Eco (medieval castle with lake)
Made by Eco Spielwaren GMBH in Neumarkt, Germany c:1970.
This toy fort is typical of those being produced using the vacuum forming technology emerging from the mid-1960s onwards. It is not known how long they stayed in production. Eco's products are often confused with those made about the same time by O & M Hausser under their trade name Elastolin. This particular model contains a variety of buildings and spaces somewhat in the nature of a fortified settlement, and is ideal for use with 25-40mm figures. It has a fully operating drawbridge over a moat / lake which was designed to contain water, thus providing great play value.
14"(h) x 32"(w) x 22"(d) 355(h) x 815(w) x 560(d)mm.
This toy fort is made of vacuum formed black polystyrene approximately 1mm thick, which enables large structures of minimal weight. It is made in three pieces (the main body and the arches over the gateways) glued or welded together. It is quite crudely, but effectively hand painted, with the relatively sombre grey walls being offset by bright red roofs.