Updated: September 11, 2010
CREATURE POLAR LIGHTS KIT
The Polar Lights exact reissue of the Aurora classic the
"Creature From The Black Lagoon". Released in the coveted
Collector's "long box" as it first appeared in the '60's.
out of production, these long box reissues are already rapidly
increasing in value because they Look So close to the originals
and It's doubtful they'll be released in this fashion again.
Creature From the Black Lagoon Kit
Original Kit Issued: 1963 - 1968
Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1994, 1999
Part of the third wave of classic Aurora monsters, this is
an intriguing kit due to its startling contradictions. The
figure is incredibly accurate when compared to movie stills and film
footage, yet the diorama's iguana-beast is totally implausible, and the
skeleton hand seems almost cartoonish.
The overall effect, however, is quite handsome, with the Creature's pose
reminiscent of famous publicity photos.
The Creech has always been a fave of mine. Such primeval terror, a true
"In the beginning of time as the gasses cooled, the planet Earth became
covered with oceans. As the waters receeded and continents were formed,
life moved from the water to the land. From this primeval slime 150
million years ago came a Creature so horrible as to be unbelievable. At
least ten feet tall, it was neither fish nor human but a hideous
combination of both. Instead of hands and feet it had long webbed claws.
It was completely covered with scales. Down the center of its back was a
double row of fins. Its head was ghastly to behold. The eye's were without
benefit of eyelids. The mouth was a wide slash across the face, constantly
pulsating. There was no real nose. Where ears should have been there were
gills throbbing like the mouth.
PLASTIC: Metallic Green
BOX SIZE: 13"X5"X2"
x GLOW KIT SPECS:
PLASTIC: Metallic Green & Luminous
BOX SIZE: 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"
This was the sixth Aurora classic kit I built, and I am
particularly proud of my work here. I used red putty on
all seams, sanded it down lightly, then carved scales
into the putty to disguise the joins. The effect is very
convincingly "fishy" and virtually undetectible.
Through several gradient layers of paint, from deep
blue-green to bright chartreuse, I created depth and
texture.The rock and sand are both washed with a
glossy green-brown slime for that "wet" look,
The "Frightening Lightning" boxes were so similar to the original long
boxes, featuring only a graphic bolt of lightning containing the
glow-in-the-dark info, that they didn't move very quickly at first. Aurora
pulled the kits from the shelves and the packaging underwent a complete
redesign, which resulted in the familiar square boxes issued from
1969-1975. The great James Bama was brought back to do a touch-up on his
gouaches, adding the eerie yellow-green glow about the faces and hands.
Along with the six previously released FL kits, Aurora also released The
Creature, The Hunchback, Dr. Jekyll, King Kong, Godzilla and The Witch,
making a total of twelve monsters in the "Glow in the Dark" series.
Starring: Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Nestor Paiva
Director: Jack Arnold
The last Classic Universal Monster. Excellent film
about the discovery of a prehistoric man-fish hold-
over from prehistoric days. A brilliant monster
design, still unequalled today. Originally presented
in 3-D, this film features some gorgeous underwater
sequences -- Ricou Browning's swimming scenes
in the Creature costume are astonishingly realistic.
Browning later made a career of underwater film-
making (he choreographed the underwater battle in