Toys are just for children! Adults don’t have time to play! You’re not bringing that into my house! But is this really true? Just sit back and think about it for a moment. Do you perhaps have a stylish model car or plane on your desk? Or what about the slot car racing track you bring down from the attic every Christmas – is it really just for the kids even though they left home years ago? Have you never had a discussion with your partner about a limited-edition teddy and whether it should be given pride of place in your living room?
As you can see, it’s impossible to make sweeping generalisations. And we shouldn’t forget there’s still a child in all of us. No matter how young or old we are. Added to which, you now have the money to afford the things you would never have received from your parents. And the self-confidence to show off a limited-edition collectible on the shelf next to your illustrated books.
The “Toys 4 Kidults” trend targets anyone and everyone who wishes to keep their childhood memories alive, to “play away” the stresses of working life or to collect play-driven, design-led products. Many people will have very personal reasons for having a specific toy in their lives. What is just a toy for some may be a decorative or design feature for others, a collector’s piece or a dream come true.
A splash of colour to brighten up a grey office and a welcome opportunity to switch off for a minute or two. The Cubicus from Naef Spiele by designer Peer Clahsen can be pieced together in any number of different ways. The various wooden parts precisely slot into and onto each other. Even seemingly weightless, delicate compositions can be created, catching the eye both in the office and in the home.
The Carrera DIGITAL 132 Set “DRM Retro Race” is loved both by men and women and always gets the heart racing. The set is a homage to legendary race cars of motor-sporting history. Three racing Bolides pull up to the start line of the eight-metre track and speed off into the distance.
Everyone should own a Funko POP!, whichever licence rocks their boat. Be it Spiderman, Batgirl, the heroes from Game of Thrones or a retro Mickey Mouse – there’s the right product for every taste, no matter how obscure. And wherever the Funko POPs! stand, they are always a decorative eye-catcher!
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