Archive for January, 2013

New photos! The Animal Pit, under construction

Posted in General info on January 26, 2013 by Monster Scenes®

We thought you’d like to see progress on the Animal Pit. We’ve put a recent evaluation test shot into the hands of master builder Tory Mucaro. His initial reaction captures the essence of what we’re working to achieve here:

My first impression is wow, I’m actually holding styrene parts from an Aurora mold that was completed in 1972 but never went into production!

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Here are a few photos of his results so far (you can click on each for a larger view). Even though this is a somewhat complex kit – quite a feat of imaginative engineering, really – Tory reports the build has gone surprisingly well considering these molds were never 100% finalized before Aurora pulled the plug on the series.

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Tory’s bona fide linneage to Aurora gives him unique insight on this particular project, bringing up a potential for us to ponder – there’s historical value in releasing these kits in a limited fashion as they are now, allowing delivery and preservation of a true time capsule or “holy grail” (as some call it) before doing any modifications to the original tooling. We agree with Tory that this is a rare occasion. And, as Andy Yanchus confirmed, these are one-of-a-kind molds since Aurora didn’t create any duplicate tooling for these kits as they did with many of their other models.

We’ll post more updates to Tory’s progress on the Animal Pit and, soon, the Dungeon. For now, we’re grateful to have him working with us on this project. We couldn’t have asked for a more apt individual for this effort.


Back when my dad worked at Aurora I dreamed of someday working there, too. Unfortunately, Aurora went out of business several years before I entered the job market, so I thought it was just not meant to be. Well, with these parts in hand, it’s as if Aurora is still in business and I am on staff in their R&D department! It is truly a dream come true.

A long silence…

Posted in General info on January 25, 2013 by Monster Scenes®

Hey there Monster Scenes enthusiasts. Sorry for the lapse in communication here. No, we weren’t detained in Dr. Deadly’s dungeon — 2012 was just one of those years that seemed to end too quickly. The good news is we’ve been hard at work on several new Monster Scenes projects in that time. The outlook for 2013 looks good and we’ll soon share what we’ve been up to.

For those of you’ve who’ve written to us to let us know you’re as eager for new Monster Scenes stuff, thank you! We’re working hard to reward you for your patience. And, yes, that means information about the Animal Pit and Dungeon kits is forthcoming. (woo hoo!)skeleton-build

In the meantime, we’ve added a few new products to the Gruesome Goodies Store at Most notable is that we’ve made the Saber Tooth Rabbit, Feral Cat, and Skeleton kits available for direct purchase. Though they’ve been available at many brick-and-mortar and online retailers, some of you contacted us to say you still couldn’t find them. Fret no more – you can buy them now at the site.

Watch for more information about our other projects coming soon to the Monster Scenes Journal.

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