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Playmobil School 4329 School Band Playmobil, 2008
Day #1,139: March 17, 2015
Playmobil School 4329 School Band School 4329 School Band
Not Creepy, I Swear

Playmobil School
Item No.:
No. 4329
Manufacturer: Playmobil
Includes: 4 figures, sticker sheet, maracas, xylophone, bongos, ukelele
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: 2008
Other: Clearance

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Playmobil School 4329 School BandI've had this one sitting, photographed in the box, in my photo gallery for about a year and a half. I found 4329 School Band at a Toys R Us on clearance in either 2012 or 2013, if memory serves it hit the $2-$4 or so price point. As an old man I have no reason to own this - but my long-suffering wife is amused by toy schools and I immediately gravitated to the bongos and the strange alien design on the yellow t-shirt. This was, in a word, neat - useless, but neat. Due to the hobo needing more accessories to futz with, this was not a hard purchase to make. It costs a lot more now, but dem's the breaks - those who fail to buy toys on clearance have to pay a hefty mark-up.

Each 2-inch figure is, like most Playmobil children, essentially a blank slate - the little blonde girl's hairstyle is similar to another figure I had as a kid back in 1984, but her strange Cheshire Cat meets Deadmau5 shirt seems like some freaky, drugged-out design that's completely wrong for little kids - so naturally, I want a life-size version. The same is true of the brown haired boy's shirt - I don't know what that freaky bug alien thing is all about, but I dig it. I'd wear that. Like the girl and the red-shirt boy figure, they have short sleeve shirts and articulated wrists. Rounding out the quartet is a black-haired girl in a strawberry shirt that says "Sweet" on it, which is cute and odd. I almost wish it had something strange like "SWEAT" on it just because it'd be funnier, but this is why they don't let me do design on toys for preschoolers.

Playmobil School 4329 School Band

The xylophone keys and bongo tops are stickers which are fairly easy and painless to apply, unlike stickers from other Rhode Island-based companies I could name that just don't fit every because they are clearly disdainful of children. (I'm talking about Hasbro.) The bongos are each two pieces of plastic you squeeze together, and everything else comes pre-assembled. I'm pretty sure the small guitar (or ukelele, I am not a musician) is a mold dating back to the 1980s if not earlier but it fits in his hand nicely and will work well for your eventual custom Playmobil Tiny Tim or Garfunkel & Oates toys. The maracas are neat, but dull, and the xylophone looks similar to toys sold in the USA. It's also sized for the smaller children. The bongos, on the other hand, are just the right size for adult figures. You could put these with your Sam with the Showing Scalp Flat Top figures, but it works just fine for these knee-high to a grasshopper children too.

Playmobil School 4329 School BandMost Playmobil toys are charming and this one is no exception. There are no obvious flaws, no pieces that don't fit, nothing is broken and no accessories don't fit in the figure hands. The execution is simple and effective, which serves as a reminder that toys for children often yield more satisfying results than figures made for collectors. Granted, they're an elementary school band which is about as interesting as an elementary school band. The kids are great diorama fodder and the bongos are going to work well for your Wall of Voodoo custom figures, but in and of themselves this set is probably going to appeal mostly to people shorter than you are.

--Adam Pawlus

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