Surrounded as we are here in the Horse by the hyper-violent and absolutely unrealistic messages of the vast variety of Batman, Star Wars, and sundry other mass market toys at Wal-Mart and Superstore, import toys such as those from Playmobil are a breath of fresh air.
They’re more low-key and, well, real-life. Especially this delightful product.
The mind boggles at the societal statement opportunities offered by this Playmobil “Security Check Point” toy for sale on Amazon.
But don’t let you mind boggle too long because the comments on that page on Amazon pretty much have all the angles covered. Wry, ironic, and hilarious, they’re all worth reading.
A couple of my favourites:
“Thank you Playmobil for allowing me to teach my 5-year old the importance of recognizing what a failing bureaucracy in an ever growing fascist state looks like.” -Zampano, New York City
“I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5 year old son pointed out that the passenger’s shoes cannot be removed.” -loosenut, Seattle
Update: I just read this comment, which is classic:
“This toy would be a lot more realistic with about 350 people standing in line for an average of an hour. It still makes a nice set with the interrogation room.” -M. McKnight, US