WHO YOU GONNA CALL? PLAYMOBIL!

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 danakadad@gmail.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.

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THANKS, OBAMA. SINCERELY.

It was about this time ten months ago. Our 8 1/2 week old baby daughter Jean Louise got her first piece of mail delivered — and it was from the White House. Now, I don’t know what sort of mail I was getting at that age, if any, but I’m sure that it wasn’t from the Leader of the Free World.

The note read:


The White House

Washington

Welcome to the world! we know the great joy your proud family must feel, and we are pleased to join in celebrating your arrival.

As you grow and learn, we hope you are blessed with rich experiences, unwavering love, and tremendous opportunity. May you always dream big dreams.

Sincerely,

Barrack Obama     Michelle Obama

That was rather nifty. A card from the President of the United States. Jean Louise isn’t more special than any other child, in which the President decided to mark the occasion by sending a note of welcome. Any child can receive a card in honor of their birth from the White House by sending a birth announcement. Luckily, my wife had the foresight to send a birth announcement to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is this father’s opinion, and an opinion that he will be sure to instill with his daughter, that President Barack Obama was not only a great man, but one of the finest — if not finest — President this nation has ever had, and a helluva good father. Obama signed the Babies Act, a mandate requiring that changing stations be available to dads as well. Among many worthwhile and honorable achievements, Obama proved the age-old adage that anybody can grow up to become President of the United States.

Unfortunately that same age-old adage held true for the soon-to-be forty-fifth President of the United States. My wife and I plan on having another child sooner than later — in the foreseeable four years to be sure. But I’m certain that my wife will not be quick to send a birth announcement to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — nor 721 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY — with the arrival of Jean Louise’s little brother or sister.  While it was an honor to receive a note from President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that will hang framed in Jean Louise’s room for as long as she lives under our roof, the same cannot be said in regards to the forty-fifth President. Jean Louise is only one. So my hope is that we’ll be able to get through the next four years relatively unscathed as far as having to explain how and why of the  administration from now until January 20, 2021.

I am grateful for the eight years that Barack Obama served as United States President. While I had hoped that as a father of a girl that the final result of the recent presidential election would have gone the other way, I can hope that when the first woman is elected President my daughter will be able to comprehend the significance of the event and that even she can grow up to become President someday.

On a side note… Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States when I was only one year old — and I turned out okay. (I think.)

As a final thought to this post, please let me reiterate… Thanks, Obama. Sincerely.

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