The following pictures
and description are courtesy of Jim Makowski. He
recently had this up for auction on ebay. Went
higher than I could go. Still didn't meet
From the auction
"Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Prototype(also
known as a "pattern")of the Giant Bird
figure kit.The figure is made of the same
material as the other prototypes we are
offering.It was hand painted by Aurora
artists.The figure is complete but there is no
base or accessories.The figure is near mint but
one leg is not attached and is neatly glued in
one spot. All pieces were purchased from the same
source-a former Aurora employee(Hempstead-Long
Island,New York).According to our source these
items were in the Aurora archives when they were
going out of business.They remained in his
possession until we purchased them."
From an email from the
"The prototype is made prior to the kit
being produced in styrene.It is made up of
pieces(the small wings move on their hinges) but
it is assembled.The kit is made of some type of
sculpting material that was used in the 1970's.
If you look at our other proto auctions you can
see the material without paint on it.The pieces
are solid-not hollow like injection molded
styrene.This was probably used as a paint master
for the box art."
From this close-up, it
looks like this master had a little more detail
than the kit version does.