Hans Beck, the man who invented Playmobil, died last Friday at the age of 79 following a "serious illness", Deutsche Welle reports. Trained furnituremaker Beck worked for manufacturer Geobra Brandstaetter from 1958 to 1998, and in the 1970s responded to his employers' request to design a "collectible toy" by creating the …
When and where?
I would like to request a full reconstruction of the funeral.
That is all
A sad day...
We need a suitable pictorial memorial ...
... no doubt you can oblige from your extensive collection of Playmobil figures?
I hope that El Reg can come up with a suitable diorama to celebrate his life and legacy.
At least his toys will be bringing smiles to peoples faces for years to come (maybe forever?), even the smiles of the 'airport security post' type.
wot no playmobil icon?
RIP Herr Playmobil
Never heard of the bloke, although of course I played with Playmobil as a kid. RIP anyway.
Shame I don't have this guy listed on my Dead Pool. Could've earned a few sneaky points on this one.
Oh, and what's the IT Angle, exactly?
Re: RIP Herr Playmobil
>Oh, and what's the IT Angle, exactly?
Oh do fuck off.
we need a playmobile reconstruction of this guys funeral :)
Rest In Peace Dude :)
were playmobil figures "playpeople" or "busybodies" ?
Sarah Bee, you owe me a new keyboard!
Mine is now in the bin full of Red Bull!
'No horror, no superficial violence'
Does that mean Playmobil offer a 'traumatising violence' range?
I second Mark's request for a sensitive reconstruction of the funeral for those of us, (unlike Optimus Prime), who won't be able to make it.
Re IT angle - Gareth Williams
Well said Sarah I approve of your suitably Anglo Saxon response. Truth be told I mainly come to El Reg for the Odds and Sods section (I can't help being shallow I am both in Marketing and Management). If he needs an angle try the following:
1. Regularly used by El Reg for reconstructions, so can be argued it is hardware of a sort
2. I am sure Hans Beck owned a computer or used one once
3. Finally if he needs an angle, I suggest he prints the article off, folds it until it consists of the maximum number of angular corners and then inserts it into a suitable orifice upon his person.
Paris because I am sure she would enjoy particpating in option 3....
Re: Re RIP Herr Playmobil
Sarah well said couldn't have said it better myself!
Never had it myself as a kid, I had the other stuff you know "lego", I know deprived childhood..
I do love it that he was asked to design a collectable toy, and look what it spawned. I look forward to the "recontruction"
@Garath go crawl back under your rock.
A pure toy, something that your imagination ran with, creating your own little villages, and then suddenly a towering dinosaur, nom nom.
It's a shame that creators of such toys aren't lauded over, he is deserving of all our respect(s)
a memorial post haste!
rip hans thanks for the happy memories of my jumbo jet
Re Sarah Bee
Can we have a ODFO icon please?
"No horror, no superficial violence, not short-lived trends"
A clean sweep, methinks.
Mines the one that solid polypropylene, articulated only at the shoulders...
(But before I go: well said moderatrix.)
From the tag line, I was expecting to see a picture of the playmobil people saluting... would've been a fitting tribute.
Where's the IT angle? Have you not read the reg lately? Everything IT has a playmobil connection - particularly us admins!
(although I think Sarah phrased it better than me)
Have a look through a decent number of El Reg articles to see how it may be of interest to El Reg readers.
Also, it's under bootnotes so doesn't have to be IT related.
Also, listen to Sarah.
I second/third/whatever-th calls for a playmobil funeral.
You are why I read the comments.
Please keep up the good work.
Best wishes to his family and friends, long live Playmobil.
(Re: RIP Herr Playmobil, Well said Sarah)
Using RIP icon for obvious reasons.
Well it's not horror or superficial violence..
..but I can't help feeling that the following item has subverted playmobil from it's original aims:
If we get a playmobil reconstruction of his life, what happens when he invents playmobil? It'll be weird and recursive and make the universe collapse..... or not.
It's actually a shame that his name wasn't really that well known but he affected so many kids lives for the better.
I don't care
He didn't owe me any money.
Playmobil sucks. Lego, now that's worth playing with.
Short, sweet and straight to the point - well done.
Is this in the most commented section?
re: Re: RIP Herr Playmobil
tis a sad day indeed and there's no need for Mr Williams' flippancy.
while i was always a fan of Lego as a child, i like to think that El Reg's diorama's have given me a new found respect and even fondness for the Playmobil toys
The company motto
A bit like Lego, but without being able to build anything new.
Re: RIP Herr Playmobil
>>Oh, and what's the IT Angle, exactly?
>Oh do fuck off.
If that had been in capitals it could have been FotW.
Clearly his death was....
....not by natural causes.
I suspect the CIA was involved using a natural causes drug to murder him, as playmobil was clearly used by many terrorists (admittedly, as young childred in kindergarden) to plot many horrors and atrocitites..
However, to many, it was used as a freedom-of-speech tool by the ordinary person and El Reg.
Attention Register Multimedia Productions Inc!
This sad event cries out for, nay, demands a widescreen, technicolor, no-holds-barred, umpteen-panel tribute to the man and his innovative product line.
Stop dawdling and get into the studio!
@ Sarah Bee
Cheers Gareth; ruined a period of mourning- black armbands all round, though yeah, a reconstruction of the funeral, or some sort of moment would be great
No, but that is a badass new acronym right there.
How sweet of you. There will be no murder today, gentlemen.
Oh my god...
...the teacher said "fuck"!!!
Get on with the ODFO icon sarah, chop chop!!
"Can we have a ODFO icon please?"
Seconded!! And since we will have a 3rd row of icons to choose from we will have to have a competition for the new 11 new icons to join the odfo one.
I'm hoping for good/bad JesusPhone (the big J himself talkin on his phone, ).... a Playmobil one... obviously.... and what else..... oooo, a happy looking Bee, and an angry looking Bee impaling a commentard through the head with it's sting (it's a big bee!), it can be used to predict how you will react to peoples comments.... fun times...
Paris... because she's been impaled in the head at least twice...
I love you... you never fail to make me smile :)
No funeral, thank you
I would much prefer to see a nice celebratory wake for our fine friend.
@Sarah - does your mother know your hands talk like that?
Some El Reg items kick off the usual banter and bikering, we all have come to expect that and sometimes things may go a bit far but I do think Sarah has now given everyone a new way of shutting up pedants and for that deserves much praise...
RIP Hans Beck, The King of Playmobile is Dead... I am sure Reg will keep the Playmobile dream alive...
Credit to Ian Brown, though, who is clearly a bit bored when he's not in the studio, etc.
Never had playmobil stuff (count another for legos) but anything still hanging on amidst the acid rain of things that make sounds when you squeeze them and "bratz" dolls can't be bad.
In other news - he died after a serious illness? Would you die from another kind?
Re David Wiernicki
last time i checked buses arent serious illnesses, plus you get what doctors call complications on routine stuff which I asume is them fucking up.
I must be lucky we had both lego and playmobile, lego ruled though :)
re: Why? - Anonymous John
"Is this in the most commented section?"
'Cos it's got things called 'comments' in it and yours (and this one) adds to the numbers.
Had never heard of the guy, but I'm a little sad anyway. Lots of fun playing with his creations, during the 80s, good times...
This heart looks like a Playmobil face.
RIP Hans you brought a great deal of joy to many people around the world. Not to mention the smiles and laughs through their use here on El Reg, great work all around sir. You will be missed.
@Sara Re: RIP Herr Playmobil.
Loved that response Sara, classic absolutely classic. Ten points for that one as I suspect ODFO will take it's place in the Register lexicon along with Twatdangle.
Short, sweet, to the point.
Well Said Sarah
Sarah's becoming the BMFH!
Imagine a job where one can tell a member of the public ODFO.
Just a single Playmobil guy/gal, in black, standing with his/her head bowed.
PS: Yay Sarah!
Flags to half mast,
Break out the black bombazine and beat the drum slow.
Sarah, we worship the ground you walk upon, but please let us have an ODFO icon.
I'll explain. Have you got a mirror handy?
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