POLAR LIGHTS was established by Tom Lowe at Playing Mantis in 1996. It started as a brand that would re-create long out of production kits that had been manufactured in the 60’s, 70’s by the Aurora model company. Aurora had released many pop-culture oriented kits based on popular super-heroes, TV shows and movies most notable was their selection of Universal Monsters figure kits. Polar Lights gained the Star Trek license in 2003 and began producing new kits based on the license. In 2008 Round 2, LLC, acquired Polar Lights.