|FM issue 27 announcing the contest|
|Banner for participating hobby shops|
|Back cover of FM issue 27 announcing the contest|
The year following the contest, FM published an article in issue #32 (March 1965) that showcased the Grand Prize winners of the Master Monster Maker contest from around the country. The article describes the prize packages, which included future Aurora models, a subscription to FAMOUS MONSTERS (that was good until 1970!), and a trip to Horrorwood, Karloffornia.
Greg Gellman of Oklahoma was crowned the Master Monster Maker for his elaborate two-story creation that depicted a mad scientist in his lab readying a jolt of life into the Frankenstein monster strapped to a table. See the slide show at the end of this article for images from FM 32 and other items from the contest.
To coincide with the contest Aurora released the Customizing Monster Kits No.1 & No.2.
for the kit builder who wanted even more ghoulish goodies to go with their monsters and a saint set of Monster Colors.
#463-98 Aurora Customizing Monster Kit - Series 1
#464-98 Aurora Customizing Monster Kit - Series 2
Rich Palmer, owner of Rich’s Hobby Town in Pine Brook, Montville Township, NJ, is pictured behind the counter of the store’s “Monster Korner” in this photo from 1964.
Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine notes that Palmer’s business was the nation’s largest-volume hobby shop at the time, attracting enough attention in the industry that the Aurora Plastic Corp. hired him to organize a “Monster Customizing Contest” that year.
The contest, Aurora and the shop received national attention later that year when Walter Cronkite, anchor of the CBS Evening News, visited the shop and interviewed Palmer.
|Vacuform First Place plastic awards w/cardboard backing|