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Lego Accused of Racism Over 'Star Wars' Toy Set

| by Michael Allen

The Lego toy company is under fire from members of the Turkish community in Austria because of a new 'Star Wars' toy set called 'Jabba's Palace' (pictured).

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria said that Jabba's Palace was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey and that the toy action figures depicted Asians as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.”

The organization wants Lego to apologize for offending religious and cultural feelings, reports The Telegraph.

Jabba is a large slug-like creature who held Han Solo captive in the Star Wars film 'Return of the Jedi."  Jabba also held Princess Leia captive as his slave.

Lego has not released any statements.

In more Star Wars news,  J.J. Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars movie, reports Deadline.com.

Abrams was signed by producer Kathleen Kennedy for the Star Wars job.

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