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Robin Hood & the Merry Men

February 3, 2013
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Toltoys Catalog spread of the Mego Robin Hood Crew

These four figures are delights of color and design.There is simply nothing wrong with them. Robin Hood is a perect head sculpt capturing the essence of the Errol Flynne version of the character. Will Scarlett utilized a headsculpt also used for mego Galahad and Palitoy Zorro but recycling is forgiven when it’s such a nice job.
Little John is no Alan Hale Sr. but is a lively interpretation. Of the four, Friar Tuck is the most commonly found. Robin hood figures came on both Type 1 and 2 bodies, most commonly Type 1.

 

Robin Hood

February 3, 2013
By
Robin Hood Mego
Introduction


Robin Hood Accessory Check

The Mego Robin Hood headsculpt is a wonderful homage to actor Errol Flynn and shows the amount of effort Mego put into the Merry Men. With no pennies being sent to licensors, Mego put a little more effort into the figures themselves.



Packaging

Mego Robin Hood BoxMego Robin Hood Box

There was only one style of packaging for the Robin Hood line was the same window box style used for the Knights, pirates and Planet of the Apes line. There are variations of these which feature either Marx or Toltoys stickers as these companies distributed the figures in Europe and Australia.

Robin Hood: Original Accessories and Known Repros

 

 

shirt

Robin Hood wears a green and yellow fringed shirt that has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The green on the repro is darker in color and the collar is a little longer. The material used for the arms is also a little slicker. The center section of the shirt is less textured on the repro and the fringe on the sleeves is cut wider and longer. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

pants

Robin wears yellow tights that have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are very similar in color although the the material has that slight shine to it that the original doesn’t have. The thread used to hem the waist is darker on the repro and the crotch is sewn lower. They are unmarked.

 

 

belt

Robin Hood wears green belt, the same design as the Robin yellow belt in the WGSH series. This belt has been reproduced by both Doctor Mego and CTVT. The DM Belt is more accurate is design and texture, but is a much darker green than the original. It is marked DM on the back. The CTVT version is more color accurate but has a slightly different texture imprinted on it. This is most noticable in the buckle where the texture doesn’t fill the buckle area. On the original the buckle is filled with texture. The CTVT is marked CTV on the back.

 

 

bow

Robin Hood has the same bow Wil Scarlet as well as Green Arrow and Speedy from the WGSH line. It has been very accurately factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the side by the handle. CTVT’s version is lighter in color and marked CTV by the handle.



Quiver

 

quiver

Robin’s quiver is the same one found on Wil Scarlet as well as Speedy from the WGSH line. It has been factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the back of the quiver itself. CTVT’s version is very light in color with a longer strap. It is marked CTV on the face of the quiver.



 

knife

Robin Hood carries a blade also found on Little John, Wil Scarlet, Long John Silver in the Pirate line, as well as the Lion Rock version of the Western figures. CTVT has made a reproduction. The repro is lighter gray and has a lot of noticable flashing. It is marked CTV on the blade. There is also a vintage Mego era reproduction on the Tim Mee Western figures. The Tim Mee version of the blade is identical to the original Mego in most respects. There is a slight color difference. The Tim Mee looks a little more flat grey while the original has a little bit of a shine to it.

 

 

boots

The Robin Hood gang, except for Friar Tuck, all wear the same boots in different colors. They are unique to the line. In the case of Robin Hood, they are green boots. They have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are a touch brigher in color are a touch wider. They are marked CTV.

 

 

hat

Robin Hood and Little John wear the same hat, just in different colors. Robin Hood’s is green. The hat has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are a little brighter in color and have some flashing evident that the originals don’t. The repro’s are marked CTV on the inside.

 

 

heads

Robin’s head has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro has a longer neck than the original and the hair and eyebrows are painted darker brown. The repro is made of a softer material and is unmarked.

Zorro Mego Gallery

March 12, 2015
By

One of the top five Holy Grail Figures, this is the
only action figure ever produced from the 1950’s Disney TV show
popular in reruns in the 1970s. Mego created this 8 inch figure
only in England for the Palitoy company for only one year—1977.
It’s rarity, combined with it’s quality and the popularity of the
character make for an extremely expensive collectible.

Zorro uses Mego Galahad’s head and Mego Blackbeard’s
sword.

The shirt and trousers are made of a soft, satiney
fabric. The hemmed cape made of soft flowing polyester is fairly
unique among Mego figures. The body is a Star Trek booted body.

Here we see Zorro posing perfectly on a black Action
Jackson stallion.

Photos of Rob Chatlin’s Zorro by Scott C. Adams

beautiful Mego Zorro Figure

Close up of Mego Zorro hatless (Palitoy collection).

Below is a more detailed scan of Palitoy Zorros deluxe
cardboard accommodations, courtesy of the curator.

Mego Zorromego Palitoy Zorro MIB

Zorro Accessories



Loose Zorro


hat

The black Zorro hat is unique to the character. It is very similar in style to the Wyatt Earp hat, the big difference (besides color) is the material. The Zorro hat is a very flexible rubbery material. There is a factory made version of the Earp hat in black made by Classic TV Toys. The repro is a firmer plastic and has a much shorter crown. It is unmarked.



sword

Zorro uses the same sword as the Blackbeard figure from the Pirates line. It has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is very accurate. It is a little less flexible and usually has a little flashing on the edges. It is marked CTV on the blade.




cape

Zorro’s cape is made from a different material than the rest of his outfit. It is a soft materal while the suit is made of a shiny nylon material, and has not been factory reproduced.




shirt

Zorro’s shirt is a shiny nylon material and is unique to the character. It has not been factory reproduced.




pants

Zorro’s pants are made of a shiny nylon material and are unique to the character. They have not been factory reproduced, however, pants from the Chinese Guerilla figure in the Lion Rock line are very similar in material and fit. They are often used as a substitute.




heads

Zorro shares a head sculpt with the Knight’s Galahad and Robin Hood’s Wil Scarlett. A good repaint of those heads or their reproductions can produce an almost factory reproduction. The Zorro head has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is more narrow and has a more narrow painted mask and a more rounded mustache. The head is unmarked. The Galahad/Wil Scarlett head has been reproduced by Doc Mego, but with black hair instead of brown. No mustache is on the head, but this head can produce a pretty accurate looking reproduction Zorro head. The DM head is marked DM on the back of the neck, and is a little more narrow in the face than an original Mego head.




body

Zorro comes on the type 2 version of the trek boot leg body. The boots on the boot leg body are molded on as part of the lower leg. Only CTVT offers a repro of the boot leg body. CTVT’s bodies (marked Figures, Inc. on the back) tend to run a touch shorter, are more fragile, and have a slightly different design. A telltale sign of the CTVT body are the legs that tend to snap together at the knees.



Teen Titans

July 15, 2013
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Highly sought-after for their rarity, the Teen Titans are undoubtedly very cool Megos, especially all together. Very bright and colorful, their 7 inch scale makes them extra-special. They were the only DC characters to get the molded glove treatment. One can only wonder what might have happened had Mego continued releasing new characters or (heaven forbid!) revising older models. A seven inch Robin is on many wish-lists.

The gloves and boots on the Titans are soft molded rubber, very colorful and appealing, and it seems like Mego was experimenting with more effective ways of portraying super-costumes. The drawback on the Titans is that the boots were so formfitting that they didn’t allow for tights that went all the way to the foot. The results are pants at the knees that tend to ride up. The other drawback is that the soft rubber can tear if you are not careful removing and replacing the boot!

Titans are also susceptible to head graying, particularly Wondergirl. That, combined with a limited run make them harder to get than most Megos. I have no explanation whatsoever as to why most incomplete Kid Flashes are missing their left glove if they are missing anything.

The photo from the back of the Titan card shows Wondergirl with sleeves on her unitard. This is thought to be a prototype, not a produced variation.

$2.99 at Toy “R’ Us. Uh-huh? Right. You and your time machine fantasy again.

speedy

Green Arrow’s sidekick Speedy is probably the best Titan. Great face, the mask is raised. The belt is stunningly sturdy, with heavy teeth in the clasp. He wears the same quiver the Robin Hood fellows do, and he carries the same bow. It’s a little big, but with those gloves, it doesn’t really matter.

The hat is the piece de resistance, and the first thing missing. Given the accessory-risk this figure has, his value is quite real.

Loose Speedy

Gloves

 

gloves

Speedy’s gloves have been factory reproduced by Doctor Mego. The reproductions are a little brighter yellow, a little more glossy, and a little firmer plastic. Original Speedy gloves are very soft and flexible. The reproductions are unmarked.



 

boots

Speedy’s boots have been factory reproduced by Doc Mego as well. The reproductions are a little brighter yellow, a little more glossy and a little firmer plastic. Like the gloves, original Speedy boots are very soft and flexible. The reproductions are unmarked.



 

belt

Speedy’s belt is unique to the character and has been factory reproduced by Doc Mego. The reproduction is accurate to the original in every way and is near impossible to spot, except that the reproduction doesn’t have the belt buckle sticker the orginal has. Of course that sticker is often missing on original belts. The best bet is to find one that doesn’t look so new. The repro is unmarked making it near impossible to tell the difference.



Quiver

 

quiver

Speedy’s quiver is the same one found on a couple figures in the Robin Hood line and has been factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the back of the quiver itself. CTVT’s version is very light in color with a longer strap. It is marked CTV on the face of the quiver.



 

hat

Speedy’s wears a very slightly different hat than his mentor Green Arrow. Speedy’s is in yellow. The hat is unique to the character and a factory reproduction has not been made.



 

bow

Speedy has the same bow as Green Arrow and a couple characters from the Robin Hood line and has been very accurately factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the side by the handle. CTVT’s version is lighter in color and marked CTV by the handle.

kidflash

Kid’s insignia is a rubber-type material that is actually “fused” (?) into the fabric. No sticker.

The base plastic for his head is yellow, so he doesn’t gray, but has plenty of paint-rub problems.

Loose Kid Flash

Gloves

 

gloves

Kid Flash’s gloves have been factory reproduced by Doctor Mego. The reproductions are a little brighter red, a little more glossy, and a little firmer plastic. Original KF gloves are very soft and flexible. The reproductions are unmarked.



 

boots

Kid Flash’s boots have been factory reproduced by Doc Mego as well. The reproductions are a little brighter yellow, a little more glossy and a little firmer plastic. Like the gloves, original KF boots are very soft and flexible. The reproductions are unmarked.

 



wondergirl

You might feel taken if you buy a Wondergirl. Sure, she’s rare, hard to find mint and complete, but it’s a lame Mego.

First, there is no articulation in the arms. Second, she looks like she’s twelve. Very cute face, usually terribly pale.

The stars on her costume are screen printed. The necklace is stiff yellow plastic, but it’s formed to follow her breast line, which is a nice touch I suppose.

Pictured on the right is the only known sleeved Wonder Girl, this popped up in a lot on ebay several years back. Thanks to Keene Silfer for the photo.

Loose Wondergirl

Necklace

 

necklace

Wondergirl’s necklace is unique to the figure and there are no factory made reproductions available. Often, you will see a pink version of this necklace that looks very similar. It is not a Wondergirl variation, it belongs to the 12″ Star Trek Ilia figure.



 

boots

Titan boots are made of a softer material than most other WGSH. They are soft and flexible. There are no factory made reproductions of these boots available and they are unique to the character.



aqualad

Looks like a kid I knew in Junior High that always got picked on. He’s simply…”dweeby”.

HE had a sticker on his belt, a yellow a similar to Aquaman’s.

Loose Aqualad

Gloves

 

gloves

Aqualad’s gloves have been factory reproduced by Doctor Mego. The reproductions are a little brighter blue, a little more glossy, and a little firmer plastic. Original Aqualad gloves are very soft and flexible. The reproductions are unmarked.



 

boots

Aqualad’s boots have been factory reproduced by Doc Mego as well. The reproductions are a little brighter blue, a little more glossy and a little firmer plastic. Like the gloves, original Aqualad boots are very soft and flexible. The reproductions are unmarked.



Emblem

 

emblem

There are no factory reproductions for Aqualad’s belt sticker. However, there are a lot of high quality home made paper and cloth emblems out there. The original Aqualad emblem is paper and like the all the other mego paper emblems, originals look a little rough around the print edges. If the edges between the black and the yellow are too straight and clean, it’s a repro.

Green Arrow

July 13, 2013
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Green Arrow Mego Museum Trading Card Art






1974 Introduction



It is a consensus within Mego collecting circles that Green Arrow is the finest WGSH figure ever produced. The attention to detail
really highlights a company on top of their game production wise. Arrow was introduced in the 1975 wave of characters, all of which were superior design wise, he is the only DC character to surface that year and was the last 8″ DC hero produced (The  Teen Titans were 6″ folks) Ollie seems like a somewhat logical choice for Mego, he had recently made a guest shot on the Superfriends and was a regular in the Justice League books at the time. Mego even made his sidekick  Speedy in 1976.

Mego Green Arrow Box was based on the artwork of Alex Toth

 

green-arrow

Mego Green Arrow used Long John Silver as a base.

Whomever sculpted the Mego Green Arrow simply repurposed the head sculpt of the Long John Silver figure from the previous year’s “World’s Greatest Super Pirates” line of figures.

Green Arrow Costume Variations

 

This chart produced by Tom shows the many variations of Mego Green Arrow, the figure was released on both body styles although GA is more commonly found on a type 2 body.

Green Arrow Window Box

 

The Green Arrow window box is the most commonly found packaging, it also one of the most pleasing. The artwork on the back is a copy of an Alex Toth character sheet for the Superfriends. (above)

Learn all about the Comic Book Origins of Mego Art in the MegoLibrary.

 

Green Arrow Kresge Card

 

1974 Mego Kresge Green Arrow Backside MOC

1974 Mego Kresge Green Arrow Backside MOC

1974 Mego Kresge Green Arrow MOC

1974 Mego Kresge Green Arrow MOC

The Green Arrow’s arrival circa 1975 signifies a change in the Kresge Header for DC Characters, this is one of the toughest Kresge cards to find. It also suggests that Green Arrow was released in late 1974 as none of the other figures from the 1975 wave (such as  Falcon) were released on Kresge cards.

Green Arrow 1976 Card

 

This mint example of a very rare 1976 US Card shows a Green Arrow whose dark green suit has, typically,faded to light green. Collection of Scott C. Adams photo by Benjamin Holcomb, World’s Greatest Toys.

 

Green Arrow Yellow Vest MOC


Green Arrow on his US Card is a very difficult item to find, let alone a yellow  vested version as on display here (Thanks go to Tom for this great photo).

 

1977 US Card

 

1977 A Green Arrow with Butterfly hole punch

1977 A Green Arrow with Butterfly hole punch

Above are 1977 “A” carded versions of the Green Arrow, the most notable feature of these figures is the butterfly punch and the thinner plastic bubble.

1977 A Green Arrow backside color variation with Aquaman purple

1977 A Green Arrow backside color variation with Aquaman purple

While both backers are non glossy on these versions, what’s unique about the card on the left is it’s purple backer, proving to many that there was an Aquaman in this A card series as well..

 

Green Arrow Red Card

Red Card Green Arrow shown above. Red cards are believed to be Mego’s attempt to close out figures in the late seventies after
they were cut from assortments. Other known red carded figures are Riddler, Batgirl and Aquaman.

Green Arrow Lili Ledy

Here is Lili Ledy Green Arrow (AKA Fleche Verde) in all of his glory, a boxed example has not surfaced but Ollie came in Fist Fighting (Yeah that’s right, a fist fighting Green Arrow!) and a non fist fighting version. He is one of the top four hardest to get Lili
Ledy Megos. Photo courtesy of  Foreign Mego Archive.

Green Arrow Car

Mego gave Green Arrow a set of wheels as well, click on the image to check out the Mego Green Arrow Car!

Green Arrow did not appear in any other Mego Super Hero lines but he is featured on the Hall of Justice Playset alongside his longtime friend Green Lantern

 

Mego Museum Accessory CheckMego Museum Accessory Check: Identify original and repro parts.

 

Loose Green Arrow

 

suit

Green Arrow’s suit has been factory reproduced by Doctor Mego. The colors are a little different on the repro, but it’s difficult to state the differences since original Green Arrow suits, probably due to fading, vary in color. The cuff and shoulder piece material on the repro is darker green, and green on both sides, where as the original is white on the back side. The other big difference is the collar area. The reproduction is rounded all the way around the collar and the original comes to a point in the front.



 

boots

Both DM and CTVT have made boots. DM’s are a thicker plastic, more round around the edges and stamped DM on the bottom. CTVT’s are closer in thickness but are also slightly different in shape. They are unmarked.



Quiver

 

quiver

Green Arrow’s Quiver is unique to the character and has been factory reproduced by Doc Mego. The reproduction is very accurate with a slight difference in plastic material used. The repro is marked DM on the back.



 

hat

Green Arrow’s green hat is unique to the character, although the style was also used for Speedy. It has been factory reproduced by Doc Mego. The reproduction is very accurate with a slight difference in plastic material used. The repro is marked DM on the inside.



 

bow

Green Arrow has the same bow as Speedy and a couple characters from the Robin Hood line and has been very accurately factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the side by the handle. CTVT’s version is lighter in color and marked CTV by the handle.

Zorro

April 14, 2013
By

One of the top five Holy Grail Figures, this is the only action figure ever produced from the 1950’s Disney TV show popular in reruns in the 1970s. Mego created this 8 inch figure only in England for the Palitoy company for only one year—1977.

It’s rarity, combined with it’s quality and the popularity of the character make for an extremely expensive collectible.

Zorro uses Mego Galahad’s head and Mego Blackbeard’s
sword.

The shirt and trousers are made of a soft, satiny fabric. The hemmed cape made of soft flowing polyester is fairly unique among Mego figures. The body is a Star Trek booted body.

Here we see Zorro posing perfectly on a black Action Jackson stallion.

Photos of Rob Chatlin’s Zorro by Scott C. Adams

beautiful Mego Zorro Figure

Close up of Mego Zorro hatless (Palitoy collection).

Below is a more detailed scan of Palitoy Zorros deluxe cardboard accommodations, courtesy of the curator.

Mego Zorromego Palitoy Zorro MIB

Zorro Accessories



Loose Zorro


hat

The black Zorro hat is unique to the character. It is very similar in style to the Wyatt Earp hat, the big difference (besides color) is the material. The Zorro hat is a very flexible rubbery material. There is a factory made version of the Earp hat in black made by Classic TV Toys. The repro is a firmer plastic and has a much shorter crown. It is unmarked.



sword

Zorro uses the same sword as the Blackbeard figure from the Pirates line. It has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is very accurate. It is a little less flexible and usually has a little flashing on the edges. It is marked CTV on the blade.




cape

Zorro’s cape is made from a different material than the rest of his outfit. It is a soft materal while the suit is made of a shiny nylon material, and has not been factory reproduced.




shirt

Zorro’s shirt is a shiny nylon material and is unique to the character. It has not been factory reproduced.




pants

Zorro’s pants are made of a shiny nylon material and are unique to the character. They have not been factory reproduced, however, pants from the Chinese Guerilla figure in the Lion Rock line are very similar in material and fit. They are often used as a substitute.




heads

Zorro shares a head sculpt with the Knight’s Galahad and Robin Hood’s Wil Scarlett. A good repaint of those heads or their reproductions can produce an almost factory reproduction. The Zorro head has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is more narrow and has a more narrow painted mask and a more rounded mustache. The head is unmarked. The Galahad/Wil Scarlett head has been reproduced by Doc Mego, but with black hair instead of brown. No mustache is on the head, but this head can produce a pretty accurate looking reproduction Zorro head. The DM head is marked DM on the back of the neck, and is a little more narrow in the face than an original Mego head.




body

Zorro comes on the type 2 version of the trek boot leg body. The boots on the boot leg body are molded on as part of the lower leg. Only CTVT offers a repro of the boot leg body. CTVT’s bodies (marked Figures, Inc. on the back) tend to run a touch shorter, are more fragile, and have a slightly different design. A telltale sign of the CTVT body are the legs that tend to snap together at the knees.



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Little John

February 3, 2013
By
Little John Mego
Introduction

While not bigger than the other figures, Mego Little John’s headsculpt has
captured the somewhat cocky side of the character very well.

Check the Accessories of Little John

Packaging

Mego Little John Box

Mego Little John Box

Note that Little John is shown with a Tarzan
Knife
on the back of the box.

Little John: Original Accessories and Known Repros

 

shirt

Little John wears a brown and yellow hooded shirt that has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The repro’s hood has a little less room and the yellow is a little brighter in color. The material is also a little smoother. The neckline on the orignal is more open, where the repro has the yellow part of the shirt coming right up to the neck. The brown portions of the repro lean on the olive side of brown where the original shirt has a pretty pure brown color. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

pants

Little John wears brown tights that have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s color is on the olive side of brown, while the originals are a more pure brown. The material on the repro is a touch thicker and more smooth than the originals. They are unmarked.

 

 

belt

Little John wears brown belt, the same design as the Robin yellow belt in the WGSH series. This belt has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is lighter in color and has a slightly different texture imprinted on it. This is most noticable in the buckle where the texture doesn’t fill the buckle area. On the original the buckle is filled with texture. The repro is marked CTV on the back.

 

 

staff

Friar Tuck and Little John both carry the same staff. The staff has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a little thicker and lighter in color. It is marked CTV on the side.

 

 

knife

Little John carries a blade also found on Robin Hood, Wil Scarlet, Long John Silver in the Pirate line, as well as the Lion Rock version of the Western figures. CTVT has made a reproduction. The repro is lighter gray and has a lot of noticable flashing. It is marked CTV on the blade. There is also a vintage Mego era reproduction on the Tim Mee Western figures. The Tim Mee version of the blade is identical to the original Mego in most respects. There is a slight color difference. The Tim Mee looks a little more flat grey while the original has a little bit of a shine to it.

 

 

boots

The Robin Hood gang, except for Friar Tuck, all wear the same boots in different colors. They are unique to the line. In the case of Little John, they are brown boots. They have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are lighter brown and very smooth, were the orignals have a little texture to them. They repro’s are also a touch wider. They are marked CTV.

 

 

hat

Robin Hood and Little John wear the same hat, just in different colors. Little John’s is brown. The hat has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are a darker brown in color and have some flashing evident that the originals don’t. The repro’s are marked CTV on the inside.

 

 

heads

Little John’s head has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is shorter than the original and the hair and eyebrows are painted darker brown. The repro is made of a softer material and is unmarked.

Will Scarlett

February 3, 2013
By
Will Scarlett Mego

Introduction

Will Scarlet utilized a headsculpt also used for Mego Galahad and Palitoy Zorro His striking colors make him the most visually pleasing Merry Man.

Accessory Check Will Scarlett

Mego Catalog

For the 1975 Mego Catalog cover the Will Scarlett head sculpt was not yet prepared, so Aquaman stood in for him.

Packaging

Mego Will Scarlett BoxMego Will Scarlett Box

Wil Scarlet: Original Accessories and Known Repros

 

shirt

Wil Scarlet wears a red shirt with gray arms and a blue hood that has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The repro’s hood has a little less room and the blue is a little darker in color. The material is also a little smoother. The neckline on the original is more open, where the repro has the red part of the shirt coming right up to the neck. The red portions of the repro are a little darker in color. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

pants

Wil wears gray tights that have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are very similar in color although the the material has that slight shine to it that the original doesn’t have. The thread used to hem the waist is darker on the repro and the crotch is sewn lower. They are unmarked.

 

 

belt

Wil Scarlet’s belt is shared by Long John Silver in the Pirate line as well as the Black Knight in the Knights line. This belt has been reproduced by CTVT and Doctor Mego. Both reproductions are very accurate and very tough to spot, especially since neither is marked as a repro. There are two giveaways to the CTVT repro. The tip of the belt that slides through the buckle is rounded instead of pointed like the original and inside looking at the scabbard part you will notice some flashing not on the original. The Doc Mego reproduction is near impossible to spot. The DM repro will look new and glossy, more so than an original on a 30 year old loose figure. Otherwise, it’s near impossible to tell.



 

bow

Wil Scarlet has the same bow as Robin Hood as well as Green Arrow and Speedy from the WGSH line. It has been very accurately factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the side by the handle. CTVT’s version is lighter in color and marked CTV by the handle.



Quiver

 

quiver

Wil’s quiver is the same one found on Robin Hood as well as Speedy from the WGSH line. It has been factory reproduced by both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys. Doc’s version is very close in appearance but is a touch darker in color. It is marked DM on the back of the quiver itself. CTVT’s version is very light in color with a longer strap. It is marked CTV on the face of the quiver.



 

knife

Wil Scarlet carries a blade also found on Little John, Robin Hood, Long John Silver in the Pirate line, as well as the Lion Rock version of the Western figures. CTVT has made a reproduction. The repro is lighter gray and has a lot of noticable flashing. It is marked CTV on the blade. There is also a vintage Mego era reproduction on the Tim Mee Western figures. The Tim Mee version of the blade is identical to the original Mego in most respects. There is a slight color difference. The Tim Mee looks a little more flat grey while the original has a little bit of a shine to it.

 

 

sword

Wil Scarlet is the only figure in the Robin Hood line to carry a sword. This sword is unique to the character and has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a little smaller in size with some flashing evident. The repro is marked CTV on the blade.

 

 

boots

The Robin Hood gang, except for Friar Tuck, all wear the same boots in different colors. They are unique to the line. In the case of Wil Scarlett, they are red boots. They have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are a darker red are a touch wider. They are marked CTV.

 

 

heads

Wil shares a head sculpt with the Knight’s Galahad and the Palitoy Zorro figure, although Zorro has a different paint job. The Wil Scarlet head has been reproduced by Doc Mego, but with black hair instead of brown. The DM head is marked DM on the back of the neck, and is a little more narrow in the face than an original Mego head, and made of a harder material. The head has also been reproduced by CTVT. The big difference in the CTVT head comes in the paint. The CTVT has darker brown hair and eyebrows. The head is made of a softer material than the original mego head. The CTVT is unmarked.

Friar Tuck

February 3, 2013
By

Introduction

Mego Friar Tuck is the most commonly found figure in the line. He
is a well-made figure and can usually be found for a great price.

Friar Tuck Accessory check

Packaging

Mego Friar Tuck BoxMego Friar Tuck Box

There was only one style of packaging for the Robin Hood line was the same window box style used for the Super Knights, super pirates and Planet of the Apes line. There are variations of these which feature either Marx or Toltoys stickers as these companies distributed the figures in Europe and Australia.

Friar Tuck: Original Accessories and Known Repros



 

robe

Friar Tuck wears a robe that is unique to the character. The robe has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The repro is more of a pure brown in color while the original is just a touch closer to the red side of brown. The material of the repro is a little more slick feeling and the sleeve openings are a little larger. The overlapping flap on the repro comes to a corner where the original is rounded and the original has a light color thread while the repro uses the same brown color thread the suit is made of. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

bag

Tuck has a bag tied around his waist with a belt made of a yarn. The bag has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a little lighter in color and the belt is a heavy black string which, while heavy for string, is thinner than the original yarn belt. The orignal bag has a hole at the top while the repro does not. The repro bag is marked CTV on the side.

 

 

staff

Friar Tuck and Little John both carry the same staff. The staff has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a little thicker and lighter in color. It is marked CTV on the side.

 

Sandals

 

sandals

The good Friar wears a pair of sandals that are unique to the character. They have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are a little lighter in color, the soles are a little thinner, and the straps are a little wider. They are marked CTV.

 

 

heads

Tuck’s head has been reproduced by CTVT and pretty accurately. The biggest difference is the paint color. The hair and eyebrows are darker brown on the repro and the eyebrows are painted a little thicker. The repro is unmarked.

Super Knights

February 3, 2013
By

 The World’s Greatest Super-Knights are one of our personal favorites. Growing up, many of us had no idea these figures existed in the first place, and they are DELUXE Mego offerings! Being characters in the public domain Mego could spend more money on accessories and detailing, and are therefore among their best work in the 8 inch scale.

Unfortunately, once high demand has decreased substantially for the Mego Knights (as well as the Mego Robin Hood and Pirates ) after they were reproduced in the early 2000s by CTVT.

Produced only in boxes (1975-76) they feature wonderful detailing and design. A Camelot playset was planned, but not produced. It was later used as the Witches castle exclusive for the WOZ line. Mego Guenivere was never produced but the Jousting Horse has surfaced in Europe.

Mego Super Knights in the 1975 Marx Catalog

Mego Super Knights in the 1975 Marx Catalog

This page from the 1975 Marx UK Toy Catalog showcases some very early renditions of the Knights. Note the superhero boots and the missing belts and details.

 

 

The Mego Super Knights were sold in Two Packs in Germany, click the gallery of every Knight but Galahad to see more!

 

Galahad

February 3, 2013
By
Mego Galahad Knight

Introduction

 

Sir Galahad, Ivanhoe, and Mego Lancelot come in sealed body armor. That is, the two halves of his torso are glued together, so it cannot be removed except with the utmost care, an Xacto and some Super-glue. Considering the short run of these figures, it is notable that they come on both body types.

Galahad has a yellow feather on top of his helmet, which is a NICE piece of work. Comes also with belt/scabbard.

Galahad’s head was so handsome they used him for Will
Scarlet
and Palitoy Zorro.


Window Box

The Super Knights were only released in these deluxe window boxes. Each had the same painted cardboard insert and the figures were secured to the insert with white twist ties.

Mego Launcelot Window Box

The box backs feature photographs of early production samples of the figures with shiny metallic finish on the armor.

Mego Launcelot Box back

Galahad: Original Accessories and Known Repros

 

suit

Galahad wears a full body jumpsuit made of a silver chainmail looking material. The jumper has been repro’d by Classic TV Toys. The material on the repro is a touch thicker and is sewn a little lower in the crotch. The sleeves are hemmed a little higher the suit is unmarked.

 

Body Armor

 

body armor

Galahad wears body armor with his blue crest on the front. The body armor isn’t removable without breaking the glued seal on the joints. The shoulder armor is removable though. The armor has been factory reproduced by CTVT. The repro doesn’t have as smooth a finish, and the details are a little more dull. The repro is stamped CTV on both the back and front around the belt line.

 

Shoulder Armor

 

shoulder armor

Galahad’s removable shoulder armor is a matched set, both the left and right are identical. The shoulder armor snaps onto the body armor. The shoulder armor has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproductions are a little wider and are not as smooth around the edges. They are unmarked.

 

Shield

 

shield

Galahad carries an orange shield with his blue crest on the front. This shield has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a slightly deeper orange, and the blue emblem is a lighter shade of blue. The handle on the back of the repro shields are prone to falling off much easier than an original. The shield is stamped CTV on the center of the blue crest.

 

Helmet

 

helmet

Galahad wears a helmet with a removable visor/face guard and yellow feather. This helmet has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is smaller is size overall, and the details are more pronounced. The reproduction is unmarked.

 

 

boots

Galahad wears the same rounded toe boots as Ivanhoe. The boots have been reproduced by both Doctor Mego and CTVT. Doc’s boots are a little bigger in size and thicker in material. They are also a little more gray than silver compared to the originals and are marked DM on the bottom. The CTVT boots are also larger in size. They have a speckled look to them and are marked CTV on the side of the knee area.

 

 

belt

Galahad and Lancelot wear the same belt that holds their sword. This belt has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is accurate, but is made of a more stiff material, making it feel almost brittle. The repro belt is unmarked.

 

 

sword

King Arthur, Galahad and Lancelot all carry the same sword, which is unique to the Knights line. The sword has be reproduced by CTVT and very accurately. The only real difference is a slight texture on the repro in the chrome on the blade. That, and the repro has a little more flashing. The repro is marked CTV on the blade near the hilt.

 

 

heads

Galahad shares a head sculpt with the Robin Hood’s Wil Scarlet and the Palitoy Zorro figure, although Zorro has a different paint job. The head has been reproduced by Doc Mego, but with black hair instead of brown. The DM head is marked DM on the back of the neck, and is a little more narrow in the face than an original Mego head, and made of a harder material. The head has also been reproduced by CTVT. The big difference in the CTVT head comes in the paint. The CTVT has darker brown hair and eyebrows. The head is made of a softer material than the original mego head. The CTVT is unmarked.

Black Knight

February 3, 2013
By
Mego Black Knight Figure


Introduction

This is about as close to the Monty Python version of the Black Knight as it gets, which only enhances his status as one of the coolest Megos.

He comes with black scabbard belt, helmet with white bat-wings,shield with bat symbol, shoulder plates, and a sword with very thin hand-guard.

Again, Mego Robin-style booties for shoes, black this time. He has same head as Mego Wild Bill Hickock , which is a big drawback. In comparison to the heads that were crafted for the other three knights, he’s just…well. He’s a tiny-headed redneck with a big mustache. Good thing his helmet totally kicks ass.

 

Window Box

The Super Knights were only released in these deluxe window boxes.Each had the same painted cardboard insert and the figures were secured to the insert with white twist ties.

Mego Launcelot Window Box

The box backs feature photographs of early production samples of the figures with shiny metallic finish on the armor. Note the distinctly different bat insignia on the tunic.

Mego Launcelot Box back

German Two Pack



 



Mego Black Knight

In Germany, four of the Super Knights were offered in two-packs, Launcelot was packed with the Black Knight. Scan courtesy of Gerhard.

Black Knight: Original Accessories and Known Repros

 

suit

The main portion of Black Knights suit is black with silver chainmail type material for sleeves. It has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The reproduction is fairly accurate, although it is sewn a little wider throughout the body and is overall longer. The repro is unmarked.

 

Emblem

 

emblem

Black Knight is one of the few figures outside of the WGSH line to sport a sticker emblem. The sticker has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro isn’t as detailed. The image is smaller, the white lines are not as defined, and there are no facial features on the repro. It is unmarked.

 

 

pants

Black Knight is the only figure in the knights line to have pants. The pants are made of the same silver chainmail type material as the jumpers most of the other knights wear. The pants have been repro’d by CTVT. The material is a touch thicker and fits a little more snug. They are sewn a little lower in the crotch and are unmarked.

 

Shoulder Armor

 

shoulder armor

Since BK has no chest armor, he is the only knight with shoulder armor that doesn’t attach to anything. His slides up the arms and sits there. This shoulder armor has been reproduced by CTV. The repro is similar in color, yet duller in detail. There is some rough flashing spots on the repro as well, and it’s marked CTV on the side.

 

Neck Armor

 

neck armor

Black Knights neck is protected by armor that is also reproduced by CTV. Like the shoulder armor, it’s similar in color, yet rougher around the edges. It’s marked CTV on one shoulder.



Shield

 

shield

BK carries a shield that sports his crest. It has been reproduced by CTV. The reproduction has some flashing evident and the painted emblem has black lines throughout the wings that the original does not have. Also some black details on the face which the original does not have. The repro is stamped CTV in the middle of the belly of the beast.

 

Helmet

 

helmet

Black Knights helmet has two white wings that can be separated from the helmet. This helmet has been reproduced by CTV. The helmet and wings of the repro have flashing evident that the original does not have, especially around the eye slit. The wings are a little bigger as well. The repro helmet itself is unmarked, but the detachable wings are stamped CTV.

 

 

shoes

Black Knight wears a black version of the Robin shoe. This color is unique to BK. The shoes have been reproduced by both Doctor Mego and CTVT. The CTVT repro’s are made of a stiffer material, are just a touch longer and are not as smooth in texture as the originals. They are marked CTV on the inside. The DM shoes are very smooth and glossy. They are even cleaner looking than originals and made of a softer, more flexible material. They are stamped DM on the inside.

 

 

belt

BK’s belt is shared by Wil Scarlett in the Robin Hood line as well as Long John Silver in the pirate line. This belt has been reproduced by CTVT and Doctor Mego. Both reproductions are very accurate and very tough to spot, especially since neither is marked as a repro. There are two giveaways to the CTVT repro. The tip of the belt that slides through the buckle is rounded instead of pointed like the original and inside looking at the scabbard part you will notice some flashing not on the original. The Doc Mego reproduction is near impossible to spot. The DM repro will look new and glossy, more so than an original on a 30 year old loose figure. Otherwise, it’s near impossible to tell.



 

sword

Black Knights sword is unique to the character and has not been factory reproduced. The CTVT reproduction Black Knight comes with the same sword as the other knights, which is not the sword the original Mego BK carries.

 

 

heads

Black Knight shares a head sculpt and paint job with Wild Bill from the western line. The head has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a softer material, a little duller in features, and the paint job varies, especially in the eyes which are painted larger. The head was also reproduced during the Mego era by Tim Mee Toys for the western line. The Tim Mee head is a vintage reproduction and the biggest difference is material. It’s a little softer. A big visual giveaway is the white dots in the eyes. All repro heads are unmarked.

Davey Crockett

February 3, 2013
By
Introduction

 

Davy Crockett Accessory CheckThe King of the Wild Frontier (and Alamo defender) completed the
Wild West Series.

The hardest to find of the series, Davey is arguably the most popular
in the line.

The King of the Wild Frontier (and Alamo defender) completed the
Wild West Series.

The hardest to find of the series, Davey is arguably the most
popular in the line. Like many of the public domain legend characters,
Mego put a little more into Mr. Crockett’s accessories, he not
only has a rifle but a powder horn and a knife for good measure.



Solid Box




Davey Crockett

 

 

Another wonderful example of Gray Morrow Artwork.

 

 

 



Kresge Card




Davey CrockettDavey Crockett also came on a Kresge card or “first issue” card,
American West have the distinction of being the most inexpensive
Mego figures on this form of packaging.


German Two Pack



 



Davey Crockett

In Germany Davey came in this large two pack box which also featured Cochise



Lion Rock




Davey Crockett

LionRock carded Davey is rarely seen, according to Ron (the owner
who donated this fine pic) he has a Robin Hood Dagger instead of
his regular Mego knife..



Timee Toys




Davey Crockett

In the early 80s, Tim Mee toys reissued the Mego American West
using different packaging. The Tim Mee reissues are easy to spot,
the paint jobs are sloppier and the materials used slightly different.
This picture is courtesy of Lou at Mego
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Artwork




Davey Crockett

The original Gray Morrow artwork is signifigantly larger than
the packaging itself. Morrow also did the art for the Mad Monster
Series. Photo courtesy of Ron.


pants

Davey’s pants are made of a light weight nylon material and has a little shine to them. These pants have been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. This reproduction is easy to spot. The repro pants are also made of a light weight material but is lighter brown and has an almost scaled texture. These repro’s reflect a lot of light, giving them a sparkling effect. The CTVT’s are unmarked. The vintage reproduction made by Tim Mee toys are very different from the original Mego. They are a made of a more standard cloth and a lighter brown in color.



shirt

Although similar in design to Buffalo Bill’s shirt, Davey Crockett’s deerskin shirt is different and unique to the character. It has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys, although the reproduction is a much darker brown and made of a softer, more flexible material and is easy to spot. The fringe on the sleeves is also longer on the CTVT version, and the belt buckle is smaller. It is unmarked. The vintage reproduction by Tim Mee Toys is very similar to the original, although a slightly ligher brown in color. The thread holding the chest fringe on the TM version only runs the lenth of the two sections of fringe, where on the original it goes all the way across the chest. The belt buckle on the Tim Mee shirt is a little thicker and more rounded on the edges. The belt is wider, filling the height of the opening of the buckle, unlike the Mego version.



cap

The coon skin cap worn by Davey is unique to the character and has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a darker, more pure brown, while the original has a bit of a reddish tint to it. Otherwise it’s an accurate reproduction and it is unmarked. Also reproduced by Tim Mee toys during the mego era, the TM version is an exact reproduction with nothing setting it apart.



horn

Davey’s powder horn is unique to the character and has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a darker, more pure brown, while the original has a bit of a reddish tint to it. Otherwise it’s an accurate reproduction and it is unmarked. Also reproduced by Tim Mee toys during the mego era, the TM version is an exact reproduction with nothing setting it apart.



rifle

The rifle Davey carries is common to many figures in the Western line and has been factory reproduced by CTVT. The original is brown with reddish tints where the repro is a pretty pure brown and is lighter in overall color. The repro is marked CTV on the stock. Also made during the Mego era by Tim Mee toys for their version of the westrern figures, the vintage Tim Mee reproduction is exact in almost every way. So exact that a photo doesn’t show the slight difference, which is why it is not pictured. The Tim Mee is just a slightly lighter shade of brown and just a touch more on the reddish side, although not near as different in color as the CTVT reproduction.



knife

Crockett shares a blade with Cochise and Tiger Jack from the Willer line. It has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a little shorter and wider. The original is marked H.K. (Hong Kong) on the blade, and the repro is unmarked. Both the Lion Rock and the Tim Mee Davey came with a the Robin Hood style dagger instead of the proper western knife.


Moccasins


moccasins

Crockett wears the same moccasins as Sitting Bull, Cochise, some characters in the Planet of the Apes line and Starsky from Starsky and Hutch. They come in various shades of brown and burgundy tones. They have been factory reproduced by Classic TV Toys, EMCE Toys and Tim Mee. The CTVT reproductions are a darker brown than originals and are a little shorter with a slightly different overall shape. They are marked CTV on the inside. The EMCE reproductions fall well into the range of color shades you find originals in and the material used to make them is spot on, however, they are taller than originals. You can also notice that the original mocs were poured from the side (the minor flashing is evident) but the new EMCE versions are poured from the back. The other thing that makes the EMCE version spotable is there is a stamp on the inside of each moc. On the one I examined, one moc had the number 1 stamped in it, the other had a 4. To make matters a little more confusing, Tim Mee reproduced the Mego western line back during the Mego era using the same molds. So there are vintage mocs out there that are identical to mego in almost all respects. Color, material, molds, etc… The Tim Mee mocs are just a touch thinner, making them a little more flexible than originals. The big difference is that the Tim Mee’s are marked made in Hong Kong on the bottom, while the original Mego’s are unmarked.




head

Davey Crockett’s head has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a much softer vinyl and has darker brown hair. The details are a little duller and the eyebrows painted a little thinner. The repro head is unmarked. Also made by Tim Mee Toys during the Mego era, the vintage reproduction head is closer in material to the original, but still a little softer. Like the CTVT, the brown hair is a little darker than the original, however, Tim Mee did not put white dots in the eyes like they did with most of the other western heads. The eyebrows on the TM are higher on the head and the pupils of the eyes are smaller.

Long John Silver

February 3, 2013
By
Introduction

 

Mego Blackbeard

Long John Silver is the only character in the Super Pirates line based on Literature, Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island” to be exact.

However Mego made the character a good deal more handsome than he’s ever been portrayed in film, he’s usually a touch shabbier.

Mego went all out including a peg leg, a sword, knife and a parrot!


Seperated at birth?

ga-ljs

It’s believed that Long John Silver and Green Arrow share the same base sculpt. The facial details are distinctly different but the hair is the same. The detail on Silver’s hair is a little softer, so it’s possible that he was a copy of GA.

 

A type 1 and type 2 Long John Silver, note that the peg leg is reversed.

 

Window Box



The Super Pirates were only released in these deluxe window boxes.
Each had the same painted cardboard insert and the figures were
secured to the insert with white twist ties.

Mego Long John Silver Window Box

The box backs feature photographs of early production samples
of the figures.
Mego Long John Silver Box back

Foreign Packaging



The Super Pirates were also released abroad by Toltoys (Australia) and Marx (Europe and UK), they are thought to have been better received in those areas.

Mego Marx Pirate

Above is a Marx Stickered Pirate box, no packaging variations exist, the box is merely stickered.

Boxed Mego Toltoys Pirates

A close up of the Toltoys sticker.

Long John Silver: Original Accessories and Known Repros

 

 

shirt

LJS wears a white and red striped shirt that has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The reproduction has a slightly different weave material, more noticable on the white areas. The red on the original is more bright than on the repro and the repro has more of a turtle neck thing going on. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

pants

Long John Silver’s pants are a teal color, shredded at the legs, with a brown sewn in vinyl waist band. The pants have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are more a light blue than a teal color, the brown vinyl is more textured and the shredded part of the legs are cut longer. The repro’s are unmarked.

 

 

coat

LJS’s wears a deep red color coat with trim sewn on as trim. The coat has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is brighter, lighter red in color and the trim is gold, where the original has pale yellow trim with color highlights. The repro is shorter and has curved shape cuffs that the original does not have. The repro is a little shorter overall and is unmarked.

 

 

socks

The Pirate line is one of the few that featured socks. LJS wears one red and white striped sock. This sock can also be found on Black Beard. The sock has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro sock is a little thicker, longer and the red stripes are not quite as wide. It is unmarked.

 

 

sword

LJS carried a sword that is unique to the character. The sword has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is lighter gray and has a more curved blade. It is marked CTV on the hilt.

 


 

knife

Long John Silver carries a blade also found on some figures in the Robin Hood line, as well as the Lion Rock version of the Western figures. CTVT has made a reproduction. The repro is lighter gray and has a lot of noticable flashing. It is marked CTV on the blade. There is also a vintage Mego era reproduction on the Tim Mee Western figures. The Tim Mee version of the blade is identical to the original Mego in most respects. There is a slight color difference. The Tim Mee looks a little more flat grey while the original has a little bit of a shine to it.



 

belt

LJS’s belt is shared by Wil Scarlett in the Robin Hood line as well as the Black Knight in the Knights line. This belt has been reproduced by CTVT and Doctor Mego. Both reproductions are very accurate and very tough to spot, especially since neither is marked as a repro. There are two giveaways to the CTVT repro. The tip of the belt that slides through the buckle is rounded instead of pointed like the original and inside looking at the scabbard part you will notice some flashing not on the original. The Doc Mego reproduction is near impossible to spot. The DM repro will look new and glossy, more so than an original on a 30 year old loose figure. Otherwise, it’s near impossible to tell.



 

hat

Blackbeard and Long John Silver wear the same hat. The hat has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a little more glossy, a little rougher around the top edges and a little firmer plastic. It is marked CTV on the inside.

 

 

scarf

Long John Silver has a yellow scarf tied around his neck. The scarf has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is longer and tapers down more making it more narrow near the ends than the original. The repro tends to fray more than the original and it is unmarked.



Parrot

 

parrot

A pirate needs his parrot and LJS has one sitting on his shoulder. The parrot has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is lighter, brighter green with duller details. The foot area of the repro is more narrow and is attached to the coat with a rubber band type attachment, where the original is sewn on with cloth. The repro is unmarked.



Pegleg

 

pegleg

Both type 1 and type 2 versions of Long John Silver have a uniqu feature not on any other Mego figures, a peg leg. It should be noted that for some reason which leg has the peg changed from type 1 to type 2. The type 1 peg leg (not pictured) is on the figures left leg, while the type 2 peg leg is on the figures right. The type 2 peg leg body has been reproduced by CTVT. The peg is smaller and more narrow. The leg itself is unmarked, so it it’s been put on an original body it would be unidentified.



 

shoes

LJS wears a black buckled shoe that can only be found on one other Mego character, Captain Patch, of course Patch has two and in the case of LJS, there is only one shoe. The shoe has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is more glossy than the original and has a rough look about the edges. The buckle on the repro is painted white, while the buckle on the original is unpainted. The repro is marked CTV on the inside.



 

heads

The LJS head has been repro’d by CTVT. The repro head is a little wider at the top and made of a less firm material so it’s softer feeling. There are some very subtle differences in paint as well. The repro has lighter brown eyes and slightly darker brown hair. The repro head is unmarked.

Buffalo Bill

February 3, 2013
By
Introduction


Buffalo Bill Accessory CheckThe famous Western showman got a deluxe treatment from Mego, complete with rifle, six gun and a great outfit.

Mego reused Bill’s headsculpt for King Arthur in the Super Knights line and in Italy for the Tex Willer line of figures where he was the comic character Kit Carson


Variations


Buffallo Bill Jacket variations
Variations on outfits aren’t just for Soldier Apes anymore, here are the two types of Buffalo Bills, both pulled from solid boxes.

 

Solid Box


 

Kresge Card


Buffalo Bill also came on a Kresge card and later a Lionrock card.

Lion Rock

LionRock carded Buffalo Bill is rarely seen, according to Ron (the owner who donated this fine pic) he has a Robin Hood Dagger instead of his regular Mego knife..

Timee Toys


 

In the early 80s, Tim Mee toys reissued the Mego American West using different packaging. The Tim Mee reissues are easy to spot, the paint jobs are sloppier and the materials used slightly different. This picture is courtesy of Lou at Mego Like.

 

Artwork


 

The original Gray Morrow artwork is signifigantly larger than the packaging itself. Morrow also did the art for the Mad Monster Series. Photo courtesy of Ron.

 

 

shirt

Although similar in design to Davey Crockett’s shirt, Buffalo Bill’s deerskin shirt is different and unique to the character. It should be noted that there are variations in color on the original Buffalo Bill shirt. The color pictured is pretty common but there is a lighter tan variation. This shirt has been reproduced by Classic TV Toys, although the reproduction is a little darker than the original Mego variations and made of a softer, more flexible material. The fringe on the sleeves and chest are cut longer on the CTVT version, and the belt and belt buckle are smaller. It is also a touch longer than the original and it is unmarked. The vintage reproduction by Tim Mee Toys is very similar to the original in material, although a slightly darker tan in color. The belt buckle on the Tim Mee shirt is a little thicker and more rounded on the edges and is positioned higher up on the shirt than the original Mego version. The TM shirt is overall longer than the original.

 

 

pants

Buffalo Bill wears tan strechy pants with gold trim on the outside of the legs. Usually, these pants have close “sock feet” and the trim only goes down far enough to fit into the boot. Recently, Bill was found with a variant pair of pants. This variant has open feet but is long enough to fit over the toes and heal. The trim on this variant goes all the way to the bottom of the pant legs. The common closed toe version of Bill’s pants have been reproduced by CTVT. The reproductions are a much darker tan and a much thicker material. The Mego pants are made of the same material common to most of the WGSH jumpsuits, while the CTVT uses a thick stretch cotton material for their version. The gold trim on the CTVT is also wider and thicker. Tim Mee Toys also reproduced these pants during the Mego era. These vintage reproductions are very similar in color, although the material isn’t as soft. The TM pants fit more snug and are sewn differently. The original Mego pants have a seam in the front and back of the pelvis area, the Tim Mee only has a seem in the back of the pelvis area. The Trim on the Tim Mee is the same as the original, but Tim Mee used gold thread to secure it, making the thread almost invisible on the trim, while Mego used white thread which is more noticable.

 

 

hat

Bill wears a hat that is unique to him. This hat has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro hat has a touch shorter and wider crown. The finish is a little more glossy and the brim has a rough look around the edges, not quite so rounded. The CTVT hat is stampted CTV under the brim. The vintage Tim Mee Buffalo Bill hat is easy to spot. The exact same hat as the original mego, only in dark brown.

 

 

rifle

The rifle Bill carries is common to many figures in the Western line and has been factory reproduced by CTVT. The original is brown with reddish tints where the repro is a pretty pure brown and is lighter in overall color. The repro is marked CTV on the stock. Also made during the Mego era by Tim Mee Toys for their version of the Western figures, the vintage Tim Mee reproduction is exact in almost every way. So exact that a photo doesn’t show the slight difference, which is why it is not pictured. The Tim Mee is just a slightly lighter shade of brown and just a touch more on the reddish side, although not near as much as the CTVT reproduction.

 

Holster

 

holster

Bill’s holster is unique in that it’s not attached to the belt permanently. In most cases, it clips on to the vinyl belt sewn into the shirt. This is the most common version. Recently another version was pointed out that doesn’t clip onto the belt, but instead has the belt threaded through slits in the holster where the clip is on the other version. The clip version of the holster has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a lighter brown in color, has a wider clip portion, and isn’t as clean around the edges as the original. The repro is stamped CTV on the back. Tim Mee did not reproduce this holster. For their version of Bill, they used the mold for the Action Jackson belt/holster combo.

 

Pistol

 

pistol

Buffalo Bill has the same pistol as others in the Western and Willer lines. The pistol has been reproduced by CTVT. The detail on the reproduction isn’t quite as sharp as on the original and flashing is evident. Some are marked CTV on the gun grip and some are unmarked. Tim Mee reproduced the pistol. This is a vintage piece, reproduced during the Mego era. Same mold, just in gray instead of chrome. Otherwise it’s identical.

 

 

boots

The western boot worn by Buffalo Bill can be found in the AJ Western set as well as on most characters from the Tex Willer Line. They have been reproduced by CTVT although it get’s a little weird. The Tex Willer characters and Buffalo Bill wear the same carmel colored boots. For some reason when CTVT reproduced these, they created different colors. The reproductions found on the Willer guys are a much darker brown than the original’s. A much closer color can be found on the Buffalo Bill reproduction. Both colors are a little more narrow and a little taller. There is flashing evident on the reproductions and they are unmarked. Tim Mee reproduced this boot for their vintage reproduction of Buffalo Bill, and they are dead on in most respects although TM chose to outfit Bill with black boots instead of brown. The black Tim Mee boots say made in Hong Kong on the side of one boot.

 

 

heads

Buffalo Bill from the Western line, King Arthur from the Knights line and Kit Carson from the Willer line all share the same head sculpt with a different paint job. Any of these original heads could be repainted as any other, although Kit being the more rare figure it is more likely that one of the other heads would be repainted as Kit than the other way around. All three versions of this head have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro heads are softer in material and all have higher eyebrows and bigger eyes painted on them. The repro’s in all forms are unmarked. Tim Mee also reproduced the Buffalo Bill head during the Mego era. It is a vintage piece and made from the same molds. The material is a little softer, but otherwise it’s pretty identical. The only other difference is Tim Mee put white dots in the eyes.

Cochise

February 1, 2013
By
Introduction

 

Cochise is often found missing his feather which was easily lost. This guy went on to play “Apache Chief” in many of my backyard adventures. The figure was used at the same time in Italy for the Tex Willer line of figures where Cochise was the comic character Tiger Jack

 

Solid Box


Dramatic Artwork highlights Cochise’s box, the artwork was recently found and it was painted by legendary artist Gray Morrow (see below).

 

Kresge Card

 


The Western Hero Kresge cards are still found well under valued.

 

Lion Rock


The 1980 Lionrock rerelease of the Western Heroes, most Lionrock cards are found with “Toys R Us” stickers and may have been exclusives. (Courtesy of Ron Stabilio)

 

German Two Pack


This great German Two pack also featured Davey Crockett

Poch Spain


In Spain the American West series got these cool boxes! Somebody find the Poch Superheroes! (Palitoy Collection)

 

 

Timee Toys


 

 

In the early 80s, Tim Mee toys reissued the Mego American West using different packaging. The Tim Mee reissues are easy to spot, the paint jobs are sloppier and the materials used slightly different. This picture is courtesy of Lou at Mego Like.

 

 

Artwork


The original Gray Morrow artwork is signifigantly larger than the packaging itself. Morrow also did the art for the Mad Monster Series. Photo courtesy of Ron.

 

pants

Cochise wears a pair of simple green cloth pants with an elastic waist. These pants have been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The CTVT pants are made of a totally different type of material, a very heavy felt like material. They also fit much more baggy. They are unmarked. The pants were reproduced during the Mego era by Tim Mee Toys. The vintage reproduction is very close to the original. The biggest difference is the thread color. The Tim Mee pants have a green thread around the waist and cuffs that match the pants. The original Mego pants have white thread.

 

 

shirt

Cochise wears a black shirt with red sleeves that has a yellow belt with a green stripe attached to it. This shirt has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is made of a much different material. The original is made of the typical Mego stretch material used on most of the WGSH figures. The CTVT uses a very heavy stretch cotton material that is much thicker in feel and appearance. The CTVT uses ribbon to create the belt instead of the yellow vinyl with green cloth stripe that the original has. The CTVT belt is MUCH wider than the original. This reproduction is unmarked. Also reproduced in the Mego era by Tim Mee Toys, the TM version is very close to the original. The belt is sewn on a little higher on the body and the collar is a little more open. The biggest difference is Tim Mee used velcro instead of snaps on the back of the shirt.

 

Headband

 

headband

Cochise shares a headband with Tiger Jack from the Willer line, which makes sense since he shares a head, shoes and weapons as well. The headband has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro doesn’t have the designed edge the original has. It is straight on each edge. It is also a more maroon than the original which is red. The repro is unmarked. Also produced by Tim Mee toys during the Mego era, the vintage reproduction is more narrow and also lacks the edge design the original headband has.

 

Feather

 

feather

Cochise’s feather is the same mold as Tiger Jack, but with a unique blue color. The feather has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a touch bigger and a touch lighter blue. It is marked CTV on the back. The vintage Tim Mee reproduction of this feather is not pictured because it is identical in every way to the original Mego.

 

 

rifle

The rifle Cochise carries is common to many figures in the Western line and has been factory reproduced by CTVT. The original is brown with reddish tints where the repro is a pretty pure brown and is lighter in overall color. The repro is marked CTV on the stock. Also made during the Mego era by Tim Mee toys for their version of the Cochise figure, he vintage Tim Mee reproduction is exact in almost every way. So exact that a photo doesn’t show the slight difference, which is why it is not pictured. The Tim Mee is just a slightly lighter shade of brown and just a touch more on the reddish side, although not near as different in color as the CTVT reproduction.

 

 

knife

Cochise shares a blade with Davey Crockett and Tiger Jack from the Willer line. It has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a little shorter and wider. The original is marked H.K. (Hong Kong) on the blade, and the repro is unmarked. Both the Lion Rock and the Tim Mee Cochise came with a the Robin Hood style dagger instead of the proper western knife.

 

Necklace

 

necklace

Cochise wears bonetooth necklace also worn by Sitting Bull and characters in the One Million B.C. line. This necklace has been reproducted by CTVT. The reproduction is a perfect circle in shape, where the original is not. The details on the repro are smaller as well. It is unmarked. Tim Mee Toys also reproduced the necklace and it is exact in every way.

 

Moccasins

 

moccasins

Cochise wears the same moccasins as Sitting Bull, Davey Crockett, some characters in the Planet of the Apes line and Starsky from Starsky and Hutch. They come in various shades of brown and burgundy tones. They have been factory reproduced by Classic TV Toys, EMCE Toys and Tim Mee. The CTVT reproductions are a darker brown than originals and are a little shorter with a slightly different overall shape. They are marked CTV on the inside. The EMCE reproductions fall well into the range of color shades you find originals in and the material used to make them is spot on, however, they are taller than originals. You can also notice that the original mocs were poured from the side (the minor flashing is evident) but the new EMCE versions are poured from the back. The other thing that makes the EMCE version spotable is there is a stamp on the inside of each moc. On the one I examined, one moc had the number 1 stamped in it, the other had a 4. To make matters a little more confusing, Tim Mee reproduced the Mego western line back during the Mego era using the same molds. So there are vintage mocs out there that are identical to mego in almost all respects. Color, material, molds, etc… The Tim Mee mocs are just a touch thinner, making them a little more flexible than originals. The big difference is that the Tim Mee’s are marked made in Hong Kong on the bottom, while the original Mego’s are unmarked.

 

 

head

Cochise shares a headsculpt with Tiger Jack from the Western series. It has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is a much softer vinyl and has a longer neck, but a shorter overall face. The paintjob on the repro is less severe. The eyebrows and eyes appear less angry. The repro head is unmarked. Also reproduced by Tim Mee Toys during the Mego era, The Tim Mee head is very similar to the original, although just a touch wider in the cheeks. The eyes on the Tim Mee have white dots the original Mego does not have. Tim Mee used a flesh color more on the red side for the Native Americans in the Western line so the Tim Mee Cochise has a more red flesh tone.

Legends and Monsters

October 22, 2012
By
Legendary Heroes--Mego

The World’s Greatest Super Knights , Super Pirates , Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Heroes of the American West and the ever-popular Mad Monsters. Among them, they represent some of Mego’s best work in the 8 inch line. Please note that World’s Greatest Super Legends is the Mego Museum’s designation for this category, it was never an official Mego term.

By going with figures from literature and history, Mego was firstly able to appeal to a very wide audience. Beyond the limited genres of Superheros and Science Fiction they presented marvelous representations of archetypes that little boys are genetically hard-wired to appreciate.

Cowboys. Knights in shining armor. PIRATES. Monsters. Swashbucklers.

Certainly, they were also figures that some parents were more inclined to purchase, either for vaguely educational reasons or because they themselves had childhood attachments to the subjects. Additionally, these also seem to be dolls that were collected by doll collectors, not just sci-fi and comic fans. Consequently, they are found in numbers and conditions that belie their production. The Knights were only on store shelves for a year or two, yet they are often found never removed from their mint boxes.

The added advantage of using these characters was that they are properties in the public domain. Not having to pay a license fee Mego was able to divert a few extra pennies to the individual dolls.
The results are chromed swords, lace ruffles, embossed and painted shields, the WORKS.

The Legends lines (particularly Robin Hood and the Knights) were marketed by Mego for a year in the US, they were distributed internationally by Marx (Germany), Baravelli (Italy) and Toltoys. Historical toys faired better in Europe and the Knights horse was even released there (check out it’s gallery page)

Contrary to rumour, these lines were released by Mego themselves and were not “backdoored” in Hong Kong as implied by other sources.

Some of the newer additions to the Galleries are the revised American West section with new foreign packaging shots and an amazing glimpse at the original Gray Morrow Art.

King Arthur

February 3, 2013
By
Mego King Arthur

Introduction

 

Mego King Arthur

King Arthur comes with a silver chromed crown, faux fur-lined cape, crest-embossed plastic yellow belt, sun symbol necklace and broadsword. Uses same head as Mego Buffalo Bill, but his brown hair. Arthur’s shoes are brown versions of Robin’s slippers.


Window Box



The Super Knights were only released in these deluxe window boxes.
Each had the same painted cardboard insert and the figures were
secured to the insert with white twist ties.

Mego Launcelot Window Box

The box backs feature photographs of early production samples
of the figures. Note Arthur’s elastic belt, plain medallion, gold
slippers and gold painted crown.
Mego Launcelot Box back

German Two Pack



 



King Arthur

In Germany, four of the Super Knights were offered in two packs, Arthur was packed with the Ivanhoe. Scan courtesy of Gerhard.

 

King Arthur: Original Accessories and Known Repros



 

suit

King Arthur wears a purple jumpsuit with gold trim on the cuffs of the sleeves. This jumpsuit has been reproducted by Classic TV Toys. The reproduction is a little deeper in color and the gold trim has a more rounded edge. The newer repro material is smoother, more slick than the original and the repro is unmarked.

 

 

robe

King Arthur wears a gold and fur trimmed robe over his jumpsuit. The robe has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is a little darker material, and much more shiny than the original. The gold trim has bigger, more rounded loops in it, and the white fur on the repro is much shorter than the original. The repro is unmarked.

 

Necklace

 

necklace

Like all macho men Arthur wears a gold chain necklace, this one with the sun on it. This necklace has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro has a little thicker gold chain, and the chain is quite a bit longer than the original, so it hangs much lower. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

belt

Another example of Arthur’s manhood, is his belt with the large belt buckle. Since he carries no shield, guess he figured might as well have a shield shaped belt buckle large enough to ward off attacks. Arthur’s belt has been repro’d by CTVT. The repro is a brighter, more solid yellow, while the original is more translucent. The points on the bottom of the shield are more rounded on the original, and very pointed on the repro. The repro is marked CTV on the inside.

 

 

crown

King Arthur wears a crown that isn’t as unique to the character as one might think. Mego used this crown on another figure as well. The Prince from the Puppet Love line. Although the Prince’s crown is slightly modified with little tabs with holes in them, it is basically the same crown otherwise. If you have these holes, you have a Puppet Love crown. The Arthur crown has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is very rough around the edges so very easy to spot. The original is very smooth around the cross and points. The repro is marked CTV on the back.

 

 

shoes

King Arthur wears a light brown version of the Robin shoe. This color is unique to Arthur. The shoes have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro’s are just a little bit lighter in color, are made of a stiffer material, are just a touch longer and are not as smooth as the originals. They are marked CTV on the inside.

 

 

sword

King Arthur, Galahad and Lancelot all carry the same sword, which is unique to the Knights line. The sword has be reproduced by CTVT and very accurately. The only real difference is a slight texture on the repro in the chrome on the blade. That, and the repro has a little more flashing. The repro is marked CTV on the blade near the hilt.

 

 

heads

Buffalo Bill from the Western line, King Arthur from the Knights line and Kit Carson from the Willer line all share the same head sculpt with a different paint job. Any of these original heads could be repainted as any other, although Kit being the more rare figure it is more likely that one of the other heads would be repainted as Kit than the other way around. All three versions of this head have been reproduced by CTVT. The repro heads are softer in material and all have higher eyebrows and bigger eyes painted on them. The repro’s in all forms are unmarked. Tim Mee also reproduced the Buffalo Bill head during the Mego era. It is a vintage piece and made from the same molds. The material is a little softer, but otherwise it’s pretty identical. The only other difference is Tim Mee put white dots in the eyes.