LEGO retailer raises $16K for Ukraine selling tiny Molotov cocktails

An independent LEGO retailer has raised more than $16,000 for relief efforts in Ukraine by selling minifigures of Volodymyr Zelenskyy – and tiny Molotov cocktails.

Citizen Brick announced late last week that it would be launching a unique custom minifigure of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, along with printed Molotov cocktail pieces – with all proceeds being donated to victims in Ukraine. And while the Molotov cocktail elements ultimately saw its initial Instagram post removed, the retailer still managed to raise an enormous $16,540.

“As you may have noticed, the minifigs sold out almost immediately,” Citizen Brick wrote on Instagram. “We made as many as possible in a frantic 24 [hours], with the CB crew coming in on their day off to print. We know there were some folks who tried to get one and couldn’t. We hope they’ll consider making a direct donation to a relevant charity nonetheless.”

The entire sum has now been donated to Direct Relief, a charity that specialises in providing emergency medical assistance around the world. Over the past six months, the organisation says it’s donated $26 million in medical aid to Ukraine, and is currently working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to provide supplies including emergency medical packs.

The LEGO Group has responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in several ways, including halting shipments to its Russian brand stores, reportedly advising its staff in Russia to avoid attending protests against the war, and donating £12.3m in relief efforts through the LEGO Foundation.

Featured image: Citizen Brick

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

27 thoughts on “LEGO retailer raises $16K for Ukraine selling tiny Molotov cocktails

  • 24/03/2022 at 00:00
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    Christ there are some stupid people in this thread.

    1- It’s not Lego doing this, it’s an indie company.

    2 – It’s to help refugees etc, NOT to support the war.Whatever happened in the past in the Ukraine has nothing to do with what Russia is doing. Unless you’re dumb enough to believe Putin’s propaganda.

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  • 16/03/2022 at 15:43
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    It is NOT the LEGO-company but a private company.

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  • 15/03/2022 at 22:32
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    Y’all realize that this is an independent company using LEGO products and not LEGO itself, right-

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  • 15/03/2022 at 12:56
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    So many pro-russian propaganda nazis in the comments…

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  • 15/03/2022 at 11:47
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    What’s next? LEGO gas cameras?

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  • 15/03/2022 at 10:15
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    Awfull and stupid step for LEGO. It was prohibited to produce politics toys earlier. Stop fascism and Bandera army!

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    • 15/03/2022 at 13:41
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      Except that LEGO isn’t running this program is not involved in this. The article plainly states that it was an independent company making the minifigs and running the fundraiser.

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    • 15/03/2022 at 14:48
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      The largest fascists sit in the Kremlin. Enjoy the Stone Age in your country russian troll.

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    • 15/03/2022 at 15:54
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      Please note that this is not the LEGO company which is doing this. The message says that the articles were launched by an independent retailer.

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    • 17/03/2022 at 05:19
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      Alexander, LEGO company has nothing to do with this!!!

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  • 09/03/2022 at 17:37
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    So a toy company is selling war toys to promote a real war and you guys are OK with that?

    Seems to me like we should dial back oizr propaganda because that is really disgusting.

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    • 15/03/2022 at 10:32
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      are you stupid? the only one who started and promotes the war is only putin and ruSSia.

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  • 09/03/2022 at 07:59
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    The legoset of president zelenskky and Molotov cocktails is a great idea to support a deviating time that shouldn’t have happened

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    • 15/03/2022 at 19:31
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      Muss 16.000 in der Überschrift heißen, oder?

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  • 09/03/2022 at 04:11
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    yikes!! this is just plain disrespectful and embarrassing ?

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  • 08/03/2022 at 15:20
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    I love this idea! It’s such a shame to watch what is happening with Ukraine. We need to step in and help them before Russia takes OVER Ukraine!!!! God bless President Zelenskyy because you’d never see another president staying behind to fight for his country the way he is. If I didn’t have children, I’d go over to Ukraine to help fight. I was just recently talking to my sister because my family is from Kiev and I want to bring my children there so they can learn about our roots!

    #IStandWithUkraine #PrayForUkraine #CaptainUkraine

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  • 08/03/2022 at 02:40
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    This is disgraceful, Ukrainian militia killed 31 innocent Ukrainian people by throwing molotov cocktails into the union building in odessa during the coup d’etat back in 2014.

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    • 08/03/2022 at 23:08
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      Sure, bud,
      but this time it’s a symbol for the Ukranian resistance to a hostile foreign power.
      It’s only as disgraceful as every other weapon employed in these stupid wars.

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    • 09/03/2022 at 10:22
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      More virtue siginaling from companies well aware China has been running concentration camps for years but that’s totally ok, please continue to ignore that.

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    • 10/03/2022 at 01:11
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      So Lego is supporting the war now? Good on U, mate! I don’t think my kids like this…

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      • 15/03/2022 at 07:52
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        Star WARS never gave you a hint they have always supported the war? And it is just the one that popped into my head now. How many warships and aircraft collections…

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      • 15/03/2022 at 15:55
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        Please note that this is not the LEGO company which is doing this. The message says that the articles were launched by an independent retailer.

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    • 15/03/2022 at 03:43
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      what?
      are you kidding or you don’t know anything?
      people in the house of trade unions were burned by protesters. this is the hand of the participants in the coup d’état. they also threw Molotov cocktails at the police, who were forbidden to use weapons against the protesters.

      ignorance and reasoning of the West about real events is simply disgusting.

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      • 15/03/2022 at 13:00
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        go to putin with your whining driven by propaganda, fascist

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