Last week, I read that Lego’s toys are becoming more and more violent. As a mother of a son who loves Ninjago, this came as no surprise to me. I understand that the difference between good and evil is being learned by things like roleplay and toys are the obvious tool for that. At the same time, it is also nice that other important things in life can be learned through toys. Now what on earth do I mean with ‘other important things’? Wait for it… Yes, art!
Another big manufacturer in the field, Playmobil, apparently thinks likewise. Even though they also produce thematic worlds such as Knights or Dragons that are filled with trolls, knights and so on, other subjects also come into play. In collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, they have translated two of the world’s most famous paintings to toys. They are the Nightwatch by Rembrandt and the Milkmaid by Vermeer.
A great present to give to your children.
If for some reason they don’t like or get the concept, not to worry. The Nightwatch-dolls belong to the category of Knights, so your little one can play with them anyway.