- 21 Dec 2017
A suggestion, if I may. We've all tried various methods of keeping our citizens upright, from glue, to pins that stick in the earth. A few years ago, I have a brainstorm. Small rare earth magnets ! ...
I like your idea better than mine in some ways. I was thinking of using playmobil footholds:
They are cheap: PLAYMOBIL® United Kingdom
They are found on various playmobil items, skateboards, surfboards, etc. They rotate and can hold adult figures with the wide side and child figures with the narrow side. Older Playmobil figures have thinner feet which might be less accommodating to drilling for magnets. If kids are playing with small magnets unsupervised, remember that eating two magnets or one along with something metal at different times can make them pinch intestines as they hold to each other through the intestine walls, causing eventual injury and requiring surgery to remove. This is why people were saying that older refrigerator magnetic alphabet letters were unsafe for small children and needed to be redesigned to better prevent the magnets from eventually falling out.
But if older kids are using these magnetic feet, imagine what some magnetic reed switches under the floor could achieve with them (eg. place the figure in the driving position to start the loco, or activate sounds... "all aboard" etc.)
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