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PostPosted: Tue 18 Dec 2007 12:46 pm 
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After posting my Alien kits on another thread I thought I'd see if there was any interest on here in Aurora and Polar lights kits.

I collect the Airfix 1/12th series figures and these kits are similar in size and construction although obviously different in subject matter!

First up is the Aurora Frankenstein kit, or rather his creation, this is 1/8th scale and was built from the Monogram Luminators re-issue.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Dec 2007 12:51 pm 
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Next is the Polar Lights re-issue of the Addar Planet of the Apes Cornelius.
The kit is a snap-fix although I glued all the parts, and I particularly like the base it comes with featuring the ruins of the New York Stock Exchange.
Also the face sculpts on these kits are spot on. You can still pick these up fairly cheap on eBay.


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Dec 2007 12:55 pm 
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This is the Polar Lights Michael Myers from Halloween. This was a totally new kit but done in the style of Aurora.
Again the base details really set this off.

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Finally, for now, a resin kit again in the style of Aurora, this is The Fly from Creature Arts.
This is from the original movie with Vincent Price and shows the half-man half-fly smashing up the lab with a fire axe...

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I loved those but could rarely get hold of them as a kid because they were beyond my pocket money and the parents thought they were a bit disreputable. My sister used to source the odd one for me for Christmas, along with the Aurora Prehistoric Scenes range of inaccurate dinosaurs.

I had a Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. IIR, the front and back of the latter's head didn't fit together properly. I was also gutted to find that they only glowed in the dark if you didn't paint them!

Did you ever figure out who "The Forgotten Prisoner of Castle-Mare" was supposed to be? Do you also remember a model of a frog sitting on a lily-pad next to a slab bearing thr words "Kiss me and you'll live forever. You'll be a frog - but you'll live forever"? What was that all about??

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Beautiful models.  Stunning!


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Beaufighter wrote:
Do you also remember a model of a frog sitting on a lily-pad next to a slab bearing thr words "Kiss me and you'll live forever. You'll be a frog - but you'll live forever"? What was that all about??
It was licensed to Aurora by William Castle, who was a producer of low budget horror films who moved on to bigger and better things with Rosemary's Baby.

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I love the old Aurora Monsters!
I only ever built the Frankenstein monster sadly, but do you remember Spartacus?
That was a Xmas prezzy for me in the 70's...how much would that be worth now I wonder?

And what about those great Irwin Allen space ships?

I like the David Heddison (sp) Fly model, very well sculpted. That was a great film.
"Help meeee...help meeee!.." :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:


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Nice builds, jargonking!  I have the Michael Myers kit myself in the stash... waiting.   :roll:

PL was an excellent company in it's day!  Dave was excellent for maintaining the QC & Sasser did some fine CAD drawings for their Star Trek kits.  I think of my PL kits as some of my most treasured boxes in the stash.

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I gather from the chat on Hobbytalk that Polar Lights are back in business, although so far only producing the Star Trek kits. From what I have read though, they are hoping to make some more of the classic horror kits again. I hope they do, my earliest modelling memory is going into Leeds as a treat when I was a kid to buy one (the original Aurora ones back then). Eventually I ended up with the Forgotten prisoner and the Witch, complete with glow-in-the-dark parts! I have managed to get the Witch, Bride of Frankenstein, Munsters and Phantom of the Opera kits from Ebay to build to a slightly better standard (I hope!). I even look at them occasionally! All I need it that rare stuff - time.

There is a discussion here about the background to the Forgotten Prisoner of Castel Mare: http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/showthread.php?t=188281

In recent times there have been quite a few 'tribute' kits appear from people like Mobius Models. I'm saving my pennies up for one or two of Jeff Yagher's models though. he has designed models that he calls "box art" models. i.e. models based on what was depicted on the box, rather than what you got in them. They are absolutely stunning.

Forgotten Prisoner: http://www.monstersinmotion.com/catalog ... s_id/11444

Bride of Frankenstein http://www.monstersinmotion.com/catalog ... ts_id/8813


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This thread is a year old and I missed it!

Although these kits arn't 'my thing' those have been done really, really well!
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As I understand it, Mobius is what's left of Polar Lights. Here's the story (As told to me).

Playing Mantis (Owner of Polar Lights) was bought by AMT/ERTL for their Johnny Lightening die-cast range. Since AMT/ERTL had stopped producing kits, they didn't want the tooling. A new company was formed who called themselves Mobius (as AMT/ERTL owned the Polar Lights name). Now, AMT/ERTL had previously produced Star Trek kits, so the licence could still be valid.

OK, this is guesswork, but AMT/ERTL may have retained the Star Trek tooling when they bought Playing Mantis. Mind you, AMT/ERTL already had plenty of Star Trek kits of their own, so what will be in the next Polar Lights box is anyones guess.

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As I understand it, Mobius is what's left of Polar Lights. Here's the story (As told to me).

Playing Mantis (Owner of Polar Lights) was bought by AMT/ERTL for their Johnny Lightening die-cast range. Since AMT/ERTL had stopped producing kits, they didn't want the tooling. A new company was formed who called themselves Mobius (as AMT/ERTL owned the Polar Lights name). Now, AMT/ERTL had previously produced Star Trek kits, so the licence could still be valid.

OK, this is guesswork, but AMT/ERTL may have retained the Star Trek tooling when they bought Playing Mantis. Mind you, AMT/ERTL already had plenty of Star Trek kits of their own, so what will be in the next Polar Lights box is anyones guess.


You're pretty close with your statements.  Allow me to fill in the gaps.  Playing Mantis was bought for the JL line by RC2, like you stated, & PM then ceased to exist in 2004 except only as a logo for boxes.  Cut to four years later.  PM owner Tom Lowe is buying back the rights to the Polar Lights name & leasing all of the PL molds back from RC2/Learning Curve.  Tom's new "mother company" is called Round 2.  Tom rehired Dave Metzner to be "the guy" in control of quality & all the model stuff.  As for what's being produced now & what's to come, here's some photos from WonderFest in Louisville, KY USA from this past July.  Some Trek kits as well as others.
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05245.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05246.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05247.jpg

Tom has the rights to all MPC, AMT & the PL molds.  The old 18" AMT classic Enterprise is now out in stores with a collective tin version coming in February.  You can see some car kits as well as the two Mach 5 kits & all of PL's Trek kits, which are now out, too.  

As for what's on the horizion, check out the 1:1 scale poster of the Star Trek Akira class ship from "First Contact"!!  It's about 20" long!  There's also going to be a 1/350 classic Enterprise released in 2010, coming in at just inder 3 feet long!!!

As for Mobius, they have no connection to PL or Round 2.  A guy named Frank owns Mobius, who formerly owned, IIRC, a shop called "Doll & Hobby".  Frustrated by the end of PL & knowing what could have come from them, he opened up his own business.  Incidently, Frank has a whole bunch of very cool kits that have just hit the market!
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05232.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05231.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05228.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/ ... C05233.jpg

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Thanks for filling in the gaps. It's nice to know that what I've been told was fairly accurate.

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Does that mean we might see re-releases of some of the old MPC cars that Airfix marketed here back in the early 1980's?

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It's possible.  I say visit Round 2's website & write to them with suggestions.

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Does anyone know if Round 2 has a UK distributor?

I'm after the re-released UFO Interplanetary Mystery Ship, but don't want to go to the trouble of importing one form the States if I can avoid it.

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Frogman- It can't hurt to ask them!  Go to their webiste & inquire.  If you have trouble with that, drop me a line & I'll see if I can find one for you & ship it at cost.  :D

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Prince of Styrene II:278426 wrote:
Frogman- It can't hurt to ask them!  Go to their webiste & inquire.  If you have trouble with that, drop me a line & I'll see if I can find one for you & ship it at cost.  :D


Thanks, that's a most kind offer. However, in the meantime I'll contact Round 2 re UK distribution. I'll post their response here.

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I think the UK distributor is Amerang
http://www.amerang.co.uk/construction-kits.htm

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