The LEGO Group recently “cancelled” Technic 42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Helicopter, despite the set being just 10 days from its official release. The extreme move came about after a peace group began a campaign to highlight that the set goes against the LEGO Group’s claim “not to create sets which feature real military vehicles”, causing the company to reevaluate the partnership with Bell Boeing.
Despite the claim that the set was ‘cancelled’, UK chains Argos and Smyths Toys received stock and subsequently sold it. It ran out within hours, but now sources close to Brick Fanatics confirm that another delivery arrived with Smyths Toys stores this week, from the company’s central depot, some turning up as late as Wednesday evening. As would be expected given the ebay prices for the set, that stock sold out too.
While the LEGO Group acknowledged that orders for the products had been taken and shipped to stores, so some sets might be sold by mistake, it was claimed that this was likely to be small retailers rather than large chain stores.
To add to the intrigue around this set, a pretty major design flaw was discovered once fans had built it.