A Mantlepiece Of Horrors


Still clearing out cupboards, I discovered my original model of this…
I had all of the Aurora model kits lined up on my childhood mantlepiece, including the rather boring Witch and Godzilla, but here’s a company that makes authentic-looking new versions of models.
In the light of shows like the near-pornographic ‘True Blood’, these kits now seem pathetically tame, descended from a charmingly innocent world before presidents got impeached and atrocities were committed in the name of faith. Would kids build such things now, or are they only for Comic-Book-Guy collectors? I’m surprised that movies don’t tie in a new generation of model kits which recreate scenes in insane detail, with millions of parts. Shouldn’t the ‘Saw’ franchise be doing that? It would have to be more fun than, say, the ‘Avatar’ video game, which already looks dated and dull.
Videogames are having a rough time in terms of sales – graphics seem to have grown stale and repetitive, so maybe it’s time for some enterprising company to bring back the kit?

One comment on “A Mantlepiece Of Horrors”

  1. J F Norris says:

    I had a lot of those Aurora models: Dr. Jekyl & Mr Hyde (the Fredric March version I think) with Hyde in a broken glass strewn and fluid dripping lab, The Phantom of the Opera with the terrifed prisoner trapped in a prison cell seen only at the feet of the phantom, Creature from the Black Lagoon (the unpainted pieces were green!), Dracula, the wolf amn and the Witch. I also chose to put all the glow in the dark pieces into my models and spooked my brother by placing the “charged” models in his bedroom at night. I vaguely remember the guillotine. I also had some models that depicted scenes from the Disney World attraction “The Haunted Mansion” and they were interactive -in one ghosts jumped out of coffins by means of rubber bands and loosely hinged (instructions warn: DO NOT GLUE THE HINGE!) coffin lids. I loved all that stuff. But I agree – part of a bygone era. I don’t think kids even climb trees anymore. …sigh… I just read Jess Walter’s great satiric novel THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS and there is a scene where the ptrotagonist’s kids help build a fort with their father and grandfather and when it’s done they go inside sit down on the floor and play with their Gameboys. How’s that for the 21st child’s imagination? Pretty accurate, I think, even if in a novel.

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