Atlantis Model Company was founded in 2009 by the former owners of Megahobby.com, Peter Vetri and Rick DelFavero. We manufacture injection-molded plastic model kits and hobby related products. When we started Megahobby.com back in 2000, we had dreams of becoming more that just another retail hobby shop. We wanted to become an actual model production company like the Aurora Model Co and Revell-Monogram. As Megahobby grew it gave us the opportunity to create Atlantis and finally come out with our own branded model kits.
We started with a few basic flying saucer kits (designed by EL Pangman), the E.V.E. Saucer with lights and the TR-3E Triangular Flying object. We then teamed up with Lindberg to re-release the infamous Glow-Pilot UFO. This was the first science fiction model kit ever produced and the tooling dated to 1954.
We then brought back the Wildlife Series of models originally produced by Aurora. We thought this would be a great way to introduce model building to a new generation of builders. We created a new steel tooling of the American Bison and a larger new sculpt of the Black Bear and Cubs kit. We also re-issued the White Stallion kit to round out the group.
Next on the list was the licensed Zorro figure on his horse Tornado. We had always enjoyed figure building and tracked down the original tooling. After some freshening up and securing the original box-art with Mort Kunstler it hit the shelves.
Thru our new relationship with Revell-Monogram on the Zorro project, we had the chance to re-issue the Giant T-Rex kit from the Prehistoric Scenes Series. This series was a big hit for the Aurora Model Co. back in the 70s and the T-rex had been re-issued several times in the past (under the Monogram label). Thru an arrangement with Dencomm Productions, we were able to use the Prehistoric Scenes name. What a giant kit!
Our next choice of kits to re-issue was Blackbeard the Bloodthirsty Pirate. Known to be the most dynamically posed Aurora kit ever produced. A new steel tooling was reverse engineered and some fit issues addressed and Blackbeard was finally released in 2012.
We then were inspired by what we were seeing at events like Wonderfest and decided to try a mixed media release. We had some saucer designs in development and released the Bernalillo Sighting Saucer as first in the series of limited releases. A team-up with Alchemy Works gave us the parts for the Pre-Historic Bison conversion kit in resin.
Our desire to have car kits in our line led us to the tracking down of the old Merit Racing kits of LeMans winners in 1/24 scale. These kits of the Alfa-Romeo and Lago-Talbot hadn't been released in many years. This led to a new relationship with the Smer Model Company.
At this time the Atlantis Toy and Hobby name change officially took place from the Atlantis Model Co. To kick it off we released the first 4 Jigsaw puzzles in what we hope will be a very interesting line. Our Jigsaw Puzzles are all classic collage designs. Our love of the Classics Illustrated comics led to an agreement and 2 separate designs. We also have vintage firecracker labels and a Christmas scrapbook collage.
Our first official Toy release was the Battery Operated Titanic. 12 inches long, it motors thru bathtubs and swimming pools and made it just in time for the 2013 4th quarter.
In 2014--using our partnership with the Smer Model Company again, we released the Aurora Viking Ship. Another Retro Classic Plastic release with original Aurora box-art and decals.
Next was the George Adamski Flying Saucer kit-another rare re-issue of a UFO kit from Japan originally produced by Marmit which sold out almost immediately. During this time we were also developing many different all-resin projects based on sci-fi subjects and figures. The German Valkyrie Spacecraft designed by Alfred Wong was the best of these releases, and it was followed by the Atlantis Lunar Shuttle by JP Modelworks ( Jeff Pollizzotto ) and a Grim Reaper on Horseback by Hans Reuters and Jimmy Flintstone.
During this year we had an idea to do a combined release of the 2 Aurora Gladiators kits. We had received many requests for the Gladiator and Spartacus kits and thought they would be a great combined release. We needed help with the high cost of new tooling for them so we brought our pitch to the famous Crowd-sourcing website, Kickstarter. Unfortunately the public did not respond well to the kit and the project did not achieve enough pledges to secure the funding.
2015 was a very important year for us. We had many ideas and possible products in development and were finally able to bring some of them into production. The long anticipated Earth vs The Flying Saucers kit finally arrived to very good reviews. We followed that with a re-issue thru Revell-Monogram of the old Aurora Invaders UFO kit. Of course we gave it the typical Atlantis treatment of original box-art, instructions and even included a color print of the original Retail Sell-Sheet. Many thanks again to Andy Yanchus, our official Archivist (ex-Aurora and Marvel employee) and endless source of helpful advice, information and rare prints and image scans.
Another project that was important to us was the Aurora Sealab kit. Unfortunately this project suffered the same fate as the Gladiators. A very high tooling cost and not enough pre-orders just couldn't justify us going forward with the project. It was a real heartbreaker as once again we had all the art ready and had the parts scanned by our factory in China.
A new partnership with Lake Freighter Minis brought us a line of beautiful Paper Boat models.These are all made in the US and feature cargo ships, Ferries, and a Liberty ship that are all well-known on the Great Lakes.
We also had been working on a line of Wooden Boat kits. These are easy to assemble, completely made in America kits of famous ships from US history. One of our favorite ships, The Edmund Fitzgerald was the first subject to be released and it was closely followed by the good old RMS Titanic. We already have the next 4 releases in the line planned and they should be ready for release as 2016 proceeds.
Towards the end of 2015, a new release with Smer brought us the Aurora Black Falcon Pirate Ship. A perfect companion for the Viking ship, they both feature beautiful original box-art by John Steel.
We are very excited as 2016 begins and 3 new releases have arrived in our 5 inch Saucer Series to start the year off right. The Monument Valley UFO Encounter kit is a new design by Raul Quiles Jr. He developed our EVTFS kit based on the original designs by Ray Harryhausen. The Monument Valley kit is molded completely in Crystal Clear and also Glow-in-the-Dark Clear. This will allow for many interpretations by the builder to create their own version. We also did a 2nd Edition of the Earth vs the Flying Saucers kit molded in Silver (so no painting is needed) and gave it a new photo diorama backdrop.
Next up is the officially licensed Flash Gordon and Martian figure kit originally released by Revell back in 1965. That is on the way to us and should be on Hobby Shop shelves by the end of February.
There are many new things always in development-and we're always updating our Facebook page-- be sure to stop by to see what is in the works.
We love feedback so please reach out to us with any ideas or projects you would love to see.