Tex Willer: Kit Carson

Mego Kit Carson is the second easiest to find in the line

Kit Carson, is one of Tex Willer’s closest friends and allies and seems to be based upon the actualy American historical figure.

The Mego Kit Carson Figure like all in the Tex Willer line, cleverly reuses existing Mego parts from the American West line, but it’s done in a way that it doesn’t interfere with an accurate depiction of the character. the Mego Kit Carson head was also used for King Arthur , and  Buffalo Bill Cody. Kit’s Shirt is a bright orange version of the Buffalo Bill Shirt with bright green pants.

One of the most used Mego heads, the Kit Carson head has many names in Mego Lore

Kit Carson’s head sculpt was reused more than once at Mego

The Tex Willer packaging is easily one of the most striking in all of Mego's lines

Cool Action Pose:The Kit Carson packaging is some of Mego’s finest work, like alot of foreign product it not only carries the Baravelli Logo but the Mego logo as well.

The original Tex Willer box Art from the collection of Rudy Zerbi

Holy Cow Dept: Courtesy of Super Collector Rudy Zerbi we have the original Mego Kit Carson Box art as drawn by Galep. Truly one of the cooler discoveries of the last ten years. Many thanks to Rudy for sharing this wonderful piece of Mego history.

Kit Willer: Original Accessories and Known Repros

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pants

Kit Willer’s pants have been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The reproduction pants are packaged with an opening and snap in the front. The originals don’t have the “fly” design and the opening is in the back. The biggest difference is the material. The reproductions are made of a velvet type material where the originals are a simple heavy material. The reproductions also fit more loosely and have larger cuffs. They are unmarked.

 

 

shirt

Kit’s shirt has been reproduced by CTVT. The original shirt is a bright yellow nylon type material. The repro is made of a more standard cloth. The original has a red square shape stuck to the front with 6 studs along the edges. It is and cut with a design along the edges. The studs are small and simple looking gold studs. The reproductions chest piece is larger, made of a vinyl material, perfectly square with no decorative edges and doesn’t form to the shirt. It tends to look like a shield of sorts. The studs on the repro are larger and look like yellow jewels. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

tie

Like his brother, Kit likes to dress in style so sports a western tie, in this case green in color. The tie has been reproduced by CTVT. The big difference here is edge fraying. The reproductions fray’s along one side where the original does not. The repro is also a brighter green color and is unmarked.

 

 

hat

Kit Willer wears a hat that can be found in the Action Jackson Western set. The hat has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is darker in color, more brown where the original has an organish tint. The repro is a little rough around the brim, not as smooth as the original and is marked CTV on the underside of the brim.

 

Holster

 

holster

Kit wears the same double gun holster belt as Wyatt Earp in the Western line. The repro holster is darker in color where the original is a little reddish in color. The holster belt features leg straps which break easily on the original. The original straps are very round compared to the reproductions, which are fairly flat in shape. You’ll find some flashing on the repro belt and it is marked CTV on the back. Tim Mee reproduced the belt for it’s western line during the Mego era. It is a vintage reproduction made with the same mold and materials. It is almost identical in every way to an original holster with maybe a slight color difference. Just a touch more on the red side than an original.

 

 

belt

Kit wears vinyl belt under his gun holster belt. It is the same belt found in the Action Jackson Safari set. The belt has been reproducted by CTVT. The reproduction is a darker brown, with a much bigger belt buckle. The repro belt buckle has a round shape on one side that isn’t present on the original. The repro is unmarked.

 

Pistols

 

pistols

Kit Willer carries two pistols of the same style as the rest of the Willer gang and many of the Western characters. 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 Kit can be found on Buffalo Bill from the Western Line. Western AJ also has these boots, but they are a lighter, caramel color brown. They have been reproduced by CTVT although it get’s a little weird. The Tex Willer characters and Buffalo Bill wear the same brown 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.

 

head

The Astronaut’s head from the Planet of the Apes line was also used for Kit Willer, just with a little repaint. Kit has darker brown hair, shorter sideburns, and black eyes. The Astronaut has lighter brown hair and blue eyes. CTVT reproduced the head for their Willer line, but used the longer painted sideburns and blue eyes of the Astronaut, but the darker brown hair of Kit Willer. The reproduction is unmarked.

Kit Carson: Original Accessories and Known Repros

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pants

Kit Carson’s pants have been reproduced by Classic TV Toys. The reproduction pants are packaged with an opening and snap in the front. The originals don’t have the “fly” design and the opening is in the back. The biggest difference is the material. The reproductions are made of a velvet type material where the originals are a simple heavy material. The reproductions also fit more loosely. They are unmarked.

 

 

shirt

Carson’s shirt has also been reproduced by CTVT. The material the repro shirt is made of is similar to the original although not as bright an orange in color. The biggest differences in in the design. The original has cuffs, the repro does not. The fringe on the reproduction is larger than the original. The last major difference is the thread color. The reproduction has the same orange color thread as the orange of the shirt, but the original has a much lighter thread color. The repro is unmarked.

 

 

hat

Kit Carson wears a hat that can be found in the Action Jackson Western set. The hat has been reproduced by CTVT. The reproduction is darker in color, more brown where the original has an organish tint. The repro is a little rough around the brim, not as smooth as the original and is marked CTV on the underside of the brim.

 

Holster

 

holster

Kit’s holster can also be found in the AJ Western set. It has been reproduced by CTVT and is the same brown as the hat, where the original has the orangish tint the original hat has. You’ll find some flashing on the repro belt and is it marked CTV on the back. Tim Mee also reproduced the holster during the Mego era. This is a vintage piece and made from the Mego molds. It is idential in all ways except in color. The Tim Mee hoslter is a dark brown.

 

Pistol

 

pistol

Kit Carson has the same pistol as the rest of the Willer gang and many of the Western characters. 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 Kit can be found on Buffalo Bill from the Western Line. Western AJ also has these boots, but they are a lighter, caramel color brown. They have been reproduced by CTVT although it get’s a little weird. The Tex Willer characters and Buffalo Bill wear the same brown 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.

 

 

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.