Hans Beck, the founder of the German toy manufacturer Playmobil, has passed away. He was 79.
"No horror, no superficial violence, not short-lived trends," was Beck's motto, and some 2.2 billion dolls later, the range is the foundation of the company's prosperity and is exported to 70 nations.
The company grew to a payroll of nearly 3,000 and had sales last year of 452 million euros ($588 million).
I definitely played with Playmobil when I was a kid, and may or may not still stage Playmobil vs LEGO battles. So what if I do? Awesome, that's what.
Hit the jump for a pretty sweet airport-security Playmobil set I've got my eye on.
Hans Beck, Father of Playmobil Toys, Dies at 79 [dw-world]
Thanks to Sarahj and Romeo, who are more than welcome to join me for this week's epic LEGO castle vs Playmobil pirate battle.
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