Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Garrison, G&B vs Atlantic, Roman foot

The photo above compares three metal Romans from Garrison and Greenwood & Ball (A,C,E) with two plastic figures from Atlantic (B,D). Click on the image for a larger version.


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

I believe that the metal figures come from Garrison’s “20mm Ancients” range, and were previously produced under the Greenwood & Ball name. Within the Ancients range, Garrison currently offers 23 different poses for 1st Century Imperial Romans. However, the poses shown in this image do not seem to be currently in production.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.

Availability and Cost:

As mentioned, these figures are not available from the manufacturer at the present time. However, other Roman figures are in production, and can be purchased from Garrison directly. Foot figures are sold for £0.60 each, while mounted figures cost £1.50


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The plastic figures come from two of Atlantic’s boxes:

B. Set 1517 “The Romans: Gladiators and Christians”
D. Set 1515 “The Romans: The Roman Legion”

Atlantic issued most of their sets in different sized packages. Set 1515, came in a large 92 piece box with 15 poses, while the large box for set 1517 included 64 pieces. Poses for the later set included a lion, and tiger as well as various gladiators, officials, audience members and victims (the latter on multiple figure stands).

Figure Characteristics:

1517 Height (measured to eyes): 21mm.
1515 Height (measured to eyes) 22mm

Availability and Cost:

Atlantic is long out of production, and no other maker has reissued either of these sets. They can still be found in some second hand shops, and on eBay though.

Notes on the Samples:

The Atlantic figures were generously donated by Liam Sullivan.

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