From Harper.com's Week in Review comes the news: Hans Beck, creator of the Playmobil line, died last month aged 79.
Beck, a toy maker for the German company Geobra BrandstÃ¤tter, invented the small plastic toys in the early 70s, thus providing millions of children countless hours of wholesome, orderly fun.
Seriously, if in the late 1980s you were a small child already well on his way to becoming a severely anal-retentive adult, there was nothing more satisfying than laying out on the living room floor and playing with themed sets of German toys that had friendly faces but were very firm about the type of imaginary world in which they belonged. No changeable costumes; all the toys in the one box; just look at the scene on the box and go off of that.
"No horror, no superficial violence, no short-lived trends."