Anti-gun advocates are now calling a Playmobil set, sold at Toys R Us, “horrendous” because it features a bank robber character that comes equipped with a tiny handgun.
According to the Huffington Post, Danny Bryan, chairman of Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime, said that Playmobil’s “Bank and Safe set” is not sending children the right message.
“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,” he told the paper. “I wonder what is going on. It is sending out the wrong message.”
According to The Daily Mail description of the set on The Early Learning Centre website read:
‘Watch out. The bank robber is after all the money in the bank and is demanding the key to the safe – what will the bank manager do?’
The centre writes that the set is not suitable for children under four-years-old – due to small parts, never mind the re-acting of a violent crime.
A Toys R Us spokesperson was unavailable to comment.
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