AJ Gallery by Scott C Adams and Anthony McElveen. Additional material from Brain and Jon.
Long overdue, this gallery dedicated to Mego's first 8 inch action-figure comes at a time when Playing Mantis Toys has released a new 8 inch figure called Action Jackson. While the concept is similar and still pretty cool, it has been updated and has little in common with it's 70's forebearer. Where is the goofy mod styled hairdo? The thin pink lips? The soulful eyes? Enjoy your new Action Jacksons, but take a stroll through this gallery and thrill to the original adventure. As AJ says, "Think of what you want to be, and call on me."
Released in 1971, AJ was largely a failure, and this failure led to the concept of using the basic body on any variety of characters. Action Jackson was quickly forgotten, but he remains a big part of Mego collecting today. The many costume sets and bodies left over from the line are still found in large quantities and posess a certain charm.
Undeniably hokey, often poorly designed, Action Jackon is nonetheless a broad and interesting line to collect. This gallery provides a close look at all of his outfits, as well as a look at his playsets, vehicles, and other toys.
For more on AJ's fascinating story and it's place in Mego history please consult the 1973 Mego Catalog.
The Mego Museum Forum Is the perfect place to discuss or buy sell and trade Mego Action Jackson Figures, there is no greater a collection of "AJ lovers" than there.
Just some of the ambitious advertising Mego attempted when they launched Action Jackson, a defining moment for the company shedding it's image as a "lower priced toy manufacturer" and stepping up the plate as the biggest success story of the seventies.