Model No.

MSRP

Year

UPC

Man/Dist

Sculptor

Box Art

8001

$199.00

1998

0 90733 08001 1

P

Randy Bowen

Photograph of Dave Metzner built-up kit

The Wolf Man
As portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in
Universal Pictures 1941 film classic "The Wolf Man"

1/4 Scale Cold-Cast porcelain figure kit/Limited edition of 500

Front Side

Front Side with taped-on Certificate of Authenticity Envelope #0-006

Top Side

Left Side

 

(Note: Stamped kit #0-006 matches the number on the Certificate of Authenticity)

Right Side

Bottom Side

Back Side

Certificate of Authenticity #0-006

Certificate of Authenticity #0-006

 

I bought kit #0-006 from Tom (bwain) Parker who originally purchased it at the Playing Mantis Annual Warehouse Sale 2000. According to Tom, Lisa Greco (the Playing Mantis Consumer Services Manager at the time) told him Model Kit #0-006 was the lowest number available to the public for sale. The first five numbered kits were distributed to people involved with the production.

I later bought kits #0-007, #0-008, #0-239, and #0-482 from Model Empire who originally purchased them at one of the Playing Mantis Annual Warehouse Sales. A curious thing happened with these. None of them came with their respective Certificate of Authenticity (COA). I called Model Empire to find out if they'd forgotten to send them with the kits. They told me they didn't know each kit was supposed to come with one. Since they didn't have them, they suggested I call Playing Mantis. As it turned out, the certificates weren't missing; the certificates were still somewhere at Playing Mantis. I gave the customer service person there the number of each kit that had been missing its certificate. The person told me she'd send the appropriate certificates. She did and I received them within a few days.

Scott (Duck Fink) Davis bought kit #0-022 from Model Empire in 2005.  He didn’t get the corresponding COA with the kit either, so he tried calling Playing Mantis as I had done.  It turns out the COAs didn’t make it in the move when RC2 bought them out.  That means a good portion of the kits won’t have a COA with them.  How many were lost at PM/PL?  It’s impossible to say.

Kit Number

Has COA?

Owner

#0-001
#0-002

Unknown

Thomas E. Lowe
President and Founder
Playing Mantis

#0-003

No

ebay user zrad
Mad Mike's Model Kits

#0-004

Unknown

Randy Bowen
Sculptor
(credited as Sculpter (sic) on the Certificate of Authenticity)

#0-005

Unknown

The Chaney Estate
Chaney Enterprises

#0-006

Yes

Tony (phrankenstign) Ortega
T.O. Enterprises

#0-007

Yes

Tony (phrankenstign) Ortega
T.O. Enterprises

#0-008

Yes

Tony (phrankenstign) Ortega
T.O. Enterprises

#0-010

Unknown

Art (13x5x2 Nostalgian) Hullinger

#0-022

Unknown

Gerry-Lynn Fore

#0-086

Unknown

Scott (Duck Fink) Davis

#0-087

Unknown

George H. (Thunder Hawk) Boyd

#0-088

Unknown

Lonnie (lcummins)

#0-101

Unknown

George H. (Thunder Hawk) Boyd

#0-105

No

ebay user hot-rods-to-hell

#0-107

Unknown

Dave Metzner
Polar Lights Brand Manager
Playing Mantis

#0-117

Unknown

George H. (Thunder Hawk) Boyd

#0-120

Unknown

George H. (Thunder Hawk) Boyd

#0-151

Unknown

Jim (fjimi) Roberts

#0-185

Unknown

 Lonnie (lcummins)

#0-197

Unknown

lonfan

#0-239

Yes

Tony (phrankenstign) Ortega
T.O. Enterprises

#0-256

Unknown

dreamer

#0-263

Yes

ebay user ajaxburner

#0-273

Unknown

Dave Metzner
Polar Lights Brand Manager
Playing Mantis

#0-292

Unknown

Lonnie (lcummins)

#0-301

Unknown

George H. (Thunder Hawk) Boyd

#0-387

Yes

Bob (MonsterModelMan) Jaconetti

#0-429

No

Travis (XactoHazzard) Fowler

#0-482

Yes

Tony (phrankenstign) Ortega
T.O. Enterprises

#0-488

Unknown

Dr. Syn

#0-498

Unknown

kreugie

Certificate of Authenticity #0-007

Certificate of Authenticity #0-007

 

Certificate of Authenticity #0-008

Certificate of Authenticity #0-008

 

Certificate of Authenticity #0-239

Certificate of Authenticity #0-239

 

Certificate of Authenticity #0-482

Certificate of Authenticity #0-482

 

Certificate of Authenticity #0-007

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-007

 

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-008

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-008

 

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-239

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-239

 

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-482

Envelope for Certificate of Authenticity #0-482