October 05, 2015

Toys in the Attic: Aurora Monster Models of the 1960s Part 9 'The Aurora 13' King Kong & Godzilla

'The Aurora 13'  No. 9 King Kong
"As weeks passed, the crew became disturbed at the secrecy of the voyage. Only the producer knew the destination. They were also disturbed by the great quantity of ammunition and gas bombs on board, enough to launch a fullscale war. Finally, the crew insisted upon knowing the destination, so the producer asked if they had ever heard of King Kong. Of course they had, since it was a Malay superstition that most sailors had heard at one time or another. He told them that it was not a superstition, and he had the only existing map of the legendary island where Kong lived. Skull Island was their destination."

Original long box

Original Kit Issued: 1964 - 1968 as Catalog #465
Plastic: black/beige
Sculptor: attributed to Adam “Larry” Ehling
Box art: James Bama
Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1992, 2000

1964 brought a few changes for the Aurora Longbox Monsters series. Until then, all kits had been based on popular monsters of roughly human proportion. The two new kits that year, Godzilla and King Kong broke that tradition, and were released in a scale other than the more or less standard 1/8. Godzilla was sculpted at roughly 1/200 scale, while Kong is closer to 1/30.


King Kong cuts a mighty figure, smashing his way through the jungle treeline, with a kicking, screaming damsel clenched in his fist, This kit features a highly detailed jungle scene base with lots of cool lizards and snakes and trees and such.

King Kong Glow in the Dark
1970-75 Reissue of #468
Plastic: dark brown/ light green / luminous
Square box format
Box art: Harry Scheme


The Aurora 13'  No. 10 Godzilla
"In laboratories around the world, seismographs recorded a disturbance in the polar region. Japanese scientists sent a submarine to the area of the disturbance. Radio contact to the mainland reported that the scientists found high radioactivity. A subterranean explosion was recorded on the seismograph. The submarine was never heard from again. Photographers even went to the site of the shipwreck. They discovered the monster, Godzilla, which had escaped from its icy exile and was making its way to the coast of Japan."

Original Kit Issued: 1964 - 1968 as Catalog #469
Plastic: Bright Fuschia
Sculptor: attributed to Adam “Larry” Ehling
Box art: James Bama
Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1978, 2000


Molded in approx. 1/200 scale, the "King of Monsters" wades confidently through a field of skyscrapers


Godzilla Glow in the Dark
1970-75 Reissue of #466
Plastic: Metallic Green & Luminous
Square box format
Box art: Harry Scheme


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

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