A giant Playmobil with one arm has found a new home with a one-armed boy
The 5ft toy had stood outside the store for years but was left damaged when its right limb was stolen overnight.
The shop did not know what to do with the figure called 'Sven' which was destined for storage.
But before it was packed away a local resident Nathan Hopkins told staff the amputated toy would be perfect for his son Harry.
Harry, three, was born with a condition where his left arm did not grow properly – believed to be because of a blood clot during pregnancy.
His family are making efforts to normalise the youngster's life as much as possible after admitting he is "beginning to work out that he's slightly different".
Mr Hopkins, 42, said the large play figure would act as positive role model for Harry, from Bath, Somerset.
Staff at Eric Snook's Toyshop in Bath have offered them the rare Playmobil figurine – so young Harry has a friend just like him.
Mr Hopkins, 42, said the large play figure would act as positive role model for Harry, from Bath
The father-of-three said: "The toy is a role model for kids with one arm – it will be great to have him. It will help him accept that he has one arm.
The toy is a role model for kids with one arm
"He gets asked a lot by children what's happened to his arm. We try to make everything as natural and as normal as possible."
Mr Hopkins, who is a hospital specialist for a pharmaceutical company, says young Harry passed up the opportunity to have a prosthetic arm fitted as a toddler.
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Staff at Eric Snook's Toyshop in Bath have offered them the rare Playmobil figurine
He said: "When we went to hospital they basically said he can have a prosthetic if he asks for one, and he never did, He uses it like a normal arm. He is very good with it.
"We call it his little arm to try to make it totally normal. We never call it a disability.''
The family say Harry is a huge fan of Playmobil, but his toy chest also includes soft toys and various toy cars.
Two-year-old Sven the toy had his arm stolen in an act of "senseless vandalism" on February 5.
Eric Snook's Toyshop retail assistant James Cox 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 got vandalised by a group of youths.
Harry, three, was born with a condition where his left arm did not grow properly
"The arms are not supposed to detach. He is not really repairable.
"He has now got jagged edges and we cannot put out on display, there is not really much we can do.
"The family are more than welcome to have him. He was stockroom bound."