Horst Brandstätter

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Horst Brandstätter
BornJune 27, 1933
Zirndorf, Germany
DiedJune 3, 2015(2015-06-03) (aged 81)
Fürth, Germany

Horst Brandstätter (June 27, 1933 – June 3, 2015) was the owner of the German company Brandstätter Group. The company was founded by Andreas Brandstätter in 1876.[1]

Early life[edit]

Horst Brandstätter was born on June 27, 1933 in Zirndorf, Germany.


Brandstätter joined the family firm in 1952.[2] His support of the inventor Hans Beck allowed the company to begin production on what became the popular toy Playmobil, prototypes of which had been developed by Beck at the company. The 1973 oil crisis necessitated the creation of a toy whose production required little solid plastic; he had asked Beck for "the maximum amount of play value for the minimum amount of plastic".[2]


He died on June 3, 2015 in Fürth.[3]


  1. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg, Germany (8 June 2015). "Horst Brandstätter: Playmobil-Patriarch ist tot". SPIEGEL ONLINE.
  2. ^ a b Haines, Lester (2015-06-09). "Life in plastic, it's fantastic: Playmobil supremo dies at 81". The Register. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  3. ^ Cheerful Plastic Figures from Franconia – Playmobil Conquers the Playroom, Goethe-Institut