Making a Better Shield
Playmobil makes a
number of different shield styles. A few of them have decent grips that
allow a klicky to hold the shield in a variety of reasonable positions.
But some Playmobil shields, including the most common type, have terrible
shield grips that make it impossible for the poor little klickies to defend
themselves properly. So this is my rant on shield grips, and how I solved
the problem myself.
Playmobil shield grip that I am aware of is on the round shield with metal
center piece. This is a versatile grip, with grip rods both parallel and
perpendicular to the shield. It is the perpendicular grip rod that is
so useful on this shield. Being that the shield is round, and the grip
is offset from the center, one can rotate the shield into a number of
The worst Playmobil
shield grip is, unfortunately, found on their most popular shield type.
If a klicky wants to hold the shield at a typical orientation, they
must hold their arms out from their body. This looks ridiculous. If
they want to hold the shield close to their body, they must rotate it
at a funny angle, hold it to the side, or grip it by the top...perfect
protection for when your opponent just wants to cut your leg off. Why,
why, why? Why does Playmobil keep manufacturing such a lame shield grip?
I decided to take
matters into my own hands. I designed a shield grip that was simple
and versatile. Using some Sculp-Epox, I welded together a Playmobil
cuff and a single perpendicular grip rod. Thus I had a grip that allows
a Klicky to use the shield just by attaching it to the wrist, leaving
both hands free for other things. Or, if the Klicky is wearing arm armor,
and thus cannot use the cuff attachment, there is a perpendicular grip
to allow for a variety of reasonable positions. I made a mold of this
grip so I could cast multiple pieces. This grip works so well that I
happily cut the grips off of even the most collectible of shields so
that I can glue on a new grip.
There are two tricky
parts to fabricating and applying this shield grip. First, be sure to
reinforce the cuff with some extra sculp-epox to make it a little thicker,
so it doesn't crack. Second, where you glue your grip on the shield
is critical. Bad placement will lead to a poorly protected Klicky.
It was so easy to
come up with a shield grip solution that (in my opinionated opinion) is
vastly superior to Playmobil's. Are they resting on their laurels? Are
they taking the easy route? Do they think kids don't care? Whatever the
reason, they continue to produce crummy shield grips, and they don't show
any signs of changing their ways. So, take matters into your own hands,
cut off all your old shield grips, glue on some new ones, and give your
Klickies a chance to defend themselves properly.