History

The Evolution of PLAYMOBIL® Figures


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1971

Horst Brandstätter asks Hans Beck, Head of Development, to design a new play system.

1972

Geobra files a patent application for a 7.5 cm toy figure with body open at the bottom.

1974

PLAYMOBIL® is born: Native Americans, construction workers and knights start to take the world’s playrooms by storm.

1976

The first female figures join the world of PLAYMOBIL®.
1981 The next generation arrives: Boys and girls measuring 5.5 cm and little babies of 3.5 cm make the PLAYMOBIL® family complete.

1982

The power of technology: Thanks to multi-component moulding, all PLAYMOBIL® figures now have skin-coloured, rotating hands.

1987

The pirate captain is the first male PLAYMOBIL® figure with a round belly.

1988

Even more options: New body shapes, bare feet and different styles of footwear offer endless play possibilities, just like the new jackets, vests and long skirts.

1990

Toddlers are delighted by the new PLAYMOBIL® 1.2.3 range designed just for young children aged from 18 months.

1995

PLAYMOBIL®´s first Father Christmas adds to the pre-Christmas excitement.

2006

Goal in the football stadium: The goal-scoring PLAYMOBIL® striker with kick function is on target for the World Cup.

2010

PLAYMOBIL® on the beach: in response to many requests, the first PLAYMOBIL® figures to wear a bikini and swimming trunks are now on sale.

2011

PLAYMOBIL®’s collectible “Figures” in mystery bags are new. The surprise is that these figures are not assembled. Children can put them together according to the instructions and create lots of combinations with the interchangeable parts.

2012

PLAYMOBIL further embraces family life with the launch of the expectant PLAYMOBIL mother. Fans of fairytales and legends are especially delighted by the new, 6.5 cm tall dwarf from Figures Series 3.

2013

Girls have been waiting a long time for this – changeable dresses and skirts to put on their PLAYMOBIL figures.

2014

PLAYMOBIL® figures celebrate their 40th anniversary.

2015-1

The new ice hockey players with innovative, one-handed shooting function guarantee cool action on the ice. Their bent arms and legs make them look even more dynamic. From 2016 on, the PLAYMOBIL football players will be using the new kicking technique, too.
Ruby, Alex, Twinkle and Gene – the Super 4 figures are the first heroes from a TV series launched in PLAYMOBIL format. Being adolescents, the figures are more slender, but at 7.5 cm, they are as tall as adult PLAYMOBIL figures.

2015-2

In time for his 20th birthday, the PLAYMOBIL Father Christmas is now available in XXL (65 cm) size.

2016

No less than 2.9 billion PLAYMOBIL figures now live in playrooms all over the world. Around 5,100 different versions have been developed since 1974, and if all 2.9 billion PLAYMOBIL figures manufactured since 1974 hold hands, they would circle the globe 3.6 times. And the growth continues! Every second the world population increases by 2.6 people, but in the same amount of time, 3.2 PLAYMOBIL figures are “born”.