The Creature From The Black Lagoon

I have read that 'Creature' was an attempt by Universal Studios to jump start its fading movie monster monopoly with which it had previously enjoyed by producing films such as 'Frankenstein”, “Dracula”, “The Wolf Man” and the like. “Creature” was also shot in 3D to compete against the growing intrusion of television into the movie industry's pocket book. I think that it was just a Beauty and The Beast tale but a pretty good one nonetheless. The underwater scenes are truly beautiful even though they were shot in black & white and I'll bet they were great in 3D too! To learn more about the film, click here:

Of the eight Micro Mania kits in my possession, “Creature” is far and away the cream of the crop. The casting is FLAWLESS and the details are as good if not better than models that I have seen that are four times its size. My kudos to the sculptor T. Holter Bruckner.

The kit has only four solid resin parts: the base, the main body and two lower arms. What sets this kit above the rest (aside from the beautiful workmanship) is that the Creature is mounted on a horizontal axis instead of a vertical one, Taking advantage of this feature, I dressed up the base with several balsa foam rocks, real live beach sand and few plastic aquarium plants which added to the scene as the monster swum beneath the surface.

Note that kit is NOT shown on the Micro Mania page for some reason although a larger version is elsewhere on the site. Rest assured this kit DOES exist and hopefully the web page will get updated to reflect this.

Actual 1954 movie poster for "The Creature From The Black Lagoon".