Counterfeit Lego brand selling ISIS-themed toys in Australia, Malaysia: Reports

Reports are circulating online of imitation Lego toy sets containing ISIS-themed characters, including one figurine beheading another.
Reports are circulating online of imitation Lego toy sets containing ISIS-themed characters, including one figurine beheading another.PHOTO: TWITTER/ASA BUTCHER

SINGAPORE - Counterfeit Islamic State (ISIS)-themed Lego toys are reportedly being manufactured in China and sold to unsuspecting consumers in Australia and Malaysia.

Schoolteacher Mahnun Mat Isa, 40, told Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian she got a rude shock when her son came up to her holding a "terrorist" figurine which was carrying a banner that displayed the words "Allah" and "Muhammad".

The figurine was part of a set of "Falcon Commandos", a brand of counterfeit Lego toys that are produced in China, reported The Daily Mail.

An advertisement for the set, which is recommended for children aged six and up, also contains a figurine that appears to be holding a chainsaw over a man's decapitated head.

Fake Lego terrorists dressed in black are shown on the set's cover fighting counter-terrorism police officers. The Daily Mail added that one of the terrorist figures appears to be holding an ISIS flag, while other figurines are shown launching sticks of dynamite and firing AK-47s.

"I ask the authorities to not freely allow the entry of toys that touch on religious sensitivities in this country," Ms Mahnun said.

She also said that she reported the set of toys to the Islamic council and police officers in Malaysia.

However, she is probably not the only parent whose child played with the toys - the fake set was being sold online at least three websites, including retailer AliExpress.

 

Australian news outlet 9News reported that it spotted the 'Falcon Commandos' series on a "major Chinese online retailer which states it will send the terrorist sets to Australia".

Screenshots posted by The Daily Mail show that the set was labelled "information intelligence officer military figures falcon commandos terrorist assassination building blocks kids toys", and sold for US$7.41 (S$10.28).

When The Straits Times visited the AliExpress webpage on Friday (June 23), the advertisement had been taken down.

Lego spokesperson Camilla Pederson told the International Business Times: "This product is not a Lego product - nor are the bricks in the set Lego bricks. As a company dedicated to inspiring and developing children, we would naturally never make a product like this."