eBay apologises and withdraws sale of fake Lego terror figures

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eBay apologises and withdraws sale of fake Lego terror figures

At least eight varieties of the mini figure, which all sport a dark beard, were spotted for sale through an American-based supplier, priced for around £17.

Pics: Screenshot, eBay
Pics: Screenshot, eBay

Fake Lego mini figures aimed at children as young as five and dressed as “Middle Eastern” terrorists with AK-47s and rocket launchers have been discovered for sale on eBay.

The online retailer has apologised and swiftly removed the items after Jewish News brought them to eBay’s attention.

At least eight varieties of the mini figure, which all sport a dark beard, were spotted for sale through an American-based supplier, priced for around £17.

On a description for one of the items, described as “an insurgent Middle Eastern soldier”, the seller states that the figures are made from “100% Lego parts”, while the weapons have been produced elsewhere.

The figures were also searchable under “terrorist Lego” on eBay’s platform.

Screenshot, eBay

A concerned mother who brought the items to the attention of Jewish News, and wishes to remain anonymous, said she found the items “extremely distasteful” in the wake of the 7 October terror atrocities carried out by Hamas, which killed 1,400 Israelis with more than 200 taken hostage.

She said: “I was searching for Lego mini figures as a present for my son when these popped up as something I might be interested in.

“Given recent events, I can’t understand what kind of a person would want their child to play with such ‘toys’. It beggars belief that there should even be a demand for it in the first place.”

Screenshot: eBay

An eBay spokesperson said: “These items are against our offensive materials policy and are prohibited from sale on eBay.

“We have removed the listing that breached this policy and conducted further sweeps of our site to remove any similar listings.

“We take this extremely seriously and will continue to monitor the site.”

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