Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Polar Lights KISS Model Kit - Ace Frehley


KISS are cultural icons. From their make up, their bombastic stage shows, theatrics, stage costumes and more. It's hard to deny what KISS has done for the music scene. In 1976, KISS released their third studio album, a heavy metal driven machine called Destroyer. Now, it wasn't well received back in the day, but has since become a cult classic.


In 1998, during the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Destroyer album, Polar Lights, a company that was famous for making model kits based on horror characters, created model kits based on the album. In this instance, we have Ace Frehley. Ace comes in the standard long box that all the others come in. It features the KISS logo on the upper portion of the box and a close up of the Destroyer artwork. Also on the box is ACE FREHLEY on the side and his autograph.


The back of the box is plain white cardboard. Inside we get the model itself. The pieces are on flesh coloured sprues. Inside the box, we also get some sales sheets for other models and another poster. Only one is needed, but they decided to put one in each box, so you will end up with 3 spare. As this is a traditional model kit, you will need a knife, glue, clippers and paints.


Assembly is very easy. It does come with instructions, but the construction is that simple you probably won't even need them. Most model makers will probably be able to put it together in about an hour. The real challenge is in the painting and does require a steady hand with some of the finer details. 


In 2009, as part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations for Destroyer, Polar Lights remolded the existing kit and turned it into a pre-painted, snap fit mold. It came in a collectors tin.



Around the same time as the original Polar Lights kits, they released a series of 4 Limited Edition variants. They were exactly the same contents as the originals, however, the sprues were now molded in black and white.


One of the more obscure tributes to KISS that I'e seen and does appeal to both KISS fans and model fans. If you are interested, the original 1998 releases go for around £80 for a full set or £45 for the 2009 releases.