"In October 1973, the members of the OPEC proclaimed an oil embargo tagerting countries supporting Israel during the Yom Kippur War. By March 1974, the price of an oil barrel had quadrupled, which created a global shock in the global politics and economical arena."
"The company geobra Brandstätter was manufacturing plastic toys. Because of the oil crisis, plastic had become suddenly very expensive, and the company asked its chief designer Hans Beck, “the father of Playmobil”, to develop toys that used less plastic: so was born the Playmobil."
"The company decided to manufacture Playmobils on the island of Malta, where labour costs were cheaper. They started with only 3 characters: a construction worker, a knight and an American Indian."
"After an initial introduction to the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg the previous year, a Dutch firm agreed to buy a whole year’s production and Playmob il began to be sold worldwide in 1975."
"Hans Beck retired in 1998, after training a group of product designers to take his place. “Playmobil is a toy that doesn’t impose specific play patterns on children, but rather stimulates their imagination” he said."
"40 years after Playmobil’s birth, 3,995 new designs have emerged from the factory and a total of 2.7 billion figurines have reached children’s houses."