MONARCH MODELS IS BACK!!!

Started by StyreneDude, August 02, 2018, 02:16:09 PM

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vayapues

#30
Well, it's not quite down to that question of literalness. It's more a question of paying homage to an arguably classic piece of monster craftsmanship.

Should a model of KING KONG look like Marcel Delgado's brilliantly styled stop-mo puppet, or should it look like the various cool, generic hairy monsters from the 1933 ad art? In this case, this new model was a missed chance to depict the venerable, distinctive Barrows suit -- for the 1st time -- in what is probably its best-known showcase. A shame, because in general the model looks swell.

Hepcat

#31
Quote from: vayapues on May 02, 2021, 08:24:16 PMWell, it's not quite down to that question of literalness. It's more a question of paying homage to an arguably classic piece of monster craftsmanship.

The face sculpt of the Monarch model actually looks very much like that of Konga on the movie posters:







Quote from: vayapues on May 02, 2021, 08:24:16 PM...in general the model looks swell.

I agree. And I have to give kudos to Monarch for issuing (I hope anyway) a styrene kit of another previously overlooked film star. Gorgo needs a ring partner!

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Buzzybean

Never saw the movie but that's a boss kit!

BijouBob8mm

#33
Quote from: Buzzybean on May 03, 2021, 11:06:31 PM
Never saw the movie but that's a boss kit!

It's probably the most over-the-top of all the Herman Cohen/Michael Gough outings (which is saying a lot!)  All of those are entertaining, just not always in the way intended.  ;)

And then there's that snap-together kit from the Seventies of the 1976 KING KONG straddling the Twin Towers.  Doesn't look like what we see in the film or in the poster....

Anton Phibes

 The Fly has beaten Konga or anything else out of the gates, and onto our shores, and he is creating qute a "buzz" ;D ;).

After many years, set backs, and even going out of business for a spell: Monarch is back.

UNBOXING VIDEO; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOHL3sb74Jw





Anton Phibes

I must admit I was a tad disappointed that the original long box homage design from Aurora's hey day couldn't be continued (due to rising costs of everything ,I suppose). This kit is $60 ish bucks without that feature. I imagine it would've been closer to 75 or 80 with the long box and shrinkwrap.

Fortunately, I secured a sample box from Monarch's original plan for the kit from Scott, shortly before they originally shuttered.  I can always take the parts and....transport them.... from one box to the other. ;D ;D ;D ;D




Hepcat

Quote from: Anton Phibes on January 23, 2023, 08:14:39 PMThe Fly has beaten Konga or anything else out of the gates, and onto our shores, and he is creating qute a "buzz" ;D ;).


Hey, wow! The monster kid part of me loves the fact that that the styrene parts come in three different bright colours.

Quote from: Anton Phibes on January 23, 2023, 08:20:07 PMI must admit I was a tad disappointed that the original long box homage design from Aurora's hey day couldn't be continued (due to rising costs of everything ,I suppose). This kit is $60 ish bucks without that feature. I imagine it would've been closer to 75 or 80 with the long box and shrinkwrap.

I'm with you. I would have preferred the original long box design as well. I don't understand though why a box with a slightly different shape would have added a whopping $15-$20 to the price of the kit.

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Anton Phibes

Quote from: Hepcat on January 23, 2023, 09:44:28 PM
Hey, wow! The monster kid part of me loves the fact that that the styrene parts come in three different bright colours.

I'm with you. I would have preferred the original long box design as well. I don't understand though why a box with a slightly different shape would have added a whopping $15-$20 to the price of the kit.

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I'm speculating there, but hear me out. Freight is sky high. I know he had the kits sealed in the baggies sent to him in Canada from China. I am thinking he had the boxes printed in his area. Gas prices, shipping prices, and even paper prices have gone through the roof. I also know the finished kit pictured isn't shrink wrapped, but rather held with a tape seal.

MonsterBaker666

#38
I was never a fan of the square boxes.  Love the long boxes.  Can't understand why square boxes would be cheaper to make and ship.  Atlantis is releasing some kits in square boxes and some in long boxes.  Same price I believe.

Anton Phibes

Did you look at the unboxing video? The box it is packaged in is kind of flimsy. He may have made them up himself. Monarch is a labor of love more than an industry. This, plus no shrinkwrap, has me more or less convinced its related to cost.

MonsterBaker666

Ahhhhh....flimsy boxes - sure hope they arrive undamaged. 

Perhaps he should work with another company like Atlantis.  But in the long run, it's really the model itself that counts, and they do make some cool kits.

Wolfman

Won a bid on eBay for a professionally painted build up of The Fly. It will immediately go into the display case next to all the other B-movie monster kits. Not a fan of the square box, so I can do without it.

JP

Hepcat

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Wolfman

Quote from: Hepcat on January 24, 2023, 08:50:53 PM
Is the painter anyone we know?

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He goes by the moniker "the-quiet-man". He has another Fly listed on eBay now.

JP

Monster Mafia

Maybe the bigger box for the fly was used to accommodate the parts and sprues?