LEGO sets are generally wholesome toys because it is, after all, designed with kids in mind. But one Chinese LEGO knock off company, Xingbao Building Blocks (also known as Xīng Bǎo Jīmù), kind of broke new ground recently with a released of a “LEGO compatible” set that actually lets you or, god forbids, your kids, built a whorehouse, AKA brothel. It is said that prostitution is one of the oldest ‘profession’ in human civilization, but does it warrant a “LEGO compatible” set based around prostitutes’ home base? I mean, seriously, what are you going to tell you kids? Like “oh, these are whores and that’s the building they operate in.” And junior, “they get bang for monetary return, and oh, those lecherous-looking (knock off) minifigs are their customers.”
Surely you won’t want to do any explanation because if you do, it will only make matters worse and you’d be inviting a series of questions that requires you dig up your morality books and worse, digging into the birds and the bees way too early for junior’s understanding. In short, it is in appropriate, but it could be fun for adults, you know, for research purpose. Anywho, apparently Xingbao’s controversial set is a product born out of a partnership with “some adult fans of LEGO” (AKA AFOL) and it is part of the company’s traditional Chinese street series. That being said, Xingbao probably has no qualm about having this “morally objectionable” set because a brothel was, after it, historically part of ancient Chinese street as with martial art school and an inn.
And in case you haven’t already noticed, the set would not have been deemed objectionable if not for the minifigs, which includes courtesans and their sex-starved clients, that comes with the set. According to a report, the set was originally called “Yihong Brothel” and it was later changed to a less abhorrent “Yihong Courtyard.” However, last checked, “Yihong Courtyard” is no longer available; instead it is now described as “The Chinese Traditional Architecture Set” and it appears to not come with minifigs. I guess that makes it a little more kids-friendly?
Image: Xingbao Jimu.