Athena Toy Soldiers
“Athena”. Leading “PAL” employees founded “Athena” shortly after Papadimitriou’s death. “Athena”, was the most known Greek Toy Soldier Company and lasted until the turn of the millennium. Athena, (often spelled as AOHNA), figures had to be different than these of PAL so they were 65mm. Also the method of attaching movable arm to the body of the figure changed. There is a hollow in the arm that matches some short of projection that exists in the body of the figure. For sometime PAL and AOHNA co-existed. PAL, hit by the loss of the founder and the migration of key staff couldn’t compete with the rising power of “Athena”. Eventually “Athena” took over “PAL”. Some of the ranges of PAL were produced by “Athena”. In effect some of the figures mould by PAL, account more production years under the name of “Athena”. I guess that this is the main reason that the name of PAL was forgotten, (the fact that most of PAL figures were unmarked contributed also…). Athena flourished in the 60s and 70s and then entered a long period of decline. “Athena” in its last years, had concentrated in the tourist market, producing mainly “Evzones”, (that is the Greek presidential guard), and “Ancient Greek Warriors”. Over the years the quality of the figures dropped. The points that this quality fall could be identified are the painting and sculpture details and row material quality. The very early examples of “Athena” production are quite remarkable. They were scalpted by engraver D. Maratos.