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Image courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

Image courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

(KTVI) – The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria are suing Lego for racism over a set based off of Jabba the Hutt’s palace from Star Wars.

According to the Huffington Post, the Lego set was similar to the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut and also features minaret.  They say it reinforces negative stereotypes about the Middle East. The Turkish leaders threaten legal action if the play set is not recalled.

The Lego set is based off of Jabba’s Palace where the alien kept smuggler Han Solo prisoner, tried to kill Luke Skywalker and kept Princess Leia as his slave in the movie Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Lego is denying the claims.