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For the Child Who Has Everything (Except a Freakish Fear of Terrorism)!

I know you're all racking your brains over what to get the kids for Christmas, so I thought I'd pass along this keen idea, courtesy of Eugene Archibald via Marvin Plettner of the WELL:

That's right folks, it's the Playmobil Security Check Point!

Unfortunately, Amazon features one less-than-stellar customer review:

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 B-757 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-Ghraib Interogation Set instead (it comes with a cute little memo from George Bush).

P.S. Amazon appears to pulled this review shortly after it was posted.


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I want to get the US Military Avian Flu Outbreak Set. It has 20 soldiers with full outbreak reglia plus 1 infected citizen, quartine zone and 10 healthy scared folk.

its fear factor-tastic!

Yeah, that sounds like an excellent toy.

Personally, though, I'm holding out for the "War on Terror Scattergun" where every shot you fire ends up going straight into your foot.

Which reminds me... what ever happened to that farcical colour coded security threat indicator in the US? Does anybody know if it's on yellow, or orange, or mauve? I think that's one ham-fisted PR prop fallem by the wayside. I remember CNN used to report on it daily... hahahaaa

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