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

Created by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Lego is currently being sued around a small black jacket worn by a figurine in a “Queer Eye” toy established, launched last year, which depicts the first Atlanta loft featured in the hit Netflix show.

Fashion designer James Concannon, whose garments are usually worn by Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, submitted a lawsuit in opposition to the Danish toy enterprise in a Connecticut district court in December. In accordance to the complaint, attained by CNN, Concannon asserts that in 2018 he developed a tailor made leather jacket with his “signature propaganda-infused aesthetic” for Porowski, possessing by now had many of his layouts surface in “Queer Eye” given that 2017.

The New York-based designer, who is seeking damages, has accused Lego of producing a “blatant duplicate” of the jacket with no his permission.

A comparison of Concannon's leather jacket and the Lego figurine included in a copy of the complaint.

A comparison of Concannon’s leather jacket and the Lego figurine involved in a copy of the grievance. Credit score: US District Court of Connecticut

Concannon claims that while the show’s production staff experienced often cleared his designs for use, Netflix allegedly failed to speak to him to inquire for permission to use the jacket on a 2019 episode of the demonstrate. Concannon states he assumed at the time it was an oversight and didn’t go after the concern till the launch of the toy established (sold as “Queer Eye –The Fab 5 Loft”) in September 2021.

A aspect-by-facet comparison of the leather jacket produced by Concannon and the Lego toy figurine demonstrate similarities like a peace sign on the still left lapel, and a cranium layout on the suitable side of the upper body.

Concannon promises that Lego did not seek the designer’s authorization to use “the special placement, coordination, and arrangement of the particular person creative features” on his first development for the figurine’s jacket and did not compensate him for his work.

Lego did not instantly reply to CNN’s ask for for comment.

He goes on to condition that Lego “exploited the Concannon Jacket in the course of the intense marketing and advertising of the ‘Fab 5 Loft’ set and also established animated versions of the jacket.

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

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

The lawsuit even further adds that a Lego shopper company consultant allegedly made available Concannon “a free Fab 5 Loft established — which retails for $99.99 — for his 6-year-aged son to enjoy with,” only for the business to later revoke that provide, expressing “Lego does not give absent its items for absolutely free.”

Concannon is seeking damages for willful infringement.

Lego has been generating branded sets targeting grownup collectors for several years. Aside from the preferred “Star Wars” sequence supporters are also able to obtain sets from their favored flicks and shows including “Friends,” “Seinfeld, “House Alone” and “Harry Potter.”

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