The Hansa Story

The Hansa Story

The Hansa Story
Hansa Toy International was founded in 1972 by German born Hans Axthelm. His concept was to hire artists to create life – like plush animals using portraits of taken in their natural habitats. Hansa International continues his idea, making sure that each animal is carefully researched and designed. Hansa is so exact in each creation that both children and adults can be educated in the importance of the animal’s purpose in nature, their habitats, eating habits, and lifestyle, and the value of human coexistence with nature and the animal kingdom.


" Hansa International is dedicated to maintaining exact specifications for their creations, and comply with ASTM93 safety standards. Highly trained artists combine an average of 42 separate pieces to construct each plush animal. Over 860 different man- made fabrics and furs are custom designed to match each character’s “coat”, and more than 6,000 sets of eyes, whiskers, noses, and other accessories are used. Some animals require over 240 individual pieces. Hansa follows ‘old world’ techniques of hand cutting and trimming each pattern piece. These pieces are then hand sewn inside out to minimize the appearance of seams. After the body is stuffed, it is carefully sculpted to create characteristics in accordance with the animal’s positioning in nature. The face is hand finished, the eyes set just so, and the sculpting and air- brushing of features and expressions give each animal a life like and soulful appearance.


" Most of the Hansa animals are created using a wire armature making them able to be posed, also, many of the Life Sized, Studio, and Ride On plush animals are built with lightweight titanium steel frames that can hold up to 150 pounds. Every Hansa product is produced with loving detail, meticulous attention, and an artist’s touch to ensure supreme quality, and life like authenticity. The recommended age for Hansa animals is 3 years.


" Each piece comes with a teaching tag describing, in detail, the animal’s habitat, lifestyle, gestation period, care of their young, and eating habits. Available in ten distinctive collections, these animals can be posed together creating magical attractions that bring out the wonder in all of us. They are fabulous for creating a themed room where you can encourage your child to "play with the decorations". You can also start a child on a collection sparking their interest in the environment and in conversation…....Please the animal lover in your life, EXPLORE HANSA!

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