Original Kit Issued: 1963 - 1968

Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1983, 1991, 1998

Fifth in the original line-up, this kit sports the Lon Chaney, Jr. make-up from the '40s flicks. I always thought the withered hand and blind eye were quite creepy.
   
"Examining the tomb further they discovered another door over which was an inscription in hieroglyphics. Deciphered, it read, "Death will come on swift pinions to those who disturb the rest of Anahnka." A sentinel figure guarded the door. On the mummy case of the figure were protective formulas of adjuration to "frighten away the enemy of Anahnka in whatever form he may come." Another inscription yielded the fact that the case contained the mummy of Kharis, a high priest, who was to protect Anahnka in death."

Excerpt from Promotional Copy on Original Instruction Sheet
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ORIGINAL SPECS:
KIT # 427
SCALE: 1/8
PLASTIC: Lt. Grey
BOX SIZE: 13"X5"X2"
GLOW KIT SPECS:
KIT # 452
SCALE: 1/8
PLASTIC: Lt. Grey & Luminous
BOX SIZE: 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"
 

My Finished Kit:

This was the first Aurora classic re-issue kit I built. I
hadn't been aware of the re-issues of the old monsters
until I came across one in a Toys R Us. Suddenly, I
was transported back to my golden childhood days
of glue and paint in the garage. Great times.

I remembered a pact I made with a couple of my
grammar school chums; we promised to pool some
of our allowance into a fund to purchase all the kits.
We each had some that were our own, but planned
to share the rest among ourselves. (Sharing-such a subversive socialist concept!)

I don't think we ever completed the set to share, so
that's what I'm doing now, and sharing it with you.

 

Enough smaltzy reminiscing!

This kit was filled and sanded diligently to blend
all seams into the wrapping. I was successful
in hiding virtually all the joins. I also used dabs of
putty to create a rough "broken stone" texture on
the back of the split column.

I painted the figure in shades imitating black-and-
white film stock, with the exception of a red pupil.
I decided to forgo the blood dripping from hand and
eye socket from the box art.

I gave the base a warm yellow-brown cast, leaving
the hieroglyph details unpainted. I think this gave it
a convincing "ancient" look. Together with the gray-
scale figure, the overall effect is of a poster painting,
or a lobby card illustration.

 

Aurora's brilliant marketing blitz in popular comic book titles of the day helped firmly establish their product line in the minds of monster-loving kids by 1963. The demand for new kits led to the release that year of kits based on characters from classic Universal movies: The Creature (from the Black Lagoon), The Mummy, and The Phantom of the Opera.

 

 
"The Mummy's Ghost" - 1944
Studio: Universal
Starring: Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Ramsay Ames
Director: Reginald LeBorg

The best and scariest of the sequels. Carradine's performance as the high priest is just short of over-the-top, and Chaney's Kharis the mummy is his best performance since The Wolfman. As usual, said mummy is in search of his late lover, Princess Ananka. He finds her soul trapped in a look-alike, and carries her off into the swamps in a terrifying climax which scared the bejesus out of me when I first saw it on TV at age 8.
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