Finders Keepers

Posted by Cliff Robertson on Friday, July 24, 2009

As a kid I loved monsters, but avoided watching the movies because I would get nightmares!  We lived out in the middle of nowhere –no streetlights for miles!  The oak trees would cast the deepest shadows, hiding the monsters that waited around each tree trunk. 

One night my brother came upon a box that was marked “Finders Keepers”.  He ran home and led me to the spot where the box was.  It was in front of our neighbor’s house: Ted’s house.  Ted had two grown sons and this box was filled with their cast-offs.  It contained plastic models of the Universal monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Phantom of the Opera and Rat Fink!  All put together and beautifully painted.  I would later have to let my friend Ricky pick one of the models (he took Rat Fink). 

I was fascinated by these models –freaked out by them, but fascinated.  Sadly, they didn’t survive my childhood.   I got into model building in my teens, but only a couple of monster models were available at that time. 

I’m glad to see some of those models (or ones like them) are back!  I can’t afford them now and hope that there are some left when I can afford them.


Tags: monster model building; universal monsters; rat fink; 
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Finders Keepers

Posted by Cliff Robertson on Friday, July 24, 2009

As a kid I loved monsters, but avoided watching the movies because I would get nightmares!  We lived out in the middle of nowhere –no streetlights for miles!  The oak trees would cast the deepest shadows, hiding the monsters that waited around each tree trunk. 

One night my brother came upon a box that was marked “Finders Keepers”.  He ran home and led me to the spot where the box was.  It was in front of our neighbor’s house: Ted’s house.  Ted had two grown sons and this box was filled with their cast-offs.  It contained plastic models of the Universal monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Phantom of the Opera and Rat Fink!  All put together and beautifully painted.  I would later have to let my friend Ricky pick one of the models (he took Rat Fink). 

I was fascinated by these models –freaked out by them, but fascinated.  Sadly, they didn’t survive my childhood.   I got into model building in my teens, but only a couple of monster models were available at that time. 

I’m glad to see some of those models (or ones like them) are back!  I can’t afford them now and hope that there are some left when I can afford them.


Tags: monster model building; universal monsters; rat fink; 
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Cliff Robertson I'm a cartoonist who has many interest namely old time monsters and scary fun. I made this website to share creepy-fun stuff.
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