Schleich World of History: The World of Knights Collection - Foot Soldier for Ladder. Climbing and climbing, the Foot Soldier carries himself and his armor all the way to the top. Schleich, founded in 1935, has been bringing figurines to life since the 1950s. In the 1980s, Schleich added animal figurines to their famous figurine line including the Smurfs, Snoopy, and the Muppet Show. Schleich animal play worlds span from the lost time of the dinosaurs to domestic and wild animals of the present day. Schleich play worlds now include the Wild West and the fantasy realms of medieval knights and elves. Schleich animal play worlds are a true reflection of nature on a smaller scale and are as realistic and naturalistic as possible! All Schleich designs are created in house with the majority of production taking place at the companys German headquarters. Schleich products are developed with the assistance of parents, teachers and children and are designed for childrens small hands.