Let me be the first to say that I love Playmobil – I was obsessed with Playmobil as a kid and spent many, many happy hours with my pirate ship (which floated in the kiddie pool!), desert adventure set, and castle.  The toys are smart and engaging and if I come across them nowadays, I want to pick them up and start playing all over again.  I’d say they stand the test of time and will continue to stimulate imaginations for generations to come.  And one can’t accuse Playmobil of failing to keep up with the times or resting on their laurels – oh, no – instead, they have wisely chosen to create a modern toy experience familiar to even the youngest travelers with their Airport Security playset. 

After the jump, some Amazon.com customer reviews to help you decide if this is the right toy for your own little future-abuser-of-piddling-authority figure.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,612 of 1,643 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 reviews

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. 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).

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569 of 600 people found the following review helpful:
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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493 of 539 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.

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