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Update: Planet of the Apes Bend N Flex Gallery

February 18, 2016
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apesbend

Major Update to the Planet of the Apes Bend N Flex Gallery with new images and information! Click the pic to see more!

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Supervator

May 19, 2015
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The Mego Supervator as featured in the Heroes World Catalog.

The Mego Supervator as featured in the Heroes World Catalog.

The Supervator is a slightly curious item invented for Mego by Marvin Glass and Associates, it is part toy and part game of skill as you attempt to slide your heros down the fishing wire to retrieve secret plans, you must avoid tripping the Alarm which would release the villain card.

Here you can see an end cap of Supervators, Batcaves and boxed World’s Greatest Superheroes just strewn about in 1974.

For years and years the Mego Museum has featured a Supervator page, and for all that time it has been promising to figure out what the heck the thing was.

 

These wonderful Super Villain cards featuring the many faces of the Mego World’s Greatest Super Foes is absolutely one of the bright spots of the Super Vator playset. Just one question, who is the Jungle Chief and what is a poison cave? We assume this is for Tarzan?

 

Well, here are the instructions. We’ve had them all along, but just never got around to it. The supervator is a playset that’s really kind of an action game. The figure wears a harness that as attached to a string with a kite handle on the end. By maneuvering the string up and down you fly the figure toward the Supervator. The object is to grab the “Secret Nasty Plans” with a blue oven mitt glove that has a tiny square of velcro glued to it. When you hit the Supervator, a picture of a villain pops up and the harness swivels around for the return trip. That’s the best I can explain it. I have no idea how well it works. Perhaps at the next Mego Meet there will be a Supervator Contest of Skill. A life-sized version would also be fun and a tremendous liability.

 

The Supervator in the 1974 Mego Catalog

The Supervator in the 1974 Mego Catalog

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Comic Action Invisible Plane Playset

August 10, 2013
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Wonder Woman Tower Playset

Pictured above is the slightly smaller Canadian Grand Toys box for the playset.

The Canadian box is smaller than the US release and features altered graphics.

The Exploding Tower Playset allowed Mego to make an Invisible Jet and they did a great job! Not only does it have a foothold on the wing but a retractable stepladder.

the commonly found US box

The Exploding Tower Playset in it’s US packaging, the box is drawn by comics legend Neal Adams.

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Batman

July 20, 2013
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1973 Introduction

 

The first 4 Mego Super HeroesBatman, like Robin and Superman were the first WGSH figures produced and never left
the assortment. Batman also has the distinction of being one of the few figures to make it into every Mego Superhero line, no matter the format, Mego put a Batman into the mix.

One of the more fondly remembered features of the Mego Batman figure are the “oven mitt” style gloves that the early WGSH characters had. The “oven mitt’ gloves had a relatively short tenure at Mego, by 1974 the Green Arrow had painted hands with a cloth cuff. In 1975, characters like Iron Man began appearing with
a solid plastic glove. Despite the fact that the company kept improving the gloves, Mego never thought to go back and fix the oven mitts from previous releases.”If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, seems to be the motto
here.

The character of Batman has always been appealing to toy manufacturers because of the many vehicles and gadgets the character uses. Mego was quick to exploit Batman with many Bat  related playsets and vehicles.

Montgomery Wards 1974 Catalog featured the Bruce Wayne DollThe character, still made popular by afternoon reruns of it’s 60’s smash TV Series, was a standout seller for Mego. The early figures had a removable cowl that allowed children to go from Batman to his alter ego Bruce
Wayne
.


Variations

 

Mego Batman 1973-1982

The first Batman by Mego is perhaps the quintessential Mego Action Figure. The Removable Cowl Batman came in the initial Solid Box offering, as well as early window boxes and Kresge cards. After a relatively short time (somewhere in 1974 by any guess) Mego switched to a molded head, or “Painted Cowl” Batman. The sculpt was a very light-hearted and kid-friendly approach. Note the small stubby ears on the Caped Crusader. It’s not known whether this was caused by consumer complaints (kids would lose the cowl in a heartbeat) or a cost- cutting, production-simplifying decision.

 


Get to kNow Your Removeable Colw Batman Mego

To learn more about what a
Removable Cowl Batman should and shouldn’t have, please visit the Removable
Cowl Batman
guide.

 

Because Batman was produced from 1973 until 1982 by Mego, there are a staggering amount of variations both subtle and obvious to the figure. Here, Tom has provided a dramatic group shot of various Mego Batman figures all in some way different from each

Solid Box

 

Mego Solid Boxed Batman from 1973

Mego Solid Boxed Batman (photo Courtesy of Mark Huckabone)

 

The first Batman (Removable cowl) were sold in solid boxes for a short period of time in 1973. While the graphic is the same on the back of all Mego Batman boxes, this is in fact a solid box from the very first wave of Heroes. The solid Batman box is one of the hardest to find items of all, because it was in circulation for a very short period of time. Retailer’s complained that kids ripped the solid boxes open to see the doll, so window boxes and bubble cards were quickly introduced.
This example is courtesy of Heroes West Coast

 

Mego Solid Boxed Batman (photo Courtesy of Mark Huckabone)

Mego Solid Boxed Batman (photo Courtesy of Mark Huckabone)

This immaculate example has the very rare cardboard inset.

This photo is courtesy of Heroes West Coast

Top the Mego Solid Box Batman

Top the Mego Solid Box Batman

This example was purchased at Bargain Town for $1.97 on March 27th 1973.


This photo is courtesy of Heroes West Coast

Mego Solid Boxed Batman

Mego Solid Boxed Batman

This photo is courtesy of Heroes West Coast

 

These posters were the source of many Mego Bat-imagesAs illustrated in the Mego Museum Library’s Comic Origins of Mego Art the Mego Batman box art was a Mego trace-job of a now-classic Batman Carmine Infantino image that was sold on posters advertised in comic books.

Window Boxes



1974 Batman Mego MIB

Early 4 panel Batman box showing Cap and Spidey on it. Removable Cowl Batman came in this box.

1976 Batman Mego MIB

This is the last version Batman box, bearing a 5-digit code, circa 1976.

Fist Fighter


 

Above is the Mego Fist Fighting Batman in box. See the FF Gallery for more info.

Watch our video on the history of the Fist Fighting Heroes!

 

Mego Toltoys Fist Fighting Batman

Mego Toltoys Fist Fighting Batman

Above is the very hard to find Australian version of the Fist Fighter’s package. Just the US version with a lovely “Toltoys” sticker attached, thanks to our good friend The Toltoys Kid (follow them on Instragram!)  

Kresge Card


Above, a First Issue Mego Kresge RC Batman (1st issue by the four heroes on the header). Note that the Mego logo doesn’t appear on this card. Courtesy of Tom. Left is a later Batman on the Kresge card, note the Green Arrow replacing Tarzan in the header. This is the last Kresge card variant in the series.



1976 Card


Tom provides the Museum with a look at all of the US cards. Note the ever changing style guide artwork.

1977 Card

1977 Batman Mego MOC

 



French Card





Harbert Italy Card


On the Left is Batman on his 1979 Pin Pin Toys Card (France) Courtesy of Troy. Left is a 79 Harbert Italy card (From Scott Arendsen) Many foreign companies simply chose to put their logo over stock Mego products.



Palitoy UK Card



Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Batman

Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Batman courtesy of Bill Frost.



Fist Fighter UK


Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Fist Fighting Batman is quite rare
Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Fist Fighting Batman's card shows how creative the company was.

Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Fist Fighting Batman’s card shows how
creative

Popy Japan


Popy Japanese Batman Mego



Lili Ledy Mexico


 

New to the Museum is the Mexican Batman produced by Lili Ledy under License by Mego. It seems Mexican toys had to be produced locally so Mexican Mego figures have a different, albeit charming look. This UBER rare boxed figure comes courtesy of Luis, a friend to the Museum.



Basa South America


Basa Batman from Brazil
Basa Batman

Very Rare Peruvian version of Batman (made under license by toy manufacturer BASA) was provided by Megomuseum member Rudy (with some assistance from Stefano).


Playsets and vehicles


Mego Batman had two playsets and five vehicles produced in his name, not to mention role play items. Visit the Playsets department in the left menu bar.

A number of Batman playsets and vehicles were produced in other formats by Mego. Of particular note would be the Super Softies , Bend N Flex and Comic Action Heroes but if it was a Superhero item made by Mego, Batman was there.


The original Mego Museum Batman Photo from 1997 by Scott Adams
The 1997 Mego Museum Batman Picture

 

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

 

Loose Batman


 

Suit

All original Batman suits (whether nylon, canvas or cloth shorts verions) have shorts sewn into the jumper. Doc’s factory made version is two pieces, a grey jumper, and a black pair of Robin style shorts over top. The jumper is marked DM on the inside, the shorts are unmarked.


Emblems

 

emblem

There are a lot of high quality home make paper and cloth emblems out there, but Doc’s in the only factory made version. It’s a paper die cut and actually looks much cleaner than the original paper version, which tends to look like a bad print job.


Gloves

 

Gloves

Both Doc Mego and Classic TV Toys make gloves. DM gloves are textured similar to originals and marked DM on the inside cuff. CTVT’s are very slick and shiny compared to the originals and are unmarked.


 

Cape

Standard Batman capes come in a variety of shades of blue. Doc’s is the only factory made cape in town and is very accurate in design, although the color is a deeper than the average loose Batman cape. DM is printed on the inside back. Also an orignal Mego make for Batman is the vinyl variation. It’s fairly uncommon and hasn’t been factory reproduced.


 

belts

Batman has two belt variations, translucent and opaque. Doc Mego produced the only known factory made BatBelt and it is VERY close to the original translucent version, although the tips of the “points” are a little more rounded. It is stamped DM on the back of the buckle.


 

boots

There are two types of Batman boots. The early versions came with what is called the “skinny” boot which is more narrow than the later standard hero boot. Both DM and CTVT have made boots. DM’s are more color accurate with thicker plastic, more round around the edges and stamped DM on the bottom. CTVT’s are closer in thickness and shape, but more transparent which makes them look almost teal in color. They are unmarked.


 

cowls

Doc Mego’s cowl is very similar to the original in color. The biggest difference is it’s material. It is a little thinner, so doesn’t fit as tight to the face. It is also more flexible and has a more of a matte finish. It is stamped DM on the inside top of the cowl.


 

heads

There are several versions of the Bruce Wayne head out there on different figures, all original Mego. The Batman head has black eyes with white spots andy copyright information on the back of the neck. The Bruce Wayne version is the same with no copyright info. The head was also used for Tex Willer. He has black eyes with no white spots and no copyright information. Again, the head was used on the Mystery Man. This time with blue eyes and no copyright info on the neck. Finally the head sculpt was used on Jet Jungle (not pictured here)and had white hair. Both DM and CTVT made reproduction heads. Each factory made repro head is a touch different. The biggest difference is the overall shape of the head. DM’s is a little wider at the top of the head than an original and made of a firmer material and is marked DM on the back of the neck. CTVT’s is a little more squat, not as long as the original, and made of a softer, more squishy material. It is unmarked.

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Jet Jungle

July 13, 2013
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For a Mego collector, there is nothing more exciting than finding out you’re
not done. When Tex
Willer
first appeared in the mid nineties or when John
Bonavita
unveiled Zorro within
the pages of his book, making many collectors turn an eye towards the UK.

 

Watch our video history of Mego Jet Jungle.

 

Well, thanks to collector Jane in the UK, we have another one of those discoveries with South Africa’s Superhero Jet Jungle, a radio Superhero who is described as a mix of Tarzan and Superman .

In October of 2005, Jane joined the Mego Museum Forums and set the Mego Collecting world on it’s ear with the simple question as to the value of her boxed Jet Jungle.

Laurie, a long time regular of the forum recognized Jet as a mystery figure in her own collection she had been trying to identify, soon after 2 more Jets were discovered in private collections in Africa.

Mego Jet Jungle MIB

The figure is a retooled Bruce Wayne head, it’s amazing how practical this head is, it truly looks like an original sculpt of the character. Mego, as most know, used this head as the hero for the Italian Tex Willer line

The Box art is from promotional materials that featured Jet and is very fitting. Mego nailed the likeness without even trying.

Jet was used by Springbok radio to advertise Jungle Oats and is promoted as the fittest man in the World. Jet Jungle merchandise is very hard to find in South Africa

Loose mint example of Mego Jet Jungle shows the flare in the pants

The outfit is a slightly modified Action
Jackson
Signal Spy outfit which looks just like Jet Jungles outfit, this
must have been a slam dunk for Mego’s sales agents. The pants however have
a flare to them, which the AJ spy outfit doesn’t. Since Jet’s discovery,
three other examples of Jet have been found the photo above is courtesy of
Martin.

The bottom of the box has an ad for Jet’s Sponsor Jungle Oats, who advertised during his radio show for 1965 to 1985. This is because Jet’s series was created as a vehicle to advertise Jungle Oats (hence Jet being the fittest man in the world). Jet was not a mail in premium however, he was available in stores (hence the price tags).

The box itself is in a combination of English and what might
be dutch (or the Afrikaans dialect). The colors are fantastic!

The Mego Museum Wishes to thank Jane for her incredible
contribution.

Discuss this find in the Mego Collectors Forum

Loose Batman


 

shirt

Jet Jungle’s shirt has been factory reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The material of the repro is more slick and shiny. It has cuffs and the sleeves and a waistband, the original does not. The collar on the repro is larger, and lays flat compared to the orignial.


 

pants

Like the shirt, CTVT’s repro pants are made of the same slick and shiny material. Original JJ pants flare at the bottom, the CTVT’s do not, they are made to tuck into the boots.


Emblem

 

emlem

The original JJ emblem is rounded around the corners. The CTVT emblem is pointed at the corners and is VERY large when compared to the original.


 

boots

Original JJ boots are short combat style boots. They are the same boots found on the Planet of the Apes Astronaut and in Action Jackson’s Navy set. CTVT’s reproductions are modeled after POTA’s Soldier Ape boots, which are also found in many Action Jackson sets. The repro’s are very soft and rubbery compared to the originals, and are unmarked.


 

heads

Jet Jungle features a repainted Bruce Wayne head. The neck is unmarked. The CTVT repro is made of a softer material and is shaped a little different. It’s a little wider in the chin and more squat. It is unmarked.

 

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Happy Days

April 1, 2013
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Mego Fonzie was the only figure that sold in the line according to Mego brass

Fonzie


The Mego Happy Days line is one of the better television toy collections. Although there are some likeness problems, particularily with the dour Richie Cunningham, the collection is far better than Mattell’s Welcome Back Kotter Series, for example, if only because of the superior Mego possability and 8 inch scale. The Fonzie doll, with his jointed thumbs and “thumbs up” action through the mechanism in his back is one of Mego’s better efforts, and was a popular toy in his time.

Happy Days was the number family sitcom at the time, it was a logical choice for Mego to produce figures of these fabulous fifties characters, but to hear Neal Kublan explain it, the line only had one real bright spot for Mego. “Happy Days the first year was really
a bomb, but then Fonzie emerged” he adds “I don’t know how many pieces of the other characters we sold but the Fonzie doll sold like crazy for a year.”

The detailing of the high school letter sweaters on Richie and Potsie is particularily nice. This line was rounded out with a Fonzie’s Garage playset and Fonzie’s Motorcycle.

The line debuted in 1977 and continued in 78. Note that Richie and Ralph are wearing white tennis shoes with dark side stripes. They would ship with standard Mego dress shoes.

Two more figures and a 12″ Fonzie were planned for 1978 but eventually dropped.

 

Happy Days 1977 Mego catalog debut

 

Fonzie

FONZIE

 

pants

The Fonz wears bluejeans that have been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The repro’s are taller in the waist, longer in the leg, and lower in the crotch. They also have a lighter thread than the dark blue mego used.

 

 

shirt

Fonz wears a white shirt under his jacket. The shirt has a collar and opens in the back for the thumbs up action. It closes with a snap at the back of the neck. This shirt has been reproduced by CTVT. The repro is more bright white, doesn’t have the collar, and doesn’t open in the back and no snap. There is a rough slit cut in the back for the thumbs up action level to stick through on the CTVT shirt.

 

Jacket

 

jacket

The Fonz has to have his black leather jacket. This jacket has been reproduced by CTVT. The collar on the reproduction is taller, and the jacket is shorter at the waist. The cloth at the waist of the reproduction is not as wide as the original and the opening at the front of the jacket doesn’t taper down from the collar like the original does.

 

 

boots

Fonz wears boots that can also be found on the Duke boys, Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch and sometimes on Hutch himself. These boots have been reproduced by CTVT. The reproductions, while the same height are thicker with a wider foot opening. They have a rough texture to them as well. They are unmarked.

 

 

MEGO FONZIE

FONZIE MEGO THUMBS UP ACTION

Fonzie came on his own card that supported his unique body type and
allowed kids to try his thumbs up motion. He also came boxed briefly
and was sold as a stand-alone piece. This particular card came from
the UK and has a distributor name on it (Wiggins Teape Toy Distributors)
Italian Harbert Cards are known to exist as well.

Outside of the United States, Fonzie was marketed on his own in Canada (Parkdaly Novelty), the UK (Wiggins Teape) and in Italy (Harbert). There are no other known foreign releases for the Fonz.

Mego had planned to create a 12″ version of the Fonz and even sculpted the head, the figure was scrapped for reasons unknown.

Mego Fonzie on a UK version of his card

ayyyyyyy!

 

Fonzie was sold by himself in Italy. The character being Italian-American probably didn’t hurt his popularity in Italy.

 

 

 

 

Italian Fonzie Ad from Harbert

Fonzie Prototype in Alden’s catalog.

Mego struggled to get Fonzie’s look right and also originally had him slated as a 12″ doll, as evidenced by this catalog shot from Aldens showing a doll with not only a giant head but a completely different look.
 
Richie

Richie Cunningham Happy Days Mego doll

 

pants

Richie wears an off-white pair of pants that are unique to the character and have not been factory reproduced. The Classic TV Toys reproduction of Richie sports blue pants.

 

 

shirt

Richie’s shirt has been factory reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction snaps from the opposite side and the pattern of the stripes are different, although the color scheme is the same.

 

Sweater

 

sweater

Richie wears a letterman sweater that is different from Potsie’s letterman jacket. This sweater has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is shorter at the waist and the “J” on the front of the sweater is screened on, while the original has a raised vinyl letter. CTVT also added a screened “Jefferson High” on the back of the sweater that didn’t exist on the original version.

 

 

shoes

Both Doctor Mego and CTVT have made black shoes. Doc Mego’s are a little bigger in appearance. They are marked DM on the inside. Classic TV Toys version are more narrow and tend to look a little rough with occasional flashing evident. CTVT’s are unmarked.

 

 
Potsie

Happy Days Potsie Mego Doll

 

pants

Potsie sports blue pants that are unique to the character. Made of a heavy cloth, but not jean type material, these pants are a solid blue. They have been reproduced by CTVT, but the repro’s are a little more jean like. You can see some slight white through the blue here and there creating a more jean type feel on the reproductions.

 

 

shirt

Potsie’s shirt has been factory reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is more yellow than the original, but otherwise pretty accurate. Another difference is the thread color. The original is more tan/off-white, while the repro thread is yellow.

 

Jacket

 

jacket

Potsie wears a letterman jacket that is different from Richie’s letterman sweater. This jacket has been reproduced by CTVT. Although similar, the blue strips on the waist and cuffs of the repro are darker blue and thinner. CTVT omitted the “J” on the front of the jacket and added the screened “Jefferson High” on the back that the original does not have.

 

 

shoes

Both DM and CTVT have made brown shoes. Doc Mego’s are a little bigger in appearance, and lighter in color. They are marked DM on the inside. Classic TV Toys version are closer in color, although a touch more red. They are more narrow and tend to look a little rough with occasional flashing evident. CTVT’s are unmarked.

 

 

Ralph Malph Happy Days Mego doll

 

 

pants

Ralph wears a pair of blue pants, but unlike Potsie’s, these are made of a stretchy material. These pants have been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The repro’s are a touch darker blue and have a bit of a texture of tiny squares in them. They also fit more snug.

 

 

shirt

Ralph wears a white shirt that opens in the front but does not have snaps to secure it. The original is very transparent and the body can be clearly seen through the material. This shirt has been reproduced by CTVT, but the reproduction is a much heavier material and is not transparent at all.

 

Sweater

 

sweater

Being the stylin’ dude he is, Ralph wears a hip sweater vest. The yellow sweater vest has some orangish color highlights that run horizontally, and randomly throughout the material. This vest has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction has brown highlights instead of orange, and there is more of a pattern to them. A series of dashes in a very organized pattern, unlike the highlights on the original.

 

 

shoes

Both Doctor Mego and CTVT have made black shoes. Doc Mego’s are a little bigger in appearance. They are marked DM on the inside. Classic TV Toys version are more narrow and tend to look a little rough with occasional flashing evident. CTVT’s are unmarked.

 

 
Fonzie’s Jalopy

Fonzie Mego Jalopy

Fonzie’s Jalopy or Hot Rod was sold seperatly or it was sold as part of
the Garage playset. Later Mego pitched it as “Greased Lightning” for the proposed but never produced 8″ line for the hit film Grease.

Back to the Mego Museum Happy Days Page

Fonzie Motorcycle

FONZIE MEGO CATALOG 1978Fonzie Mego Bike

FONZIE BIKE MEGO BOX

The Fonzie Motor Cycle would later make an appearance as the CHiPs Cycle but the twist out action would be removed by this point.

Fonzie’s Garage


Mego Fonzie's Garage Playset
 

The Garage Playset included Fonzie’s Hotrod and is
tough to find. The backdrops for the garage are actual photographs
of a garage(!)

Mego fonzie hotrod


You can see Fonzie's Hotrod in there
 

A tight little package.

@Wiggins Happy Days 1978

 

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Buck Rogers 3 3/4″ Action Figures

March 1, 2013
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Mego produced Buck Rogers figures for 3 years

Mego Repro Line artwork for Buck Rogers

Original Line Artwork for the 3″ Buck Rogers line including the playset. Rumour has it this line was bought as a favor to a licensing agent who had helped Mego out in the past.

 

Despite this Mego put high quality into the Buck Rogers line, the 3″ figures are more articulated than Kenner’s Star Wars line and the 12″ figures set a benchmark for Mego production. Sadly, the line suffered somewhat because it based itself solely on the pilot movie, the main villain figures only made sporadic appearances on the series (King Draco was never actually seen!)

Twiki was the most popular figure in the Mego lineMego Buck Rogers figure MOC

The Buck Rogers 3 3/4″ Figures were sculpted by Bill Lemon, a veteran of the business, Lemon is described as having a great eye for detail and it shows with these figures clean and attractive sculpts.  MOC Twiki and Buck (thanks to Greg Mason).

Ardalla, Wilma and Twiki(courtesy Mike Farrence)

Draconian Guard MOC, Draco MOC Tigerman MOC(All courtesy of Troy)

Dr Huer MOC, Kane MOC (All courtesy of Troy)

Mego Buck Rogers on a Canadian Grand Toys Card

Buck Rogers on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, courtesy of Craig MacKillop.

Mego Draconian Guard on a Canadian Grand Toys Card

Draconian Guard on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, courtesy of Craig MacKillop.

Mego Tiger man on a Canadian Grand Toys Card

Tigerman on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, courtesy of Craig MacKillop.

Draco, Dr Huer, Buck, Kane, Tigerman (courtesy Mike Farrence)

 

Original Line artwork for the Buck Rogers Vehicles

Despite the series short run, Mego sold the toyline for three years
and made a number of vehicles and playsets. In the early eighties
Mego planned to extend the line using vehicles from the sagging
Micronauts line including Micro rail city. The Star Searcher was
released in a Buck Rogers box (despite the fact that the instructions
still said “Micronauts”) but buyers didn’t bite when the series
didn’t return for fall 1980. Mego also tried to repackage the Star
Trek Mission to Gamma IV as the “Draconian Fortress” but sadly, it didn’t fly.

 

The Buck Rogers Land Rover

The Buck Rogers Land Rover was featured briefly in the pilot and then later made a cameo in the “Flight of the War Witch” two parter, Mego made a terrific rendition of this piece.

The Buck Rogers Land Rover

The Land Rover is one of the most difficult pieces to find MIB in the Buck Rogers series.

Laser Scope Fighter MIB

The Buck Rogers Laser ship was a vehicle not based on the series, it also turned up in Mego's Black Hole line

Star Fighter MIB is the most desirable piece in the series, proving
it’s one of Science Fiction more enduring designs.

The Buck Rogers Starfighter, one of Mego's better Space ships

 

The Buck Rogers Starfighter Canadian Box

This Canadian boxed Star Fighter is a truly rare item, not many are kicking around. Photo courtesy of Mark Schmidt.

The Buck Rogers Starfighter Canadian Box

Back of the Canadian box, notice it’s bilingual. The Buck Rogers Command Center playset is another styrene piece similiar to the Star Trek TMP Enterprise Bridge and the Pocket Heroes Batcave

Teh Star Fighter playset was based on the Star FIghter hanger used in the first season of Buck Rogers

As you can see, in order to complete the playset you must first
mangle the box. Don’t expect pics of that anytime soon.

The Back of the Mego Buck Rogers playset
starsearcher3

 

The Buck Rogers Star Searcher is the grand old toy industry tradition of recycling toy molds. It had nothing to do with the Buck Rogers television series and is actually a Micronauts  Star Defender vehicle repackaged under the Buck Rogers brand. Even the name “Star Searcher” is a trademark from an earlier Micronauts “Star Defender” vehicle.  The most significant change being the box artwork which features Buck, Wilma and Twiki fighting Draconians. It seems that this toy was made to sell unsold Micronauts toys using another brand.

 

 

starsearcher1

 

Mego had planned to retool many existing Micronauts play sets for the then popular Buck Rogers brand, even the Star Trek Mission to Gamma 6 play set was pitched to buyers as a “Draconian Fortress”, the Star Searcher is the only Buck Rogers item to feature recycled Micronauts tooling to make it into release.

starsearcher2

 

Note that the instructions for this set say Buck Rogers but there is an additional set of Micronauts branded instructions, even a catalog!

 

 

 

 

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

Courtesy of Toltoys.com we have this cool Buck Rogers Ice Cream box from Australia, which adveritsed a contest to win a series of Mego Action Figures, I wonder who the lucky kid was?

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

In Canada, there was a similiar contest involving Shreddies cereal and Mego Black Hole figures. Does anyone have a scan of that box?

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

The Buck Rogers action figure contest from Australia

I guess it’s too late to enter.

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The Wizard

February 24, 2013
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The Wizard (Item No. 51500/7)

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard (Item No. 51500/7): The seventh in the line of Wizard of Oz figures, this late-released item recreates the character of the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan) from the film.  The Wizard comes on a “fat” male Mego body with white hands.  His outfit is mostly a sleeveless jumpsuit, with a
black tie, white shirtfront, green waistcoat, and black-and-white striped trousers all stitched together into one garment.  A black frock coat completes the illusion of a three-piece suit, while a black rubber top hat and black dress shoes finish off the ensemble.

Package Variants: Since it was a late release, the Wizard is the only one of the seven first-series Oz figures to only be available in the second, “yellow brick road” box.  He was also available in a plastic header-carded baggie for clearance purposes (a rare end-run variant), as well as being included in the Emerald City Playset and the ultra-rare Emerald City Gift Set (along with the other six figures from series one).

Figure Variants: The Wizard is available on both a Type 1 “fat” body and a Type 2 long-torso “fat” body (the Type 1 body is far more common than the Type 2).  Also, there are two different heads (discussed below).

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Wizard’s Type 1 body is the same as the Penguin’s Type 1 body from the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes  line.  Also, the Wizard wears the same shoes as the Dracula  figure from the Mad Monsters line.  Since the Wizard was only available late in the series’ lifespan as part of the boxed assortment, Mego never went to the trouble of creating new side-panel artwork or box insert artwork for the Wizard; they instead used virtually the same box insert as Dorothy (the only difference being  the Item No. printed on the cardboard), and reused the side-panel artwork lineup from the Wicked Witch’s box.

Caution Collectors: Take care not to lose the Wizard’s shoes when handling a loose specimen; the footwear is too big and fits very loosely, falling off the feet at the slightest pull of gravity.

Did You Know?: The Wizard is something of a paradox: it is one of the most common loose Mego figures (it was available well into the early ‘Eighties from mail-order catalogs and clearance houses, as Mego had tons left over), but is also one of the rarest boxed Megos ever made (no more than a half-dozen mint-in-box specimens–at most–have shown up on eBay in the last twelve months).

Wizard Box
Wizard Box Insert

Click on the icons above to view detailed scans of the Wizard’s Box and Box Insert!

The Wizard's Head Variants

The Wizard’s head came in two styles, as can be seen in the image above.  The first style was molded in lighter flesh, to match the flesh tone of the Type 1 body (left).  The second style was molded in darker flesh, to match the flesh tone of the Type 2 body (right).

The Wizard mint-in-box
The Wizard mint-in-box

Above is an example of a mint-in-box Type 1 Wizard (left),
and a mint-in-box Type 2 Wizard (right).

Catalog Box for the Wizard

Above is an example of a catalog mailer box for the Wizard figure.

 

 

 

Bagged Mego Wizard of Oz

Bagged Mego Wizard of Oz

Above and below are examples of the end run closeout of the Mego Wizard of Oz figures that merely placed unsold figures in a baggie with a header card.  We’re not sure how many of these figures were released this way but now thanks to Scott Arendsen, who sent us this photo, we now know the Wizard was sold in this manner.

 

 

 

The Wizard: Original Accessories and Known Repros

The Wizard

 

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The Wizard sports a top hat that is unique to the character and has not been factory reproduced.

 

 

shoes

The pointed toe dress shoes Dracula wears can also be found on the Wizard from Mego’s Oz line of figures. Thes shoes have been reproduced by CTVT. The reproductions are a little more glossy looking, are a little shorter, and have some flashing evident. The reproductions are unmarked.

 

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Star Trek The Motion Picture 3 3/4″

February 22, 2013
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Mego Museum Star Trek the Motion Picture

Mego Museum Star Trek the Motion Picture figure gallery

 
Intro

 

By the late 70’s Star Trek has snowballed into a phenomenon, the announcement of a Star Trek motion picture had truly excited the movie going public then sci fi crazy after Star Wars Mania had struck. While Paramount initially attempted to treat the movie as a separate license, Mego fought hard that their agreement included merchandising rights to the movie.

 






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Mego hoped that a little Star Wars magic would trickle onto this line, the once innovative company aped the Kenner approach with their 1979 Trek releases. No 8″ers released this time, just a 3″ and 12″ line.

The Movie was successful at the box office but it didn’t transfer into big sales for Mego. Mego’s merchandising of newer characters
such Ilia and Decker also proved unwise, Ilias were seen in stores up until the mid eighties.

 

Front Page of the Mego Star Trek Movie Supplement
Detailed plans for the Vulcan shuttle playset and BridgeTrek Communicators were released by Mego

Click on the original Mego Toyfair Handout for the
Movie Trek Line.

Enterprise Crew Action Figures


Mego broke the figures into two waves, the intial being the Enterprise crew and the second were the many aliens that appeared onscreen. Due to the poor sales of the crew, the aliens were only sold in the US through catalogs (Who would have placed the figures months before the film even opened). Of the characters, Kirk and Spock proved most popular at the time, with Decker and Ilia being the least popular for obvious reasons.

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From Left to Right: Admiral Kirk, Mr.Spock, Dr.McCoy

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Captain Decker (called “Decker”) Ilia Scotty (Anyone have a better picture of Ilia? The most common figure in the set and I don’t own one!)

Alien Action Figures
 



Mego Rigellion Mego Klingon Mego Megarite

From left to right: Rigellian, Klingon, Arcturian

Mego mixed up the actual Rigellian (an alien that can be seen here with the aliens known as Saurians) So it’s not a Rigellian at all you see. “Rigellian” was planned for the 12″ series as well but eventually cut from the line.

Mego Klingon Mego Megarite

From Left to Right: Betelgeusian, Zaranite, Megarite.

The majority of the aliens showed up in Canada or Italy, this is because both these distributors paid up front for the merchandise (or used a letter of credit) and didn’t have the luxury of cancelling the order. Grand Toys in Canada blew the aliens away in K-Mart stores for one dollar each in 1981.

JC PENNEY 3 PACK OF MEGO STAR TREK ALIENS
 

While the aliens weren’t released carded in the United States, you could get them three of them through JC Penney. You can see the corresponding JC Penney Catalog page here It seems that Mego got a little careless with assortment, while the catalog number matches, they’ve replaced Rigellian with Megarite. Thanks to Robert Doyle for the great picture.

Play Set


Star Trek Bridge Playset

Enterprise Playsets are fragile vacuform and very similiar to the pocket heroes batcave and Buck Rogers sets of the same year. A vacu-form Vulcan Shuttle is rumoured to have been released in Canada by Grand Toys but no examples have ever surface.

Enterprise in it’s US packaging.

Mego Enterprise ina Grand Toys Box

Canadian Boxed Enterprise from Grand Toys, the French version translates Star Trek to “The Cosmic Patrol”. This item actually got marked down to $0.50 at Hudson’s Bay Stores in 1980. From the collection of Craig MacKillop.

Mego Vulcan Shuttle Prototype

Above is one of the few known photos of the Vulcan shuttle prototype, while rumours abound of it’s release in Canada (which is never completely dismissable when it comes to Mego) no examples have shown up, which is surprising considering Star Trek was commonly collected even in 1979.

Packaging

 

Klingon and Arcturian on Italian cards. (courtesy of Brain)

Megarite (Canadian Card,note no name) and Rigellion. (courtesy of Brain)

Mego Trek Movie aliens on Italian Cards

Zaranite and Betelgeusian on Italian Ceppi Ratti Cards.

Mego Captain Kirk on Grand Toys Card

Captain Kirk on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Spock on Grand Toys Card

Mister Spock on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego McCoy on Grand Toys Card

Dr. McCoy on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Ilia on Grand Toys Card

Ilia on a Canadian Grand Toys Card, this figure hung around at retail for years. (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Klingon on Grand Toys Card

Klingon on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card, the aliens saw a wide release in Canada and Italy but were next to impossible to find in the US. (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Rigellian on Grand Toys Card

Rigellian on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Arcturian on Grand Toys Card

Arcturian on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego betelgeusian on Grand Toys Card

Betelgeusian on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Zaranite on Grand Toys Card

Zaranrite on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

Mego Megarite on Grand Toys Card

Megarite on a rare Canadian Grand Toys Card (courtesy of Craig MacKillop)

 

 

These great little ship models saw very limited release in the United States (although some did trickle in) but they were readily found in Canada, Germany and the UK. It’s rare for the World’s Greatest Toy Company to attempt models but these fun items still had a toy aspect to them. It’s a pity they weren’t released wider as they are pricey and hard to find now:

 

Mego Enterprise Box

Mego Enterprise Box

Mego Enterprise Box

Mego Enterprise Box

Mego Enterprise Model

Mego Enterprise Model

This rare Enterprise, the forward saucer section is removable and has landing gear.

Mego Enterprise Model

Mego Enterprise Model

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The Klingon bird of Prey from the series.

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Back of the Canadian Grand Toys box for the Klingon Cruiser.

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Original Boxed Klingon Cruiser in the Grand Toys (Canada) box courtesy of Brain from PlaidStallions.

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Mego Klingon bird of prey

Mego Klingon bird of prey

 

 

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Mego Vulcan Shuttle

Mego Vulcan Shuttle

Mego Vulcan Shuttle

Mego Vulcan Shuttle

Mego Vulcan Shuttle

Mego Vulcan Shuttle

The Vulcan Shuttle is the toughest of the three ships to find.

Vulcan Shuttle in the rare US packaging.

Uber rare Canadian boxed Klingon Cruiser warns children it’s an “Ennemy Spaceship”
Who proof read this thing?.

The back of the box actually details where everything is on the Klingon ship, I’m not hardcore enough to debate it’s accuracy.

1984 Ertl Catalog showed Prototypes of their line using Mego figures!

When ERTL pitched their 1984 “Search for Spock” action figure line, they used mocked up Megos at Toy Fair!

Check out the 12″ Offerings by clicking on the pic below!

Klingon Prototype


Another astounding pic from the John Bonavita archive is a shot of the original Mego “Two Up” of the 3 3/4″ Klingon Figure sculpted by Bill Lemmon.

Two Up means the prototype’s size in relation to the actual production run; two sizes bigger or three times the size of the production size. In this case the figure looks to be 7″ tall.

This comparison shot goes to show how much of the original figures detail was lost back then in the conversion from 7″ Sculpture to 3 3/4″ figure. The Two up shows a great deal of workmanship and should give a new found respect into the quality put into this line..

 

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Star Trek

February 21, 2013
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TrekCoverCardMego’s “Star Trek” line was “officially” based on the live-action series in syndication in 1974, but the Mego designers appear to have referred repeatedly to The Animated Series for inspiration.  It’s not difficult to imagine why frugal, economical Mego would choose a property like “Star Trek” to exploit as part of the company’s eight-inch action figure line.  Since most of the crew wore the same basic uniform–and used the same weapons and equipment–Mego anticipated minimum design cost combined with maximum utilization potential–a win-win situation if ever one existed.  In fact, so high was Mego’s confidence in the line that they took the unprecedented step of creating specific lower-leg tooling for the male crew members.  The Starfleet-issued boots were incorporated into the figure itself, saving countless lost pairs of Mego footwear at the hands of careless children–as well as eliminating one more step in the assembly process.

Additionally, Mego had impeccable timing when it came to picking up the “Star Trek” license.  With a pittance of an investment, they bought into a virtually dead property that was in the throes of rebirth and rediscovery by a whole new legion of fans–fans clamoring for anything with the words “Star Trek” on it.
The original five “Star Trek” figures were released in 1974, and included Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy (Bones), Mr. Scott (Scottie), and the Klingon.  It is notable that these were the first 8″ Mego figures to be available exclusively on blister cards, having never been available in boxes throughout the entirety of their run.           The initial card art featured profile paintings of all five characters, the “Star Trek” logo in white, and each figure’s name depicted in white text above the bubble.  The package back also featured these same five profiles on a blue field.  These cards were later amended to include Lt. Uhura as the late, feminist-conscious addition to the first series.  Her profile was added to the line-up, and the “Star Trek” logo was changed to a more colorful light blue.  Additionally, the back was replaced with advertisements for the U.S.S. Enterprise Playset and Communicator walkie-talkies over a field of purple.  A later amendment to the first series cards consisted of changing the text of the figure’s name from white to the color of the respective character’s profile circle.          The first series was originally released on Type 1 bodies with several running changes in the facial paint schemes.  These were soon transitioned to Type 2 bodies, where the manufacturing settled down to a more uniform process.  As a rule-of-thumb, Type 1 bodies are found on “5-face” cards, while Type 2 bodies are found on “6-face” cards.  There have been “transitional” specimens found which do not conform to this distribution pattern, but they are quite uncommon.          All six figures were available individually through popular mail-order venues of the day (Sears, Montgomery Ward’s, etc.).  These mail-order figures each came in a clear plastic bag, which in turn was shipped in a small, non-descript brown carton.  Although not especially attractive or collectible, mailer boxes were far less prevalent than standard retail packaging, and, due in no small part to their underwhelming appearance, were most often discarded upon receipt.  Assembling a set of these figures in catalog packaging can be a daunting task; luckily, few collectors care enough to accept the challenge.  Additionally, the original five figures (sans Uhura) were included in an exceptionally-rare U.S.S. Enterprise Gift Set.  These figures came individually-packaged in baggies identical to their catalog brethren.  Type 1 figures were definitely included in the gift set; however, it cannot be confirmed whether the Enterprise saw a long-enough production lifespan which would have allowed the possibility of Type 2 inclusion.

 

Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the Klingon were re-released in 1979 for Sears, presumably to provide supplemental product for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as to clear out excess stock in Mego’s warehouse.  These reissues differ from the originals in three fundamental respects: first, they were assigned new assortment and item numbers; second (and most famously), in an excessive demonstration of economy, they were released without printing on the package back (earning them the nickname of “Blank-Backs”); and third, the majority of the reissues were given (once the backstock of traditional, two-part “stick-on” foil insignias had been depleted) what appear to be heat-sealed foil insignias, easily differentiated by their white edges.

As popular and collectible as the “Star Trek” crew figures are/were, a sizable warehouse discovery of these gems was unearthed in Canada in the mid-1980s, leading to a drop-off in value that the collecting community is only now beginning to recover from, some twenty years later.  This reduction in perceived value is both a blessing and a curse, however.  While the drop in monetary value has hurt many a speculator and investor in the short-term, the overall affordability and availability of these figures has made them a perennial favorite of collectors–both Star Trek and Mego alike–and a staple of even the most basic Mego collection.

The outstanding success of the “Star Trek” line naturally led to new releases over the next two years.  Mego’s first priority was to give the Enterprise crew more adversaries to fight.  In 1975, four new figures were released: a Neptunian, the Keeper, a Gorn, and a Cheron.  These characters were released under the new general heading of “Aliens.”          It is probably more accurate to describe these Aliens as “inspired by” rather than “from” the “Star Trek” series.  Mego was a pioneer in the field of licensing popular intellectual property for toy manufacture, and the problem with being a trailblazer is that there is no one ahead of you to set the standard.  Mego was making it up as they went, and Paramount, being just as inexperienced in licensing (and still not fully grasping the cultural phenomenon that “Star Trek” was becoming), wasn’t very concerned with cracking the whip of consistency.  As a result of this relaxed attitude to canonical adherence, the majority of the figures in the Aliens series can best be described as having merely a passing resemblance to their namesakes.  In several instances, the Alien figures bear more of a resemblance to The Animated Series designs than the The Original Series; this is presumably due to the fact that The Animated Series was currently broadcasting at the time Mego’s “Star Trek” line was in development.           These first Aliens are several orders of magnitude rarer than any of the crew or the Klingon, but common enough to carry fairly reasonable price tags, allowing even the most casual Mego collector to obtain them.  These figures stayed in production throughout the final series, which helps to explain the relative ease in acquiring them.          The figures released from this point on were all Type 2 bodies.  Due to the exotic nature of alien characters, most of the bodies used for the figures were of strange and unique colors, were of an abnormal size, or had unique, character-specific body components created for them.  These were all nice touches, to be sure, but they do not make the task of repairing figures any easier for the loose Mego collector.          Mego also created new card art for the Aliens series, a striking planetary vista with steep mountains rising to the left, and a red planet and blue moon hung against a black, starry night.  The back of the package featured new profile paintings of the ten figures available at that point, as well as ads for the Enterprise Playset, Tricorder, Tribble (whose existence is still debated to this day), Mission to Gamma VI Playset, Phaser Battle Game, Phaser Gun Game, Command Communications Console, and Communicators.  The card art for the UK Palitoy releases was even more impressive and bold, with profiles of the Aliens on the front, and a card back design very reminiscent of the original “5-face” card back.

In spite of many glaring inaccuracies and inconsistencies with the established “Star Trek” canon, these four Aliens sold well-enough to warrant a third (and, as it would turn out, final) series of “Trek” figures, consisting of four more Aliens: a Romulan, a Talosian, an Andorian, and a Mugato.  These four figures are counted among the rarest of Mego’s produced figures, for decades this was believed to due to a warehouse fire, however, this is 100% false and the true reason these figures prove harder find is due to their limited production run.  The fire myth is used in this instance is a testament to the stature of these four figures and the fascination that surrounds their manufacture and relative scarcity; when you talk about series three, you’re not so much relating history as you are delving into action figure folklore.  These final Aliens rank up there with Alter Egos, Teen Titans, and Space: 1999, a fact borne out by the prices they consistently command.  Regardless of any warehouse disasters, this series of figures would still have been in high demand today if only for two reasons: the Romulan and the Andorian, two Aliens whose canonical accuracy and innate style almost make up for the glaring deficiencies present in the other six.          Mego, for reasons unknown, created new card art for these figures as well.  Actually, “recreated” is probably a more apt term, since they closely patterned the new design on the previous one, making only slight changes.  The new card art still depicted essentially the same planetary landscape, but it differed in several important respects: firstly, the “sky” was changed from black to blue; secondly, the stars were all-but-removed; thirdly, the card maintained the width of the previous card design, but was now noticeably taller; and fourthly, the card back now featured all fourteen of the “Star Trek” figures, while simultaneously eliminating half of the accessories advertised on the previous package to make room for the profile expansion.  In addition to releasing the final four Aliens on these new cards, Mego took the trouble to re-release the previous series of Aliens on the new card art as well.  This fact could be attributed to a desire for uniformity on Mego’s part, if it were not so painfully obvious from almost all other evidence that uniformity was pretty low on Mego’s list of priorities.          The eight-inch line of “Star Trek” figures effectively died with these last four Aliens; so, too, did every Trekkie’s dreams of a Harry Mudd or a Khan, a Sulu or a Chekov, a Nurse Chapel or a Yeoman Rand.  It would be left to the Mego customizers, a generation later, to pick up the ball that Mego dropped in 1976.

Mego had experienced tremendous success in the marketing of same-scaled vehicles and environments for their World’ Greatest Super-Heroes line and their Planet of the Apes series.  Almost immediately, “Trek” proved itself a runaway hit on the toy aisle.  In quick order, Mego decided to provide ancillary products for the “Star Trek” figures, in much the same vein as those afforded to the WGSH and Apes.  “Trek” proved a unique challenge, however.  Mego was used to designing cars, helicopters, motorcycles, vinyl playsets and the like in the eight-inch scale which they pioneered.  The first question the designers inevitably asked was this:          “How do you make a Starship in the eight-inch scale?”          Mego’s solution to this issue was inspired, and, in many ways, simply couldn’t be done today, with the current generation brought up on the prerequisite of ultra-realism in their toys.  Forgoing accuracy and instead focusing on play-value and bright, eye-catching colors, Mego unveiled the U.S.S. Enterprise Playset in 1975.  It was a tremendous success, as evidenced by the vast number of Enterprise Playsets that still turn up today; it seems that every boy in the mid-‘Seventies had one of these playsets.  This playcase is laughable by today’s toy craftsmanship standards, but its charm and innocence are hard to ignore.  Mego focused on the bridge of the Enterprise for its layout, but included a wing on each side of the playset devoted to two more key areas of the Enterprise.  On the right was a small room that was, at least ostensibly, the Engine Room (really nothing but a non-descript corner in which to stick your Scottie figure), and on the left was the real star of the toy, the Transporter Room.          The Transporter mechanism was an engineering feat even Scottie would be proud of.  To simulate the effect of “beaming,” you would put a figure in one side of a vertical tumbler, and spin the knob.  Brightly-colored labels would flash by as the cylinder spun, giving a rather art-deco interpretation to the act of Transporting.  By pressing one of two buttons on the top of the playset, you could stop the mechanism–on a dime!–in either the “beamed in” or “beamed out” position.  A secret door, not unlike those found on the cabinets of shifty illusionists, was present at the rear of the mechanism, allowing the child to remove the figure without the rest of the crew noticing!  Sneaky…

The Enterprise Playset, and its Transporter component, proved so popular that both the United Kingdom and the United States received one additional derivative playset each.  The UK “Trek” fans were treated to a stand-alone Transporter Room toy, released by Mego’s British associate, Palitoy-Bradgate, in lieu of an actual Enterpise Playet.  Alternatively, Mego buyers in America got, judging by the few specimens that exist, an extremely-limited Enterprise Gift Set which included the original five figures (Uhura being the odd woman out) on Type 1 bodies.  Little is known for certain about this Gift Set, aside from the fact that it exists.  Rumours abound that it was a Canadian exclusive, but this is unlikely, as Canada, along with France, got a smaller Enterprise Playset (about 10% smaller) for distribution, along with a smaller, bi-lingual box.  It is doubtful that two Enterprises of conflicting sizes were released in the same country.          Now that kids had the Enterprise, they needed somewhere to take it for an outer-space adventure.  Enter the Mission to Gamma VI Playset, a toy very loosely based on the “Trek” episode, “The Apple.”  The Gamma VI Playset came with a terribly fragile plant-trap, four tiny aliens that were way out of scale with the eight-inch “Trek” figures and which were easily lost, a plastic alien throne and idol facade which drew attention away from the cardboard-construction comprising the rest of the set, and a glove monster prone to rips and tears.  This playset was not widely-released to begin with; when you couple this fact with its extreme fragility and ease of piece-loss, you begin to understand the sky-high prices that this playset regularly demands.          A final eight-inch accessory was released, the Telescreen Console.  This toy is notable for being the only eight-inch accessory to require batteries.  The Telescreen Console was Mego’s answer to home video games in a pre-home-video-game world.  A screen, sitting in front of a captain’s chair, was used to display enemy targets which could be fired upon electronically.  This accessory is pretty unremarkable and primitive, and has limited long-term play value.  It’s the kind of toy that a six-year old will beg his mother for, only to tire of it after ten minutes of play.  Really, the only thing that qualifies this toy as an eight-inch accessory is the presence of the captain’s chair; other than that detail, this toy could easily be lumped into the role-playing category of Mego’s “Trek” offerings.  The Telescreen is rare, but it is also a rather underwhelming accessory–certainly the weakest of the five–so there are few collectors out there actively hunting one.          Mego made quite a few other accessories such as the tricorder, but these are all of a role-playing nature, and can be found here.            So, there you have it.  Mego was also responsible for the toys for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979.  Mego abandoned the eight-inch scale for these releases, opting instead for two different scales: three-and-three-quarters inches and twelve inches.  These toys were, regrettably, not the Star Wars-killer that Mego had hoped for, but Mego really only had themselves to blame.  But that is another story for another time, and can be found at the Mego Movie Trek section for those interested.          Thanks to a wide accessibility and a huge pre-established collector base, the popularity of Mego’s “Star Trek” line is second only to the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.  For those just getting their feet wet, you can hardly do better than “Star Trek” to get initiated into the wonderful world of Mego!

The “Star Trek” Gallery would not have been possible without the contributions and assistance of Jeff Riemersma, Rob Chatlin, Mike “type1kirk” Farance, Kevin “MirrorSpock” Kaup, Jon and Phil.

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Neptunian

February 21, 2013
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Mego Neptunian did not appear in any of the Star Trek series but is rather a creation of Mego

The Neptunian (Item No. 51203/1), providing a rather inauspicious start to the line of Aliens figures. This figure is actually fairly ornate and well-designed, in a Saturday-afternoon-sci-fi-serial kind of way, but its great failure is that it NEVER APPEARED IN “STAR TREK.” Even the relatively limited history of Classic “Trek” contains enough rich and diverse alien cultures from which to draw without having to create a new species right out of the gate. To be fair, a race of aquatic, scaled aliens DID appear in an episode of “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” but their resemblance to the Neptunian is practically zero.

Rumours have persisted that the character must have been an abandoned Mad Monster concept but this isn’t the case, the figure’s design doesn’t follow the “Glow in the Dark eyes” feature that the other characters had and in conversation with former Mego employees, they admitted to taking liberty with the designs due poor reference material and an overall belief that many of the TV character designs could be improved upon for a more “toy-etic” appeal.

The head sculpt is quite impressive and detailed; it is also bulbous enough to require Mego’s rarely-used deeper/taller bubble in its packaging. The body of this figure is a standard Type 2 male, but is cast entirely in Goblin-green. The figure came outfitted in a bodysuit comprised of a red torso and green sleeves and leggings (the green material used for the bodysuit is identical to the “scales” fabric used on the Green Goblin and on The Lizard’s tail). Attached under the arms of the bodysuit are a pair of wings that always seem to suffer from the same green-to-yellow fade common to Green Arrow’s bodysuit and the sleeves and undies of Removable-Mask Robin.

The ensemble is completed with a pair of green boots and green gloves that approximate the look of reptilian/amphibian feet and claws, respectively.

 

Mego Neptunian on a first series Aliens card

1st Series Alien Card

Above we have a Neptunian on a “10-back” card.

Mego Neptunian on a first series Aliens card

2nd Series Alien Card

The Neptunian on a “14-back” card (considerably rarer than the
“10-back”).

 

The Neptunian was also released in the United Kingdom by Palitoy Bradgate. Carded examples are considered quite elusive and that’s why we’re using a picture of the back of the card. If you have one and would like to share with the world, drop us a line!

Prototype

Mego's original protoype for the Star Trek Aliens Neptunian

Mike Farrence provided us with a screencap of a Mego Commercial that shows the prototype neptunian, note the lack of scales
and the homemade gloves.

Neptunian : Original Accessories and Known Repros

Loose Neptunian

 

Boots

Neptunian boots are unique to the character, and have not been factory reproduced.


Gloves

 

gloves

Neptunian gloves are unique to the character, and have not been factory reproduced.


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Cheron

February 21, 2013
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Cheron Mego Card art

The Mego Cheron (Item No. 51203/4), arguably the best attempt at a “Star Trek” Alien within the first series of Aliens. This estimation is not due to any impressive degree of craftsmanship in the Cheron, but is instead indicative of the low quality inherent to the other three Aliens. Compared to lackluster entries like the Neptunian, Keeper and Gorn, this figure was practically a Gold Standard.

The design is based on the character of Bele (portrayed by Frank Gorshin of “Batman” fame) from the Classic “Trek” episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” This was, admittedly, as a choice for an Alien figure, about as good as any of the other second-string candidates in the “Trek” canon. Mego over-simplified the figure’s design, taking the “half-black, half-white” concept to a child’s extreme, applying it not only to the skin, but to the jumpsuit and boots as well. Mego passed on creating Lokai ( Lou Antonio), Bele’s intercultural adversary from the same episode. It would have been a simple figure to create however perhaps one Cheron was enough.

The Cheron figure has a certain simplistic charm about it. It’s certainly a bold color scheme (or lack-of-color scheme), and it really jumps off the shelf at you when seen in person. The head is rather non-descript and generic, molded in white with black paint on the right side. There is no hair present on this sculpt, Mego instead opting for a more conservative and simple “molded-hood” look. The body is cast entirely in black plastic, with the exception of one white left hand. The figure is clothed in a bodysuit (with sewn-on belt) that is split right down the middle: black on the right, white on the left. A pair of short boots–one black, one white–complete the outfit.

Mego Cheron outfits can decay thanks to the reaction of the black body to the white uniform

The Cheron figure often suffers from a bacterial malady that manifests itself in a blackish-brownish stain within the white half of the outfit. (This is not a rare varient as some dealers have tried to pass it off as) The black plastic used for the Cheron body has within it microbes (presumably indigenous to the black dye) that react adversely to the white material from which half of the bodysuit is made. Once the spread of the bacterial stain starts, no amount of bleach can turn back the clock. Many loose collectors have taken to swapping out the black body of their Cheron and replacing it with a standard flesh body. Carded Mego Cherons, however, are at the mercy of their environment and time.

Cherons are relatively plentiful, and are almost as common as the Keeper. However, when you factor in the possibility of boot theft, the ease with which black paint rubs off of white plastic, the risk of bacterial reaction, and the natural tendency for white fabric to become stained or soiled, you begin to understand the premium price that a mint Cheron specimen can sometimes command.

1st Series Alien Card

Mego Cheron on a first series Aliens card

 

Above is a Mego Cheron on a 1st Series Alien Card “10 Back” card. The easiest way to find a Cheron on the card.

2nd Series Alien Card

Mego Cheron on a second series Aliens card

The  Cheron figure was also available on a 2nd Series Alien “14-back” card. This card is considerably rarer than the “10-back”, you’ll  note that this figure also has the dreaded “Cheron Rot”.  Note: This is not a variant folks.

Palitoy Alien Card

 

 

Above we have a Cheron on a UK-exclusive Palitoy package. Noticeably different from its American counterpart, these cards are extremely rare, bold, beautiful, and highly desired–an extremely expensive mixture, to be sure. All four of the second series figures (Neptunian, Keeper, Gorn, Cheron) were available on this card in the UK.

Prototype

Mego's original protoype for the Star Trek Aliens Cheron

Here Mike Farrence provides us with a shot of the prototype Cheron head from the Mego commercials, obviously a repainted 8″ head, one question, who is he?

Mego Allan Virdon and Mego Cheron share the same headscult

 

Look Familiar? Mego reused the Alan Virdon headsculpt to produce the Cheron . Alan is an astronaut from the Mego Planet of the Apes line (thanx to Len Starr for the info)

 

Cheron : Original Accessories and Known Repros

Loose Cheron

White Boot

 

White Boot

Cheron has one black boot, and one white boot. The white boot is shared with Alan Carter from the Space 1999 line. It has been factory reproduced by Classic TV Toys on their version Alan Carter. Like the Mr. Fantastic boot, it is a factory cut version of the WGSH Hero boot. The reproduction is cut a little taller than the original, and is a little more glossy. It is unmarked. Also reproducted by CTVT is a tall white hero boot that can be cut down to size to make a proper height white cheron boot. See the photoshop example of the black boot below.


Black Boot

 

black boots

Cheron’s black boot is basically a factory cut down black hero style boot and is the same boot worn by WGSH’s Mr. Fantastic. While this version of the boot has not been factory reproduced, uncut black hero boots have been made by both Doc Mego and CTVT. These reproductions can be hand cut down by the user to create an almost factory reproduction of the Cheron black boot. Doc’s reproductions are a little more glossy and a little thicker plastic. DM’s are a little thinner up from the ankle which is more noticable when cut for Cheron than when used as a hero boot. CTVT are closer in shape, but also a little more glossy. The Doc Mego boots are marked DM on the bottom, and the CTVT boots are unmarked. The picture includes a photoshop crop of what the reproduction boots look like cut flat. Also included in the picture are original black hero style boots which are often cut to create an “original” Cheron black boot. The black hero style boots are found in the Action Jackson Fishing set and also on some Planet of the Apes Dr. Zauis figures. The AJ/Zauis boots tend to be less glossy than the Cheron originals.


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Planet of the Apes Playsets

January 25, 2013
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Playsets and Accessories: Action Stallion

Mego Action Stallion is carried over from several other Mego lines

Mego did a fair bit of recycling from
Action Jackson
to the planet of the apes line, from the M16’s
to the Astronauts entire
wardrobe. The Action Stallion however is one bit of recycling that
made a terrible amount of sense. Horses played such a major role
in the series that this piece is essential to a Mego Planet of the
Apes collection. Note that the front of the box features a prototype
Mego Soldier Ape.

The contents of a boxed Mego Action Stallion

Mego would continue to use this horse logically in
other lines such as the
Super Knights
,
Dinah-Mite
and the
Western Heroes

Mego Planet of the Apes Action Stallion in Catalog Mailer Box

Mego Planet of the Apes Action Stallion in Catalog Mailer Box

Thanks to our pal Corey LeChat we have this beautiful mailer box Action Stallion in the Museum Galleries.

 

Mego Planet of the Apes Action Stallion in Catalog Mailer Box

Mego Planet of the Apes Action Stallion in Catalog Mailer Box

While not as widely collected as regular packaging, mailer box items are coveted by a segment of collectors and stuff like this is very hard to get.

 

Mego Planet of the Apes Action Stallion in Catalog Mailer Box

Mego Planet of the Apes Action Stallion in Catalog Mailer Box

I’m geeky enough to know that this is from the JC Penney Catalog of 1975.

1975 Sears catalog featuring the action stallion

The Action Stallion from the 1975 Sears Catalog, for
more on this check out the
Mego Christmas Catalog
Section of the Museum.

There is a second Apes Horse! Parkdale Novelty (Canada)
and Cipsa (Mexico) released this non articulated horse with the
Catapult and Wagon set.
This Horse was also proposed in 1976 as part of the
Mego Waltons
line but it never materialized.


Playsets and Accessories: Battering Ram

While many of the Mego items didn’t seem to fit the
primitive stylings of the apes (ie: M-16’s) these playset pieces
were logical additions to the “Ape World”

mego corp battering ram

Thanks to Mike D’Aloia we have pics of the Mexican version of the Battering ram which featured some snazzy redrawn artwork.

Mego corp battering ram

Playsets and Accessories: Catapult and Wagon

Mego Planet of the Apes Catapult and Wagon set

US Packaging for the Mego Planet of the Apes Catapult and Wagon set

In the US, the Catapult and Wagon set was sold by itself and kids
had to buy the action stallion if they wanted a horse. (FYI that’s
a custom human in that wagon, you aren’t missing a figure folks)

Mego Parkdale noelty giftset featuring the Planet of the Apes horse

Rare boxed version of the Canadian exclusive (Parkdale Novelty)
Catapult, Horse and Wagon set. The box features the same artwork
as the US version (sold sans the horse) but is much longer, features
bilingual packaging (still the law in Canada) and a notification
on how this set was made exclusively for Parkdale Novelty (and offered
exclusively for Sears Canada). Cipsa sold the set as well in Mexico
but the packaging is much different.

The very tough to find horse from the Planet of the Apes giftset

Horse from the Mexican/Canadian Catapult & Wagon & Horse
set. Horse’s hooves have ball bearings in them
so it glides.

1975 Sears catalog featuring the Exclusive Apes Horse

The Canadian Exclusive Horse, Wagon and Catapult set from the 1975
Sears Canada Catalog, for more on this check out the
Mego Christmas Catalog
Section of the Museum.

Forbidden Zone Trap

“Thats it, just a little closer” Forbidden Zone Trap playset courtesy
Brian Heiler

Here is the box which features an unhappy looking astronaut Burke.

 

Playsets and Accessories: Fortress

Mego boxed Planet of the Apes Fortress playset

A boxed Planet of the Apes Fortress is the largest set that Mego produced for the apes, it’s constructed of sturdy laminated cardboard, which means it was mainly for indoor us.

 

Check out our YouTube video on the Mego Planet of the Apes Fortress

 

 

 

mego jail from the planet of the apes fortress

Alan Verdon models the unique jail cell for this playset, which is sturdier than the cage included with the Treehouse playset.

 

 

The lovely General Urko models the gun rack and sun reflector. The Sun reflector was actually used in the series making this one of the more show accurate pieces. Missing is the conspicuous “Planet of the Apes” flag from the sun reflector. If you’re missing yours, see below:

The planet of the apes flag

Download a scan of the original flag by clicking the pic or by clicking here

Alan models the “work table”, it seems pretty morbid that we as children got so many opportunities to reenact vivisection scenes.

FORTRESS INCLUDED:

 

2 story fortress structure, with “floor”
between them (glossy finished

cardboad)

“Sun reflector” and POTA flag (paper
flag on wooden stick) which goes on top

Jail Cell, small, holds 1 or 2 (cozy)

Work Table (cardboard)

“Gun Rack”

2 Ladders

3 rifles and 3 “Control Sticks” which
all fit on

the “gun rack”.

Playsets and Accessories: The Jail
Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

The jail is a logical addition to this line of lower cost items, seeing as the jails in the playsets are usually cardboard. The secret of the padlock would take a child about five seconds, seeing as it took me about ten to figure it out.

 

Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Here is the Astronaut tucked away in his cell.

 

Cipsa Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Cipsa Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Pictured above is the Mexican Cipsa release for the Jail (now known as Jaula Simia)  with artwork retouched from the US release, the Soldier Ape has been replaced with Ursus.

 

Cipsa Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Cipsa Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

The back of the box depicts the entire Cipsa line, something the US box doesn’t do, it just repeats the box art on all four sides.

 

Cipsa Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Cipsa Mego Planet of the Apes Jail

Here is the Cipsa Jail loose, it is a slightly different colour than the US version. I know it’s not terribly important but it’s important dammit. Other than that it’s indistinguishable from the US release.

 
 
 
Playsets and Accessories: Rock Launcher:

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Rare Planet of the Apes Rock Launcher which was only available as a separate piece in the United Kingdom from Palitoy. (ala Brain). The artwork is of course, striking as all Palitoy card artwork normally  is.

 

Planet of the Apes Rock Launcher by Palitoy.

Planet of the Apes Rock Launcher by Palitoy.

This is the only item that utilized the same artwork that the UK action figures did.

Planet of the Apes Rock Launcher by Palitoy.

Planet of the Apes Rock Launcher by Palitoy.

Playsets and Accessories: Throne

thronebox

throne_guy throne

The Throne is a strange addition to the line, a chair that becomes a cage seems more in place with a Horror movie theme than with apes.

Mego Planet of the Apes Throne

Here is the Mexcian version of the throne released by Cipsa, the box depicts the Astronaut, however this figure was not released in Mexico.


Playsets and Accessories: Treehouse

US Edition


Mego Corp treehouse from Planet of the apes

The Planet of the Apes Treehouse wasn’t based on anything in the films but was a repackaged version of Action Jackson’s Jungle Treehouse but seeing as Caesar lived in a treehouse in the previous year’s “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” it made perfect sense. The treehouse was an incredible seller for Mego, in an October 1974 Playthings magazine the Treehouse was listed as “outselling comparable toys 20 to 1”.

Mego Corp Treehouse from Planet of the apes

A treehouse playset all set up thanks to John. Below are the known releases of the treehouse, although it is shown in the Bullmark Japan catalog, it is widely believed it was not released in a Japanese box.

Treehouse Giftset


Mego Planet of the Apes Gift set

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The Planet of the Apes Giftset included the treehouse and the first five figures in baggies, a very similiar concept to the Enterprise Gift Set. These gift sets are hard to find and are extremely popular. Photo courtesy of Mike D’Aloia.

Canadian Box


Mego corp treehouse in the Canadian box

The
Parkdale Novelty (Canada) Treehouse Box (top) much like the Canadian boxed Enterprise Playset is much smaller than it’s US counterpart and a harder to find variation. It’s always fun to highlight the french side of the box but the other side is in english.

Cipsa Treehouse
 
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The Mexican version of the Treehouse features redesigned artwork, Urko sure looks mad. Special thanks to vintage toy guru John “Toyzilla” Marshall for all these fun photos and a welcome addition to the gallery.
 
 
 
 

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Contents


Treehouse came with:

House building (vinyl over cardboard) with “fold down” staircase

Work Table (vinyl over cardboard)

Capture Net

It also had a set of 3 rifles and 3 “control
sticks”and a Jail Cell.


Playsets and Accessories: Village:

Mego Planet of the Apes Village Playset

The Village Playset is the exact same structure as
the Batcave, but has different cardboard art inside the vinyl, including
a painting of the wrecked Statue of Liberty on the back. The Action Jackson Lost Continent Playset was another form for this set and actually was marketed as a Planet of the Apes piece!

This may be the only playset that has activelly promoted
human dissection, and the victim on the table is a Phillip custom.
Photo by Phil

Mego Planet of the Apes Village Playset

The village is rather large but it’s so striking to look at. NOTE: The Captured astronaut is actually just an Action Jackson figure.

Mego Planet of the Apes Village Playset

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