that sells these figures and guns even exists, its not advertised anywhere! Why can’t you calm down. You know a lot of TEENS and ADULTS use this product for dioramas and stop motion, why do Americans get so mad at all the little things that are not even remotely offensive. -_-

Anonymous November 25, 2010, 8:17 AM

Also they are called MINIFIGURES not dolls you dumbasses.

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