Many of the most amazing figures and tin toys ever produced were crafted in Germany during the late 19th / early 20th Century. In 1872 Georg Heyde based in Dresden, Germany started making toy soldiers and other figures like his many counterparts based in Nuremburg. Their quality and attention to detail made Heyde the leading exporter of toy soldiers in the world until WWI in 1914. Heyde also produced lead figures for other companies including the famous train manufacturer Bassett-Lowke. Heyde's business ended during WW2 due to the obvious situation. Among his many amazing toys are his Zeppelin models that are not only rare but very sought after by collectors and interior designers alike.