Entertainment Earth has put the highly anticipated second wave of Spectre Toys 8 inch Dark Shadows figures up for pre-order. Wave two includes the cursed Quentin Collins, manservant Willy Loomis and doomed bride Josette Dupress will be available this November along with another run of the previously sold out Barnabas Collins.
(In our endless quest to preserve Mego history, we’ve decided to create a series of blog photo posts that showcase a rare and before now, little discussed toy on the Mego forums. )
Before the Secret Identity Sets, Before Doctor Krome Dome, heck even before Amigo there was the Baron and Yankee Bravo. Two of the three Montgomery Ward’s exclusive figures to the Mego Fighting Yank line. Offered in the 1973 catalog along with Hombre and an exclusive playset, Yankee Bravo and The Baron would not return in 1974 and are now considered some of the toughest Mego figures to find, period.
The original Catalog page for the Baron, Hombre and Yankee Bravo. Only “Hombre” would return in 1974.
Above is the Baron, he is near complete as his medallion is missing.
The Baron’s original catalog box and some of the fun gear he came with including a detonator and explosives. Don’t mess with the baron.
Yankee Bravo is missing his eye patch which by our count is far tougher to find than a Robin Mask. I am really not sure what is up with the medallions, probably a way to compete with the GI Joe Adventure team.
Yankee Bravo’s gear and his original Ward’s mailer box.
Thanks to super collector Mark Huckabone we have another glimpse into the inner workings of the Mego toy corporation. This rare early vinyl test head reveals an early rejected head sculpt for Arthur Fonzerelli AKA “The Fonz” from the Mego Happy Days line.
Found at the home of a former Mego employee, this early head sculpt captures Henry Winkler’s features well but in the end Mego chose a friendlier, slightly more stylized approach. Be sure to check out the photo gallery below and for more 50s fun be sure to check out the Mego Museum Happy Days Gallery.
EMCE toys widely anticipated second wave of Night of the Living Dead is now available according to their facebook page and are available for order at fearwerx and Entertainment Earth.
Endcap of Mego Dinah-Mite and Action Jackson Toys
From our sister site Plaidstallions comes this vintage toy store shot circa 1976 that depicts not only a close out of Mego Dinah-Mite dolls, outfits and playsets but Mego Action Jackson sets as well.
For more vintage toy store pictures be sure to visit the PlaidStallions Gallery of Vintage Toystore Photos
Produced in the UK by Mego for then toy distributor Wiggins Teape, the Steve Goalgetter line is a bit of a challenge to collect in the secondary market, mostly because some of it rarely surfaces. Case in point, the Steve Goalgetter “Goal Game”, a play set for the figure to show off his legendary namesake.
Thanks to a submission from Rob (Who is auctioning off this very set right here) we can see that the play set did see production. Another neat piece of foreign Mego found!
For more information visit the Megomuseum Steve Goalgetter Catalog
The good folks at Hake’s Americana, the premier auction house for pop culture, have really outdone themselves with their current slate of auctions which includes more rare carded Mego Superheroes from the Benjamin Holcolmb collection .
Auction 205 begins closing on 03/20/2012 for items 1-1426. For items 1427-3167 closing begins 03/22/2012.
For more information visit Hakes.com
EMCE toys Jack Pierce action figure
EMCE toys had added a gallery of images of their upcoming Jack Pierce exclusive to their face book page. Along with the images of both the Jack figure and the chair, they also have a link where you can pre-order them.
In an interview with the terrific podcast “Geek Shall Inherit” EMCE toys Joe Sena revealed that a limited edition figure of legendary make up artist Jack Pierce will be an exclusive at this April’s Monster Palooza convention.
Pierce will be limited to 50 units and 25 make up chairs will also be available. The chairs will allow you to place Pierce will one of his legendary creations (providing you own any of the Diamond Select Monsters).
Hopefully photos will surface soon.
EMCE toys Website
Monster Palooza Web Site