Monday, October 16, 2017

Giant of Hong Kong Viking Ship

I stated in a previous post that I had a bunch of Giant Plastics of Hong Kong sets growing up back in the day because they were cheap and the folks could buy a nice set for very little money. One of my all time favorites of the line was their Viking ship. I just thought this thing was awesome and it still is! These ships go for a king's ransom today so when one became available that I could actually afford I scooped it up. My sample is missing the steering rudder (? - I'm not a 'boat' person, not sure of the terminology) but is otherwise in decent shape. Giant never made oarsmen for these boats, what you got were standing figures, along with the other warriors that came with the sets. The boat itself is 7 3/4" (19.68cm) L x 1 1/2" (3.81cm) W (hull) x 5 1/4" (13.35cm) H to the top of the mast.

This may be the last 'Giant' post for a while as all I have are bits and pieces of other sets, not really enough to do a decent post, but the past few entries do tie in to the whole Medieval/Viking/castle theme we've got going of late. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, October 15, 2017

'YF' Giant of Hong Kong Style Romans and Castle Playset No. 811

FIRST, A small correction to my previous post where I referred to the Giant of Hong Kong Medieval Knights and Castle Set as 1/72 scale. Actually these small sets were HO scale making them 1/87 not 1/72. 

Today's set was purchased as an opened, but otherwise mint set but I noticed a couple of peculiarities. The header card states 'Romans and Castle' yet clearly shows Medieval Knights! DOH! This Roman/Medieval, supposedly mint set had not a single Roman or a single Knight. Instead the bag was packed with Mongols! LOL And actually I'm okay with that - it helps to broaden the collection a little and the castle is awesome, just like I remember them as a kid! I loved these diminutive sets when I was a young 'un.

The header card is marked 'YF' - who is 'YF' anyway? A subsidiary of Giant Plastics? A knock-off company? I had heard through rumors and propoganda that all the tooling from Giant was sold off to another Asian company and subsequently destroyed for its scrap value. True? I don't know. Someone else said this was a 'later' set. Later? How much later? The castle walls are quite crisply molded with only a little flash at the connecting tabs and they're in such good shape they appear almost as if they were made yesterday.

The set includes the 16-piece castle, 4 mounted warriors, and 12 foot soldiers in multiple colors. The castle measures 7" (17.78cm) square , the gate wall is 2 1/4" (5.71cm) H to the top of the gatewhile the other walls are 1 1/2" (3.81cm) Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

I just didn't have the time to photograph the little figures individually - I don't know when I'll get around to it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Giant of Hong Kong Medieval Knights and Castle Set

For many of us boys who grew up in '50s and '60s Giant Plastics of Hong Kong offered a wide array of wonderful toys in that over-arching category of 'Little Green Army Men', all in a diminutive 1/72 scale. Their sets spanned historical periods from the ancients to modern day offering; Romans, Vikings, Mongols, American Revolution, American Civil War, Old West Cowboy and Indian, and modern day Army man playsets. Personally I remember most of their offerings on cards like the one you see here, I do not recall them being packaged in bags and a more informed collector will need to clue me in on that point. Some sets were small add-on packs, having only a couple of accessory pieces, and some were larger with castles or forts, mounted riders, perhaps a horse pulled artillery piece or two, vehicles or (my personal favorite) the Viking ship! The sets were dirt cheap back in the day and over the years my mom ended up buying me a bunch. I loved 'em and played the heck out of 'em!

I managed to latch on to this MOC (Mint on card) set from - of all places - Belgium! The seller offered it for a price I thought reasonable and I never did look to see where it was coming from until it arrived in the mail :-) The set includes a small castle consisting of four walls, about 5 mounted knights, and 16 on foot. The castles/forts were pretty much the same regardless of whether they were medieval, or Mongol, or whatever. They were differentiated by different turret tops and other details and some deluxe versions were larger than this one. I hope to post a few more Giant toys as time becomes available on my end. Unlike many of the toys posted here, which I've only first seen and purchased as an adult collector, Giant of Hong Kong was definitely a big part of my memories as a kid and if they were a part of your life, I hope you too - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Friday, October 13, 2017

FOV 54mm Knights of The 100 years War No. 22303 - Mounted with Sword

Here's the last of three FOV "Knights of The 100 years War" sets. This guy is mounted and wielding a sword, and in unusual move for a toy knight - he has no helmet! As I stated in the last post, sometimes the baes don't fit the figures well and that was true with this one as well. Again, a little glue did the trick. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina