Schleich celebrates its 85th anniversary

Limited edition golden figurine marks the occasion

Written by Georgie Dobie

Posted 06.08.2020 | Products

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2020 marks a very special year for Schleich as the company celebrates its 85th anniversary. Birthday celebrations kick off this month, with the release of a limited-edition Golden Lion figure.

”Although we’ve have had to curtail some of the physical birthday celebrations, we are still proudly celebrating this milestone achievement,” said Paul Dearlove, marketing manager at Schleich UK. “The unique Golden Lion is arguably the most stunning figure that the company has ever-produced, and we are expecting it to be extremely popular with fans and the pinnacle of their collections.” 

Named after founder Friedrich Schleich, who created the company in 1935, Schleich was originally, based in Stuttgart and sold velvet-covered dolls made of wire and wood. The first bendable figures came in 1957, and then in 1965 the world-famous blue Smurfs. In the 1980s, Schleich began producing animal figures, which have formed the core business ever since. 

Schleich’s Golden Lion with glittering mane is a symbol of pride and dignity, and symbolises the company’s fond reflection on the past 85 years. In addition to its striking golden coat, six colourful brush strokes on its hind reflect the brand’s lovingly hand-painted finish to all its figurines whilst also representing the six franchise play worlds in today’s Schleich portfolio. 

This final anniversary product also represents the pride of the Schleich workforce and was created after all employees were given an opportunity to submit their own drawings of what they would like to see as the special edition creation. 

For more information about the 85th Anniversary on any other queries, please contact the Schleich team on 01279 870 000 or email schleich@schleich-s.co.uk 

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