(Written by Legoboy)
I will start this post with a picture….
These are BrickArms guns. Many LEGO fans use BrickArms’ excellent products, as LEGO refuse to make realistic looking modern weapons, why?
LEGO has this policy that they will not release any violent themes. They want safe themes for children to play with – not a “Call of Duty” set. Yet they release themes like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and the Sopwith Camel. However when someone suggests a World War theme LEGO says “no”.
I agree that WWII was a horrible war, but I find it confusing LEGO choose to release the Sopwith Camel from WWI. They also have a bi-plane in the LEGO Pharaho’s Quest line with a machine-gun attached to it! Why?
At least to me, LEGO’s view on violence is a confusing, gray area. Besides the examples above, another reason I say this is because they released a LEGO Star Wars set based on “Star Wars – The Force Unleashed” which is a 16+ game.
I asked LEGO for a Judge Dredd set, they told me their sets are meant for children, and Judge Dredd is an adult comic-book character and it is violent. I find this is strange as many LEGO sets have guns, and LEGO also has Nazis in their Indiana Jones Sets.
LEGO says that as long as the story is fictional, it doesn’t matter if it has guns, but I believe it does. If LEGO is a pacifist company, against guns and violence, they should avoid violent themes altogether. Not just the ones based on real events. A gun is a gun after all, and it’s only purpose is to shoot others; be that real people, or little plastic people representing real people.
As far as I’m concerned, as long as there is no blood/gore in LEGO sets, I would be happy to see a LOST set or an Assassins Creed set.
What do you think? Do you agree with LEGO’s policy? Can you make sense of it? Or do you think they are hypocrites? How about LEGO sets based on adult themes and games? Would you like LEGO to expand in that direction? Share your thoughts, comments, and opinions below!
Also, this is my first post here, so feedback is welcome! I’m a 15-year-old TFOL, and I’ve been collecting LEGO for about 8 years. I have a pretty good knowledge of LEGO and I’m happy to write LEGO news and reviews, so stay tuned for more posts from me!