Rockefeller Center is a popular site for kids to visit in New York City. Many come to watch ice skaters at the rink and browse the walls of candy colored Lego pieces at the Lego store next door.
One of the more popular stops in the store is the Build-a-Minifigure bar where children can put together a custom character from a variety of leg, torso and head parts.
To the delight of some Sikh children, they happened to come across some light brown turbans while sifting through the mini-figure accessories bin, which also included swords. By putting together the interlocking pieces, they created Sikh youth figures with dastaars and Kirpans.
The turbans also have pinholes in the front where one can imagine a tiny khanda could be attached. Wishful thinking.
“The mini-figure accessory that is currently available at our Rockefeller Center store was originally created for a character in the Series 6 of our collectible line of Lego Minifigures,” said Amanda Santoro, brand relations manager. “(It) was not intended to represent any religious article of faith.”
According to the Web site, the turbaned Series 6 character is a genie. It is one of 15 mini-figures inspired by science fiction, world history, mythology and everyday life. Each unique character came with special accessories, a display stand and a collector's leaflet. But it is no longer for sale online.
“The accessories will be available in the Build-a-Minifigure bar until the currently inventory sells out,” Santoro told SikhNN.
The Lego Group is a privately held company owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family that founded it in 1932, in Billund, Denmark. Based on the Lego interlocking bricks, the company has grown to include an array of shapes and gears. The pieces can be put together to create objects such as buildings, vehicles and figures, and then taken apart and reassembled in different combinations.
Lego is a very popular brand that sold in more than 130 countries. According to the Web site, it is the world's third largest manufacturer of play materials.