Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Strange Change" Model Kit Ad

The "Strange Change" model kit ads (originally posted on my first blog, Sweet Skulls.)
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I've been having a blast going through my collection bookcases lately, mining them for material to post on my blogs, here on Monster Memories. Usually, the only time I would get into them very much was when I was packing them up for a move. That was a killer; if you look at them in this picture, you might never guess that they would fill up ten banana boxes each. That's 30 heavy boxes total. I hope I never have to move them again, but that's hoping for too much, I suppose. Otherwise, I only reached into them occasionally as I was looking for something to read on a bathroom visit that threatened to be of extended length. Under such circumstances, you grab what you can off the top of a stack and hoof it!

Now, though, I am seeing things I haven't seen in years, re-discovering items I had forgotten I had. In many cases it's like seeing a friend you haven't come across in years.

Anyway, these ads for the "Strange Change" model kits from the early 70's were something I had forgotten about completely. It must have been well over 30 years since I saw these ads and thought about them! Or course, I never owned one of the kits; if you've read this blog much you know I kept my collecting to things like books, magazines and comics that could fit flat in a drawer, for easy hiding and quick packing. But that didn't keep me from reading and wishing!

"Ah, excuse me, do you have any toilet paper over there? Hello?"

The Vampire was the one I wanted most; I mean, changing from a "living" vampire to a skeleton, and back, how incredibly cool was that? I thought it was the coolest idea in the whole line of hobby kits put out in the MPC line, including the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean kits. It was like a scene from a Hammer Dracula movie!

"Goodbye, I'm off to the age of dinosau....Aaaiieee!"

I always thought it was "strange" that the time machine had the monsters appear inside the craft, but I guess they were taking dramatic license, and assumed that we kids would figure it out that it wasn't merely a fatal design flaw by a careless inventor.

"Close it, close it! Gosh, this is my private time, Mom!"

The Mummy was kind of neat, but he only got a little distressed and dishevelled in his change, not that big a difference. I think the Wolfman would have been a better candidate for a dramatic change. But what would they have put him in? A dog kennel?

If they wanted a truly strange change, they could have made one where Frankenstein's monster changes into the Bride! But that would have been a little ahead of it's time.

Of course, the ultimate would have been to make one with Vampirella; where she changes between slightly dressed and completely undressed! Ah, one can dream...


John Scoleri said...

Not sure if you were aware, but the Vampire and Mummy Strange-Change kits have just been reissued, and the Time Machine is coming later this year. You can probably find them through sellers on Amazon, as well as through places like

Every time another kit from my childhood is rescued from oblivion, it renews the hope that one day we may see the Pirates of the Caribbean kits again...

Frederick said...

Thanks for the heads-up! I will keep an eye out for those. I am surprised that the POTC kits aren't already out, considering the success of the movies.

Ed Dietrich said...

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" kits are slowly being re-released after 45 years by Round 2 under the Lindberg moniker. No longer sporting the Disney name, they are part of the "Jolly Roger Series" and three have appeared thus far: "Hex Marks the Sport" (formerly "Dead Man's Raft"), "Dismay Be the End" (a.k.a. "Condemned to Chains Forever") and "In the Pinch of Peril" (or, as I know it "Fate of the Mutineers"). Will we see the other four resurrected after all the these long years? Round 2 has indicated there are more to come.