Toy makers defend bank robbery game
Makers of a bank robbery toy set - aimed at children aged from four to ten - say it helps teach youngsters 'right from wrong'.
German manufacturs Playmobil have been slammed by the anti-gun lobby for their £35 'Bank and Safe' toy pack.
It comes with everything needed to simulate a bank robbery, including armed robbers and a safe full of gold.
Danny Bryan of Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime, said: "We don't want to be encouraging young people to look at these sorts of things.
"I think it is horrendous that young people are given all these images to shape them. It is sending out the wrong message."
But Playmobil marketing manager Jamie Dickinson responded: "We have been producing police play sets for 35 years...
"One thing our customer feedback tells us is that it is important that children can be taught, through play, the importance of recognising good from evil and 'baddies' from 'goodies'.
"Our 'cops' and 'robbers', in the guise of policemen, police cars, criminals and jails, enable these scenarios to be created.
"We fully support creating a safe environment for all children and would hope that in their own small way our sets deliver this in a secure, but believable, way."
what do you think?
My little pony abattoir play set coming soon.
Brony sized please.
How about "Build a Better Horse Burger"!
Danny Bryan of Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime, said: "We don't want to be encouraging young people to look at these sorts of things." That's alright then they can just watch it on TV. Whats the point of this, it's how you are raised by mum and dad that set you on your way. It's a dirty word to day "mum and dad" thats the problem!!!
how about a german playmobil nazzii youth who try to take over europe thiswould help kiddies to understand genocide
I didnt like the idea of this at first, but then i remembered ii used to play with toy guns with those red caps that made a bang noise, remember them?
.... and that was only last week wasn't it Shaun :)
How long before some mindless waste of space markets a game based on terrorist attacks - 10 points for every innocent passer-by killed by a suicide bomber , and 100 bonus points if a building is destroyed. Some people go out of their way to make you sick. And usually succeed.
So what? Didn't we all play cops & robbers in the playground anyway?
Aren't the robbers on the inside of the glass most of the time now !
Gary W Beard
I think this is appalling. How can any responsible parent consider buying a toy that shows their children how to become a banker.