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Tuesday, 20 July 2021
POST FROM THE PAST: FREAKY FRANKIE FIGURE IS FINALLY FOUND - NOT FAR OFF FORTY FLIPPIN' YEARS AFTER THE FACT...
Look at the above ad, published on the back of various DC comicbooks in the early 1970s. I'd have first seen this around '71 or early '72, and so impressed was I with the idea of a pocket-sized FRANKENSTEIN that I customized an old MAJOR MATT MASON figure to fit the role. First, I cut up a black polythene bag to make a sombre suit, and then used a BIC biro to administer some scars and the familiar Frankie fringe. In his black outfit and complement of facial dis-figurements, ol' Matt cut quite a dash as a suitable stand-in for Boris.
However, it was the second ad (above) that prompted me to scour the back streets of BLACKPOOL (in '73 or '74) in a vain search for this elusive figure. British holiday resorts were great places for being able to obtain obscure items that never seemed to reach other parts of the U.K. I'd been able to buy pristine condition copies of various MARVEL mags (FF and SILVER SURFER) from the 1960s, straight off the spinner-racks in newsagents at cover price (this was in '73 or '74, remember), so it was hardly outwith the bounds of possibility that older toys and model kits were likewise available from the same outlets. (And some were.)
Sadly, in the case of this particular Frankie kit, it was not to be, and I had to wait nearly 40 years until MOEBIUS reissued this model (a
couple or so *good many* years back now) to finally get my hands on this collectors' item classic. Guess what though? Not too long after acquiring this figure, an original AURORA one found its way into my possession, a gift from a generous benefactor. Guess it must be true what they say - "All things come to he who waits."
I certainly hope so. You see, the sensational SALMA HAYEK is also on my wants-list of coveted prizes, and it surely can't hurt to be optimistic.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, July 20, 2021