Perhaps they were going for historical accuracy?

Fury over ‘racist’ Playmobil pirate ship toy that comes with a black character wearing a SLAVE COLLAR

  • Alain

    Amusing to say the least. Although I have never attended nor shall I attend a “pride” parade, from photos of them I’ve seen on the internet people wearing slave collars seem to be popular. Some of course even wear dog collars. Where is the outrage from these nutters?

    • Good question! We can call it Slavery culture appropriation;)

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Worked for Jeffrey Dahmer.

    • Gary

      It also happens in Toronto Pre-PRIDE on Saturday for the Topless Dyke march by the really Butch types that could never get a man anyway so why not cater to other Butch types.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        If ever there was something so ridiculously pointless as bull dykes flaunting their lack of sexual attractiveness I have never heard of it.

        • Minicapt

          Gay boy in a formal gown?


        • Justin St.Denis

          Obese people in athletic wear? It’s why my daughter-in-law set up a gym in her own home. She said she would need therapy if she continued her women’s gym membership because the fatties had become the majority, and they didn’t wait before jumping into tight elasticized athletic wear. “Start out in sweatpants!” was her firmly held contention. I fucking laughed so hard I almost wet myself.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            That sounds like the parade of ‘motivational speakers’ I was privileged to observe during my years as a banquet manager.
            They always had the same taglines like ‘walk the talk’ or ‘fake it till you make it’.
            They were tedious people and I hope they are all fuckin’ dead.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I hear you. Unfortunately, the motivational types all have 200 people in line behind them, ready to replace them. Kinda like McD’s workers……

  • Steven Thompson

    Lego does make African-American figurines with brown heads and hands. I do not think that the figurine is supposed to be African.

  • Abu Nudnik

    He looks orange to me.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Aw, but at least he looks happy to be a slave. He’s not black either; more light-brownish and also with facial hair which most Africans don’t have, so maybe they were thinking more of Arab pirates…anyway the slave collar is not attached to a chain so presumably he is meant to be a freed slave; perhaps there is some historical context for that as iron collars would be damn hard to remove if they were actually welded on. It is a little grim for a child’s toy, I gotta admit…

    • Frances

      Rosemary Sutcliff addressed the problem of removal of the slave ring in her book “The Lantern Bearers”. Slave in this case was British; slave owner Saxon.

  • BillyHW

    How do we know this isn’t some kinky bondage thing, and therefore perfectly acceptable in the post-Wynne sex education world?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I was having a similar conversation with a friend at work.
    We were talking about the prospect of a black James Bond.
    I one upped and said black and tranny.
    Bond’ll fuck anything anyway.

  • Allan

    I may be inclined to agree with this mother if that character did NOT have the collar. It seems to me that a happy black man on a pirate ship in that era would in fact be revisionism; a whitewashing of history.

    But either way Lego can’t win. I’m certain they will scrap that set. If they remove the collar they will be attacked. If they make the crew all white they will be attacked.