October 18, 2015

Toys in the Attic: Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 5 'The Aurora 13' The Creature

Aurora's first monster model was Frankenstein which appeared in 1961. Aurora followed with twelve more monster kits over the next five years. These 13 kits are affectionally referred to by collectors as "The Aurora 13.'

'The Aurora 13'  No. 5 The Creature
"In the beginning of time as the gasses cooled, the planet Earth became covered with oceans. As the waters receeded and continents were formed, life moved from the water to the land. From this primeval slime 150 million years ago came a Creature so horrible as to be unbelievable. At least ten feet tall, it was neither fish nor human but a hideous combination of both. Instead of hands and feet it had long webbed claws. It was completely covered with scales. Down the center of its back was a double row of fins. Its head was ghastly to behold. The eye's were without benefit of eyelids. The mouth was a wide slash across the face, constantly pulsating. There was no real nose. Where ears should have been there were gills throbbing like the mouth."


Original Kit Issued: 1963 - 1969 as Catalog #426
Plastic: Metallic Green
Sculptor: Bill Lemon
Box art: James Bama
Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1992, 2000


In 1963 Aurora produced their model kit devoted to the beloved movie monster, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The model was molded in metallic green plastic and was roughly 1/12 scale. The Creature's pose in this kit resembles that depicted on the box art: the monster is walking forward with mouth open and arms raised menacingly. He stands on what seems to be a seaside rock, with a lizard, snake, and human skeletal remains lying nearby. 


The Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of the most fondly remembered of the classic movie monsters, not only because of the high quality of his original film appearance, but also mostly due to his unique and fascinating design.


The Ceature Glow in the Dark
1970-75 Reissue of #483
Plastic: Metallic Green & luminous
Square box format 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"
Box art: Harry Scheme

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Original James Bama Box Art  Painting
Toys in the Attic: Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s

Sources: 
Web: "Collecting Aurora Monsters" Dennis L. Prince
Web: Professor Plastiks "Aurora Monster Kit History"
Print: Aurora Model Kits by Thomas Graham

Beautiful Creatures
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