First off, this is not a sponsored post for Playmobil. Though, if Playmobil would like to sponsor Dan a.k.a. Dad they should know that I am open to sponsorship, especially when it may involve free nifty toys. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Today, I got word that Playmobil will be releasing a line of Ghostbusters toys — original Ghostbusters. Not that I have anything against the latest Ghostbusters reboot that I’m sure I’ll get around to watching someday. But, being a relatively new dad I haven’t had the opportunity to see all of the movies I’ve wanted to since I found out we were pregnant back in the Spring of 2015.
Back to the Playmobil Ghostbusters line… Even before I became a dad I had planned on “molding” my children’s likes along the lines of my own. Now, plenty of people tell me that a child will like what a child wants to like. But what does it hurt to sway the odds a little in my favor? If my daughter is introduced at an early age to my pop culture likes and influences I’m sure it’ll go a long way to favor my cause. Selfish? Maybe. But, I’m the dad — I get to do what I want. (As long as it’s okay with mom.)
Was it by some random chance that I happened to have constructed a mobile for my daughter’s crib utilizing Hallmark’s Itty Bittys Star Trek set? No. Does my daughter drink from a DC Super Hero Girls sippy-cup because Target was all out of Frozen sippy-cups? Nope. Does my daughter have a plush version of Serenity (the ship from Firefly) even though she has no idea what it is (and neither do most other people in my family that see it)? You Gorram right she does.
Wait. I strayed off of the subject of Playmobil’s Ghostbusters again, didn’t I. Okay… Where were we?
io9 Gizmodo has the latest details on the new toy line. And, from what I’ve seen there on the site, they look pretty cool. I was never a Playmobil kid myself. I was all about the Lego. But, I’ve always thought the Playmobil toys were pretty cool just by the attention put into and the amount of accessories the little figures have. These Playmobil Ghostbusters look like a good gateway toy to introduce my daughter to Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler. Not to mention the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Sure, the box recommends that the Playmobil toys are for children ages six and up. I might fudge it a bit and get my daughter her Playmobil Ghostbusters when she’s four — another three years away.
But, in full disclosure, I’d be a lot more excited about a Playmobil Star Trek: The Original Series line of toys. Or, Indiana Jones. Or, Planet of the Apes. Or, the aforementioned Firefly. Or… Blade Runner and/or Mad Max are probably a stretch, right?
I guess what I’m say here is… Hey, toy companies. Do you want us parents to drop more of our ever shrinking disposable income on toys for the most important people in our lives (i.e., our kids), then make more toys with an emphasis on what was most important to US when we were kids. We’re suckers for nostalgia.