The reason for that was the TV shows content was not deemed suitable for Lego's target age range. Well I suppose the guys and gals at Lego are right there. Just think what did we see in the TV series Firefly....
- Torture (War stories - Mal and Wash)
- Hooker(s) (Inara in most episodes)
- Girl-on-girl kissing (War stories - Inara and her lady Client)
- People being shot and bleeding (Most episodes)
- A brothel (Heart of Gold)
- Sexually threatening behaviour (Objects in Space - Bounty Hunter and Kaylee in the engine room)
- Bonking (A couple of episodes including Heart of Gold)
- Burnt fleshy, skeletons shown (Episode IV)
- A man being strangled for a disturbing lack of faith or for dropping the fleet out of hyperspace at the wrong spot or for having their apology accepted.
- Some bodily part cut off and the bloody appendage shown (IV, V, VI, oh and Jango Fetts head)
- Brother and sister kissing (V)
- Man has limbs hacked off and left to roast alive in lava by his best mate (III)
- People being shot (Every one)
- People being tortured (IV and V)
- A few billion people killed (IV)
- People suffering to force lightening (III and VI)
- Chained Slave Leia and the metal bikini! (VI)
The original Star Wars movie was rated "U" for Universal in the UK as I recall (I still can picture the VHS video tape box). Meaning suitable for all. Not PG, not 12 (not that the rating was around then), not 15, not 18 and certainly not R18. A 6-year old could watch it on their own according to the certificate it received for the UK. The IMDB here shows it's various age ratings.
Interestingly the US MPAA rates the movie Serenity nearly the same as Star Wars Episode IV (PG-13 vs PG). However, the international age ratings on IMDB show a much higher certificate around the 15 mark worldwide generally for the movie Serenity.
So may be Lego was right with the Serenity model. The show isn't suitable for young kids so the model my association isn't.
Eve Online is not a game to be played by six year olds. Some might say it IS a game to be played by adults acting like six year olds though (see Facebook, Eve-O forums, local chat etc). However, this is more to do with the game mechanics and time investment needed. As far as content goes, what is there in Eve that can even be slightly classed as mature? There is no nudity, no boobies, there is no sex, there is no in-game swearing, there is no violence, there is no blood or body parts. The worst we have is the icon for a corpse. Is that really it? I cannot think of anything else.
I know that CCP videos contain the ESRB "violence" warning at the start. But you have to ask, WHY? Are we as a society so namby-pamby that we define violence that needs to be warned about as computer generated starship models shoot at each other in space?
One of my very first blogs here last year was that Eve could do with "sexing up". Yes, Eve has a wide demographic which includes the ladies, but the core Eve customer is the same as the core sci-fi audience, guys. Sci-Fi generally panders to our (as in blokey) needs. Leia, Seven of Nine, Lexx, Jadzia Dax, Inara etc etc etc. But as it stands right now, what mature content is there in Eve other than the language of the "online interactions"?
Why shouldn't a starship from a game that really contains no mature content as I would define it, become a Lego model?
I suppose we'll find out this summer when the Lego review is concluded.