Ida Lockett of Sacramento, CA. was shocked to find that her five year-old son’s Playmobil toy set depicting a pirate ship also had a figurine depicting a slave, complete with a neck cuff, and instructions to shackle the slave to the ship.
Playmobil, a German company, offered up this lame excuse when the child’s aunt, Aimee Norman, took to the toy company’s Facebook page to express her outrage at the offending figurine.
“If you look at the box, you can see that the pirate figure is clearly a crew member on the pirate ship and not a captive. The figure was meant to represent a pirate who was a former slave in a historical context. It was not our intention to offend anyone in anyway.”