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To not give up my Playmobil and cut cousins hands off if she tries to take it?

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Qantaqa · 19/03/2023 13:15

Ok Ok .. the last part is possibly U....

I have an extensive collection of playmobil which has been boxed up for many years. I briefly got it out 10 years ago when my DSs were 7/8ish but after a particularly traumatising incident where they broke some I boxed it all back up and put it away and never got it back out. I say this to show that my attachment to it is frankly ridiculous.

My cousins daughter is 6. She is in many ways an mini version of me at that age and I adore her and obviously indulge her and am silly with her in ways her parents can't be. I (obviously) have been buying her Playmobil for birthdays and Xmas which she loves. My collection came up in a discussion at a birthday meal recently and cousins daughter asked if she could come over and play. I said it was boxed away and that was it.

Except it isn't. Cousin has asked about "getting some sets for her DC since I aren't using it". I've politely said various versions of no with excuses, but this morning I had this message,

Hey Q. Any more thoughts over the Playmobile? DC is beside herself with excitement ay the thought of having some of yours! We are out for Mothers Day this afternoon but I'll give you a bell later. xx

Clearly I need a stronger "No over my dead body" response but having moaned mentioned this to DM at lunch she thinks IABU to not "pass it down".

DB thinks I should just go buy a box off Facebook and hand that over which I am considering.

So AIBU to want to keep my Playmobil?

OP posts:

Am I being unreasonable?


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HoppingPavlova · 20/03/2023 10:27

I highly suspect that in the event of my death my DCs would just donate it somewhere

Of course they will, as to them it’s meaningless as to them it’s just something that was packed away that they have no connection to, apart from being aware their mum was a bit batshit with it🤣

Sweetpeasaremadeforbees · 20/03/2023 10:29

SoMuchToBits are you doing the coronation this year? Your threads are an oasis of joy amongst the general pit of misery that MN seems to be at times.

SoMuchToBits · 20/03/2023 10:36

@Sweetpeasaremadeforbees not an actual coronation (as I didn't kill off King Athelstan, and he hasn't abdicated), but may do some kind of 70 year anniversary of his coronation type thing. Not sure yet! But am planning some other scenes for later in the summer.

Sorry, don't want to derail the OP's thread! Blush

RobertsRadio · 20/03/2023 10:41

Op, it's clear you either need to reclaim the spare bedroom, or build a heated woman cave in the garden where you can have your collection out loud and proud, for you to play with to your heart's content.

Obviously this Playmobil paradise will need to be kept behind locked doors, but perhaps you could do guided tours on special occasions, with a no touching rule strictly enforced.😁

TheNine · 20/03/2023 10:41

I completely understand, I felt massive pressure from my MIL to give all of my DC baby stuff to my SILs, who had babies soon after me and are far from hard up. I did but felt so attached to all the little outfits and soft toys, it was quite painful to hand things over.

BillyNotQuiteNoMates · 20/03/2023 10:41

YANBU at all
I love her response mind 😂 but seriously, boxed playmobil sets have a reasonably high value, so make sure you cover it with your insurance, if you have a significant collection.

VictorStrand · 20/03/2023 10:52

SoMuchToBits · 19/03/2023 20:23

Thank you @LolaSmiles it gets used for scenes. Last one I did was Platinum Jubilee last year. Seems like ages ago now...

But the Playmo people are all loved here. Smile

Your scenes and threads are amazing @SoMuchToBits Will there be a coronation thread? Smile

OP I love that your cousin spotted the thread. There's no way she'll risk touching your playmobil now Grin

SoMuchToBits · 20/03/2023 10:58

Thanks, @VictorStrand, as per my previous reply maybe a 70 year anniversary of the coronation event?

SoMuchToBits · 20/03/2023 11:01

I like the idea from @RobertsRadio of having a room to display the Playmo collection. I wish I had space to do that with mine (and someone to dust it regularly as it would get dusty if I left it all out permanently). Smile

DustyLee123 · 20/03/2023 11:01

Why do people assume that they can have something that you no longer use (but value), and that you’re unreasonable for not handing it over 🤔
I’ve got a collection of vinyl that I don’t play, but no one is having it, it’s mine !

LuckySantangelo35 · 20/03/2023 11:01

Berthatydfil · 19/03/2023 13:22

Give me some of your savings - after all money is meant to be spent



DustyLee123 · 20/03/2023 11:05

There are many toys that are collected as an investment. Not all are destined to be played with !

Datgal · 20/03/2023 11:09

I'm a bit like this with some old teddies I have (pound puppies!). I loved (love) them so much, that I know my niece would quite like them, but I know for a fact, she wouldn't love them like I did as a kid 😂... I'd hate to see her ragging them in the loft they'll stay!

VaseWaterFlowers · 20/03/2023 11:10


I highly suspect that in the event of my death my DCs would just donate it somewhere

Of course they will, as to them it’s meaningless as to them it’s just something that was packed away that they have no connection to, apart from being aware their mum was a bit batshit with it

Not necessarily.

If you are close to your mother, when she dies things that mattered to her - random objects - can take on a meaning of their own. It's possible that unsentimental children will see it as meaningless and chuck it out.

It's equally possible that the Playmobil will be an emotional tie to their mother because she loved it so much and they'd want to keep it.

Trudij123 · 20/03/2023 11:12

Is there a play mobile “ keep out” sign you can put on the cupboard door? 😁

I love this thread - glad it got sorted!

Lcb123 · 20/03/2023 11:15

Totally your choice but it makes me sad there's toys sitting unused when there's children who'd love playing with them. You may never have grandchildren!

Cerealkillerontheloose · 20/03/2023 11:19

Qantaqa · 19/03/2023 19:50

Ha well its been solved as I cousin has clearly seen this post as I've had the following message ...

Hint taken. Still think you wouldn't notice a set or two if I snuck it out but I won't risk my hands ;) xx

Now off to find a lock for the Playmobil cupboard!

Oh my god! She’s now insisting she will steal it. I would do an inventory for it too as well as a lock.

SofaSpuds · 20/03/2023 11:21

It's obviously a joke! God almighty, MN frustrates me beyond belief sometimes 🙄

user1492757084 · 20/03/2023 11:25

It's your playmobile; your decision.

Keep this on text ready to repeat .....
Sorry, no. I genuinely wish to keep my Playmobile in collectable condition. It's irrational to some but it's mine and it stays boxed. Please stop asking. xxx

Continue to buy her tiny pieces for Christmas for her own collection. Encourage her to care for it until she is a Grandmother.

SoMuchToBits · 20/03/2023 11:25

Haha, I do actually have an inventory of my Playmobil, but not because I think anyone's about to steal it, I just like to keep track of it all. I also have a database for all the Klicky figures, so I can remember who they all are! Grin

VaseWaterFlowers · 20/03/2023 11:31

I never knew Playmobil was such a big thing for some people - I'm impressed at the database @SoMuchToBits

VaseWaterFlowers · 20/03/2023 11:33

I've just gone to look and now I want a large victorian dollhouse. That's very cool. The little mr victorian playmobil man with his victorian beardy outfit and cane.

VaseWaterFlowers · 20/03/2023 11:35

OMG there is so much of it! I shouldn't have looked. Here they have everything from Xerxes to cheerleaders.

toomuchlaundry · 20/03/2023 11:37

@VaseWaterFlowers if there is boxes of playmobil you can pretty much guarantee they won't be keeping it. I keep looking at the stuff we have in our loft (and house) some of which has been inherited/handed down from GPs and parents, and think about what poor DS will do with it when we are gone! A skip may be involved!!

Also if you ever downsize what will you do with it? Seems sad that you have it hidden away in boxes so no-one is getting any joy from it

SoMuchToBits · 20/03/2023 11:38

There is currently 25% off most stuff on the Playmobil website too (until 30th March)! You can probably tell I spend too much time on there...

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