But putting out a set with pioneers and Indians killing each other without any context for the 5-year-old that will be playing with it is reckless. I’m sure not every kid who opens that fort is getting a lecture about Native Americans. And yes, we do live in liberal San Francisco. When my son talks about getting a Playmobil wedding set, I’m sure he wouldn’t be at all surprised if the set had two men or two women on the altar. Now that is something I’d like to see, Playmobil.
Playmobil gets lumped together with Lego in people’s minds and it’s easy to see why. They’re competitors, often found near each other in the toy aisles. Both toylines are made by European companies that in the 1970s began selling sets featuring a variety of similar play themes and miniature figures. But there are some important differences, such as the fact that Lego is a building system while Playmobil is not. But one other, somewhat subtle difference is that Lego sets generally play it safe while Playmobil sets occasionally display a dark sense of humor and subversiveness. Don’t believe me? Check out 17 of the Playmobil sets least appropriate for children.
Some people like to blame all of society’s ills on children’s entertainment instead of bad parenting. Jimmy learned his murderous ways by playing Grand Theft Auto, you see? So, when Bobby leans the kitchen table against the wall, straps his sister to its surface and begins hurling Mom’s best steak knives at her, who’s to blame? Playmobil and its Knife-throwing Circus Act set, of course. And for good measure, the circus act also included guns. It was one of the Playmobil sets that came with markers, too, so you could color on the blood.
Playmobil Set 5504 Review Capsule
|An old set, but a good one. Quite possibly the only shoeless alcoholic vagrant toy aimed at gradeschoolers, this is a toy that's sure to please even the most sour twentysomething. Our policeman and bum set was under $16 shipped via eBay.|