The US Navy is planning to buy $5bn worth of Lego Space Ships, the world’s most expensive toys, with ships for the US, Australia and New Zealand all being purchased from China.
The ships will cost $9,929,000 each, but the US government will reimburse the shipping costs for all three countries, and Australia and Japan will get $500m.
The ships will be the first in a new line of Legos for the world.
But the Lego ships will not be free.
They will cost more than the $9bn worth they cost to build.
The new Lego Space ships will go to countries like the United States, where the cost of building a ship is $3,000, and China, where it can be as much as $12,000.
The $5 billion figure comes from an analysis of the cost to ship Legos to Australia and Singapore from China, the most expensive country.
China has become the world leader in shipbuilding and has been building more ships for decades.
The Chinese government said the ships will have “superior structural strength and durability” and will be able to withstand high winds.
Australia and New Japan are buying Legos from China for $500 million each.
The Legos will be delivered to the two countries for free.
“The ships, which cost more to build than any other Lego product, are a significant investment in Australian and New Japanese security and economic interests,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement.
“It is vital to secure our own interests and secure global peace and prosperity.”
China has been cracking down on its neighbours, and it has also been making it harder for them to access Legos.
In November, China’s Ministry of Education banned the import of some Legos because of safety concerns, including one depicting a young man beating a dog, in what Chinese authorities described as a breach of the country’s one-child policy.
At the time, Lego said the ban was not linked to the World Cup.
Last year, China also blocked Australian exports of Lego to Australia, citing safety concerns.