Hans Beck

Inventor

1929 – 2009

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Who was Hans Beck?

Hans Beck was the German inventor of the toy Playmobil. He is thus often called "The Father of Playmobil".

Born in Greiz, Thuringia, Beck grew up in the town of Zirndorf, beginning his toy making career as a creator of little vehicles and figures for his younger siblings. Beck received training as a cabinetmaker but worked simultaneously on model airplanes, a product he pitched to the company Geobra Brandstätter. The owner of the company, Horst Brandstätter, asked him to develop toy figures for children, instead.

One of his hobbies was aeromodelling in its most lightweight categoryindoor models. These ultralight flying models, with wing spans of 900 mm in the early 1960s, were covered with microfilm and built from extra tiny balsa wood beams. Powered by a tiny rubber band turned to over 1,700 turns, they could fly for over 40 minutes in large halls or airship hangars. The whole aeroplane weighed only 1.2 grams. Beck was a champion in this category and won the 1966 World Champion title in Debrecen, Hungary.

Beck spent three years developing what became Playmobil.

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Born
May 6, 1929
Thuringia
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Lived in
  • Thuringia
Died
Jan 30, 2009
Markdorf

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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