Wend-al

Edgar Kehoe was the man responsible for bringing the French toy maker Quiralu’s moulds across to the UK to make figures in solid aluminium – a material that was stronger and less likely to break than hollowcast lead. Production at the Wend-al factory in Blandford, Dorest commenced in 1946 and soon was a great success. This led to Wend-al creating its own range of figures. The figures would originally have had a paper label on the base. They are probably best known for their toy town, zoo and farm ranges. The company was unable to compete with plastic figures and the final set of Wend-al toys was released in 1956.