Posts Tagged ‘ Black Hole ’

Black Hole 3 3/4 Prototypes

June 1, 2013
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Mego prototype bob from black hole

This hand made prototype of Old B.O.B is another sample from the Mego model department from the collection of Tory Mucaro.

Mego prototype bob from black hole

Like the prototype Twiki, B.O.B is comprised of urethane resin castings pulled from RTV rubber molds and then hand painted and assembled.

Mego prototype bob from black hole

B.O.B was most likely sculpted by toy industry legend Bill Lemon who also had a hand in many classic Aurora Monster models.

Mego prototype bob from black hole

As Tory Mucaro pointed out, it was unlikely that these castings were done on the Mego property, more likely at a company called HMS in Pennsylvania.

Mego prototype bob from black hole

Prototype Vincent

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Vincent is one of the more interesting pieces from the collection of Tory Mucaro, not only is he a resin prototype but he differs vastly from the production piece.

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

The nost noticable thing about the figure is the paint job, it features a higher amount of detail than the factory piece.

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

The most interesting feature however are the retractable claws that have doors around them, according to Tory Mucaro these were most likely eliminated for cost savings or small parts concerns.

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

A comparison shot between prototype Vincent (Right) and a factory produced figure (Left) as you can see it’s all in the details.

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Mego prototype vincent from black hole

Many thanks to Tory Mucaro for these amazing pictures and information.

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Lt. Charlie Pizer

June 1, 2013
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Joseph Bottoms was second in Command, Charlie Pizer. Pics
courtesy Mike T1K Farence

Joseph Bottoms was second in Command, Charlie Pizer Mego Black Hole

Joseph Bottoms Charlie Pizer Black Hole Mego

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Harry Booth

June 1, 2013
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Ernest Borgnine made for a perfect weasel in Harry Booth. Pics
courtesy Mike T1K Farence

Harry Booth Ernest Borgnine Black Hole Mgo

Harry Booth Ernest Borgnine Black Hole Mego

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Dr. Kate

June 1, 2013
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Yvette Mimieux was a Sci-Fi veteran. She had previously been in
the Time Machine. Pics courtesy Mike T1K Farence

Yvette Mimieux Mego Black Hole

Yvette Mimieux Mego Black Hole Dr. Kate

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Dr. Reinhardt

June 1, 2013
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Maximillian Schell is Dr. Reinhardt, evil commander of the Cygnus. Pics
courtesy Mike T1K Farence

Maximillian Schell is Dr. Reinhardt, evil commander of the Cygnus. Mego Black Hole

Maximillian Schell is Dr. Reinhardt, evil commander of the Cygnus. Mego Black Hole

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Dr. Alex Durant

June 1, 2013
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Anthony Perkins got an action figure
before MacFarlane, a great likeness for Dr. Durant. Pics
courtesy Mike T1K Farence

Dr Durant, Anthony Perkins Black Hole

 

Mego Black Hole Durant

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Black Hole 3 3/4 Figures

June 1, 2013
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The 3 3/4 ” line was extremely well made, utilising figure knowledge
gleaned from Takara and
Mego Micronauts
. Mego made the Black Hole figures above industry
standard with amazing articulation.

 


The Human Good Guys from Black Hole were peg warmers
Dr Kate, Dr. Durant, Charlie Pizer, Dan Holland, and Harry Booth.


It's interesting to note that the Sentry has hands derived from the Micronauts Time Traveller figures
Sentry, Maximillion, and Reinhardt; the baddies.

The Humanoid is one of the toughest Mego figures to find MOC
The Big 3: Old B.O.B, S.T.A.R and the Humanoid

 

The “Big Three” were blown away in Canadian Sears and K-Mart outlets
for $1.00, probably the three best figures in the series. It’s a
shame Mego released them last.

The US Black Hole Cards are very similiar to the Canadian Grand Toys cards, the most notable difference is the language and the lack of the characters name on the Canadian Card
Carded Humans courtesy of Michael Farence.


The GIG Italy cards are much more dynamic and attractive than their US counterparts
Carded Robots courtesy of Michael Farence.

 

Old bob on Canadian cardHolland on Canadian card

 

Old bob on Canadian card

Old B.O.B, STAR and Captain Holland are on Canadian Grand Toys cards and are quite difficult to find. B.O.B and STAR were only available in Canada and Italy. Photos courtesy of Craig MacKillop.


In Italy, Gig repackaged the
Mego Buck Rogers
Laser Scope and gave you a free Captain Holland.

 

 


Unproduced Black Hole Cygnus playset utilized the Vacuform styleplayset that Mego was doing in the late 70’s much like the Mego Buck Rogers Space Port and Mego Pocket Heroes Batcave. The Cygnus was also pitched as a vinyl playcase.

 

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

As a fan of the Black Hole, it often bothers me this was never
made. I think 10 year old Brian would have loved it to death.

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

The prototype for this piece apparently showed up in Italy.

Here are some screen caps made by Ray Miller from the Toy Fair Sales Reel.

 

 

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

Mego Palomino Prototype from the Black Hole

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Black Hole Magnetic Figures

June 1, 2013
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Above is the Magnetic Vincent that only saw release in Europe by
Gig toys, it would have fit in great with the 12" guys. These figures
utlized technology from the
Mego Micronauts
line of toys.

Magnetic Old B.o.b never saw release, this prototype from the collection of John Banavita

Magnetic Olb B.O.O never saw release as a mass produced toy but
that didn’t stop Mego Super Collector John Bonavita from getting
one and sharing it with the world.

Magnetic Black Hole Figures were based on the micronauts

Do you see how we got robbed as kids? Walking Vincent (companion
to the 12"ers) and his magnetic buddies only saw toy store shelves
in Italy. The Magnetic figures were obviously taken from
Mego Micronauts
Mego also tried to market
Megnetic Superheroes
which like the Black Hole only saw release
in Italy.

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The Black Hole

June 1, 2013
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After the Star Wars explosion of the late 70’s, licensing dynamo Mego wasn’t going to be bested again. They backed any sci-fi project in the works, including Star Trek, Logans Run, Buck Rogers and Disney’s the Black Hole.

The film was nowhere near as popular Star Wars (though probably just as expensive), but it left a pile of high quality merchandising from Mego. It sold poorly and was ended abruptly, creating a number of rarities.

One of the toylines biggest failures was its reliance on the human characters over the robots. Old B.O.B was easily more popular than any human character, but he wasn’t in the first wave.

Mike T1K Farence took all of the 12 Inch Figure pictures and he lobbied to make this gallery happen.

Mego Bacl Hole action figure dolls

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Black Hole Prototype Booth

May 30, 2013
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Mego prototype  Harry Booth from black hole

Another piece from the collection of Tory Mucaro, who along with the photo, gives us some insight into the origin of the piece.

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

Of all the pieces revealed this week, the only one done “in house: at Mego was this Ernest Borgnine clay sculpt from the 12” Black Hole line. Tory believes Ron Shruby did the clay. Ron was a freelance sculptor who eventually became a Mego staff sculptor.

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

Ron Shruby was wonderful at capturing likenesses, and did many of the 12 inch doll heads including much of the Black Hole.

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

The clay (gray head) is the plastiline clay hand sculpted original piece, which you might notice is significantly larger than the flesh colored vinyl part. That is due to the fact that vinyl shrinks an average 10% when roto-molded.

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

The vinyl head was a pre production piece done for sales samples and also to ensure the shrink rate was correct before sending it to Hong Kong for production molding.

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

Tory also believes he has the beryllium copper roto-mold for this head as well, but can’t locate it at the present. The Mold was produced in NYC, possibly Brooklyn or Queens. Since the NY metropolitan area had several doll companies, it was fairly easy to have these molds made back then.

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

Mego prototype Harry Booth from black hole

Many thanks to Tory Mucaro for these amazing pictures and insight.

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