Most of the desert cultures in Star Wars and other sci-fi epics are based on Middle Eastern cultures. Even the architecture is pretty much the same. Hollywood has a knack for appropriating other cultures for its own uses, and Star Wars originates from an era where Hollywood cared a lot less about being PC.
As a Lego hobbyist and reseller, I completely believe the `spin` coming from the Lego group. Items from licensed lines (star wars, Harry Potter, Toy Story...) Almost never stay on the shelves for more than two years. Most of them are only available for 8-14 months.
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LEGO.com About Us Reaction to criticism of LEGO Star Wars product:
So basically Lego did not pull the product, it was discontinued and would have been discontinued regardless if there was criticism or not. Also Lego never appologized and in fact blamed the morons in Turkey for their miss-interpretation of Star Wars.The LEGO Group regrets that the product has caused the members of the Turkish cultural community to interprete it wrongly, but point out that the design of the product only refers to the fictional content of the Star WarsTM saga.
A few media have reported that the product is being discontinued due to the mentioned criticism. This is, however, not correct.