I posted yesterday a photo that took the majority of my readers on a trip down memory lane… Indeed, there are not many of us who have not played with Playmobil figures at least once! They are the offspring of German inventor Hans Beck, who approached the Brandstaetter Group with another idea but was given the task of developing a toy figurine instead. It took Hans Beck three years, between 1971 and 1974, to be finally satisfied with the result.
Our family took the opportunity during the Easter holidays to visit a fabulous exhibition dedicated to these cult toys, celebrating their 40-year anniversary. When we arrived at the museum, an absolute wonderland was awaiting us, spread over 2000 m2…. From the circus to the dinosaurs, from the very early figures to the sea life centre, from the Romans to the Egyptians and from the pirates to the fairy tales, everything and everyone was there. Sexy Hubby and I went right back to our childhood, exclaiming more than once: “Oh look! I had these!”
The displays were fantastic, as you can see below, and there were giant Playmobils and interactive stations too. I also loved the Instagram-like big photos staging figurines from various eras. We spent a really enjoyable couple of hours touring the exhibition and the girls were very enthusiastic about what they had seen too. Sexy Hubby and I did feel a bit nostalgic at the end and I regretted even more that my old Playmobils had all been given away. I would have very much liked for my daughters to play with them and it looks like they would be collector items by now!
I will leave the final words to Hans Beck: “I would put the little figures in the hands of the children without saying anything about what they were. They accepted them right away… They invented little scenarios for them. They never grew tired of playing with them.”