At Reisler's factory Elastolin figures were painted and assembled.

As seen below the figures were cast in multiple parts which were later glued together. At the time when Reisler was involved with Elastolin the Normans and the Vikings were cast in white plastic. The colour of the Romans matched the flesh. Whether Reisler painted the Indians and cowboys has yet to be confirmed.

The finished figures were delivered to the toy shops in bags, gift boxes or in various kinds of displays. The bagged ones usually came single or tripple. (pic. right)

The quality of Reisler's  painting is rather primitive compared to Hausser's early work which is best described as small pieces of art. They had to reduce quality as time went by though.

Reisler simplified the painting in order to produce affordable toys for playing rather than perfect ones for display or toys that only few could afford. But they are still very collectable.

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Hausser produced their fantastic figures in varying plastic colours and paints and today they are very popular and attractive collectors items.

The connection between Reisler and Hausser in the mid 60s has made the figures especially interesting to the rather few Danish collectors that has had knowledge of this close relationship and including figures from the same period or earlier in a collection seems natural.

For non experts it appears to be very hard to determine age and condition of figures offered for sale via internet though. Only occasionally exact age or time period is stated.

I hope to be able to add some guidance here some day.

Accessories cast in two different plastic colours.
 The three items to the left were used by Reisler

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