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Creating Happiness in a World of Plastic

They bring smiles to their owners and they smile back. More than 1.7 billion Playmobil figures now populate childrens’ rooms around the world and the Deutsche Welle reader responses show the appeal reaches adults too.

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I played with Playmobil toys my entire childhood. They were my favorite toys, especially the pirates. I remember once I got this sailor schooner. The captain of that was definately my favorite figure. It still amazes me the toys they come out with. I pass a toy store on the way to my favorite bar and stop to look at them in the window. If only the civil war figures and that new sailor fort had come out when I was a kid! I still have all my figures and hope someday, when I have children, to give them to them. I just want to thank Mr. Brandstätter for creating such wonderful and imaginative playthings.

-- Luis Estrada, Spain.

I use Playmobil to make movies. My favorite figures are the Vikings and Cowboys, as the films reflect. You can see them at http://svencentral.com. Greetings from Copenhagen.

-- Sven van der Hart, Denmark.

Yes I collect Playmobil. Knights are my favourite, though I would have a hard time picking one I like more than the others, because I have thousands.

-- David Donachie, UK.





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