Have you ever been asked the question: “If your house was burning down, and you could only grab a few things, what would you save?” Of course, I’d throw my wife and kids under one arm, but under the other arm would be my collection of vintage AJ Renzi King Kong banks. Do not judge me.
These banks are big and beautiful. The were made by A.J. Renzi Corporation in Leominster, MA back in the ’60’s. The banks stand at a massive 17″ tall and make a big statement on the shelf.
These banks were made by a blow-mold process, so they will crush if you sit on them, but are actually pretty sturdy. I bet kids used to throw these around like footballs without hurting much but the paintjob. (If my kids ever try this with my King Kong banks, there will be consequences.)
Currently, I have the pink, black, and red versions. I am like Ahab in my search for one of the mythical blue and lime green King kong banks. They’re out there in the wild but have eluded me so far. If you ever see one for sale, call me (you have my cell, right?).
I have this smaller, 11″ model as well. While it’s certainly great looking on its own, when you put it next to one of the big boys, it is just put to shame.
These King Kong banks make me smile every time I see them, and it’s nice having them around. You can buy these on eBay for around $20-30, but if you outbid me on a blue one, I will find you, and it won’t be pretty.
Adam Pratt says
These are really cool! I will keep an eye out for you.
Too awesome Brian! I will keep my eyes peeled for you and for me. : )
Ha! The competition mounts. Thanks John!
Craig Bird says
I have a blue one for sale not kidding
I would love to re-cast the little one in glow in the dark, it would be so cool.
I know what it is like to hunt these down, especially the odd colored ones. I collect Apes items and I have been searching for a green Cornelius by Renzi for more than ten years. The two I saw on eBay had major flaws and still went for a furtune (although I would have paid the prices if the conditions had been better).
Whoah, I had no idea there was a green Cornelius bank. Good luck with your hunt!
Craig Bird says
I have a blue one with coin plug partially intact for sale
I’d love to see some pics and get a price from you! brian(at)coolandcollected.com