Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Sign Of The Times

This Security Check Point toy by Playmobil is a really terrible idea. And yet--hysterical!

I get that Playmobil specializes in developing peopleguy toys--we're all over that idea around here, as you know. But--Airport Security Guard Peopleguys? It's not even realistic--the passenger can't remove her shoes, and is therefore certain to require a full strip-search--but where's the little room and mini latex gloves? Sheesh.

If only we'd had this toy a year ago, when we were attempting to explain to Ryan the myriad absurdities of getting through Security at the airport! We could have done some great role-playing around his whole Bring the Toy Gun scenario, yes?

I think this review nicely captures many of the sarcastic remarks I'd like to make myself:

Thank you Playmobil for allowing me to teach my 5-year old the importance of recognizing what a failing bureaucracy in a ever growing fascist state looks like. Sometimes it's a hard lesson for kids to learn because not all pigs carry billy clubs and wear body armor. I applaud the people who created this toy for finally being hip to our changing times. Little children need to be aware that not all smiling faces and uniforms are friendly. I noticed that my child is now more interested in current events. Just the other day he asked me why we had to forfeit so much of our liberties and personal freedoms and I had to answer "well, it's because the terrorists have already won". Yes, they have won.

I also highly recommend the Playmobil "farm fencing" so you can take your escorted airline passenger away and fence him behind bars as if he were in Guantanamo Bay.

The other reviews are worth reading, too.

Via ODonnellWeb


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Thanks! I had an entertaining time reading the reviews, many of which were hysterically funny!

Ah, life in these times makes us need a laugh.

Nicholas Provenzo said...

Very funny . . . thanks, Jenn!

ncloud said...

I for one welcome our new plastic overlords. Thanks for the scoop!