Here's "Big Frankie," one of the rarest and most sought after of all model kits ever released by the late, great Aurora Plastics Corp.
Aurora kit #470, Gigantic Frankenstein, was released in the second half of 1964, and was the largest figure kit the company ever produced. It originally retailed for $4.98 - a whopping four bucks more than all their other styrene plastic monster models.
The oversized caricature Frankie was conceived by legendary toy designer Marvin Glass, who also designed Mr. Machine, Mouse Trap, and the Rockem Sockem Robots, to name a few. Unfortunately, sales on Big Frankie were pretty miserable, and Aurora pulled the kit from production within a year of its initial release. (Could have been the 5 dollar price tag, at the time, that was a heck of a lot of dough for a kid. Comics at the time were 12 cents, to give you some perspective.)
Today, Big Frankie is pretty much the one toy to have if you are a collector of the classic model kits. This kit is expertly painted by Charley Bliss, the kit is mint. It is missing the cumberbund, which was usually missing from a lot of the kits. I think kids just didn't know what the heck it was. I have the cumberbund loose, I went and bought another Big Frankie and snagged it, then gave the kit away to a friend. Yeah, I'm pretty much insane.
Frankie's arms swivel up and down, secured from within by a heavy rubber band running through his torso as Aurora suggested in the kit's instructions.
Frankie stands 20" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep.
Unlike many of the classic kits of yesteryear, Aurora's Gigantic Frankenstein has never been re-released in over 40 years, and due to its short-term production run, the big guy is not an easy find today.