my children rarely play with the Playmobile toys they way they were designed. For instance, my husband and I got a super, super deal through a friend on the Airport. We had already decided to get the little boys the airplane, so we were so thrilled to get the airport. After opening the box, the airport was assembled, looked at, and immediately turned into something else. A fort, or castle, if memory serves. Currently, it is a modern seaside home, all glass and chrome, overlooking the seashore and nearby farmland, which uses the animals (even unicorns) from various sets we have. There is the animals from the Nativity set, the horses from the princess set, the war horses from the knights. I found other animals from other toys, as well, in this farm, as well as out of scale Matchbox cars and John Deere tractors.
The airplane is completely disassembled, and is being uses as an outbuilding at the farm ~ I think that is where the hired hands sleep. The Pirate ship, minus the masts, is docked at the beach at this estate, and the trees from the Princess kit are a far off enchanted forest, where a motley crew of pirates and knights and shepherds live.
The problem? This drives me nuts. I want the perfect airport to be set up and left together, with the airplane ready for take off and the pilots on board, with the passengers boarding. I want the airport to have the people in the tower, sitting at their computers, while the baggage handlers load the luggage. Said tower people and baggage handlers are currently sleeping in the "out building" getting ready for a grueling day of farming and keeping the pirates in the enchanted forest at bay.
Through the years, I have relaxed mightily about the toys, and keeping them together and making sure all the pieces were together at days' end. I think that stopped around baby # six. But there still is a sniggling guilt I get, knowing that before long, enough pieces are going to be lost, and the airport will never be what it said it was on the box.
But my admiration for the new and exciting stories that are coming out of this creative use of Playmobile has it's merits, and once let my "inner child" enough leash to see it, the guilt turns to excitement and all is well.