‘Queer Eye’ Lego set: Fashion designer sues company over leather jacket worn by toy Antoni Porowski

Composed by Toyin Owoseje, CNN Lego is staying sued about a tiny black jacket worn…

Composed by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Lego is staying sued about a tiny black jacket worn by a figurine in a “Queer Eye” toy established, launched past calendar year, which depicts the primary Atlanta loft highlighted in the strike Netflix present.

Style designer James Concannon, whose clothes are frequently worn by Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Danish toy company in a Connecticut district court docket in December. According to the complaint, attained by CNN, Concannon asserts that in 2018 he established a personalized leather jacket with his “signature propaganda-infused aesthetic” for Porowski, owning previously had quite a few of his designs show up in “Queer Eye” considering that 2017.

The New York-based designer, who is in search of damages, has accused Lego of building a “blatant duplicate” of the jacket without having his permission.

A comparison of Concannon’s leather jacket and the Lego figurine included in a duplicate of the grievance. Credit history: US District Court docket of Connecticut

Concannon statements that while the show’s creation crew experienced constantly cleared his patterns for use, Netflix allegedly did not get in touch with him to inquire for authorization to use the jacket on a 2019 episode of the display. Concannon claims he assumed at the time it was an oversight and did not pursue the challenge right up until the release of the toy set (bought as “Queer Eye –The Fab 5 Loft”) in September 2021.

A aspect-by-facet comparison of the leather-based jacket created by Concannon and the Lego toy figurine exhibit similarities like a peace signal on the remaining lapel, and a skull style on the correct aspect of the upper body.

Concannon claims that Lego did not look for the designer’s authorization to use “the unique placement, coordination, and arrangement of the person artistic elements” on his primary development for the figurine’s jacket and did not compensate him for his get the job done.

Lego did not quickly react to CNN’s ask for for remark.

He goes on to point out that Lego “exploited the Concannon Jacket all through the intense marketing and advertising of the ‘Fab 5 Loft’ set and also created animated variations of the jacket.

Concannon asserts that he designed the leather jacket for Porowski in 2018.

Concannon asserts that he built the leather jacket for Porowski in 2018. Credit score: Christopher Smith/Netflix

The lawsuit further adds that a Lego client support representative allegedly presented Concannon “a absolutely free Fab 5 Loft set — which retails for $99.99 — for his 6-yr-outdated son to perform with,” only for the organization to later revoke that supply, saying “Lego does not give absent its goods for free of charge.”

Concannon is trying to get damages for willful infringement.

Lego has been developing branded sets concentrating on adult collectors for a long time. Other than the well-liked “Star Wars” sequence admirers are also in a position to purchase sets from their favored films and displays together with “Buddies,” “Seinfeld, “Residence Alone” and “Harry Potter.”

The sixth time of “Queer Eye” debuted on Netflix on December 31.