Amerang is a business partner of Gentle Giant Ltd, and our distributor to the United Kingdom. Recently, we had the opportunity to do a Q&A with them. Here’s what they had to say about their company, their collecting habits and what they want to see from Gentle Giant in the future.
When and why was the company started?
Amerang was started by Graham and Robert Hales in 1982 to utilize their knowledge and experience of the model, hobby and collectible industry.
A portfolio of the leading international brands were built up for Amerang to exclusively distribute covering Science Fiction Film and TV Merchandise, Die-Cast Model Cars, Radio Control Cars, Boats, Planes and R/C Equipment, Plastic Model Kits and Collectible Toys.
Who are your customers?
Amerang supply over 1000 retail customers varying from Department Stores like Harrods and Hamleys in London, Chains like Forbidden Plant, independent Comic Book Stores, Model Outlets and Toy Shops throughout Britain. On Amerang’s website; www.amerang-group.com there is a geographical customer location search facility. Amerang also supply leading internet traders like Play and Amazon.
Do you have any Gentle Giant collectors at Amerang?
There are two main Gentle Giant collectors at Amerang, although the majority of staff have a very strong personal interest in the range.
These are Graham Hales and Simon Tester. Simon tends to collect everything that Gentle Giant bring out where as Graham is more specific and his collection spans the Gentle Giant Matrix Busts, Terminator Series as well as specific Star Wars items of which his particular favourites are the Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper and the limited edition Chrome Storm Trooper.
What is your favorite Gentle Giant product of all time?
Our favourite Gentle Giant products of all time are the Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper but we are looking forward to the releases from the new movie Sucker Punch.
What product/character would you like to see released next from Gentle Giant?
We would love to see Gentle Giant release Ripley from Aliens together with Colonial Marine Busts, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman from the forthcoming Batman movie, characters from Blade Runner; Harrison Ford as Deckard, Sean Young as Rachael and Daryl Hannah as Pris and also characters from the new Star Trek movie directed by J J Abrams, Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachery Quinto as Spock, Eric Bana as Nero and Simon Pegg as Scotty.