That Cancelled Lego Osprey is Going for Megabucks on eBay

By Holly Brockwell on at

Predictably, the Lego set cancelled due to its links to arms companies has become a big collector's item.

The Lego Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey set was cancelled just ten days before launch, meaning that many sets were already out in the world, ready to be put on shelves on launch day. Lego said it would allow them to be bought and just wouldn't replenish the stock, so savvy collectors snapped them up and they're now going for a fortune on eBay.

The set – which would have retailed for about £120 – is going for hundreds of pounds, with many Buy It Now listings at £1,000 or more.

If you're thinking "those are just opportunistic sellers, no one will pay those prices," take a look at the completed listings, where you'll see many sold sets that have broken the £1,000 mark.

The Osprey was cancelled after the German Peace Society – United War Resisters group pointed out that the Lego Group had broken its own rules by creating it. Lego agreed, stating, "We have a long-standing policy not to create sets which feature real military vehicles, so it has been decided not to proceed with the launch of this product."

The anti-war group's complaint also mentioned that anyone buying the set would be directly funding arms companies, as money from the officially licensed set would go to Bell and Boeing.

Obviously, buying a set for megabucks on eBay won't fund those companies – just your regular internet profiteers. [BrickFanatics]