Toys for our Times

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2014 May 1, 4:37am   4,326 views  4 comments

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Where were these when I was a kid?


Playmobil Security Check Point

Customer Questions & Answers

Q: Does it come with a TSA Pre-check bypass lane?
A: That is an additional purchase. A membership form for the Republican party is enclosed in the set.

Q: Is this the same playset used for transatlantic flights/customs? Does duty free over 3 oz. still get confiscated?
A: The only difference in this set vs. the transatlantic set is, you have to take your shoes off when you go through this one. On the second question, I believe it is over 2 oz. And, that would only be IF the dog smells it on you. :)

Q: is this thing real? bc if it is, the pricetag is TOTALLY worth it. Strangely, I haven't been able to locate one in the duty-free shops at BWI....
A: Actually it is real - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/16/business/media/16playmobil.html?_r=0

Customer Comments:

Great lesson for the kids!
By loosenut on September 9, 2005
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).

Not complete without the line....
By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2008
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.

Serious Security Breach
By W. C. Isbell on February 29, 2008
My family was planning a vacation to Europe, so I purchased this item to teach my twins about what to expect at the airport and hopefully, alleviate some of their anxiety. We also downloaded the actual TSA security checklist from the American Airlines website and then proceeded with our demonstration. Well, first we had to round up a Barbie and a few Bratz dolls to play the other family members, so that cost us a few extra bucks at the Dollar General and it is aggravating that the manufacturer did not make this product "family-friendly." Of course, since the playmobil Dad could not remove his shoes or other clothing items, unlike the Barbie, the playmobil security agent became suspicious and after waving her wand wildy a few dozen times, called her supervisor to wisk the Dad into a special body-cavity search room, (which incidentally led to quite an embarasing and interesting discussion with my twin daughters about personal hygiene and a slight adjustment to the rules we had them memorize about touching by strangers). But worst of all, since the suitcase did not actually open, the baggage inspector made a call to the FBI and ATF bomb squads which then segregated the family's suitcase (which btw was the only suitcase they provided for our educational family experience) and according to the advanced TSA regulations, had to blow it up, (since they could not otherwise mutilate the luggage, break off the locks and put one of those nice little advisory stickers on it), which we had to simulate out in the backyard with a few M-80s and other fireworks. The girls started crying. They became so hysterical by the whole experience that we could not even get them in the car when the time came to actually take our trip, and so we had to cancel the whole thing at the last minute, losing over $7,000 in airfare and hotel charges that we could not recoup do to the last minute cancellations. We've now spent an additional $3,000 to pay for the girls therapy and medication over the past year since this incident occurred, and the psychologists have told us that this will affect them for life, so much for their college fund and our retirement. Then, to top it all off, when we tried to use to playmobil phone to call the company to ask for reimbursement, as you might expect, of course the damn thing didn't even work; neither did our efforts to e-mail them using the computer screen on the baggage checkpoint; and our real-life efforts to contact them to obtain re-imbursement have also likewise been ignored. Worse yet, we had the product tested and found out that it was positive for both lead paint and toxic chemicals, having been manufactured in China by workers holding formerly American jobs, so now we all have cancer and have been given only another year or so to live. My advice - educating your kids about airport security with this toy may actually be more harmful to them than just packing them in the damn luggage with some bottled water & hoping they survive. :)

Clothes not removable., May 1, 2014
By BaPuters (Colorado, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Playmobil Security Check Point (Toy)
While great, the drawback is that clothes are not removable to emulate a real TSA check.

By mike ormerod - See all my reviews
This review is from: Playmobil Security Check Point (Toy)
My son and I played with it a few times, but I didn't think he really understood how to work it. So, I substituted the dad with my old Mohammad Ali action figure and instantly, he took 20 extra minutes to get through. Using a brown character over the dad unlocked several hidden functions including cavity search, laptop dismantling, and finally tasering (6v lantern battery not included)


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1   New Renter   2014 May 1, 4:56am  

Call it Crazy says

Are the TSA molestings and rubber gloves included too??


However the instructions are available separately.

3   Tenpoundbass   2014 May 1, 9:26am  

That isn't accurate for South Florida, the person at the xray should be Cuban, and the one with the wand would be black. But it's missing the White Jock Cop standing in the metal detector telling everyone to take their coins out of their pockets. Just holding the line up even more.

4   New Renter   2014 May 1, 11:52am  

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says

What about GI Joe air traveller replete with a TSA agent's arm buried in his ass?

GI Joe don't play that!

Joe the Plumber OTOH...

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