It's one of those great questions of the 21st century, isn't it? Up there with Are those bones Richard III's? (very excited to find out they are, by the way), How can we solve third world debt? and What on earth is quantitative easing, anyway?
Playmobil or lego?
What do you think?
Two weekends ago we went to stay with some friends. They had a big selection of duplo: houses, hospitals, police stations and the like, and L absolutely loved it. Not the construction element of it, but the playing imaginatively, creating tiny worlds.
It's her sixth birthday in three months time and as she is completely obsessed by planning it, I am becoming so too, and this weekend rather inspired me on the present front.
But at six she's clearly too old for duplo.
So should it be lego - on the basis that you get imaginative play and the inspirational foundations of a glittering career as a celebrity architect (maybe) - and if so, which bit of branding? How much do we hate lego friends a year or so after its launch, or is it not as bad as all that? Or if we shy away from that and the movie tie-ins is there anything in the lego city that isn't fuelled entirely by speed and agression?
Or do we go with tried and tested, hasn't changed in thirty years (still can't walk) playmobil: no construction, but a world of different sets to play with, each of which more reflects how she was playing with the duplo? Even though it's, somehow, not quite as cool as lego.
Or is that just me?
And while you're at it, should they all have had capital letters?