60278 Crook's Hideout Raid appeared in the instruction manuals for 41444 Heartlake City Organic Cafe during January, hence its release was expected this month.
However, noticeably little information followed afterwards and the cancellation of this set has now been officially confirmed in the following statement:
"With LEGO City, we always aim to represent the reality of the world in a way that is fun, positive and appropriate for kids. With this in mind, we have decided not to launch this product as we no longer feel it is in keeping with the values of the LEGO City brand."
This decision seems interesting because LEGO has produced several City sets focused upon criminals before, including 60009 Helicopter Arrest and 60068 Crook's Hideout. The policy has presumably changed recently.
Why do you believe LEGO cancelled this product and are you disappointed? Let us know in the comments.
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On the other hand, if Lego is going to start cancel culture on criminals maybe my 1400 criminal minifigures will be worth something some day.
What bothers me the most is now I'm gonna have to wait for some other set to release 1x3x3 window frames in black. I wanted those for a moc...
Banks have giant coins, Car Dealerships have enormous cars, Adult Bookstores have giant...
Did anyone really think a search and rescue Osprey was offensive or inappropriate?
Somebody really ought not let the complainers/outragers know that LEGO produces 62 variants of helicopters on an annual basis...
Yes, it's cartoony and absurd, but it's also centered around violent imagery and would logically encourage violent play. That's fine in a fantasy context, but in their main City line? I can see why they'd look at it and think "maybe we should dial it back just a smidge."
But sure, clutch those pearls over a mediocre set and an okay sticker.
I'm fine with giving folks an option to what to purchase. If you don't like it, don't buy it. But to dismiss the set because of your personal views as being too violent to your liking, doesn't represent those who think differently.
My years of playing GTA games in my late youth really honed my automobile thieving skills.
By the way, I'm not saying they should, I'm saying if you're going to get political be consistent. In the end, I see a Lego toy and for play, not politics. Yes, there will be places they shouldn't go as a product but cops and robbers?! I mean, that's just silly.....
Back on the topic of this set though, the reactions all feel very overblown to be honest? We didn't even get a proper reveal for it (the only pic we have is from the back of an instruction booklet), which indicates to me it was canned much earlier and whoever was doing the BIs just slipped up and put in the wrong layout image in the back pages.
It's not even that good of a set either, just the usual 1x6x5 panel bonanza you'd expect from a City set of this ilk - only bit that really makes it stand out is that big stick of dynamite on the roof, and even then it looks like its made up of existing parts so shouldn't be too hard to recreate (wouldn't be surprised if that aspect's what caused the cancellation too - kids could pop it off and wave it around as a perfectly child-sized toy stick of dynamite, which I reckon would've been a bridge too far for TLG).
Or that failing to support the democratic movement in post-WWII China would have such long-term repercussions, but it is easy to pick and chose what outrages we focus energy on, and which ones get turned a blind eye.
I'd like to think I avoid supporting companies that pander to China (NBA, Apple, Disney), but I have a Disney+ account. And travel to Disney World on an annual basis. There is no solution to be found in absolutionism, but we should be generally resistant to supporting regimes that are blatant in how they abuse their people.
I look at the Uighur issue as precisely what the U.N. is in existence to address, but since the offender has a seat at the table, I'm not surprised there is a complete nothing-burger response...
If I know my history, we did support post-WWII democracy. Unfortunately Mao was ruthless in getting rid of his enemies. And now we see the contrast between Taiwan and China.
I am not trying to cancel Lego, I'm just pointing out their hypocrisy. They will have to make their own decisions.
The thing that bothers me most about the Uighurs is that not even or especially other Muslim country's don't say anything either. Iran is even good buddies with them. But if the U.S. was accused of the same thing we would have suicide bombers coming for us.
I'll avoid making comparisons to similar geopolitical machinations in the Middle East, but there is similar relativity-based decision-making that pervades diplomacy. It's also important to note that Countries that are predominately Muslim have varying and competing interests. One cannot mush together or presume there is multilateral coordination amongst Muslim Countries.
I meant that has the US (or NATO, or a confederation of democracies) banded together and supported the democratic movement in China, at worst we would have avoided the Korean Conflict and most definitely the Vietnam War. It amazes me the level of strategic blundering was made in the immediate post-war period. If even for the security of Japan and the remainder of southeast Asia and Hong Kong, more on-the-ground effort should have been made...
Please excuse the dissertation!
It’s nice to see there is some sensible conversation here about what might be the big issue beyond just the obvious bomb factory terrorist issue. Personally I think the fact there weren’t any complaints about the set prior to the cancellation as far as I can tell makes me think there probably is a play feature that could have been an issue. Like others have said maybe the police ram raid, might be an exploding wall too close to an obvious minifigures placement or maybe they put in a “hide in the water tower” feature that someone thought might be mistaken for some kind of water boarding situation or something.
And apparently, water-boarding play features.
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