Officially, The LEGO Group's word on this is:
The LEGO Group wrote:We have a strict policy regarding military models, and therefore, we do not produce tanks, helicopters, etc. While we always support the men and women who serve their country, we prefer to keep the play experiences we provide for children in the realm of fantasy.
I also read a rumor that LEGO's founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen had such a distaste for war that for a long time he forbade his company to make green bricks, for fear that boys would use them to make tanks.
Despite this, we've seen missile-equipped fighter jets...
Armored Assault Helicopters (reminiscent of the Soviet Mi-24 Hind)
And a bunch of other stuff that I'm not able to post due to technical difficulties, but that also includes SAM sites, Soviet and
(LEGO City is a pants-pissingly frightening Orwellian police state.)
There are many arguments I've see both for and against Military LEGO Theme:
Against: LEGO shouldn't do it because it would glorify war for kids, and is especially insensitive to children in war-torn countries. Also, what nations' militaries would be represented? Besides, AFOLS for whom war-themes are age-appropriate typically have the skill to build their own military LEGO.
For: LEGO should do it because many of the kids who grew up with LEGO are now adults and the market demands more mature set themes. Also, stick a "ages 18+" label on the box, and don't market it to war-torn countries. As for what hardware is represented, make it either generic green-vs.-tan Army-Men or market specific vehicles to specific countries (America gets the F16s, Russia gets the MiGs, etc).
So tell me, Brikwars forum, what do you think?