Monday, 27 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Polar Lights KISS model kit - Paul Stanley

Love them or hate them, there is no denying that KISS changed the face of rock music forever. In 1976, they released one of their biggest albums to date, Destroyer, Reception was mixed at the time, but eventually became one of their biggest selling albums and is certified platinum, 

In 1998, Polar Lights, which were famous for releasing model kit figures of monsters, released a 4 figure model set of the KISS Destroyer Album cover, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations. The box itself is fairly generic. It has the KISS logo in the upper section of the box. A zoomed in recreation of the album art taking up the cover. It has Paul's autograph on the box and his name going up the side. 

Not much to say about the back of the box, just plain white cardboard. However, inside the box is a plain poster of the Destroyer background, instruction sheets and the sprues for the model. The model is primarily in flesh coloured plastic.It is a model kit, so you will need a knife, clippers, file, putty (maybe) and plastic glue or super glue.

Assembling Paul doesn't take long and will take most modellers around an hour or so to put it together. It's fairly straight forward and the pieces fit together well. He stands around 6 inches tall and is non articulated. Painting is the only thing which requires a steady hand, especially doing the decoration on his jumpsuit.

In 2009, as part of the 35th anniversary celebrations, Polar Lights re-released their KISS sets, now in a slightly smaller scale and pre-painted. These ones were also snap-fit as well. These ones are a lot more common on the secondary market and can still be found new.

Around the same time, there was a complete set of the models released as Limited Editions, which are editions of 10,000 pieves. They are the exact same models as the standard release, except the pieces are now molded in black and white. 

This model kit is a great addition to any KISS or indeed pop culture modeller's collection. The 1998 originals can be a bit pricey, edging towards £80 for a full set of 4 models. The newer 35th edition ones can set you back around $60