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October 19, 2005

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Toys, Post-Terrorism

When I was tiny, among my favorite toys was the Playmobil gas station, which I guess offered its own commentary on the times. But this Playmobil airport security checkpoint set makes me a bit sad. Not Armageddon (that’s so ten months ago), but sad. (Via Off Center.)

Posted October 19, 2005 at 1:38 | Comments (4) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Society/Culture


And the idiot grin on the face of the traveler figurine makes it so much more Huxley-ish.

That's also an additional creep-factor that Legos have, by the way. Even in the war-themed sets -- like, pirate ships or catapults... SIEGE MACHINES, people -- the people all have the blank little Lego smile. Brrr.

Also -- don't think it hasn't been noted that the link came from what appears to be the blog of a Minneapolis art museum? What kind of art museum has a blog?? What is this magical place you have moved to?

I was a Fisher Price Little People gal myself, but I would certainly have happily played with you and your Playmobil gas station had I been invited over. And so I too am deeply saddened by the security checkpoint toy.

The Brick Testament characters are notably more expressive, Robin.

Besides, you know, it's The Bible. In Lego.

Yes, that's right -- modern Lego people have actual expressions, some of them angry. I am SO sure there were impassioned arguments about the introduction of such Lego-faces at Lego HQ. It's seriously like two eras -- Before Scowls (B.S.) and After Scowls (A.S.).

Does it come with little packets of suspicious powders and drug sniffing dogs? If not, then that's the crappiest pretend airport security checkpoint I ever did see.

Posted by: Amanda on October 20, 2005 at 11:48 PM
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