Archive for May, 2010

AURORA MODEL WWII TANK AND PANZER T SHIRTS

May 25, 2010

I just love the box art on the old Aurora military armor and tank models from the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Of course I am going to be nostalgic because I was a kid back then , building these model kits as often as possible…more so drooling over the new sealed boxes on the shelves at the local Kmart or hobby store.  I was always an American tank lover from early on but as I got older I started liking the German WW2 panzer tanks more.  I loved the Tiger 1 tank and the Panther tank…then the Konigstiger (King Tiger, Tiger 2).   My first model kit was the Aurora Japanese Medium Tank, I got it as a gift when I was about 6 years old.  So now you can relive those days through the wonderful medium of the t shirt.  As always here’s some pics:

King Tiger Konistiger Tank Ww2 German Panzer

King Tiger Konistiger Tank Ww2 German Panzer

Aurora King Tiger Tank Konigstiger Tiger II schwere panzer

Aurora King Tiger Tank Konigstiger Tiger II schwere panzer

King Tiger Tank Konigstiger Tiger II schwere panzer

Aurora King Tiger Tank Konigstiger Tiger II schwere panzer

Panther Tank

Aurora Panther Tank WwII German Army Panzer Rc Model

Aurora Plastic Model Kit German Panther tank tee shirt

Aurora Plastic Model Kit German Panther tank tee shirt

panther tank in germany world war two

Panther Tank Model Kit Tee Shirt

Achtung Panther Panzer WW2 German SS D-Day Rc tank

Achtung Panther Panzer WW2 German SS D-Day Rc tank

COMIC BOOK TOY ADVERTISEMENT T SHIRTS FROM ACHTUNG T SHIRT

May 22, 2010

Well I get nostalgic when I read some of my old comic books.  I find myself really studying the advertisements for these unbelievable toys that are offered in comics from the 60’s and 70’s.  Remember the tank and the submarine that could fit 2 kids and it really shoots torpedoes or shells?  What about the 100 Toy Soldiers Set for $1.25 with tanks, battleships, infantry, etc?   I couldn’t resist day dreaming about how great these offers were, but I never did order any of them.  Good thing, from what I hear that these toys were pretty crappy.  The thing that holds up the best over the years is the ads themselves.  This is my inspiration to create t shirts with my favorite ads on them.  Here are some of the designs so far.

Polaris Toy Submarine Comic Book Advertisment gry Count Dante Deadliest Man Alive Kung Fu Karate gray Sea Monkeys Sea-Monkee Toys Funny Comic book Ad blue

The Invaders Science Fiction 60's Tv Irwin Allen Ufos Aliens black

The Invaders Science Fiction 60’s Tv Irwin Allen Ufos Aliens black

Toy Tank Soldiers Army Men Toy Army Man Comic Book Ad green

Missle tank comic book ad

Xray Glasses Monsters Funny Comic Book Ad Skulls Skeletons gray

Xray vision ccan see monsters

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Achtung T Shirt

AURORA MONSTER MODEL T SHIRTS BY ACHTUNG T SHIRT

May 7, 2010

I loved these Aurora monster models when I was a kid and could never get all the ones I wanted.  I did build the Creature and Godzilla and I always used the glow in the dark parts that were an option.  The box art is great and I thought what a great t shirt it would make.

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AURORA HUNCHBACK of Notre Dame MONSTER MODEL KIT

AURORA HUNCHBACK of Notre Dame MONSTER MODEL KIT T Shirt

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AURORA KING KONG MONSTER MODEL KIT 70’S RETRO T SHIRT

 

 

Aurora Godzilla Monster Model Kit Horror Movie Tee Shirt

Aurora Godzilla Monster Model Kit Horror Movie

Wolfman Classic Horror Toy Model Werewolf bk Wolfman Classic Horror Toy Model Werewolf green

 

 

All Monsters Frankenstein Dracula Aurora Model Kits grn Aurora Godzilla Monster Model Kit Horror Movie black Aurora Godzilla Monster Model Kit Horror Movie blue Aurora Monster Model King Kong black Aurora Monster Model King Kong gray Frankenstein Monster Dracula Aurora Model Kits black Frankenstein Monster Dracula Aurora Model Kits blue

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AURORA MONSTER MODELS
In 1960, a 15 year-old-boy came up with an concept that took the Aurora Plastics business to heights they never could have thought of. The Aurora model company sponsored a contest asking for recommendations for a new line of model kits. Out of 3,000 entries, one, from a young boy caught the eye of the industry. He suggested a line of monster models and the rest is plastic model history.

In the 1960’s Aurora turned out a line of classic monster models the likes of which have never been repeated. Aurora Models used the backing of Universal Studios, the publication channels of Famous Monsters magazine and they coupled it with an attention to detail and an eye for art. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman dominated for ten years, Aurora was booming.  Aurora added the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and  The Phantom of the Opera.  Then they added glow-in-the-dark parts with more monsters such as Dr Jekyll, Godzilla, King Kong,  The Hunchback and they couldn’t turn them out of the molds rapidly enough. But, like the monsters they made,  Aurora was on a crash course with an mad mob of villagers.

The Mummy Monster Model Kit Horror Movie

The Mummy Monster Model Kit Horror Movie

In 1971, Nabisco bought Aurora and they had no idea what they had gotten themselves into. The ‘family oriented’ cookie business soon found itself at the mercy of protesters, striking out against the violent monster images that made Aurora so all the rage. Not wanting to risk the wrath of the cookie buying public, Nabisco changed the companies line to ‘cute’ models and sales began to erode. Without its monsters, Aurora faded faster than the Invisible Man and by 1977, they ceased production.


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