Heyde of Dresden is probably the best known German manufacturer of solid toy soldiers (followed by say Haffner and Heinrich). The company was started in 1872 by George Carl Adolf Heyde and closed through the RAF in February 1945 (the factory got totally destroyed in the attack on Dresden).
They just had so many figures - everything was produced in five different scales from 38 to 145mm! Makes collecting Heyde quite a challenge, particualry financially - good sets are easily going in the thousands...
Today I make my job easy and send you to Robert Hill's absolutetly amazing website called the Knights of Avalon (click here). Below some teasers:
Came across Classic Toy Soldiers, Inc. on the web and was pretty impressed:
- Their 10,000 square foot warehouse contains over 5 million toy soldiers representing almost 3,000 different products
- Started 15 years ago through the creation of a Davy Crockett Alamo set
Kai Fuhrmann and Peter Herfen don't make small plans. In Oktober 2007 they had though it would take 50,000 orks to take a city if they would attack at night...
First Plasty, pretty much unknown outside Germany and there also not that successful against Timpo's invasion into Germany and is cult status.
Unfortunately, I could not find out anything about the company's history - please add comments if you are in the know.