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Playmobil dilemma

Until this year, Playmobil has only come out with one advent calendar per year. This made it really easy to decide which advent calendar to buy. This year, they've obviously gone with dividing up their market along gender lines. Thing is: I really don't know which one I would prefer to own! I already own at least a third of the objects in each set, so there's some duplication either way. Do I need peacocks and unicorns in my life? Or do I need more jousting paraphernalia?


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Nov. 6th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
What a dilemma! The rose arbor is rather off-putting--it's not even a hortus conclusus, sadly--but the peacocks are gorgeous. The knights have an appealing absence of pink but are otherwise the same-old. Maybe you could get both, and let the knights lounge in the garden while the women get to camp out and joust!
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
I was going to yell "Jousting! Jousting!" but your suggestion is far more fun :-)
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Nov. 6th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Selfless devotion, as expressed through Playmobil! With your approach, it's not even as if I'm buying myself two. We each get one.
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
i second the 'get both' suggestion, but i say keep both calendars proudly and without shame! :)
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
or get the animals one!
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
That was last year's. I already have it.
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Get the jousting one! Defy gender roles! And plus...jousting!! :)
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
It's only one half of a joust though, if you look carefully. It's one jouster, equipment, and support camp. I'd have to buy (oh, the hardship!) the jousting set if I wanted there to be an actual competition.
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Nov. 6th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm really behind - I had no idea that Playmobil made advent calendars. so, so cool.

Are you strict about celebrating on the 25th? We have two Christmases here in Lebanon + a third in Jerusalem (to express disaffection, not theological disagreement with the calendar). You could have one Orthodox and one Catholic advent calendar :)
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's a brilliant idea! Given how thematically tangential these particular calendars are, I could even just use them as countdowns to other things I'd be celebrating anyways.

Yes, they've been doing them for perhaps seven years now.
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
They are too, too adorable! I love the peacocks!!
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
I feel like you made the descission already. "Do I need peacocks and unicorns" vs. "Do I need more jousing paraphernalia."

Get what you don't already have.
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't, really. My phrasing was entirely misleading. I have no jousting paraphernalia (I think?), just lots of other combat figures from various historical periods. I have one unicorn, and two of the fountains from the pink set already, plus the bird cage and one of the figures. There are more things I don't have from the jousting set. But I do sort of like the garden background better on the unicorns - although it's very pink. Based on the discussion so far, I'm almost thinking I should skip the advent calendars and just buy the peacocks and a dedicate jousting set. But then I wouldn't have an advent calendar, and it seems traditional to get one now.
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
You know me--usually I would say unicorns, hands down. But these unicorns are a bit too cutesy even for me. I think I like the jousting set better. :)
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling a little better about one of the unicorns being pink now that I'm thinking of it as sunburn.
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'd go with jousting, myself -- even if you have to buy more jousting camps, you can justify the disparity by recreating scenes from Froissart.
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Very true! And there really are some lovely scenes to recreate in Froissart.
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Something I thought about just now (after totally bombing in my "your questions? Let me answer them." attempt to change things up in my composition class today) is that there doesn't seem to be a Santa in either of these. I thought the Playmobil advent calendars had Santas?

Also, for an amusing look at advent calendars (he's done a little story for 2003-2006) look here.
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Until this year, they have all come with a Santa. I have quite a santa collection now. In previous years, they were all Christmas-themed vignettes of various sorts - parades, kitchen baking, Christmas market. But not this year. This year they've gone for calendars which are far more derivative of their usual range and Santa-free.

Storytelling with Playmobil! I approve.
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Playmobil has advent calendars? I had NO IDEA. Do they have drawers or little windows to open? (I couldn't tell from the photos.)

Personally I'm a fan of the jousting one.
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
They have little cardboard boxes to take down and open for each day. (Although it doesn't come pre-assembled, so it's more of a surprise if someone else assembled it for you.)
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
is the kinder creche available in the uk or should i put in an order for it with my italian friends? i meant to get it last year but was too poor at the time and then they all sold out never to be restocked! :(
Nov. 6th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: tangenting...
I don't actually know. I remember Christmas-themed Kinder gift boxes here, but an advent calendar? I can't tell you one way or another. I suspect you can, but I can't promise.
Nov. 6th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Peacocks and unicorns!
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
I love your icon! As for the advent calendars, the jousting one does have the advantage of looking much less scary. Though I do like the one peacock.
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