Death of Horst Brandstaetter

June 27, 1933 - June 3, 2015
Berlin, Germany | Age 81

German who launched Playmobil toys dies
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BERLIN (AP) — Horst Brandstaetter, who launched the popular Playmobil range of plastic toys in the 1970s, has died. He was 81.

Playmobil manufacturer geobra Brandstaetter Stiftung, which Brandstaetter owned, said in a statement Monday that he died on June 3. It gave no further details.

Brandstaetter joined the family firm, then run by two of his uncles, in 1952. He initiated the Playmobil range during the oil crisis of the early 1970s and later said that...

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