The world is suddenly divided into three categories: people who watch "Breaking Bad," people who don't, and people who spend $250 on a Lego-inspired meth lab to lament the series' impending finale.The Superlab Playset – a 500-piece plastic miniature version of anti-hero Walter White's elaborate chemistry compound – comes complete with industrial-strength miniature gas tanks, "poison" and "flammable" signage, a dead version of one of the show's previous characters, Gus, and inevitably, some controversy. The $250 collector's item, released last month by novelty company Citizen Brick, is decidedly not for kids, and both Citizen Brick and Lego have made that clear. A clause on product page of the now- totally-sold-out item states: "This set is a product of Citizen Brick, and is not sponsored, authorized or endorsed by the LEGOGroup, owners of the registered LEGO(R) trademark."
But that hasn't stopped UK newspapers and some Twitter followers from posting what-is-the-world-coming-to commentary. "Have companies gone too far in creating products based off of hit TV shows? This one is not the smartest choice," a Daily Mail reader tweeted in response to the newspaper's claims of outrage over the product. "Is this any different than selling toy guns?" tweeted another.
Actually, there's a big difference, according to fans of the product (who are far more vocal online than those detractors). "This is for adults to have something to remember a great TV show. I would buy one for myself, not for my children. Just like it would be a cold day down below before my CHILDREN ever watched a TV show like this," wrote a fan of the product on Citizen Brick's Facebook page. Another simply posted: "Shut up & take my money!!!"