Friday, October 14, 2011


Last year the Bride of Frankenstein turned 75, but -- you know what? -- she still looks great! So great, in fact, that Steve Yagher couldn't keep his hands off her . . . sculpting her, that is, for his next Aurora Box Art Tribute Kit (#6 in a series). The buzz on this resin kit is that it's one of his best ever, and that's saying a lot, 'cause Mr. Yagher is extremely talented at what he does. The tribute kits are intended to give model makers what they really wanted in an Aurora monster model -- the finished figure to look like it did on the box! Complete with lab vial and electricity bolt set, the 40-part kit is still in development. Shown here are some prototype build-ups and a fully-painted mock-up. When released, the kit will retail for about 200 bucks.

It's looking like the latest incarnation of Elvira's Movie Macabre is headed for the dumper. If I may be allowed to editorialize for a moment, I could see it coming a mile away. I mean, how many times can you watch THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE or HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND? Broadcasting nothing but public domain films may have been good for the bottom line, but certainly not for the sophisticated monster movie viewer. And maybe it's just me but it seemed like Elvira's schick was either getting old, or it just wasn't that funny this time around. Anyway, she's a pretty resilient gal and I'm sure we haven't seen the last of her.

Speaking of bottom lines, a new two-piece (you get to guess which two) resin kit of the Mistress of the Macabre is on its way. After the 7" winking action figure and the plastic model kit releases earlier, model maniacs will not be satisfied until they get a life-sized Elvira to own. Until then, you'll have to be satisfied with this, almost 2 feet tall hunka' resin. The pre-order price is $200. Looks like a nice figure, but the face is certainly not Cassandra Peterson's, in my opinion.

Last, but not least in this trio of terror model kits coming down the line, is the Vincent Price THEATRE OF BLOOD model. A little rough looking, but a fairly good image of Mr. Price. This 16" high, 16-piece kit will be offered for the low price of $150.

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