An article in the Times of London this week suggests that Lego Friends, the Lego set that contains the iconic characters from the popular television series, may soon be used to create propaganda material for the Syrian conflict.
The article, written by the paper’s correspondent for Syria, describes how a new Lego Friends set is being sold by a man in the city of Homs.
The man, whose name was not released, told the paper that he and a friend bought a Lego Friends kit, which is about the size of a football stadium, from a store in the eastern part of the city.
They then rented a minibus and drove to Homs to use it as a bus to transport their group.
The article says that the vehicle was damaged during the journey and that there are some scratches on the front of the vehicle.
A statement issued by the group, Lego Friends of Syria, confirmed that they had used the Lego Friends Bus in the past, but said that the vehicles are currently undergoing repairs and that they are now being used for “researches, public events and other purposes”.
The group said that it had contacted the Syrian government to confirm the authenticity of the images that were posted on social media.
The Times of Israel reports that the group has been criticised for using the images to promote the use of its Lego products in the country.
Lego Friends is owned by Hasbro, a British toy and gaming company, which has produced a number of products for the Lego Group over the years.