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The Value Really Drops If You Lose the Box

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Illustrator Pete Von Sholly posts a series of cover images for non-existent model kits inspired by the classic Aurora monster line of the 70s. (I owned and loved a bunch of these as a kid. I remember the Wolfman fondly. I’m not sure if my Snap-Tite Godzilla was Aurora or another brand. My fave of faves was the Pit and the Pendulum set.)

The hypothetical model kits come in three sets: modern monsters, dinosaurs in classic monster drag, and, the coolest of the lot, a Lovecraft group. I especially dig the Wilbur Whately.

The head-scratching thing is that you can buy these as actual products. For $25 you get a box bearing the design of your choice. They’re shrink-wrapped, even. Except that there’s no model inside, because no model exists. So you can pull your empty box off the shelf, impress your friends with the awesomeness that would be a model of Pickman’s Model... and then your shoulders can collectively slump in disappointment as you acknowledge that the box contains a big bunch of nothing. Is this maybe a metaphor for the entire collecting hobby?

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