If you look at American toy lines, they frequently highlight real adult jobs kids might want like fireman, veterinarian, police officer, teacher, or dinosaur. Playmobil does some of that, but they also do figures of jobs kids probably weren't contemplating like the Porter with Luggage Cart. This fancy hotel employee works at a big hotel as part of a "Summer Fun" series, which really speaks volumes to the premium-ness of Playmobil as a toy line. Until recently it tended to be more of a boutique toy in the USA, so the idea of buying a toy so your rich make-believe toys don't have to lift their pretend clothes to the fancy hotel room is just sort of an example of attention to detail or lack of understanding that just reek of fun and creative. If I were making this toy line, I'd probably have an angry-looking dad in a station wagon lugging around a Rand McNally road atlas up to a motel room that has about an inch gap under the door so the kid, sleeping on the couch, could see people walk by.
Like most of these sets, you get a decent chunk of stuff for the money. The going rate of a normal plain figure is about $3-$4, so for $7 you also get a nifty cart and extra luggage. It's not a bargain, but it's spacious enough to be interesting and I love how the colors coordinate with the equipment and the uniform. I suspect the figure does not care for the uniform.
The figure is a basic, run-of-the-mill figure with fancy printing and a collar. His hands are white to represent gloves, and he has all sorts of painted detail - check out the rings around his wrists! (Wouldn't that look great on a Playmobil Captain Kirk?) Dig the buttons and flaps on the chest. Note the sculpted snap-on collar, and nicely decorated hat. The figure sports standard Klicky articulation, and can grab on to the cart to push or pull it in the elevator I don't have.
The cart is the selling point, and it snaps together quickly - it has hooks for hanging purses and a flat base with borders to haul luggage around. The gold bars are a little flexible, while the wheels are hard. Is this a future candidate for Gold Plastic Syndrome? We can't be sure - but it's a pretty set. Everything works, everything fits, but I see the figure as something I'd put on a Playmobil subway going to Playmobil work.
I should note that the luggage opens to store the spare parts that come with the set, and the wheels roll - just not very well. And just like the real roller bags. The colors are nice, and it reminds me of what I see people trip over at airports all over the country.
It's weird to see figures that are clearly accessories to a larger set, but sometimes you can see where they're coming from with a concept like this. Maybe you need extras, maybe you don't - at least you had the option. If you can see it cheap, it's novel and something you rarely see as a toy. For this reason it's worth a look - but if you don't like the idea, you probably didn't bother to make it this far in the first place.
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