April 28, 2016

Toys in the Attic: Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 3 'The Aurora 13' Dracula

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. 2 Dracula

"Horrible and sinister tales were handed down over the centuries telling of the vampires and
werewolves, how they came in the dark of night to attack their victims and turn them into
vampires and werewolves also. During the nineteenth century, a blood chilling legend of
the king of vampires, Count Dracula, unfolded in the form of journals and letters.

Original Kit Issued: 1962 - 1968 as Catalog #424
Plastic: Black
Sculptor: Bill LemonBox art: James Bama
Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1983, 1991, 1998

After the overwhelming demand for the "Frankenstein" kit, Aurora rushed to release the Dracula kit the next year. This kit creates a chilling mood by contrasting the elegance and style of the Count against the creepy swamp "set" of the base. The likeness of Bela Lugosi is excellent, as are the crowning touches like the gnarled tree and Dracula's gold medallion and jeweled ring.

Dracula lived in Castle Dracula, in the province of Transylvania, in Rumania. The castle was surrounded at night by wolves, preventing any person from entering or leaving. The dreaded creature, the vampire, would live for untold centuries on the blood of human victims; it would roam only at nightand had to return to a hidden grave or coffin like box filled with sterilized earth when day would 
break.The corpse would remain in this state until night when it would rise again to carry on its terrifying work. They would breed their kind by attacking a living victim and when that person died, their corpse would rise from its tomb to roam at night as a new vampire. The only known method to release the agonized soul of the vampire was to drive a stake through the heart of the corpse as it lay in its coffinduring the day. The legends of the vampire were best known in the Rumanian sector of the old world and many peasants living there today still hold a superstitious fear of the vampire."
 Size: 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"

Rare 1969 Frightening Lighting Strikes Dracula Box. When model was released with extra glow-in-the-dark parts.

Dracula Glow in the Dark
1970-75 as Catalog #454 
Plastic: Black & Luminous

1962 ad from Boy's Life magazine

Toys in the Attic: Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s

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

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