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Friday, 2 May 2014
1966 AURORA AD...
Remember all those great AURORA superhero and glow-in-the-
dark monster kits from the '60s & '70s? You probably won't if you're
under 35, but to people my age, these plastic assembly kits were one of
the things that made childhood so much fun. Building things doesn't seem
to be something that modern kids are interested in - they'd much rather be
out destroying bus shelters and park benches than know the joy of actually
creating something with their own two hands. Instead of proudly holding
up a model kit and saying to their friends "I built and painted this!", they
much prefer to point out their latest act of vandalism and crow "That
was me and big Stef - we wuz out our effin' heads man. Effin'
brilliant fun!" Oh, don't get me started.
I'm lucky enough to own several original Aurora kits, plus quite
a few of the reissues by MONOGRAM, MOEBIUS and POLAR
LIGHTS that have been made available over the years since the sad
demise of the original manufacturer in the dim and distant days of 1978.
One day I may even get around to assembling and painting them. Anyway,
for all those nostalgic old fogeys like myself, here's an ad that appeared in
THE NEW YORK TIMES way back in 1966. Truly, it only seems like
yesterday that such great kits could be seen in toyshops the length and
breadth of Britain (and other countries of course). Ah, for such great
and glorious days again! Anybody got an old time machine they
don't want? And I ain't talkin' clocks or watches.
Posted by Kid at Friday, May 02, 2014