We reported on Wednesday that the Lego Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey helicopter (OK, technically tiltrotor, ackshually) had been cancelled due to anti-war protests, just 10 days before its release.
Well, no doubt today's news will cheer up the many angry people who contacted us about this, despite the fact that we were not in any way involved in the protest and merely stated we were pleased to see Lego sticking to its own "long-standing policy not to create sets which feature real military vehicles." That news is that some of the sets will in fact be available to buy.
Shops and retailers that had already received their stock of the cancelled kit have been given the go-ahead by Lego to sell them, which we suspect will mean that this set becomes the Lego equivalent of a Fabergé egg: expensive, rare and sought after among AFOLs (adult fans of Lego).
This is, obviously, the opposite of what the anti-war group German Peace Society – United War Resisters wanted. However, a big part of their objection was that money from buying the sets goes directly to Bell and Boeing, meaning anyone who buys it "funds arms companies." With limited sets available, and most of the transactions likely being between collectors, at least that part isn't so much of an issue.
At the time of the cancellation, Lego made clear that they'd planned and designed the set because of its use as a search and rescue vehicle:
"The LEGO Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey was designed to highlight the important role the aircraft plays in search and rescue efforts. While the set clearly depicts how a rescue version of the plane might look, the aircraft is only used by the military.
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."
A further comment obtained by BrickFanatics explains what will happen to the existing sets:
"For stock which is already in storerooms of retailers, they will be able to sell the set – we just wouldn’t be shipping any more copies.
For sets in our warehouses, we are currently working through our plans for the sets and will explore ways to reduce waste and reuse elements – that AFOLs are interested in them has been raised!"
So there you go, angry dudes of the GamerGate subreddit who contacted us about this -- go and spend your time looking for one of the sets instead. [BrickFanatics]