OMG! LEGO Sells Guns! OMG!

 LEGO movie character with gun (not seen in the movie) (courtesy 2paragraphs.com)

“Another change in the Lego landscape is the weaponry,” Mary Fichter writes in her second paragraph at 2paragraphs.com. “Popular packages like the Star Wars Republic Gunship and DC Universe Super Heroes’ Battle of Smallville  include missiles, pistols, and weapons racks. And peacenik parents who would never buy a GI Joe figure (deeming a soldier with bayonet and gun too violent–or realistic) strangely don’t blink when Lego instructs their children to place a blaster rifle in the hands of a Clone Trooper.” Fichter calls for a gun buyback for kids. JK. But such things do exist. Anyway, Fichter reckons that “’The Lego Movie’ doesn’t include guns.” I don’t think we watched the same movie. Anyway, the LEGO Movie producer is sensitive to Ms. Fichter’s complaints. To a point. “‘We studied a lot about what parents would be comfortable with,” says producer Dan Lin. “But that doesn’t stop Lego from manufacturing and selling miniature plastic arms for children to play with,” Ms. Fichter responds. Huh? How are LEGO figures supposed to look realistic without minature plastic arms? Then again what do I know? I’m from the brick block era.

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  1. avatar blakdawg says:

    I’ll just leave this here . . .

    http://www.brickarms.com/

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      LIKE!

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Awesome! Except I think buying anything there would make me a felon in NY…

    3. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Hmmm. Methinks that the original author’s head would explode if she saw this…

    4. avatar Dracon1201 says:

      Believe it or not, I still buy these and set up minifigures with them. It’s really fun to recreate your bug out bag and toss it on a minifigure with the same armaments you’re using. I have a shelf full of kitted out figures.

    5. avatar Bruce L. says:

      Now those are cool.

    6. avatar Accur81 says:

      As long as these toy guns are limited to permitted CCW, background checks, and 10 round fake plastic mags, then there shouldn’t be any toy gun violence in any of those make believe societies. We need our children to have safe and responsible fantasies.

  2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    Too. Much. ProgDerp.

  3. avatar Mina says:

    Political correctness run amok.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Yep. Just like Woody in the “Toy Story” movies ALWAYS has an empty holster.

  4. avatar pat says:

    Lego has had guns for years. I have some old wild west sets that came with rifles and pistals.

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      I believe this makes you a bad person. Repent!

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      You sure you didn’t mean “pistils”?

      1. avatar pat says:

        Quick typing on my phone. Didn’t catch that I can’t spell. Oops lol

    3. avatar Charles5 says:

      I have some sets (or at least they are somewhere at my parent’s house) from the 80’s that had swords, muskets, pistols, rifles, revolvers, and cannons. The blaster rifles didn’t come around until around 1999 to 2001 when LEGO started licensing movie figures.

    4. avatar Michael B. says:

      I remember guns in Legos starting to become a thing when they introduced the pirate Lego sets. My dudes had flintlocks and muskets.

      Then when the Old West thing started they had revolvers and rifles. Good times!

  5. avatar Dave357 says:

    But a “Super Secret Police Enforcer” simply must have a gun. How can he confiscate unregistered assult weapons in CT without one?

    1. avatar Rad Man says:

      You beat me to it. He’s clearly a much better trained elite officer unlike the great unwashed he took an oath to protect.

    2. avatar DJ says:

      I wonder what agency that Checkist works for? KGB? GRU?

  6. avatar Bret says:

    I’m 23 and I never remember a time without Lego guns, pretty sure they’ve had Lego guns since the 80’s

    1. avatar Have Blue says:

      The space sets of the late ’70s had ‘space guns’: http://brickset.com/sets/886-1/Space-Buggy

      And if your minifigs need better armaments, there’s these guys: http://www.brickarms.com/

    2. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      I don’t recall legos having guns, except maybe the police officer, but some nice memories of mine are of making guns out of legos when I was a kid. Guns, dinosaurs, and racecars. That’s your triple crown of things made out of legos, right there.

      1. avatar Bret says:

        Some of the space themed sets had guns they made out of cameras and the megaphone pieces.

  7. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Fer cryin’ out loud.
    Some people just need to get a life.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      They have. And it’s all about putting their long, pecksniffing noses into your business.

  8. avatar Michael B. says:

    That is one insane-looking dogslayer.

  9. avatar James R says:

    Everybody knows the video cameras in the old lego sets doubled as RPG’s

    1. avatar Stuck in CA says:

      Until that one Indiana Jones set actually had an RPG.

  10. avatar peirsonb says:

    “Finally we have reached total political correctness in childrens’ toys. Introducing the only government approved toy: Ball in a Cup.”

    1. avatar JaxD says:

      Ball in cup is too phallocentric.

      1. avatar C says:

        Why does a ball go in a cup? Heteronormative bigots.

    2. avatar Swarf says:

      Err. Not so fast there, evil doer. That’s still a projectile weapon.

      Also has dangerous sexual overtones.

      Corn starch styrofoam lumps are the only allowable toy.

      1. avatar Josh in TX says:

        Nope, corn starch peanuts are out because they can easilly be used to construct a toy gun. Or, you know, a giant twig and giggleberries stuck to the wall of my apartment post bachelor party……thanks guys.

  11. avatar Nathan.B says:

    Lego has always been very pacifist, however, certain themes have included time appropriate weapons (muskets, swords, lever action rifles for the Wild West theme, etc). They never really include “weapons of war” if you want realistic military themes you need to go third-party.This is largely due to their Danish roots and the culture the company tries to foster. Lego is a contraction of “play well” in Danish.
    Here’s Lego’s Weapons/war policy (PDF Warning!)
    http://cache.lego.com/r/aboutus/-/media/About%20Us/Sustainability/ts.20120111T135744.Guidelines%20for%20weapon%20and%20conflict%20in%20LEGO%20experiences.pdf

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      “…however, certain themes have included” $$$$$$
      Get it? LEGO is NOT a charity; they are in business.

    2. avatar dwb says:

      So, that Lego Death Star with lasers and Stormtroopers, or the Star Destroyer are not a weapons of war?

      Or the Lego Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship? How about the Lego Movie Ice Cream machine, which sounds innocent except you can “Jump into the cockpit, soar into the sky and target the robot with the adjustable giant cone gun on the roof and wing-mounted flick missiles.”
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00GSPFD08/ref=mw_dp_mdsc?dsc=1

      I feel so much better no realistic weapons of actual war, just pretend futuristic ones.

    3. avatar neiowa says:

      Cus the Danes have this long history of hugs, sunshine and roses. Except for the Vikings and such.

      As household with estimated 2million lego blocks it is well established that ALL Legos are components of Starwars base camp/weapons/ships. Pirate cannon, pink thing, cop car, fire truck, etc ALL are stealth weaponry,

  12. avatar Ralph says:

    We are raising a new generation of emasculated pantywaists, strung out on psychoactive drugs so they won’t act like boys.

    It’s getting hard to tell the difference between gun-haters and man-haters. Maybe there isn’t any.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Well, there are a lot of anti-freedom groups that throw out “misogyny” like it’s the word of the day. And generally, when someone makes a baseless accusation….

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      The overlap is rather significant, I’ve found.

      When the Obama campaign put out that “Life of Julia” cartoon progression, it wasn’t because they were marketing to a small audience.

      1. avatar Michael B. says:

        Yeah, the overlap is huge.

      2. avatar Bret says:

        I read a good article on that, basicly saying that another reason they focused on women with the life of Julia, was that if you reminded men they relied on that level of assistance they would get pissed and feel like they need to be doing more for themselves.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          When I lost my job, I was on unemployment for a while. I made enough money “here and there” to kill my eligibility. However, I still made little enough that I qualified for public assistance. I couldn’t do it. I slashed my expenditures and made sure my dog had food, and then I just made it work. It wasn’t fun, but I survived.

    3. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      What do you expect…?

      They’re being raised by the old generation of emasculated pantywaists that were strung out on psychoactive drugs.

    4. avatar Accur81 says:

      Where have all the cowboys gone?

    5. avatar slicer87 says:

      Gun hate and Misandry are very interconnected.

  13. avatar jwm says:

    Sex and guns sell. Period. Get over it and find something real to devote your time and energy to.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      LEGO sex? Disturbing. Very disturbing. Maybe even painful.

      1. avatar Gyufygy says:

        Oh god, nobody let the South Park guys know about Lego sex. Somehow, they’ll make it happen.

  14. avatar Paul G. says:

    No big deal, before ya know it the kid will be a teen and into call of duty or the newest iteration thereof, and the only guns will be on the computer screen. Problem solved.

  15. avatar Maineuh says:

    For reasons that aren’t clear, this makes me want to go to Cabelas at once and get a Mossberg 500 Persuader with attached tac light. I suspect subliminal marketing at work.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Give in to the urge.

      1. avatar Maineuh says:

        By golly, I think I will.

    1. avatar Ben says:

      I was just thinking that! If she hates legos, God help her if she walks down the nerf aisle!

  16. avatar Ing says:

    Lego can’t stop producing miniature plastic arms! How will the miniature plastic people hold onto their miniature plastic doodads if they don’t have arms?

  17. avatar Duke of Sharon says:

    Just got back from a week in hell. That is to say, Walt Disney World. I remember as a kid (1980s) on the jungle boat ride, a (fake) hippo jumped out of the water and the tour guide pulled a previously concealed (fake) pistol and shot the hippo. In the 2014 version, the tour guide has no gun and the boat just speeds away.

    1. avatar dwb says:

      On the Safari: never attempt to feed the animals. They are wild creatures with natural diets and should not be made dependent on handouts.

      This sign should be posted on every billboard in America.

    2. avatar MiketheHopsFarmer says:

      Being a Florida native/child of Disney, now 38, I completely remember that. It sat in a special holster up by the fake steering wheel. Used it on the hippos and the attacking pygmies. It was a small cap revolver on a lanyard. Guess the bang-pop of it made too many people nervous. Maybe it was all those days at Disney with that ride that made me a PotG?

      1. avatar slicer87 says:

        What’s weird is that the Jungle Cruise over at Disneyland in CA still has fake pistols that the skippers shoot. You would think it would be the other way around with the FL park.

  18. avatar dwb says:

    blah blah blah guns bad but I dont know why

    I think I got it, but just in case… tell me the whole thing again, I wasn’t listening.

  19. avatar Bob says:

    Wasn’t a kindergartner suspended for bringing his Lego gun to school awhile back? It’s just pure madness.

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      It was something he made himself, I believe. You know: a sort of gun looking thing that marked an obviously damaged young mind.

  20. avatar harrycarry says:

    I loved the little lego guns as a kid. This makes me sick.

  21. avatar T-DOG says:

    I have to say I saw the new Lego movie in 3D with my 6 year old son. They were not shy about guns in the movie or shoot outs. Helicopters with dillon machine guns chasing the main characters. Full on gun battle at the end that reminded me of the Matrix Revolution Zoin battle. The only part that made me raise and eyebrow was when the bad guy chopped off Vitruvius head (character with voice of Morgan Freeman and looks like Moses). The severed head then rolls to Emmet feet then starts talking to him. But I don’t think my son even noticed because that is what Lego mini figures do. You pop the head off and put it on a different body all the time. Many of his Lego sets have missiles that shoot off because that is what boys are in too. I guess that goes for BIG boys too.

  22. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Not only does Lego sell guns, but they sell guns with the Lego equivalent of Picatinny rails!!!!!!

  23. avatar Kris says:

    I saw the title and thought for sure this was going to be about Glock…

  24. avatar ChuckN says:

    For those that haven’t seen the movie, the main bad guy’s
    name is Business, literally. Business seeks to order
    everything and actively stifles creativity. Personally, I find
    this nefarious subtext (though a rather blatant and obvious
    one) far more troubling than lego gun use. While some,
    including many here, are concerned with mocking/dispelling
    the hoplaphobia; our efforts could be better spent loudly
    asking why “Business” is portrayed as the evildoer and one
    enforcing rules/laws and conformity.

    1. avatar slicer87 says:

      Because big business often pulls the government’s puppet strings. Many of the worst gun control supporters are big businesses that want their worker bees kept in line as much a the government does.

      1. avatar ChuckN says:

        A) There is rarely, if ever, distinction between business
        and big business. So who exactly falls into the category?
        B) Every major manufacturer is arguably big business.
        Your argument fits precisely with the antis narrative
        that manufacturers buy off votes in order to
        continue peddling ‘weapons of death’.

  25. avatar BB says:

    I enjoyed pitting lego pirates with muzzle loaders against ORANGE TRANSPARENT CHAINSAWS

  26. avatar Porterhaus says:

    But this isn’t even a new thing.
    I remember my Indiana Jones knockoff lego set from Legoland that came with a blunderbuss and a pistol and everything. These are the same kinds of people who stop a bus and suspend a kid for having an 8mm long lego gun.

  27. avatar Tom B says:

    I have been a fan of LEGO since I was a child in the 80s.

    There have been guns with the mini-figs as their referred too since 1980s, if not earlier with the other figurines they used to have.

    I have ‘Space’ sets, I have Cowboy sets, I have ‘Castle’ sets and while they didn’t have guns they had swords and axes.

    Anyone who says otherwise is an idiot and doesn’t know a thing about LEGO.

  28. avatar Matt says:

    It makes me wonder what she would say about the literal cold war and massive arms races my friend and I fought against one another from the ages of 8-12…

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