Monster Scenes

By Brian . Created on Jun 09, 2021
Hello kiddies and welcome to my next poll about a really obscure topic. (Sorry, fell into a Tales from the Crypt mode there). Back in the 1950's a company called Aurora started making plastic model kits. One of their most successful lines was based on classic movie monsters. Later, they got this idea why not a bunch a smaller monster kits and scenes kids could mix and match? Interesting concept but below are a few of what they came up with, which lead to a lot of backlash. Take your pick of what you find offensive, inappropriate or just hard to believe in this case.
Everything Else 98 votes | 12 Comments
Dr. Deadly

Dr. Deadly

The Victim

The Victim

Vampirella

Vampirella

The Pendulum

The Pendulum

The Hanging Cage

The Hanging Cage

The Animal Pit

The Animal Pit

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Dr. Deadly
Calieliza said 2 days ago
What age group? Doesn't matter..really all of them are Deadly
Brian said 2 days ago
These were all snap together kits that came with two sets of arms and legs for most the figures, so was likely aimed pre to early teens. Most the other kits Aurora did required glue. But yes, nothing wrong with kids getting into monsters, but there is a limit of what is appropriate.
The Hanging Cage
Geraldine said 3 days ago
For some reason I remember the hanging cage.
Brian said 3 days ago
These were re-released by a company called Moebius a few years back, so maybe so, or you might recall it from back in the 70's. This was actually pretty cool, the cage would open to fit some of the figures, the whole winch would work. But still troubles from it being torture equipment.
Dr. Deadly
LJP said 4 days ago
These are all creepy for me. My vote is for Dr. Deadly. I'm familiar with military model kits :)
Brian said 3 days ago
Military wasn't something I got into much other than building a model of The Arizona for my dad. I have seen some incredible military dioramas though, the detail is amazing and the companies who make such kits keep the same scale so it all fits. Besides Dr. Deadly, the original series of kits also featured the Frankenstein creature. Dracula and a Jekyll / Hyde kit were only available in Canada later after the back...
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Dr. Deadly
LJP said 3 days ago
I've bought some military model kits for gifts from a local hobby store & an online store because they were requested on the gift idea's list. This poll is peculiarly interesting. LOL. It's alright. So, which one is your pick? 😊
Dr. Deadly
M A said 4 days ago
LOL Brian! I gotta go w. Dr. Deadly and his fanged bunny. The 60s were big on monsters, The Munsters, Addams Family, etc, so they were prob trying to pick up on that, but I find them all inappropriate for any children except Wednesday and Pugsley (even Eddie Munster is too young for these, haha). Great fun for grownups, though (would Barbie fit into that hanging cage?)
Brian said 4 days ago
Haha, Doc Deadly apparently had a sort of Dr. Moreau side to him, making hybrid critters, one of which was a saber tooth rabbit, included in the the kit 'Gruesome Goodies' which came with a couple of lab tables and various beakers, vials and so forth. The second wave of these had a Giant Insect which was just available in Canada originally due to the backlash. Yes, monsters were popular in the 60's, whether funny...
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The Pendulum
trainutt said 4 days ago
Like them all, had lots of model kits from Aurora my Uncle worked for them in West Hempstead NY and always brought kits with him when he visited, wish I had them now
Brian said 4 days ago
Cool! The company started in Brooklyn NY in 1950, then as you said, moved to West Hempstead a few years later. Beside model figures, they also made aircraft and auto, as well as slot cars. Many of there kits have been re-released over the years by other companies, but the originals can be valuable now, particularly if still unmade in the box. What did your uncle do within the company, out of curiosity? As for T...
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The Victim
Aloyalirishczech said 4 days ago
Not familiar
Brian said 4 days ago
See below for more info. As for The Victim, fans of the series affectionately call her Vickie. The issue here of course was her rather scanty attire and just the notion she was intended as a victim. After the backlash, she was re-named Dr. Deadly's Daughter on packages which makes little sense considering the nature of said doctor. Aurora originally had plans for a 'Hero' figure of a buff guy in tattered clothin...
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The Hanging Cage
Connie Adams said 4 days ago
My brother had all the models. He bought them and glued them all together. He had Frankenstein, Godzilla, Dracula, Witches and a pot, Hunchback of Notredam. There was so many of them. He let cobwebs form on them to make them look even more scary. They were pretty cool.
Brian said 4 days ago
Sounds like you are familiar with the line. There were 13 total of the glue type kits, several of which were later offered by Aurora with glow in the dark parts options. I agree they were pretty cool and well detailed, I like the cobwebs idea. The Monster Scenes were smaller scale snap kits which seemed aimed at a slightly younger crowd, most the figures had two sets of arms and legs for various poses and some o...
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The Hanging Cage
Jeanette said 4 days ago
I still see this scene from the movies with the girl trapped in the cage and the star exiting the dungeon for the final time!!!!
Brian said 4 days ago
I see these in films as well. It's a prison / torture type device, so rather odd for a series aimed at young model builders.