The "clicks" of Playmobil become Spanish conquerors, Bolivian and Inca soldiers, revive battles between Bolivia and Chile and reach "Game of Thrones" in an exhibition that shows in La Paz the versatility of these world famous cartoons.
An exhibition at the Tambo Quirquincho museum in La Paz, in charge of 19 collectors of these cute little figures, wants to motivate new generations so they do not miss the magic of interacting with the Playmobil to invent stories.
Collectors from different parts of Bolivia, all from the Playmo club, bring their treasures to exhibit some 20,000 pieces that recreate historical and playful scenes.
One of the most striking is the Colorados of Bolivia, a historic military regiment dedicated to presidential custody that is the example of the work of collector Gonzalo Lema to standardize around a hundred figures.
The Colorados are "the most attractive" of this fourth version of an exhibition that began in 2016, said its organizer, Enrique Montoya, who has been collecting Playmobil for about 24 years.
The "clicks" of the Colorados of Bolivia recreate a scene in the old Plaza Murillo of La Paz, with the current constructions of the Congress and the former Palace of Government of Bolivia still absent, but with old houses from the first years of the Republic, in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
Dressed in hats and red jackets, they appear lined, with patriotic banners or musical instruments to sing patriotic songs.
Fruit of a process of slow confection, to replicate in miniature the hats, the decoration of the suits or the rifles.
Another attractive scene is the stop of the municipal bus of La Paz, the Pumakatari, which replicates an everyday image in one of its stops with neat rows behind a very flirtatious miniature woman boarding a bus.
The staging of the La Paz football classic between Bolívar and The Strongest also impacts, in which, in addition to the players, the players are shown with flags and jackets in the colors of their teams.
In another of the rooms the encounter between the Spanish colonizers and the Incas is shown.
The scene evokes the conquerors with helmets and swords with long beards, some on horses, which are opposed to a kind of native procession in which some wear sackcloths while raising the leader, the Inca, on a throne.
In another space is also the recreation of the battle of the Alto de la Alianza, which confronted Bolivian and Peruvian troops against the Chilean during the Pacific War of the nineteenth century.
Dozens of soldiers in red, well ordered in rows representing Bolivia and another white-clad Peru, both facing the Chilean forces, on horseback and wielding their weapons.
These scenes are rescued by the organizers since they value the educational and symbolic in the work of collectors.
Another of the most attractive spaces is the famous television series "Game of Thrones", about eight meters, which contains as many pieces and medieval details as well-uniformed horsemen and knights, while royalty and noblemen stand out for their clothes, all under cover of a great fortress.
Extramuros roam the plebeians represented by figures of adults and children who stage their daily task in crops or the search for water in nearby wells.
According to the organizer, the recreation of "Game of Thrones" in that dimension could have cost a collector around $ 1,500.
All spaces are a delight for experts, who can enjoy analyzing each piece and appreciating its age and the type of collection from which they come.
The event that began in 2016 with only five exhibitors has managed to multiply by four the number of adherents to that hobby and has managed to revive a hobby that was believed practically extinct.
The Playmobil are the work of a German company that with its 7.5 cm high dolls, with moving parts such as head, arms and legs, since the 1970s, has delighted millions of fans of their "clicks" around the world.
They are something that "marked our childhood and that connects us with our past", concluded the collector.