Lego to stop production of Jabba’s Palace.

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by Caleb Paullus (@theurbanraptor)


News has broken that Lego will be discontinuing the production of Jabba’s Palace.
Some have said the issue with the toy is that it looks like a mosque, more importantly, like the Hagia Sophia.

Katharina Sasse, a spokesperson for Lego, told London’s Daily Telegraph: “The Lego Star Wars product Jabba´s Palace does not reflect any actually existing buildings, people, or the mentioned mosque,” she said. “The Lego mini-figures are all modeled on characters from the movie.”

“We regret that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to come to a wrong interpretation, but point out that when designing the product only the fictional content of the Star Wars saga were referred to.”


What do you nerds think about this?

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    8 Comments

  1. Scott EstesApril 2nd, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Seeing as they aren’t discontinuing it until 2014, and it was released in 2012, they’re simply throwing a bone to the complaints since Lego seems to only sell these types of sets for about 2 years.

  2. Michele SinopoliApril 2nd, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Ah Star Wars craze! It is really cool. New generation kids may not know what is Star Wars we need to show them that Star Wars DVD are really awesome after they watch the movies then they could get the Lego while they got an idea. 🙂

  3. PsychoChick966April 2nd, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This is ABSOLUTELY, ridiculous. I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that someone would take offense to this toy, or Lego taking it off the market because of some asshat taking offense. It has nothing whatsoever to do with anything Muslim. NOTHING. Lego should be ashamed of itself for taking this toy off the market.

  4. Will DwinnellApril 2nd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve been to the Haghia Sophia (you can see one of my photographs of it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/willdwinnell/3801077768/ ), and I really don’t see any special resemblance. After all, many buildings have a single, central dome (the United States capitol, most state capitols, the Radcliffe Camera, the Dome of the Rock Shrine, many sports arenas, etc.). It’s true that the Lego set (true to Jabba’s palace in the movies) and the Hagia Sophia both have rather shallow domes, but I don’t think even these particular features look that much alike. Also, Jabba’s Lego palace features one, rather wide tower, whereas the Haghia Sophia sports four very narrow, classical Muslim minarets.

  5. JoshuaApril 3rd, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Well, you’ll see this thing on ebay for $5000 in a few years.
    Personally, I think the offended need to watch Star Wars to understand that this was made to look like a building in a great movie, not anything else.

  6. Will DwinnellApril 3rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

    PsychoChick966 makes a good point when writing “It has nothing whatsoever to do with anything Muslim.” Though it was converted to a mosque at one time, it no longer is used as one (it is a museum now), and it began as one of the largest churches in the world. In fact, it was not even built by the Turks, but by the Byzantines (the Eastern half of the Roman empire, essentially). The Ottoman Turks took it by force more than a thousand years after it was constructed.

  7. MarcusApril 3rd, 2013 at 10:28 am

    just more PC bull. It sucks all the fun out of life a whiny few ruin life for the rest us. There are better things to do with one’s time than get a toy pulled.

  8. OrianeApril 6th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Another thing that just makes people look ridiculous….it’s architecture ! You could basically do the same thing with a basic set of legos (if you’re good at it, that is if you’re not me 😉 …
    Moreover, it is not an “Hagia Sophia” Lego set, it a “STAR WARS” Lego Set, so anybody would just make the link between the lego and the movie, nothing to do with a mosque !
    (And I totally agree with Will Dwinnell’s comment)

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