Original Kit Issued: 1964 - 1968

Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1992, 2000

Smashing his way through the jungle treeline, with a kicking,
screaming damsel clenched in his fist, King Kong cuts a
mighty figure. This kit features a highly detailed jungle scene
base with lots of cool lizards and snakes and trees and such.
There is a pretty obvious problem with scale here; either those are sapling palms and monitor lizards, or Miss Ann Darrow has really been eating her Wheaties! This
kit has always been a favorite of mine. In fact, it is one of only two original kits to survive, more or
less intact, from my childhood.

"As weeks passed, the crew became disturbed at the secrecy of the voyage. Only the producer
knew the destination. They were also disturbed by the great quantity of ammunition and gas
bombs on board, enough to launch a fullscale war. Finally, the crew insisted upon knowing the
destination, so the producer asked if they had ever heard of King Kong. Of course they had, since
it was a Malay superstition that most sailors had heard at one time or another. He told them that it
was not a superstition, and he had the only existing map of the legendary island where Kong lived.
Skull Island was their destination!"

Original Promotional Copy from Instruction Sheet

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Original Longbox

KIT # 468
SCALE: 1/30
PLASTIC: Black & Tan
BOX SIZE: 13"X7"X2"

KIT # 465
SCALE: 1/30
PLASTIC: Dk. Brn, Lt. Grn & Luminous
BOX SIZE: 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"

My restored 1972 Glow Kit

These are photos of my original 1969 issue glow-in-the-dark kit that I just recently finished restoring. I purchased a Polar Lights re-issue to replace missing parts, but I had to make some of my own treetops as they are not in the PL kit.

1964 brought a few changes for the Aurora Longbox Monsters series. Until then, all kits had been based on popular monsters of roughly human proportion. The two new kits that year, Godzilla and King Kong broke that tradition, and were released in a scale other than the more or less standard 1/8. Godzilla was sculpted at roughly 1/200 scale, while Kong is closer to 1/30.


"KING KONG" - 1933

Studio: RKO

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Starring: Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Fay Wray
Director: Merian C. Cooper

This landmark in special effects monster films
was the Jurassic Park of its day, the title monster
mirroring the evils of greed just as Jurassic
reflected the evils of tampering with nature.
Coming as it did a scant few years after the stock
market crash put an end to the decadence of the
Roaring Twenties, Kong shows how the selfish
ambitions of one man brought ruin to an entire city.

Armstrong, as producer Carl Denham, travels to a mythical island to shoot a jungle picture, discovers
the giant ape called Kong and, instead of being
frightened away by it, only sees the fame and riches such a creature could bring him. The results are disastrous, of course, as Denham's blind ambition rips through Manhattan until it is finally shot from the top of the Empire State Building. As all good monster films should, this film works on two levels: aside from being scary and entertaining, Kong is an allegorical self-flagellation for the excesses of an earlier decade.
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Read the Original NEW YORK TIMES Review of the 1933 film
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