Review by NekroDave
Although I like the Frankenstein better, I think I may have enjoyed building the Dracula a little bit more, mostly because I was able to complete (ie, get it over with) it faster! I envy those who build these kits and actually enjoy it as they are likely to end up with some excellent display pieces that I'll probably never have. But I have Dracula and I like it.
This Dracula kit comes in a decent box that pictures the completed model in a photograph on the front. Like the Frankenstein, it's not bad, but the original artwork for the Aurora kits is so iconic, it would have been nice to see it again. Oh well, I guess it means I'll still have to hunt down those boxes someday.
Once completed, this kit will stand about 8.5" tall, a decent size but smaller than the Frankenstein, which I suppose is appropriate. I'm sure a more well versed monster collector would know better than I, but I believe that the face for this reissue was slightly changed from the original.
One thing that wasn't changed was the inclusion of the bats that rest in the gnarled limbs of the tree. For my money, these are the best part of it. I don't know why exactly, but I just think they make the whole scene work.
This kit was pretty easy to build for the most part, with the only trouble spot for me being the mouth. I found it a bit difficult to get the teeth painted without getting some white on the lips. So I decided to just slap some "blood" on there to cover it up. It seemed like a believable enough addition to cover any messy work.
So, just like the Frankenstein, I'm glad to finally have this iconic kit in my collection, and I will eventually get the others, but I can't say I have any great love of building them. Again, a necessary evil for me.
|Posted 23 December, 2009 - 23:30 by NekroDave|