After yesterday’s news that the Technic Osprey was postponed there was still a little bit of hope that the set may be released at a later date. Unfortunately that isn’t going to happen. LEGO have now confirmed that the set will not be released.
Here’s the official updated statement from LEGO:
The LEGO Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey was designed to highlight the important role the aircraft plays in search and rescue efforts. While the set clearly depicts how a rescue version of the plane might look, the aircraft is only used by the military.?We have a long-standing policy not to create sets which feature real military vehicles, so it has been decided not to proceed with the launch of this product.
We appreciate that some fans who were looking forward to this set may be disappointed, but we believe it’s important to ensure that we uphold our brand values.
With the cancellation happening so close to release, it seems highly likely that these sets are going to show up in random places over the coming months. It’s going to be a real collectors item.
This feels like a bad decision to me. LEGO have been pretty loose with the rules about what is or is not acceptable for a long time. I get not having military vehicles but I don’t understand why that rules out private sector versions of vehicles with military use.
Let me know what you think of this move.