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Lego denies pulling Jabba's Palace box set after racism claims

Published on Apr 4, 2013 5:36 PM
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Lego denied on Thursday, April 4, 2013, that the withdrawal of its "Star Wars: Jabba's Palace" box set (above) was because of accusations from a group representing Austria's Turkish community that it was Islamaphobic and racist. -- PHOTO: LEGO

VIENNA (AFP) - Lego denied on Thursday that the withdrawal of its "Star Wars: Jabba's Palace" box set was because of accusations from a group representing Austria's Turkish community that it was Islamaphobic and racist.

The decision to discontinue the product at the end of 2013 "was taken last year and communicated in January", but Austria's Turkish Cultural Community "interpreted this a little differently", spokeswoman Katharina Sasse told AFP.

She added however, that the large amount of "feedback" about the product, not only from the Austrian organisation but also from others, had been "passed on to our development department".

"We listen very closely and take feedback very seriously. It must be said though that when it comes to the Star Wars line, we develop our products in line with the films," she said.

 
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