Updated: August 21, 2004
WILL ROBINSON AURORA PROTOTYPE HEAD
This one-of-a-kind artifact is part of the HMS Associates Archives.
This item was purchased several years ago from the previous owner of this
now defunct company. In order to appreciate the importance of this
pre-production piece of toy history, a little background on the company
that produced them is necessary.
HMS Associates, founded in the late 1940's by three partners, was based in
Willow Grove Pennsylvania. The company specialized in product development,
taking their client's abstract ideas and converting them into "patterns",
prototypes that could then be sent to tool companies who would copy them and
make metal production molds. In 1952 one of HMS's partners, Raymond Haines
solicited Abe Shikes, president of Aurora Plastics Corp., convincing him of
the huge potential market for plastic model kits, which was expanding greatly
at that time. Thus, an almost two decade long relationship was born in which
HMS provided Aurora with prototypes for virtually all of their models, as
well as slot car bodies.
In addition to Aurora, HMS performed services for a number of other well-known
toy/hobby companies, including MPC, Ideal, Hasbro, Galoob, Kohner, and Remco. In
1994 the company was dissolved and all of it's assets sold, with the exception
of the archives. The last owner (who purchased the company in 1989) was savvy
enough to save most of this wonderful material from being discarded. After many
years of negotiations, I was most fortunate enough to be able to obtain the
entire remaining contents of the archives.
Here is an entirely hand-carved acetate plastic master pattern head of Billy Mumy
for Aurora's mythical unproduced Lost In Space diorama kit featuring Will Robinson
and Dr. Smith. It should've been made! Carved by the master sculptor Bill Lemon.
This two-piece pattern is mint with no damage whatsoever. Incredible detail! This
is an unprecedented opportunity to acquire absolutely unique pieces of baby boomer