Best. Toy. Ever.

Playmobil security checkpoint on Amazon.com. Excelente!
How awesome/wrong is this?
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(Very unconvincing walk-thru metal detector if you ask me, however.)

The best part is actually Amazon’s customer review section:

871 of 887 people found the following review helpful:
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great lesson for the kids!, September 9, 2005

By loosenut (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviewsI 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. Then, we placed a deadly fingernail file underneath the passenger’s scarf, and neither the detector doorway nor the security wand picked it up. My son said “that’s the worst security ever!”. But it turned out to be okay, because when the passenger got on the Playmobil B757 and tried to hijack it, she was mobbed by a couple of other heroic passengers, who only sustained minor injuries in the scuffle, which were treated at the Playmobil Hospital.
The best thing about this product is that it teaches kids about the realities of living in a high-surveillence society. My son said he wants the Playmobil Neighborhood Surveillence System set for Christmas. I’ve heard that the CC TV cameras on that thing are pretty worthless in terms of quality and motion detection, so I think I’ll get him the Playmobil Abu-Gharib Interogation Set instead (it comes with a cute little memo from George Bush).

239 of 256 people found the following review helpful:
3.0 out of 5 stars
Missing an important item, February 23, 2008

By Alexander E. Paulsen “AlexP” (Jacksonville, Fl United States) – See all my reviews

Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars

This is great learning too for young brownshirts.
I am waiting for a few accessories though, kids size jackboots and a toy Taser. Think how much fun that will be for your young Martin Bormann types. I envision a low voltage say 5KV instead of 50kv to give a realistic but non-hazardous jolt.
Next we can have a nice Nerf Nightstick and little Heinrich can have great start getting ready for his future job with the TSA, local police force or the new STASI ( Secure Transportation And Safety Inititive)
Be the first on your block.
I also look forward to the upcoming Halliburton Play detention center real simulated barbed wire.

5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Fun!, February 27, 2008

By Zampano (New York City) – See all my reviews

Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars

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.

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and on and on and on!

More customer review fun here.

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4 Responses to “Best. Toy. Ever.”

  1. Marco Says:

    Part hilarity part horror!

    One reviewer wrote: “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.” My thoughts exactly!

    What interest should Playmobil have in trying to normalise the insidious re-emergence of fascism under TWOT (the war on terror) anyway? Bah!

  2. Tofu-silog Says:

    Somebody’s making even more money out of airport “security” equipment!

  3. Tofu-silog Says:

    PS Add this to the “What white people like” website ;)

  4. Pirate Says:

    Other great product you may like from Amazon:

    JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank
    http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/dp/B00067F1CE/

    Uranium Ore
    http://www.amazon.com/Uranium-Ore/dp/B000796XXM/

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