Lego mujahideen

I love Legos. I would play for hours with them as a kid, building spaceships, forts, guard towers, supercars (that's right, they were super) and tons of other stuff. So I'm delighted that BrickArms, a company that provides accessories that Lego does not make, is updating the arsenal and look of Lego characters for today's kids. While the old-fashioned may go for the WW2 stuff, like the range of Nazi uniforms, I like the mujahideen look they've come up with (even if they tactfully call it "bandit"). It will go very well with the "colonial marine" character, and it's nice that the "bandits" come in three different shades of hoods so you can assign them to different sectarian groups and not get them confused. And the K9 Kop will come in handy for those interrogation sessions.


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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.