The LEGO Group has confirmed that retailers that have already received stock of LEGO Technic 42113 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Helicopter will be able to sell the set, but the stock will not be replenished. The set was announced to have been cancelled yesterday, just 10 days before its scheduled release.
The LEGO Group has shared the following comment:
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!
AFOLs will indeed be hoping that the parts, rather than go to waste, can be made useful to their clubs for displays.
Complaints from anti-war organisation German Peace Society – United War Resisters have led to the product being cancelled. It is another instance of the company following online trends relating to societal issues, having decided to donate money to charities that will help black communities in the US and removing paid advertising on social media having previously used it extensively.
A huge amount of money and resources will have been expended designing, manufacturing and planning marketing strategies for this product, in addition to the monetary and environmental cost of now recalling and destroying the products intended for store shelves.
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