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Collecting Monsters => Monster Kits => Topic started by: ChrisW on June 17, 2010, 07:50:46 PM

Title: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: ChrisW on June 17, 2010, 07:50:46 PM
After reading some comments in response to Mattel's new goth-doll offerings, I started analyzing my feelings in regards to the Aurora "Monster Rods" - Frankenstein's Fliver and the like. I did not like, and didn't buy, any of them as a youngster. I used to think it was that the monster's were being made fun of - but I always loved "The Munsters", "The Addams Family", monster comedy records and cartoons, monster joke cards, etc.
I realize now it was the poor spatial relationship between the "realistic" monster and the cartoon-like car. Even as a kid I recognized how ill-conceived they were. Out of all of them, "Godzilla's Go-kart" was the most successful at achieving a balance between car and driver. Had I seen that one in those days, I would have bought it. Even today it's the one I'm most pleased Polar Lights re-issued.
Any other thoughts?
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: empty13 on June 17, 2010, 08:05:04 PM
ididnt care for them wbw.

but i have a few now in line for the workbench. theyre funny.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: houseofdracula on June 17, 2010, 08:42:22 PM
I never cared much for them either.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Jim Bertges on June 17, 2010, 09:14:00 PM
I have to chime inhere and say I didn't care for them either. It's my opinion that they were rushed out in response to the success of the Ed Roth monster/car model kits.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Anton Phibes on June 17, 2010, 10:17:17 PM
I want my monsters treated with respect too. I went the extra mile and never really cared much for the Munsters, and have nothing of them in my collection. I absolutely loathed monsters on hot rods.  I dont care how much they are worth.  I would sell them if I had them and buy more items I like.  The closest thing to "caricature" style monsters I have is gigantic Frankenstein.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mcdee on June 18, 2010, 06:16:25 AM
I liked them as a kid and still do !
Would love to see custom bases made for them...
Mcdee
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Monster Bob on June 18, 2010, 08:55:16 AM


Remember at the time (1960s) hot rodding and  custom cars were huge, and among young American males, model kits and specifcally slot cars and model shop race tracks were the going thing. Aurora, one of the main forces behind the Monster phenomenon, put them all together and the Aurora Monster hot rods were the result, which seems logical. Car customizer Carl Casper was in the driver's seat behind the kit line.

The only thing that bothered me about them was the scale problem- Godzilla and Kong were almost the same size as Frankenstein, Dracula's head was too big, etc. They just weren't in scale to each other. But nostalgia-wise and as a representation of their era, I think they were fantastic. 
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mike Scott on June 18, 2010, 09:11:09 AM
The only thing that bothered me about them was the scale problem- Godzilla and Kong were almost the same size as Frankenstein, 

How could they be? Either one is gonna be an eighth of an inch tall, or the other will be 8' tall.

You also forgot to mention the "Big Daddy", "Weird-Oh" influence and that Aurora was one of the biggest makers of slot cars.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Scatter on June 18, 2010, 09:13:17 AM

Remember at the time (1960s) hot rodding and  custom cars were huge, and among young American males, model kits and specifcally slot cars and model shop race tracks were the going thing. 

Heck yeah.........I hated the kid that lived next door to me back in Waterbury in the late 60s, but I pretended to like him a great deal after he got a cool slot car track down in his basement.

I've always been a toy whore.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Monster Bob on June 18, 2010, 10:34:56 AM
How could they be? Either one is gonna be an eighth of an inch tall, or the other will be 8' tall.



A bigger Godzilla and Kong on the same size car (Like a clown on a little bicycle-scale). Still couldn't be exact scale to the others (but would look better); they are caricatures anyway-with really really bad scale.

The other problem- Frankenstein, Wolfman, and Mummy are proportioned normally to themselves, but not each other. Dracula is way out of wack with all of them and has an oversized Remco head to boot. Kong and Godzilla were later afterthoughts, but it would have looked better to make them 3X bigger on a hot rod in scale to the other monster's hot rods. Really, if brought Godzilla's GoCart up to size in scale to his real size, it would be as big as a building. Who "built" and works on it...Kong I guess would be the only thing big enough. Apparently they'd have to be each other's mechanics!

Like I said, I love the line for its nostalgia value, but I personally would have handled the execution a little differently.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mike Scott on June 18, 2010, 11:04:59 AM
Kong and Godzilla were later afterthoughts, but it would have looked better to make them 3X bigger . .

Then they would have had the "Big Frankie" curse. Kids wouldn't have been able to afford them.  :D
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Opera Ghost on June 18, 2010, 11:34:55 AM
Yes, I confess, I too, never cared for them either.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Gasport on June 18, 2010, 12:24:28 PM
Yeah, a rushed attempt to cash in on the Ed Roth-Weird-Oh craze. I do however enjoy seeing the pimped out versions of these kits that the hardcore kit builders churn out.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: MDG on June 18, 2010, 12:38:29 PM
Actually, I like them a lot--I think the Drac, Kong, and Godzilla were most successful (in terms of design) because they were a little "loosened up" from the original characters--I don't think Drac wore a cap in any other incarnation.

They were another thing from my youth that I had totally forgotten about until I saw a picture of them in the mid-90s.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: LundyAfterMidnight on June 18, 2010, 03:00:29 PM
I like them & practically anything from the 1960's monster boom. I'd like to see them reissued as toys.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: lappys22 on June 18, 2010, 04:29:29 PM
I liked the box art. The models not so much.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Universal Steve on June 19, 2010, 12:14:10 AM
Not a giant fan of the them but I got them anyway because they were monster related items. I have built a few cars over the years but I really don't like to. This is why I have the Kitbuilders Munster Coach finished but have the Dragula only just started.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Street Worm on June 19, 2010, 08:27:18 AM
They weren't all that great but I always saw them as the
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of model kits-

"Hey! You got Monsters on my Finks!"
"Hey! You got Finks on my Monsters!"
  ;D

What they should have done is make the Monsters "Secret Agents",
then they would have covered most all of my '60s influences~ :)
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mike Scott on June 19, 2010, 12:41:34 PM
What they should have done is make the Monsters "Secret Agents",
then they would have covered most all of my '60s influences~ :)


(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/7661/yolt.jpg)

Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: BANE on June 19, 2010, 01:27:50 PM
Not a giant fan of the them but I got them anyway because they were monster related items. I have built a few cars over the years but I really don't like to. This is why I have the Kitbuilders Munster Coach finished but have the Dragula only just started.

And this is how I feel about the Monster Scenes.  They suck as models.  No detail etc.  I ONLY got them because they were monster related items. 
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Monster Bob on June 19, 2010, 06:55:01 PM


Judging any of these kits today, with 40-50 year old eyes really isn't fair. They were meant for 10 year olds, and to a 10 year old boy in the 1960s, they were as badass as it got. In contrast, the Sideshow stuff was/is made for men (and old men) and half of what they produce is kinda lame. I think Aurora, for the style and market they were shooting for, did all right, for the time.

[Just wish they were better in scale to each other (!)]
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: ChrisW on June 20, 2010, 08:06:09 PM

Judging any of these kits today, with 40-50 year old eyes really isn't fair. They were meant for 10 year olds, and to a 10 year old boy in the 1960s, they were as badass as it got. In contrast, the Sideshow stuff was/is made for men (and old men) and half of what they produce is kinda lame. I think Aurora, for the style and market they were shooting for, did all right, for the time.

[Just wish they were better in scale to each other (!)]

Well, looking at the response above, from a very biased sampling, it seems as if they did miss the mark.  Like I said, Ididn't care for them and didn't buy them, even with the FM Captain Company hoopla. I did buy Weird-Ohs, Freddy Flypogger and Rat Fink caracatures and cars, tho. 
I have to agree with other's comments -  Aurora had the Universal Monster license, and wanted to take advantage of the car/monster craze popularized by Ed Roth and Hawk. I can't blame them at all, and only wish they were better realized...

Yea, the paintings were nice, but even James Bama refused to do any more , saying that they were "trash"!
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: houseofdracula on June 20, 2010, 09:34:52 PM
The biggest problem that I had with these kits was the Dracula kit itself.
Being that (Lugosi's) Dracula is my favorite Monster,...
 I might have bought these kits for the nostalgia factor BUT for some strange reason, they made Dracula different from the rest with this giant sized, Pufnstuf, Bobble Head looking Head. 

Why?


Therefore, when built and painted and placed side by side, Dracula looks out of place.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: ChrisW on June 21, 2010, 09:40:54 PM
The biggest problem that I had with these kits was the Dracula kit itself...
 for some strange reason, they made Dracula different from the rest with this giant sized, Pufnstuf, Bobble Head looking Head. 

Why?

Therefore, when built and painted and placed side by side, Dracula looks out of place.

True. Even with their odd design sense, they didn't stay within those basic boundaries.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Dr.Terror on June 22, 2010, 01:15:18 AM
Unlike most caricature monster stuff, these didn't overly do it. They still looked exactly like the monsters, just in goofy cars.   I really dig em.

If the drivers of the cars looked like sideshow little big heads, then I'd be upset. IMO they were horrible and looked nothing like the monsters. Or worse yet, that horrible set of childrens books that came out a few years ago.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Monster Bob on June 22, 2010, 05:58:23 AM
Unlike most caricature monster stuff, these didn't overly do it. They still looked exactly like the monsters, just in goofy cars.   I really dig em.

If the drivers of the cars looked like sideshow little big heads, then I'd be upset. IMO they were horrible and looked nothing like the monsters.

Agreed!

Quote
Or worse yet, that horrible set of childrens books that came out a few years ago.


What books are those?

Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Monster Bob on June 22, 2010, 06:00:57 AM
I like them & practically anything from the 1960's monster boom. I'd like to see them reissued as toys.


Me too! They were originally planned to be a line of slot cars also.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: LundyAfterMidnight on June 22, 2010, 07:19:54 AM

Me too! They were originally planned to be a line of slot cars also.
THAT would've been GREAT!
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mcdee on June 22, 2010, 05:40:00 PM
Purely a matter of choice...
I loved them then...
...and I love them now....
Mcdee
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on June 23, 2010, 09:13:48 PM
I grew up with the original Aurora kits. They were my fondest toy memories, but I will never understand the negative comparisons to Sideshow. The 8" and 12" Sideshows were the very best looking monster toys ever. There was absolutely nothing lame about them (not to mention that they included more than the same cliched "big six"monsters in their lines). The only regret I have is that they weren't around when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: monsterswin on June 24, 2010, 06:07:34 PM

 Same here. Back when I was a kid I didn't like them too much. Now I think they are pretty cool. Have all the PL reissues and ONE of these days will get around to building some.


      Robert T.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Scatter on June 24, 2010, 06:20:09 PM
Same here. Back when I was a kid I didn't like them too much. Now I think they are pretty cool. Have all the PL reissues and ONE of these days will get around to building some.


      Robert T.


The Nostalgia Factor.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: monsterswin on June 25, 2010, 09:35:37 AM
The Nostalgia Factor.


     Yeah that's definitely part of the equation.


         Robert
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on June 25, 2010, 10:08:12 AM
Hey, MonsterBob, why the unfair and unprovoked slam on Sideshow? Your comment that their product is "lame" is mean-spirited and completely untrue. Don't you realise that about half the people on this site collect and cherish these things? Why must you insult us? I get it, your stuff is superior because it's at least forty years old, covered in dust, and made for children.Your statement about Sideshow making old man toys may not be alltogether untrue, but don't you realize that most of us ARE old men. Playing in the bathtub with soakies doesn't cut it anymore. Don't get me wrong, I'm a sixties monsterkid. I pray to the altar of Aurora and Marx, but I would have killed for Sideshow or Billiken back then. I hope I'm not being too harsh, but the constant put-downs by ye ole vintage collectors is draining and disrespectful. Don't put down my stuff and I won't laugh at your Lincoln figures....fair?
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Monster Bob on June 25, 2010, 11:04:54 AM
Just my opinion, but for me it seems about half of what Sideshow does disappoints me, execution-wise. And not necessarily limited to the monster stuff.

Don't get me wrong- I think alot of their stuff is really good . Most of the earlier monster stuff, the 8" and 12" dolls were fine. A few issues here and there (like the Frankensteins), but overall good for the price. And then they got greedy.

Blatent example- their 1956 Elvis Presley "premium" figure. Boy, did I have high hopes on that one. Absolutely horrible. Looks like they used the singing Elvis telephone as a model (but it looked much better). Too skinny, facial sculpt terrible. And overpriced to boot.

(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/ep1.jpg)
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/ep2.jpg)

Especially in the last few years, the prices have gotten out of line, and it seems the likenesses are crapshoots. If you're going to charge $350 for something, at least make it look good! And when they produce an exceptional looking figure, they limit it to 50 made...HUH? [example that comes quickly to mind- the Ardeth Bey bust and some of the James Bond stuff]. I'm sure there are alot of guys that think the same way about some of their more current creations- the ones that sell out in 3 hours.

Not knocking anyone who enjoys their figures. I have the Dracula/Renfield "stairs" figure myself and like it plenty. It's just that over time, and overall as a company, they have disappointed me again and again, to the point where I really don't pay much attention to their new stuff anymore. I am of the mindset that just because it's a monster doesn't mean I'm going to buy it, particularly if I don't like it.



Again, just one dog's opinion.  ;D


Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on June 25, 2010, 01:44:09 PM
I only look at their classic monster line and can find little fault in them. Yes, the Elvis is a piece of crap as is their Chris Lee Count Duku and many other recent ones. But when I hear someone complaining about the monster 8" and 12" lines and then turn around and praise Lincoln, Palmer,and to a slightly less degree AHI, I see a contradiction. The Sideshow people were genuine Universal fans and made sure that the original figures were as accurate as possible and even included amazing accessories like Talbot's walking stick and a jar with an abnormal brain for Frankie (not to mention all the great characters that had never seen the light of day before...Ygor, Talbot, Renfield, G. Strange Frankie etc.) It burns me to see people praising Lincoln, Remco, Mego and in the same breath putting down a truly great company like Sideshow. Most of those vintage figures looked like they had been sculpted by people who had never even seen the movies (Aurora and Marx excluded...they were truly exceptional). The companies put those out to cash in on the monster craze. They had no real passion for the Uni monsters like Sideshow did in the beginning. I will agree that the last few years have been sloppy and profit-driven,but that shouldn't detract from the beautiful, honorable work they did those first few years. I dare anyone to post side by side comparison pics of Sideshow and any other mass-produced figures of the same Universal monster.....there's no contest.Sorry about the run-on setences and grammar.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Scatter on June 25, 2010, 04:39:09 PM
Just my opinion, but for me it seems about half of what Sideshow does disappoints me, execution-wise. And not necessarily limited to the monster stuff.

Don't get me wrong- I think alot of their stuff is really good . Most of the earlier monster stuff, the 8" and 12" dolls were fine. A few issues here and there (like the Frankensteins), but overall good for the price. And then they got greedy.

Blatent example- their 1956 Elvis Presley "premium" figure. Boy, did I have high hopes on that one. Absolutely horrible. Looks like they used the singing Elvis telephone as a model (but it looked much better). Too skinny, facial sculpt terrible. And overpriced to boot.

([url]http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/ep1.jpg[/url])
([url]http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/ep2.jpg[/url])

Especially in the last few years, the prices have gotten out of line, and it seems the likenesses are crapshoots. If you're going to charge $350 for something, at least make it look good! And when they produce an exceptional looking figure, they limit it to 50 made...HUH? [example that comes quickly to mind- the Ardeth Bey bust and some of the James Bond stuff]. I'm sure there are alot of guys that think the same way about some of their more current creations- the ones that sell out in 3 hours.

Not knocking anyone who enjoys their figures. I have the Dracula/Renfield "stairs" figure myself and like it plenty. It's just that over time, and overall as a company, they have disappointed me again and again, to the point where I really don't pay much attention to their new stuff anymore. I am of the mindset that just because it's a monster doesn't mean I'm going to buy it, particularly if I don't like it.



Again, just one dog's opinion.  ;D





I love Sideshow, but I have to agree with Bob on some key points. And the Elvis figure is a perfect example. I'm an enormous Elvis fan, and I wouldn't buy that figure. The sculpt just doesn't get it. Especially not for the bread they charge. Other things they've done are amazing, but the artificial limits on the product keep them out of my hands too.

Overall, they're the best in the field at what they do, but there is definitely a "hit and miss" element here that isn't in line with their pricing.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Dr.Terror on June 26, 2010, 02:39:07 PM
The problem with Sideshow is they  don't make toys, they make instant collectibles.     The monster rods in a sense were toys and capture whats cool about monster toys, a bit cartoony or exaggerated but all monster.   The sideshow stuff is neat, but it doesn't have that warm and fuzzy feeling of a vintage or retro styled toy.   Other than the 8" and 12"  its either too stylized (little big heads)  or just grossly overpriced and hardy any bang for the buck (premium format).    For me the Sideshow stuff just isn't fun.   
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: monsterswin on June 26, 2010, 02:54:53 PM

   Have to agree with some of thee griping about Sideshow. I own ALL of the 8" and 13" monsters and (except for the Karloff Frankenstein in the 13" line) they nailed them all pretty damn well. The 8" ones are the best, but a White Zombie? Fred March Hyde? Kudos to them for producing those.

  Yes, they did get greedy. To charge as much as they do I expect something to wow me and many times they don't. The premium figures are pretty cool, but the price might not reflect that!

   I have the way cool Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, but not those really expensive busts. Also I have seen super hero statues that are twice as much (or more) than any Bowen versions and NONE of the Sideshow statues can hold a candle to Bowen. Even though they costs a lot more !

   Based on everything I have seen they are pretty hit and miss. Thank god I don't collect Star Wars stuff, but if I did I would own some of the Sideshow stuff. "Some" of it means that  some looks great others not so much. Of course then there are those sky high "collectors" prices.


      Robert T.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on June 27, 2010, 09:34:49 PM
When I praise Sideshow I'm only referring to the 8" and 12" lines. Those are IMO the very best representations of the Uni monsters in toy form. While I do enjoy the premium format figures, the only reason I have them is because I got them all at cost. They are grossly over-priced indeed. I'm more wowed by high-quality sculpts than by sentimental or nostalgic considerations. I would buy all those amazing garage kits except for the fact that I have absolutely on modeler talent. That's why I settlle for the Sideshow high-end stuff. I did buy some incredible, built-up Bama Aurora art kits. Those are the best of the best (today's high-quality sculpts meet yesterday's aesthetics).
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: monsterswin on June 28, 2010, 10:50:31 AM
When I praise Sideshow I'm only referring to the 8" and 12" lines. Those are IMO the very best representations of the Uni monsters in toy form. While I do enjoy the premium format figures, the only reason I have them is because I got them all at cost. They are grossly over-priced indeed. I'm more wowed by high-quality sculpts than by sentimental or nostalgic considerations. I would buy all those amazing garage kits except for the fact that I have absolutely on modeler talent. That's why I settlle for the Sideshow high-end stuff. I did buy some incredible, built-up Bama Aurora art kits. Those are the best of the best (today's high-quality sculpts meet yesterday's aesthetics).


  Agreed that the 8" and 13" are the best toy representations around. Except for the Karloff Mummy. That one needed special work and it wasn't done. Some kind of padding underneath the bandages would have helped. They just wrapped the bandages around the doll figure and it looks kind of crummy. One of these days (and I have a long list of stuff like this) I am going to bash that one. Take the bandages off, fill it out better, re color the bandages etc. Of course like all these kinds of doll lines the other disappointment are the bodies. They have to use the same bodies for every doll. Obviously to keep it cost effective they have to do this, but how cool would it be to have different shaped/sized bodies on the 13" line?


      Robert T.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on June 28, 2010, 07:54:49 PM
Ironically enough, the Mummy is the most saught after of the lot. I don't really see the problem since Karloff himself was quite skinny.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Opera Ghost on June 29, 2010, 11:24:20 AM
That FIGURES. It was the only one that I bought/ assembled. Have no recollect whatever happened to it.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: empty13 on June 29, 2010, 07:44:06 PM
that isnt elvis. it's bobby darin.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on June 29, 2010, 08:02:41 PM
Neither, it's Mr. Ed. Look at the teeth!
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: houseofdracula on June 30, 2010, 12:17:20 PM
For those that don't know, Jeff Yagher has sculpted some of the Monsters for Sideshow.  I THINK that he did the statues only but I could be wrong.  Either way, you can't beat a Yagher sculpt.

My ONLY problem with Sideshow is the Co$t but that's how most things are these days.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Scatter on July 02, 2010, 06:09:42 PM
 It's a terrible Elvis, but not a half-bad Rob Schneider.
 
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g107/backlotcharlie/ep2.jpg)  (http://www.joshbuster.com/images/Actors/Rob%20Schneider.jpg)
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Unknown Primate on July 02, 2010, 09:50:02 PM
Rob Schneider -  ;D...
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Universal Steve on July 06, 2010, 01:29:38 PM
For those that don't know, Jeff Yagher has sculpted some of the Monsters for Sideshow.  I THINK that he did the statues only but I could be wrong.  Either way, you can't beat a Yagher sculpt.

My ONLY problem with Sideshow is the Co$t but that's how most things are these days.

Jeff is my favorite sculpter. I miss the garage kits. I still hang onto the hope that he can work something out so he can finish the box art series.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mord on July 06, 2010, 08:00:12 PM
House of Drac, I completely agree with your assessment of Jeff Yagher. The man is absolutely brilliant! What Sideshow sculptures are you referring to... the dioramas or the premium formats? The Dracula/Renfield one has a Yagher look to it.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mitchellmania on July 07, 2010, 11:32:17 AM
I didn't know about the monster cars back in the 1960's, I just saw the regular Aurora monsters at the stores.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Hepcat on January 07, 2011, 10:45:49 AM
I liked the box art. The models not so much.

I agree. The box art by James Bama was fabulous as always. The kits not so much, partially because of the scale factor.

The other problem associated with these kits is that the cars had plastic wheels and tires when the better quality car kits from the day all had metal axles, chromed plastic wheels and rubber tires. I was quite disappointed in the overall look of the Frankenstein's Flivver that i built due to the wheel deficiency.

I have the Frankenstein's Flivver, Dracula's Dragster and Wolfman's Wagon in my collection now but I still need a Mummy's Chariot, King Kong's Thronester and Godzilla's Go-Kart.

 8)
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Horror Sanctum on January 24, 2011, 09:04:17 PM
After reading some comments in response to Mattel's new goth-doll offerings, I started analyzing my feelings in regards to the Aurora "Monster Rods" - Frankenstein's Fliver and the like. I did not like, and didn't buy, any of them as a youngster. I used to think it was that the monster's were being made fun of - but I always loved "The Munsters", "The Addams Family", monster comedy records and cartoons, monster joke cards, etc.
I realize now it was the poor spatial relationship between the "realistic" monster and the cartoon-like car. Even as a kid I recognized how ill-conceived they were. Out of all of them, "Godzilla's Go-kart" was the most successful at achieving a balance between car and driver. Had I seen that one in those days, I would have bought it. Even today it's the one I'm most pleased Polar Lights re-issued.
Any other thoughts?

TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!
The were too odd looking for me and they made fun of the monsters I loved so much.
I understand they were tongue in cheek, but they just didn't interest me at all.
I have thought many times of buying them on ebay, but I know I would never build them.
BTW I loved the ODD ROD cards. These just didn't do it for me.
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: toys-of-terror on January 24, 2011, 09:41:37 PM
Don't really care for them either, When i see the sideshow little big head guys with skateboards or the wrestler monsters these come to mind. I hate the wrestling monsters
Title: Re: Why I didn't like the Aurora" Monster Rods"
Post by: Mcdee on January 24, 2011, 11:05:27 PM
I think they are Great! Still have all the Originals ;D...
Still cool in my books...
Mcdee