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PAL Toy Soldiers

PAL”. This company was the pioneer of producing plastic toy soldiers in Greece. The earliest evidence of PAL existence that I have dates back at 1956. The company must have been founded a bit earlier. The founder of this company was Photis Papadimitriou, a young doctor, who suddenly and sadly passed away in 1958. PAL figures were plastic and they are identified by the nail that joins the movable arm to the body of the figure. PAL figures were aesthetically and technologically advanced given the time they were produced. Most of them are 54mm, in size. PAL figures depicted units of the Greek Army but surprisingly, PAL included in its range Scotch Guards, Royal Marines and Ludhiana Sikhs! These figures, although bigger, are much like Heralds. Founding a toy soldier company in Greece back in the 50s, was not the most obvious thing that a young doctor (and also son of a hospital-owner), would had done. So I strongly believe that the late Papadimitriou must have been a hobbyist and a collector of toy soldiers himself. Hence and the production of the three above mentioned figures. PAL lost its momentum as a result of the sad loss of its owner and eventually was absorbed by “Athena” sometime in the late 60s. Most of their figures were included in Athena’s production.

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