The Company

   

Without question, Preiser is the world leader in miniature figures, covering no less than 22 scales. They've even made likenesses of some personalities and world leaders

(for example, President Obama and Angela Merkel). A number of their HO Scale figures were created expressly for Miniatur Wunderland, and the layout's construction has at times caused worldwide shortages of Preiser stock.

The Figures

Preiser's N Scale line, which is dwarfed by their massive HO series, has roughly 1,350 discrete figures. Preiser now owns Merten, a former competitor for many decades, and has consequently improved Merten's quality with better painting.

Preiser figures have been rebranded by many companies, including Atlas, Faller, Kato, NJI, Peco, Tomix, Vollmer and others. Plus, there are countless knock-offs of their figure designs that can be seen virtually everywhere in a broad range of quality, even including the cheap Chinese bulk figures. Interestingly, for a time Preiser rebranded horse-drawn wagons from Roskopf; later, they tooled their own clones (both versions are included in the table below).

For the most part, figure painting has been remarkably consistent, with current sets often matching those made 50 years ago. Some sets, however, will have variations, particularly passers-by in casual clothes. Originally produced entirely in Germany, figures are now manufactured in Germany and painted in Mauritius. Preiser has explained the secret to their high quality: instead of painters being responsible only for the application of single colors, which is more efficient, painters are responsible for completely finishing their figures, and the satisfaction of completion improves the quality of their work.

Packaging changed over the years. The catalog numbers have changed once: originally 9XXX, now 79XXX. Preiser has not discontinued many sets, but a few of those that have can be exceedingly difficult to find—it took me about five years to track down 9049. Photos are mine.

Cat #

Description

Notes

79000

120 unpainted figures

 

79004

20 unpainted firemen

 

79005

40 unpainted firemen

 

79006

125 unpainted passengers

 

79007

120 unpainted seated figures

 

79008

120 unpainted passengers

 

79010

Railway personnel

 

79011

Railway personnel DB

 

79012

Railway personnel DB

 

79013

Seated persons

 

79014

Seated persons

 

79015

Shoppers

 

79016

Delivery men with loads

 

79017

Waiting passengers

 

79018

Walking passengers

 

79019

Passers-by

 

79020

Passengers

 

79021

Passers-by

 

79022

Passers-by

 

79023

Passengers, teenagers

 

79024

Group of women

 

79025

Family Krause going on a journey

 

79026

Walking passers-by

 

79027

Young travelers

 

79028

Arriving passengers

 

79029

At the platform gate

 

79030

Road workers

 

79031

Police

 

79032

Passers-by

 

79034

Sleeper-layers

 

79035

Track maintenance gang

 

79036

Truckers

 

79037

Teenagers

 

79038

Party guests, waiter

 

79039

On the farm

 

79040

Farm workers

 

79041

Tennis players

 

9042

Foreign tourists

OOP; rare

79043

School children

 

79044

Children

 

79045

Franciscan friars

 

79046

Gardeners

 

79047

Walking passers-by

 

79048

Emergency team

 

9049

At the window

OOP; rare

79050

Women hanging laundry

 

79051

Housewives

 

79052

Market stall

OOP

9053

Street merchants

OOP

79054

Seated persons

 

79055

Hay harvest

 

79056

Engine drivers, stokers

 

79057

Wedding group, protestant

 

79058

Wedding group, catholic

 

79059

Photographers

 

79060

Railway personnel DB

 

79061

Train personnel DB 1989

 

79062

Railway shunters DB

 

79063

Figures riding on roundabout

 

79064

Figures for swing boats

OOP

79065

Figures for Chair-o-plane

 

79066

On the beach

 

79067

Family and photographers

OOP; rare

79068

Family Krause in Rothenburg

 

79069

Family Krause in Allgau

 

79070

Family Krause on beach

 

79071

Bathing persons

 

79072

Golfers

 

79073

Grill party

 

79074

Wanderers

 

79075

Girls

 

79076

Jogging, badminton

 

79077

Fishermen

 

79078

Young persons

 

79079

At the sweets stall

 

79080

Cattle at market with figures

 

79081

Delivery men with loads

 

79082

Stock workers

 

79083

Seated youths

 

79084

Passengers for railway carriages

 

79085

Spectators

 

79086

Spectators

 

79087

Cyclists

 

79088

Divers

 

79089

Cyclists

 

79090

Passengers, hurrying

 

79091

Children at the pool

 

79092

Seated couples

 

79093

Set of small animals

 

79094

Passers-by, hurrying

 

79095

Shopping promenade

 

79096

Track workers

 

79097

Baker Krause

 

79098

Female commuters walking

 

79099

Male commuters walking

 

79100

Railway personnel Euro Star

 

79101

Workers

 

79102

Workers

 

79103

Seated persons

OOP

79104

Mechanics

 

79105

Steeplejacks

 

79106

Dangerous way home

 

79107

At the self-service restaurant

 

79108

Passers-by

 

79109

School crossing patrol

 

79110

Industrial workers and dockers

 

79111

Passers-by, police-men

 

79112

Passengers on the platform

 

79113

Businessmen

 

79114

Businessmen

 

79115

Firemen

 

79116

Firemen

 

79117

Firemen

 

79118

Firemen

 

9119

Early German RR personnel

OOP

79120

Bavarian musicians

 

79121

Bavarian musicians

 

79122

Dogs

 

79123

Seated passengers

 

79124

Seated passengers

 

79125

Seated industrial workers and dockers

 

79126

Standing passengers for bus and tram

 

79127

Nun with children

 

79128

Nuns

 

79129

Ludwig II of Bavaria, suite

 

9130

1900 Prussian RR personnel

OOP

79131

Passers-by, policemen, 1900

OOP

79132

Family around 1900

OOP

79133

On the platform, around 1900

OOP

9134

Period military men

OOP; rare

79137

Ship's crew

 

79138

Police on horseback, FRG

 

79139

Police on horseback, FRG

 

79140

Passengers

 

79141

Tram personnel, passengers

 

79142

Workers in protective clothing

 

79143

Passengers

 

79144

Railway personnel DB

 

79145

Passengers reading timetables

 

79146

Passers-by, children

 

79147

Railway yard workers DB

 

79148

Passengers waiting at the tram stop

 

79149

Mounted police, USA

 

79150

Horses

 

79151

Carabineri on horseback, Italy

 

79152

Bus and tram personnel

 

79153

Railway personnel SBB

 

79154

Workers in protective clothing

 

79155

Cows (brown & white)

 

79155

Cows (black & white)

 

79156

Seated passengers

 

79157

Passers-by

 

79158

Passers-by

 

79159

Passing wanderers

 

79160

Shepherd with flock

 

79161

People resting by the village fountain

 

79162

Wanderers by the cattle trough

 

79163

Tourist guide, tourists

 

79164

American street scenery

 

79165

Street scenes

 

79166

Villagers

 

79167

Works outing

 

79172

Seated firemen

 

79173

People on the way home

 

79174

Sitting on the stairs

 

79175

Street scenes

 

79176

Painters

 

79177

Painters, accessories

 

79178

Guests

 

79179

Stags

 

79180

Workers THW

 

79181

Workers, welder THW

 

79182

Family Krause taking a walk

 

79183

Horse riders

 

79184

Horse riders

 

79185

At the riding school

 

79186

At the riding school

 

79187

Standing travelers

 

79188

Walking travelers

 

79189

Seated travelers

 

79190

Walking couples

 

79191

Walking travelers

 

79192

Walking travelers

 

79193

Funeral, protestant

 

79194

Funeral, catholic

 

79195

Funeral

 

79196

Paramedics

 

79197

On the platform

 

79198

Walking passengers

 

79199

Seated passengers, 14 figures

 

79200

US railway personnel

 

79201

US railway personnel & passengers

 

9202

Americans

OOP

9203

Seated persons

OOP

9204

American service personnel

OOP

9205

American laborers

OOP

79206

Japanese persons

 

79207

Japanese railway personnel

 

79209

Couples, dog

 

79210

Trainspotters

 

79211

Protestant sisters with children

 

79212

Grandfather, children

 

79213

Seated passengers

 

79214

US railway personnel

 

79215

Miners

 

79216

Travelers aid

 

79217

Passers-by

 

79218

Passers-by

 

79219

Walking travelers, Epoch III

 

79220

Churchgoers (1)

 

79221

Churchgoers (2)

 

79222

Standing women

 

79223

Standing men

 

79224

DB train crew

new 2017

79226

Santas, children and snowman

new 2017

79229

Cows

new 2017

79250

60 seated passengers

 

79251

60 passengers and passers-by

 

79252

Shepherd's flock, 60 figures

 

79475

Horse-drawn ore wagon

formerly 9490

79476

Horse-drawn hay wagon

formerly 9491

79477

Horse-drawn log wagon

formerly 9493

79478

Beer wagon Schultheiss-Bier

OOP?

79478

Beer wagon Landwehr-Bräu

alternate style

79479

Open wedding coach

 

79481

Open coach

 

9492

Horse-drawn water wagon

OOP

79700

Clowns

 

79710

Elephants

 

79711

Camels

 

79712

Show horses

 

79713

Lions

 

79714

Tigers

 

79715

Giraffes

 

79716

Polar bears

 

79717

Brown bears

 

Where to Buy

Preiser is readily available worldwide, as well as directly through their webiste.

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