Now here is a treasure from my 1980’s boyhood — the glow-in-the-dark Godzilla model. When I sat down to pull up some background on this, I first thought that this was one of the Aurora model kits. It indeed started out as one. But I think it’s more likely that I had the one produced from the same mold by Monogram, which was released in 1978. (Mine was a Christmas or birthday present around 1980 or so.)
This was a sturdy model, as it survived just fine amid the debris of that disastrous desk I kept as a second grader. And its glow-in-the-dark head and hands were damn cool.
Dear God, did I love this thing.
I remember Aurora’s Universal Monsters model kits extremely fondly — even if they never actually belonged to me. My older brother had versions of some of these in the 1970’s, and I was fascinated by them as a tot. (The original model kits date from the 1960’s, but my brother had the later, glow-in-the-dark versions that were released a decade later.)
These things seemed damn near magical to me when I was a very small boy living in Queens, New York. I wanted desperately to get my hands on them, like so many of my brother’s belongings. I definitely remember his glow-in-the-dark “Creature;” “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” was a movie we’d seen on our black-and-white television. He had others, too — maybe all of the original five: Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.
I’ve always said that if I ever become wealthy, I’ll have a special room full of the monster collectibles I remember from my childhood. These things would have a shelf all to themselves.