When I was eight years-old in late 1977, my father constructed as a gift for me a huge wooden, Medieval Castle. It was an amazing, multi-story, multi-part affair, replete with Banquet Hall-type furniture and a throne room…all built entirely from scratch.
Over the years the company manufactured knights, cowboys, modern soldiers and other high-quality toys.
The 1980 catalog from Elastolin, for example, reveals a number of the painted figures that my Dad assembled and painted, and which I still own. These figurines are painted on the underside of the stands with the numbers “77” and "78" (by my Dad), so I’m pretty sure my memory is right. It was 1977 -- for Christmas -- when I first began getting these.