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GIANT (ARCO) OF New York & Hong Kong

THE ROMANS

The blue, red, yellow & brown figures above were copied from the Marx 60mm WOW series while the silver, green and gold figures are copies of the Britains Herald 54mm Trojan series. Giant called them all Romans. Copies were made and Giant went back and "patented" their figures (which were copies themselves). The old logo was blobbed over and a new one with a P in a circle for patented was added to the molds.

1.00 Walking with sword and shield; NONE.

1.00 With shield, throwing spear; NONE.

1.00 Attack with sword, shield back; NONE.

1.00 Standing with spear; NONE.

1.00 Bowman; NONE.

1.00 Standing erect sword pointed down; NONE.

MOUNTED COME WITH HORSES.

2.00 Mounted with standard; NONE.

2.00 Mounted with spear; NONE.

1.50 COPY Mounted with spear; NONE.

2.00 Mounted with sword; NONE.

1.50 COPY Mounted with sword; NONE.

NONE IN STOCK - Siege Tower.

NONE - Catapult, no ammo.

10.00 Chariot with four horses; 3 yellow body with red lattice.

- NONE - Knights of the Crusades LIC in keystone the logo used by the Larimi Corp of Philadelphia. As you can see copies of Giant Roman/Greeks which of course were copies of Marx & Britains 54/60mm figures. Circa 1965.

THE VIKINGS -

Carded set photo courtesy Jesse Sanders.

Examples of Giant Vikings

Vikings on foot

2.00 With spear at waist; NONE.

2.00 Standing with sword & shield; NONE.

2.00 Shooting bow; NONE.

2.00 With ax and shield; NONE.

2.00 Walking with sword & shield; NONE.

2.00 Holding ax overhead in both hands; NONE.

2.00 Marching with spear; NONE.

2.00 Leader, arms crossed in front of body; NONE.

2.00 Ship's tiller-man; NONE.

Mounted Vikings

4.00 Mounted with sword & shield; NONE.

4.00 Mounted with ax & shield; 1 yellow.

4.00 Mounted with ax over head in both hands; 1 red.

4.00 Mounted shooting bow; NONE.

Ships

125.00 Viking ship as seen above, missing tiller and 3 shields. Comes with one figure, the captain.

THE KNIGHTS

Giant made at least four or five series of knights and medieval figures. Weapons and arms were slightly altered to make many pose variations. Other Hong Kong makers quickly copied Giant and when Giant went out of business their molds were keep in production. So who knows what came with what. Below are pictures of what I believe to be the first and second series of Giant foot knights. We recently acquired a large group of these figures and the first six were found in only blue and green plastic while the second group in only red or yellow plastic. I think it is possible that these are two separate molds and that they were eventually discontinued and replaced by the lesser quality knights seen mostly in silver and black. These "first/second edition" figures have been found in HELEN OF TROY "GOLD CROWN" games sold from comic books dated 1974. These figures have the GIANT logo blobbed over which would indicate Giant was no longer in business or had sold the molds. The mounted Giant medieval knights and figures seen in primary colors in the large group scan above are very hard to find. As some are based on Britians swoppets it is assumed they went with the "first" series of foot knights. There are also mounted figures that look like Saracens and foot figures that might be Saxons so it is hard to say what went with what set until some original packaging surfaces. The older mounted figures came on the standard Giant western horse (a copy of a Crescent horse).

5.00 EACH Hard to find early mounted Knights.

NONE

Early Foot Knights

The first five poses of "SERIES 1A" are copied from Crescent 60mm Knights while the last pose is a copy of a 54mm Britains Swoppet knight. This pose has a recessed base and the GIANT logo was never placed in it due to the lack of space. The first pose of the "SERIES 1B" knights is a simple modification of the one above it from the first series with the ax head being changed to a large mace. The next four figures are copied from 54mm Britains figures with another ax being changed to a mace to make a different figure (poses # 2 & 4 above). The last figure was copied from an Elastolin 70mm figure. The second series of six figures seems harder to find which is why I think they may have had two separate molds, BUT I could be very wrong.

SEE ABOVE

1.00 Group A With ax overhead (copy of Crescent figure); 1 green, 1 yellow.

1.00 Group A With sword & shield (copy of Crescent figure); 2 green, 1 yellow.

1.00 Group A Standing shooting bow (copy of Crescent figure); 1 blue, 2 green, 1 yellow.

1.00 Group A Bareheaded with sword behind head (copy of Crescent figure); 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red.

1.00 Group A Advancing with halberd (copy of Crescent figure); 1 yellow.

1.00 Group A Advancing with halberd (copy of Britain's figure), last figure top row above, often NO GIANT NAME; NONE.

1.00 Group B With mace over head on left (based on Crescent figure); NONE.

1.00 Group B With mace and shield, (based on Britains figure; NONE.

1.00 Group B Kneeling shooting bow (based on Britains figure); NONE.

1.00 Group B With ax and shield (based on Britains figure); NONE.

1.00 Group B Standing with pennant lance and shield (based on Britains figure); NONE.

1.00 Group B Walking with sword & shield (Elastolin copy); 2 blue, 1 red, 3 yellow.

Later Giant Foot and Mounted Knights

"last" series Giant Foot Knights

There are at least 12 different poses in the last series of foot knights made by Giant. We have only seen them with the GIANT P hallmark with a small circle around the P (for patented we think) which dates them as later figures. Original Giant figures did not have the P. As they mostly ripped other companies off, for their figure designs, it is somewhat humorous that they were offended when other companies copied them. These last series knights can be found in primary colors like the earlier knights, but are usually found in black and silver. Some of the poses are based upon the earlier knights and subtle changes were made to make different figures from essentially the same poses.

Some of the later Mounted Giant Knights

The later mounted knights and Mongols have a more proper "knight" horse. This horse was never (to our knowledge) marked GIANT. The later mounted knights were made in black and silver and there are at least 6 poses.

12.00 Per lot of silver and black later issue knights

20.00 Lot of 30 later crude foot knights, some short weapons, 10 poses, silver. (3)

15.00 Lot of 11 Later crude mounted knights with horses, some have short weapons, nix of silver and black, six poses. (7)

Helen of Troy Gold Crown

Many of the above foot knights probably came in a Helen of Troy set after GIANT went under and the name got blobbed over under the figure bases. The Kings Crown game also had small HP accessories.

THE MONGOLS Picture courtesy Jim McGough.

25.00 14 Mounted Mongols with horses in 6 poses, red/yellow color mix. (2)

20.00 16 Foot Mongols in 11 poses, red/yellow color mix. (3)

NONE - Mongol Cannon.

THE NAPOLEONICS

The Giant Napoleonics are usually found in red and blue although yellow and dark brown exist as well. Copies were made in yellow and green.

20.00 20 Napoleonics in all six poses; 4 red.

1.00 EACH LOOSE FOOT POSE

Officer with sword; NONE.

Flag bearer; NONE.

Drummer; NONE.

Advancing; NONE.

Kneeling shooting; NONE.

Prone Shooting; NONE

2.50 EACH MOUNTED POSE WITH HORSE

With flag; NONE.

Round hat with sword; NONE.

Shako hat with sword; NONE.

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

The Giant ACW figures were mostly based upon the Marx 54mm figures. All poses were made in both blue and gray. The caisson and cannon was included in both Napoleonic and American Civil War sets.

10.00 ACW/Napoleonic Four horse double hitch caisson with cannon. (6)

6.00 ACW/Napoleonic two horse single hitch caisson with cannon. (1)

5.00 Cannon. (1)

2.50 EACH ACW Mounted cavalry

Officer with sword & pistol (Brim hat); NONE.

Officer with pistol (Brim hat); 2 blue, 1 gray.

Flagbearer (Kepi hat); NONE.

Bugler (Kepi hat); 2 gray, 1 blue.

With sword overhead (Kepi hat); 1` gray, 1 blue.

Shooting rifle (Kepi hat); 2 blue, 3 gray.

Infantry

50.00 60 ACW figures, 30 in blue in all 9 poses + 30 in grays in all 9 poses. (2)

THE PIONEERS

8.00 EACH mounted pioneers

With rifle across waist; NONE.

Holding tomahawk up in right hand; 2 blue, 2 yellow.

Holding knife up in right hand; 1 red, 2 blue, 2 yellow.

Shooting rifle; NONE.

Swinging rifle; NONE, (4.00 1 blue molded short so looks like he is swinging a bar or spear shaft).

Holding pistols at waist; 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow.

5.00 EACH foot pioneers

Prone shooting rifle; 2 yellow.

With tomahawk; 1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow.

With tomahawk & knife; NONE.

Walking with rifle; 1 green 1 blue.

Standing shooting rifle; 1 red.

Kneeling shooting rifle; NONE.

AMERICAN WILD WEST ITEMS

Giant Foot Cowboys

13.00 13 Cowboys in five poses. (2)

5.00 4 Cowboys & 2 Indians in five poses.

Giant Foot Indians

3.00 Three Indian in 2 poses.

6.00 16 Copies of Giant cowboys and Indians, old.

NONE

6.00 Four mounted cowboys in three poses with horses.

NONE IN STOCK

12.00 Covered wagon, 4 horse double hitch; 2 with yellow top.

6.00 COPY covered wagon, green body, pink top, 2 horse hitch.

12.00 Wagon, covered load, 4 horse double hitch; 1 red.

10.00 Wagon, covered load, single 2 horse hitch; 1 red.

6.00 COPY covered load wagon, green body, blue top, 2 horse hitch.

12.00 Wagon, open load, 4 horse double hitch; 1 red, 1 brown.

10.00 Wagon, open load, 2 horse hitch; 1 red.

8.00 COPY open load wagon, brown body, white load, 4 horse hitch.

NONE - Stagecoach.

WORLD WAR II ITEMS -

Carded set photo courtesy Jesse Sanders.

10.00 Long barrel tank. (NONE)

10.00 Short barrel tank with square turret. (NONE),(8.00 Collector cammo painted; 1)

NONE Self propelled howitzer.

10.00 Small halftrack. (1)

NONE Jeep.

NONE Cannon.

NONE Barbwire. ()

NONE Pill box, light tan. ()

NONE Dragons teeth. (NONE)

NONE LCVP landing craft.

3.00 LCVP gunner, silver. (1)

Giant WWII Germans

The kneeling GI is a copy of an Eldon Marine the others are based up Monogram model kit figures. Giant made 10 different WWII Germans. All 10 are copies of Marx 54mm figures.

20.00 20 GIs in 11 poses, green. (8 IN STOCK)

1.00 GI with mine sweeper; 8 green.

1.50 Two man bazooka team, on one base, MARKED GIANT; 12 green.

1.00 Two man bazooka team; MARKED MADE IN TAIWAN; 7 green.

1.50 GI with mortar,MARKED GIANT; 16 green.

12.00 10 GI with mortar, green. (1)

1.00 GI with mortar MARKED MADE IN TAIWAN; 5 green, 10 gray.

10.00 10 GI with mortar, MARKED MADE IN TAIWAN, color mix of 5 green & 5 gray. (1)

20.00 20 Germans in all 10 poses. (6)

10.00 25 Round base soldiers in five poses (NO OFFICER). (7)

SPACE ITEMS

NONE

8.00 EACH Aliens

With communicator? in right hand; NONE.

With two pistols; NONE.

With two rifles?; NONE.

With rifle at waist; NONE.

Space missile tank

We have found three variations of the space missile tank as seen above. All have the ability to "tow" something. Has anyone got a space item they tow? How about a picture of packaging?

15.00 "Square Cab" space spring loaded missile tank with 2 rockets. (NONE)

15.00 "Round Cab" space spring loaded missile tank with 2 rockets. (NONE)

15.00 "Personnel Carrier" space spring loaded missile tank with 2 rockets. (NONE)

The astronauts, space tanks and the above accessories were included in one of HELEN OF TOYS games sold out of comic books in the 1960s. The silver and red pieces are not marked, but are assumed to be made by Giant who did not hallmark everything they made.

2.00 Gantry, NO SMALL CROSS PIECE AS SHOWN; NONE.

2.00 Rocket for gantry, NO ANTENNAE AS SHOWN; NONE.

OTHER ITEMS MADE BY GIANT

20.00 Pee Wee Boats, MIB/C -

Balloon Boat Race. NONE IN STOCK

NOT MARKED GIANT BUT MAY BE FROM GIANT MOLDS WE THINK

Recast of Giant Mongol Castle

ARCO - Giant reorganized and changed their name in 1970. Using initials of family members they became ARCO.

- 15.00 ARCO farm header card bag.

MAYBE FROM GIANT MOLDS

HONG KONG AND CHINA MADE, NOT FROM GIANT MOLDS

28mm Copies of Elastolin ancient Romans. Made in Hong Kong. Some flash and some weapons molded short. Circa 1960s-70s we think.

NONE

Circus set.

Circus Train I NONE IN STOCK The figures seem to be copies of Crescent of England 1/32 figures although some of the animals may be Tim-mee copies.

NONE IN STOCK - Laramie Antique Cars.

Copies of Britains Herald western figures or perhaps of the Giant copies of the Britains Herald figures were given away as cereal premiums. They can be found in brown or white. The horses are solid.

NONE IN STOCK

NONE 20pc Header bag, bag has tear but contents are all there.

12.00 20 Mounted cowboys and Indians in 12 poses + 20 horses. (2)

NONE - Fort Cheyenne.

NONE IN STOCK - Wigwams.

6.00 One figure damaged. (2)

5.00 Two figures damaged. (2)

4.00 Three figures damaged. (3)

Figures in picture are ORION pirates and ARE NOT INCLUDED in purchase of a ship.

NONE IN STOCK

Castle Set w/ plug together Figures

NO CASTLE SETS IN STOCK

The pictures show the 12 foot poses as well as the 1 mounted pose, horse and cannon found in the later comic book mail away offers. Crude in detail the manufacturer is unknown but they could possibly have been early figures made by Giant. They were made in both blue and red colors.

15.00 25 Pieces including two cannons. (1)

- NONE - MATCHBOX Hunter & dog, white. Came with a truck.

American West

Examples of Giant Like Cowboys and Indians

NONE - Chase Carriage (Anchor Copy), 1960s.

- Copy of Anchor Coach. NONE IN STOCK

5.00 Cannon pulled by two horses, MIB. (3)

NONE - Hong Kong Frontier Days wagon.

LIDO Fire wagon.

NONE IN STOCK.

TRANSPORTATION

22.00 Double wagon set up, 4 horses, each with two riders, gun between the wagons.MIP.

15.00 Single wagon, no top, two horses, two riders with gun. MIP.

NONE Mini sailing ships, with green hulls (1/72 scale figure in picture to give an idea of scale and is not included). ()

USA company Lido made mini wagons and ships.

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NO LIDO BLISTER CARDS IN STOCK

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NONE IN STOCK

NONE - Cart.

Early Hong Kong Wagons

8.00 Not Pictured copy of Giant covered load wagon, yellow top, 4 horses.

8.00 A Copy of Giant open load wagon with 4 horses.

NONE B Wagon with curtains, blue top, 4 horses.

7.00 Wagon with curtains, chew on driver overhang, yellow top 4 horses.

NONE - C LIDO Jail? Wagon with driver, 2 horses.

NONE - D Covered wagon with Lido & Giant copy horses.

8.00 Covered wagon, yellow top, 4 horses.

NONE - E Coach with two passengers, 2 horses.

5.00 Wagon, NO top, 4 horses. (3)

7.00 Wagon, NO top. metal axles, 4 horses.

Boy these horses must get tired Section

no markings or made in West Germany

3.00 Coach driver covered, windows pointed at top; 1 green, 2 bluegreen mix, 1 yellow, 2 red.

3.00 Coach, driver blowing horn; 1 red.

3.00 Wagon with man lying on top shooting rifle to the rear; 1 blue NO MAN ON TOP.

3.00 Wagon driver not covered, man shooting rifle out the back; 2 green, 1 blue, 3 red.

NONE Yellow with dog on top.

NONE Pink, pulled by elephant, cat on top.

- 5.00 Headercard torn in half.

Tiny versions Z scale?

3.00 Covered wagon; NONE.

3.00 Three window carriage; NONE.

3.00 Open load wagon; NONE.

3.00 Four window carriage, luggage on top; NONE.

- NONE - WWI Dehaviland DH 1 biplane. Made in Hong Kong.

World War II and Modern Military

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NONE Pack of three 1/72 WWII playsets as seen above. Each set has 35 pieces including soldiers a tank or jeep and a vinyl playmat. Made by Dimensions For Children (Multi-Toy Corp), dated 1983 and made in Hong Kong.

NONE.

NONE.

2.00 Junkers, red, no clip on wheels.

NONE Stuka, yellow.

2.00 Mustang, red, no clip on wheels.

- 1.00 Two HP jets.

NONE Hard plastic ships, sold on bagged cards.

NONE - Soldier Sets with early figures. Made in Hong Kong.

- NONE - 24 Soldiers (Britains & Crescent copies) + 2 tanks with moving treads. Some rubber bands broken from age but all pieces are there. Circa 1960-65.

NONE - Small header card bag with 1/72 rocket tank & 1/32 air cooled MG. Plus sets may have 0,1 or 2 1/72 copies of old Airfix figures. ()

NONE - Battle of Berlin, small boxed set with playmat dated 1983 Dimensions for Children, small cardboard backdrop, 1 armored car + 20 copies of Matchbox figures.

100 Combat Troops.

The above set is probably missing a few figures. The figures are copies of Airfix first pose WWII Germans and British 8th Army done in dark green.

7.00 35 Figures from one of the sets as seen above.

2.00 Long tent, green, NO figure included. (5 green)

2.00 Quonset Hut. (NONE)

1/72 Copies of Marx French Foreign Legion

NONE

Copies of Blue Box 30mm WWII French Resistance Figures

NONE

8.00 40 Crude copies of Airfix Guards band figures in five poses. Mix of red and blue. (3)

8.00 50 Crude copies of Airfix British 8th Army and Britains Khaki Infantry in 14 poses. Mix of green and yellow. (1)

NONE

5.00 Zoo Mini Animals, small boxed set with 3 pieces of fence + tiny elephant & hippo.

SPACE ITEMS

NONE - Space buggy, SP. ()

Gently pry off the dome and the alien comes out and can be used with your Giant spaceman (one in picture not included).

2.00 EACH Mini Saucers with alien driver, parachuting toy. (20)

NONE - Spacemen 100 piece set, on large card. Crude copies of Giant figures. officer is holding a box instead of a pistol.

The above 1/72 figures were copied from old 45mm Marx Space Patrol figures. They were sold in the 1960s/70s.

2.00 EACH;

Big eared alien; NONE.

Alien in mask; NONE.

Punching with right hand; 1 red.

Standing erect with pistol; NONE.

Pointing to his left; NONE.

Holding up two rings; NONE.

Crouching with pistol; NONE.

Standing at attention. NONE. (NOT PICTURED)

Gray copies with factory paint were also sold on blister cards and perhaps in "gum ball" machines.

25.00 Twenty 1/72 copies of Marx Space patrol figures in all 8 poses. (9)

Made by IDL in Hong Kong in several sizes. Some of the silver 1/72 scale figures were wholesaled to HG TOYS who sold them in a Buck Rogers playset. Others were sold on blister cards and small header card bagged sets and also perhaps in "gum ball" machines.

3.00 EACH;

A. Scooterbot; 7 silver.

B. Both arms held out; 5 silver.

C. Left arm up; 3 silver.

D. Both arms down; 6 silver, (3.00 ONE CLAW MOLDED SHORT; 1 silver).

E. Hands at waist; 4 silver.

F. Both hands up; 3 silver.

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