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I don't recall ever seen a LEGO tank, a LEGO minifigure figure or any army-related LEGO sets.

I know that there are LEGO toys that imply some level of action/fighting, from police sets, knights, ninjas, etc. I have some LEGO toy guns (from pirate sets, etc.).

But I think I have never seen an army-related LEGO toy or set. The only ones I could mention are related to some franchises like Star Wars, Superheroes or similar.

Are there any army-related LEGO toys and if not if this a conscious decision from the LEGO group?

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LEGO does not directly create military sets.

A LEGO representative gave the following reason:

Are there any chances that Lego will ever start producing modern day warfare Lego, with tanks and helicopters and what not?

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.

-- Gizmodo - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lego

There have been some sets that have been military-based though.

The 7595-1: Army Men on Patrol is based on characters from a movie series which are based a military toy.

7595-1: Army Men on Patrol

A number of Indiana Jones sets have some military people and vehicles that in the movie are considered military vehicles. Notably missing though is the tank from the tank scene in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

The Dino Attack theme (or Dino 2010 internationally) also has a tank and a helicopter modeled after military vehicles.

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LEGO has a policy that they won't make military sets (unless licensed, for ex. Indiana Jones) for several reasons:

  1. Creative imagination for children
  2. Debate of the "good" guys and "bad" guys
  3. Neutrality (since Lego is sold worldwide)

For reference: Youtube: Why doesn't Lego make military vehicles

However, I know of several third party and other "compatible with leading brick" companies that produce products that can be played with LEGO.

Third-party:

  • Brickmania
  • Batisbrick
  • Brickbrigade
  • Custombricks.de
  • Battlebrickcustom
  • brickbattalion
  • combatbrick
  • mechanizedbrick
  • modernbrickwarfare
  • unitedbricks

Compatible with LEGO brands

  • Cobi
  • Mega Bloks
  • BanBao
  • best-lock
  • kazi
  • kreo
  • oxford
  • sluban
  • taisheng
  • woma
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    "Debate of the 'good' guys and 'bad' guys" - interesting however that they propose sets with policemen and criminals (bank robbers, etc) such as in the Lego City collection. Physical violence is also a dominant theme in the NinjaGo series. Maybe their stance regarding violence is that it is tolerated as long as it is not directly lethal? – wip Aug 23 '17 at 17:32
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    Possibly. Another view could be that in the beginning, everyone(including the "bad" guys) had happy/positive faces in themes such as Ninjago and City. However, I noticed that recently, themes such as Ninjago and Nexo Knights had some pretty sinister faces on the villains. Change of policy perhaps? – Samuel L. Aug 24 '17 at 3:33
  • @SamuelL. Proper villain faces have been a thing since at least the 90s Western sets. – Weckar E. Oct 31 '17 at 10:09
  • @ Weckar E. Yes. I do note that. However, what I'm trying to express is that some of the latest villain faces(See nexo knights and ninjago for examples of these faces) dont seem to be as child-friendly as earlier faces – Samuel L. Nov 1 '17 at 21:19

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