Dawn of man:
Ape-like creatures discover a large rectangular block of stone.
Spend next million years looking for a good glue to stick it to
something and a good paint color match
One striking figure mentioned is a Gallup poll from
1957 which reported that 80% of teenage boys listed plastic modeling
as their favorite hobby.
Aurora Gigantic Frankenstein released.
Aurora closes its doors.
Tom Lowe founds Safe Care in Dundee IL
Johnny Lightning brand launched.
Safe Care becomes Playing Mantis.
Polar Lights brand launched.
First Polar Lights kits produced - the Addams Family
House special for FAO Schwarz.
First PL website and bulletin board started.
Hobby talk PL BB started.
February 22, 1999:
Hypothetical Question is asked. Should Polar Lights pay for the
February 26, 1999:
convinced. The BB is saved.
site updated and crashes. BB members rush in to try and save the
Yamahog leaves UNC and goes to Duke.
Warshaw’s article on Playing Mantis and Polar Lights published in
2001: Dark days. Lisa leaves Polar Lights under less
than positive circumstances. Board members cannot believe Da
Queen has gone. Many leave for the Club House board.
June 7, 2004:
acquires Playing Mantis
June 12, 2006: The lights go out.
The Polar Lights Bulletin Board is
2006: Polar Lights brand eliminated by RC2. The PL
names disappears from the RC2 website. Previous links to the PL
website now direct the user to the new RC2 Johnny Lightning website.