The figure, from Eric Snook’s Toyshop in Bath, had its arm removed by vandals outside the shop.
Staff at the toy shop said Sven, the Playmobil figure, had to stay indoors after the attack due to the sharp edge that had been left. The figure has been donated to three-year-old Harry Hopkins, who was born with a condition which means he has no forearm.
Harry’s parents saw an opportunity when the figure was vandalised, hoping that the character would be a positive role model for children like Harry, who have parts of their limbs missing.
“He gets asked a lot by children what happened to his arm”, commented Harry’s dad, Nathan. “We call it his little arm to try and make it totally normal”.
Harry was born with no forearm, which can be caused by a blood clot in the womb.
James Cox, who works at Eric Snook’s Toyshop, said: “We usually put him out every morning and bring him back in every night. On that Sunday we completely forgot to bring him in, and within an hour and a half he had been vandalised by a group of youths”.