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.