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Aurora Plastics Corporation

Aurora Plastics Corporation is an American company based in Brooklyn, New York which was founded in 1950 to manufacture toys and injection-molded plastic model kits. The company's original founders sold the company to outside investors in 1969. By 1977, the company had ceased to exist as an independent company and several of its product lines were sold off to Monogram and other companies during the 1970s.

Original Aurora logo

Some of the company's most popular product lines included the "monster" figure kits from a number of classic science fiction film and television productions. These kits were later re-released by Polar Lights, a company which was originally established by Playing Mantis expressly for this purpose. The name "Polar Lights" was created as an homage to the "Aurora" brand.

In 2007, the original founders' family announced that the company had been reconstituted and was planning to release model kits under the A Plastics Corporation brand in 2012. As of January 2013, no kits have yet been made available for sale. [1]

Star Trek association

Aurora's association with Star Trek was relatively short-lived and spanned the period from 1966 to 1972 when it released only four Star Trek model kits. During that period, AMT opted not to release and license their Star Trek kits in foreign markets. Instead, a deal was brokered that allowed Aurora to lease the molds from AMT and produce and market the models under their own name for foreign markets.

Their 1972 products were released through their British subsidiary Aurora Plastics Co. (UK) Ltd. and featured "As seen on BBC TV" markings on the sides of their boxes. Although the castings and packaging were virtually identical excepting the brand imprint, Aurora's releases of the four models were not legally associated with AMT. Aurora created and released the Spock model kit in 1972, the first Star Trek figurine model kit ever produced. In a reciprocal move, the company leased the molds of the model to AMT which released the kit in the United States a year later. AMT eventually acquired ownership of the production assets for the kit from Aurora in 1976.

Star Trek releases

Item Scale Release Item No. Notes Boxart
USS Enterprise 1:635 1966 921 Original Aurora release; kit used AMT artwork with Aurora identification (notice original Aurora logo in red square); box dimensions of Aurora kit are different than AMT counterpart; Aurora printed instructions for their version of the kit as well as decal sheets and these kits did have lighting in the saucer section as also indicated in instructions. AMT-Aurora Model kit 921 USS Enterprise 1966.jpg
1972 Use of AMT's second set of molds; new box AMT-Aurora Model kit 921 USS Enterprise 1966 variant.jpg
Mr. Spock 1:12 922 Original Aurora release AMT-Aurora Model kit 922 Spock 1972.jpg
D7-class Klingon battle cruiser 1:635 923 released as Klingon "Alien Battle Cruiser" AMT-Aurora Model kit 923 Klingon Battle Cruiser 1968.jpg

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