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post #16 of 147 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 04:20 PM
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Stupid question: why did these variants exist in the first place?

I'd think any company - Aurora in this case - would have wanted product consistency, and the Canadian or European arms could easily duplicate all aspects (printing, molding, etc) of the U.S. releases with no problem.

Or would Aurora have had a reason for different countries' releases to deliberatly vary from each other?

OR...did Aurora just not care, as long as a basic look for the box and instruction sheets was followed?
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Anyone have Canadian hard box (or soft box) Frightening Lightning that they can post?

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Here is the canadian frightening lightning kits that i have,all are hard boxes.



Here is an interesting creature molded in a non-metallic bright green:



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Brian nice Canadian box collection, especially the rare Canadian Hard Box Fl boxes.
When those FL kits hit the shelves, they were all hardbox, I bought them all from a smoke shop, in one week, his replenish stock was all softboxes, weird huh?

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Stupid question: why did these variants exist in the first place?

I'd think any company - Aurora in this case - would have wanted product consistency, and the Canadian or European arms could easily duplicate all aspects (printing, molding, etc) of the U.S. releases with no problem.

Or would Aurora have had a reason for different countries' releases to deliberatly vary from each other?

OR...did Aurora just not care, as long as a basic look for the box and instruction sheets was followed?
Frank: not a stupid question, sometimes there appears to be little consistency in what Aurora did. I can site numerous examples of inconsistencies or things that leave you scratching your head even after 45+ years. Why as the US Aurora Godzilla molded in pink and the Canadian version in green? Why as the Frog molded in tan, British racing green and mustard yellow? If Aurora really wanted to cut costs hy didn't they go to soft boxes in the US where the real savings could be had? Why is my Aurora Invaders box a hard box (with Canadian litho) long after Canadian boxes had become "soft"?
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As promised, here are photos of my friend's Canadian hard box kits. No binder holes on the Wolf Man instruction sheet. Godzilla is a sealed soft box.
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This is one of the best threads ive seen!!..... please post more box art images!... has anyone got any non monster old kit boxes?.. would love to see em as well!
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Frank: not a stupid question, sometimes there appears to be little consistency in what Aurora did. I can site numerous examples of inconsistencies or things that leave you scratching your head even after 45+ years. Why as the US Aurora Godzilla molded in pink and the Canadian version in green? Why as the Frog molded in tan, British racing green and mustard yellow? If Aurora really wanted to cut costs hy didn't they go to soft boxes in the US where the real savings could be had? Why is my Aurora Invaders box a hard box (with Canadian litho) long after Canadian boxes had become "soft"?
Man, you have studied this!!! I guess it's like the Tootsie Roll Pop narrator used to say,

"The world may never know."

(though if there was ONE question I could get Aurora to answer, it'd be about their werewolf...I mean, "The Wolf Man" )
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Why as the US Aurora Godzilla molded in pink and the Canadian version in green?
OMG!! I just remembered!

When I saw the open Godzilla box in this thread, and saw the green plastic, I thought to myself, "Hmmmm, must be early Alzheimer's. I thought the Godzilla I had when I was a kid was pink." And, because of what buzz just said, I realized it was pink!

I then remembered that (living in Vancouver) the family had taken a day trip down to Bellingham (in Washington state, just over the border) and I now remember that that's where I saw the just newly released Godzilla model and wound up getting it there and then ... in the US.

Wow! I had forgotten all about that trip and the details of that purchase ... until now.

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Here is an odd one, a Canadian Kennedy soft box lol, actually I had this one as a kid, only seen one.








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Might be no interest on this kit, but the Canadian hard box Pumper is rare as hen's teeth.Love the John Steel artork, notice that the hardbox version print is more vivid than the cheap softbox.
I included a U.S instruction booklet, the Canadian instructions are a sheet-interesting indeed.
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This is a great thread!! I really enjoy seeing the variations in box art. Very cool! - Denis
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This is a great thread!! I really enjoy seeing the variations in box art. Very cool! - Denis
More cool stuff:
U.S. and Canadian bighorn sheep(notice the lettering complete with paints is blocked out!):



This one is really cool! Canadian Black Fury horse:



But the instructions show a built up race horse!



Canadian Lost in Space 419 with a 130 price sticker over the original price.



Difference in the US and canadian instructions:



Canadian Kong molded in a chocolate brown with black swirls:



Aurora Totem Craft salesman sample:



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Great stuff Brian, really like that Kong swirl color, the Canadian Viking ship had multi color swirl patterns.

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Here's five more Canadian boxes. I knew that the three Frightening Lightning boxes were thin card but I thought the Jekyll and Hunchback boxes were hardbox versions; I dug them out only to find that they're both thin too, but at least it's an Anthony Quinn box.

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Nice collection, even the thin box Frightning Lightning boxes are very scarce and nice to look at.
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