Original Kit Issued: 1962 - 1968

Re-Issued: 1969-1975, 1983, 1991, 1998

After the overwhelming demand for the "Frankenstein" kit,
Aurora rushed to release the Dracula kit the next year. This
kit creates a chilling mood by contrasting the
elegance and
style of the Count against the creepy swamp "set" of the base.

The likeness of Bela Lugosi is excellent, as are the
crowning touches like the gnarled tree and Dracula's
gold medallion and jeweled ring. As a kid,

I remember being too scared to build this
kit with the glow parts (wuss!). But even built entirely in the black plastic, I still trembled at night when I thought I could feel him watching from across the room. Sometimes he spent the night in the closet, out of the mind's eye!

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"Horrible and sinister tales were handed down over the centuries telling of the vampires and
werewolves, how they came in the dark of night to attack their victims and turn them into
vampires and werewolves also. During the nineteenth century, a blood chilling legend of
the king of vampires, Count Dracula, unfolded in the form of journals and letters."


Excerpt from Original Promotional Copy on Instruction Sheet
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ORIGINAL SPECS:
KIT # 424
SCALE: 1/8
PLASTIC: Black
BOX SIZE: 13"X5"X2"
GLOW KIT SPECS:
KIT # 454
SCALE: 1/8
PLASTIC: Black & Luminous
BOX SIZE: 8.25"X8.25"X3.25"
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My Finished Kit:

This was the second kit I built, and I wanted to make
sure the swamp base looked believably murky. I used
a range of matte to glossy finishes to separate rock
from"muck." I also wanted the tree to look very "dead."
Several dry brushed greys and green/browns gave it
that appearance.

I'm not entirely happy with the finish on the Count's
clothing, particularly his tux. At the present time it
is all too shiny. I think I'll go in and lightly sand the
tux areas, then apply a matte coating.
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For Dracula's flesh, I decided to go for an "undead
by moonlight" look. To achieve this I used a deep
aqua base coat, and then dry brushed lighter tints,
topped off by a final, slightly pink-white brushing.
The final effect is very dramatic.

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Bram Stoker's "DRACULA"
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"Dracula" - 1931
Studio: Universal
Starring:
Bela Lugosi, David Manners,
........ ..... Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye
Director: Tod Browning
Glorious goth film. Lugosi's crowning achievement. Everything about this film is perfect. Not a fang in sight, but Lugosi's performance is positively otherworldly. The sets, the lack of music, the slow, dreamlike movements of the cast make this a nightmarish vision of Old World decadence corrupting Edwardian England.

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New York Times Review
of the 1931 film


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