Playmobil was created by inventor Hans Beck, a trained cabinetmaker who was looking to develop a toy for children aged 5 to 12. At about 3 inches tall, the 1:24 scale human figure he came up with easily fits in a young one’s hand and doesn’t require an abundance of motor skills to play with. The very first Playmobil sets included knights, Native Americans and construction workers. With their pleasant faces and limited movements, the toy was missing only one thing: imagination. Children were free to create playtime scenarios that were as creative and limitless as their own minds could be.