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Playmobil 40th Anniversary Nears

A Playmobil figure is displayed at the Knights' Castle at the Playmobil FunPark on October 26, 2013 in Zirndorf, Germany. The first Playmobil figures were developed by cabinetmaker Hans Beck in the early 1970's and the first Playmobil lineup launched in 1974 by toy manufacturer geobra Brandstaetter. Playmobil, known for its plastic toy action sets of knights, pirates, farmers, firemen, police and Native Americans, will mark its 40th anniversary in 2014. (Photo by Timm Schamberger/Getty Images)

Playmobil 40th Anniversary Nears

The first Playmobil toy figures were developed by cabinetmaker Hans Beck in the early 1970's and the first Playmobil lineup launched in 1974 by toy manufacturer geobra Brandstaetter in Zirndorf, Germany. Playmobil, known for its plastic toy action sets of knights, pirates, farmers, firemen, police and Native Americans, will mark its 40th anniversary in 2014. (Getty)