Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Gigantor monster jigglers (Steven Mfg)
These awesome jigglers are responsible for some of my earliest monster toy memories, and remain
some of my very favorites. Unfortunately, I've never been able to find out all that much about them.
A couple of them I "inherited" from my older brothers, who I imagine got them in the early 1980s. Then, I found a couple more on my own at flea markets and the like over the years.
This group of lovable uglies is made of the soft rubber typical to jiggler toys of the '60s and '70s, and as far as I know consists of only the three different monsters featured in this post. They all appear to be a monster-dinosaur-animal mix, which of course is a winning combination. They're around 3.5 to 4 inches tall and are hollow underneath (sort of like oversized finger puppets). I have two of them in two different color schemes, although I couldn't tell you how many different color schemes exist in total.
They're stamped with the words "Gigantor" and "1975 Steven Mfg." I assume that means they were produced by a company called Steven Manufacturing back then, although I'm not sure exactly what Gigantor means. I do know that I have a small rubber finger puppet that also has the "Gigantor" name stamped on it, so maybe it was a name given to a larger set of jigglers by the company?
If you have any additional information, please comment and let us know!
Here's a closer look at each of the monsters:
I think this is my favorite, although it's hard to choose. He appears to have some gorilla in him, although really, who the hell can tell what he is besides a totally awesome monster. I love his face, which looks like it's experiencing a combination of terror, anger and complete shock. I also really like how the orange and red rubber is translucent. It makes them look extra cool.
This dude is some bizarro combination of a crocodile and a centipede. Check out how shifty this guy looks. He's clearly planning what (or who) to sneak up on for his next meal. Really pretty creepy. I don't believe I've ever seen this one in a color scheme other than brown and green (but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist).
These guys are wacky pterodactyl monsters. The detail here is especially fantastic. Just look at all the texture on the body and how the painted parts accentuate it. I like how you can stick MUSCLE men or similar figures in their beaks and make it look like they're chowing down on 'em. Man, I love these things.
What about you? What do you think of the Gigantor monsters?
UPDATE: Below is a photo of the finger puppet monster I have that's also marked with Gigantor.