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Playmobil: Cooperation with the DFB and Edeka should end the crisis

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Playmobil: Cooperation with the DFB and Edeka should end the crisis

Every child knows the Playmobil figures. But the toy manufacturer’s sales have recently fallen significantly. Getty Images/ JOEL SAGET/ Contributor, filo

The Horst Brandstätter Group, manufacturer of Playmobil, is struggling with slumping sales and is looking for ways to boost business.

A cooperation with the German Football Association (DFB) and Edeka for the European Football Championship with national players in miniature format is intended to help the toy manufacturer.

The Brandstätter Group announced last fall that it would cut 700 jobs worldwide.

Florian Wirtz could not only lead the German national team out of a year-long crisis during the European Championship. But also a struggling toy manufacturer, the Horst Brandstätter Group from Zirndorf near Nuremberg in Franconia. The widely unknown company produces a product that literally every child knows: Playmobil.

The Brandstätter Group’s global sales have collapsed in recent years. In the past financial year 2023/24 they totaled 490 million euros. The group of companies announced this on Wednesday. Just three years ago, sales were just under 721 million euros. A good ninety percent is made up of plastic figures from Playmobil.

Now a cooperation with the German Football Association (DFB) and the retail giant Edeka is intended to significantly boost business. This is where Wirtz comes into play, the midfield star of the new German champions Bayer Leverkusen: According to a report from “Handelsblatt“Playmobil is releasing the national player and other stars as 7.5 centimeter tall toy figures. Edeka customers should be able to collect points when shopping and buy the kickers at a discount.

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According to the media report, the special campaign for the European Championship will only start in two weeks. The “DFB stars” can already be seen in miniature format on Ebay and on Tiktok. It’s not the first time that Playmobil has tried to score points with celebrities. Just as Lego has been doing for years, the manufacturer has already released figures for films such as “Scooby Doo” in recent years.

But that’s not all: Playmobil also presented plastic reformer Martin Luther. Apparently with success, which is why Playmobil boss Bahri Kurter is now dreaming of superstar Taylor Swift, as he revealed to the “Bild” newspaper: “We made a lot of money from Martin Luther. If it sold 1.2 million copies, how do you think Taylor Swift will sell?”

Playmobil manufacturer is cutting jobs

As entertaining as it sounds, the slump in sales has plunged Playmobil into a deep crisis. Which is why the company is trying to create a better atmosphere. This week the Brandstätter Group spoke of a “positive forecast”, i.e. good prospects for the next few months. They also want to stick to Germany and Malta as production locations.

This is not a given, as in October last year the group announced that it would cut 700 jobs worldwide, half of them in Germany. The Brandstätter Group recently had more than 4,000 employees. According to a press release, a “large portion” of the job cuts have now been completed.

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