A toy flying saucer model kit has been recalled after it was discovered that the product may support the idea that Nazis were the first country to achieve space travel. The 69-part plastic model, which is called the Haunebu II, has attracted major controversy because it is a replica of a spacecraft that never existed in history and suggests Nazis flew UFOs in real life. The promotional image on the package for the kit also shows Nazi Germany achieving space travel in a flying saucer that is attacking what appear to be Allied airplanes in battle.
Despite the claims of conspiracy theorists, Nazis never came close to achieving their goal of getting to space. Revell, the model toy company responsible for the controversial toy set, has issued an in-store recall for the toy and issued an apology for not making it clear that the Nazis were unable to actually achieve their desire to travel in space.
“Unfortunately, our product description does not adequately express this and we apologize for it,” Revell said in a statement.
According to a spokesperson, Revell has also ceased producing and distributing the product full-stop, with the spokesperson admitting that the outcry against the product is “absolutely justified.” But while Revell has recalled the product from stores due to Germany’s strict laws that ban the glorification of Nazis, the Haunebu II can still be found for sale online, much to the consternation of several historians.
“Enthusiasts can use this as a strategy to cast doubt on what we know today about Nazism,” historian Jens Wehner told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview last week.
It should be noted that Revell is a model kit company that has existed since 1943, and has produced scale replicas for all sorts of fictional aircraft and spacecraft in the past. They’ve also had a long history of producing model kits of fictional spacecraft, including a variety of Star Wars and Star Trek ships and vehicles over the years. Meanwhile, the idea that Nazis secretly made it into space has been a reoccurring trope in all sorts of pulp science fiction, most notably the critically savaged Iron Sky films.
The recall of the Nazi flying saucer will doubtlessly help clear up confusion with a few children, but it’s unlikely UFO conspiracy theorists will be convinced this absurd vehicle didn’t take flight.