Follow the Yellow Brick Road was the theme of the 1975 Mego Catalog, evidence that in addition to a rapidly expanding lineup of toys from WGSH to Knights, Mego considered it’s Wizard of OZ license to be a great feather in it’s cap.
Mego threw a gala Toy Fair party to launch in WOZ line and produced many of the surving cast of the landmark film.
The Wizard of Oz was and is one of Mego’s more popular lines. There are so many Oz fans over so many generations that these figures are still much sought after by collectors of Oz, not just Mego. This section features a list of accessories for each character in the line, as well as pictures and descriptions of the parts and their factory produced reproductions.
This page features the basic bodies used in the Oz line. There are various hand colors unique to certain characters but here we’ll address the basic bodies and their reproductions.
The first version of the mego male body was a metal rivet, less muscled body strung together with elastic. It has not been factory reproduced.
The second version of the Mego male body was more buff, had plastic joints instead of metal rivets, and is strung together with hooks and rubber. Both Doctor Mego and Classic TV Toys offer factory made repro Mego bodies. DM’s (marked 7th
Street Toys on the back) is very accurate in detail and appearance. Lighter
in flesh color, with a heavier feel and more rubbery hands. CTVT’s bodies (marked Figures, Inc. on the back)
are closer to original color, but tend to run a touch shorter, are more
fragile, and have a slightly different design. A telltale sign of the
CTVT body are the legs that tend to snap together at the knees. It should also be noted that Tim Mee produced the Type 2 body during the Mego era. This is a vintage knockoff that is identical in almost every way to the original body. It’s weight is perhaps a touch lighter, and the Mego copyright info on the back of the body has been blotted out, but otherwise it’s identical. Some of the hand colors have been reproduced by CTVT. They are a touch smaller, have a little flashing evident, and are more brittle.
For the larger boys, Mego made the fat body. It was made both as type one (not pictured but put together like the standard T1 body) and as type two. Classic TV Toys offer factory made repro fat bodies. CTVT’s body’s
are pretty Mego accurate but are more
fragile. A telltale sign of the
CTVT body are the legs that tend to snap together at the knees. It is unmarked.
Mego Females came on two body styles, one had arms with no elbow joints (not pictured here). The common female body has elbow joints. Most are a similar color as the male body, but a few Mego females like the Wizard of Oz females, have a pinker looking skin tone. CTVT has made a reproduction body for the females, closer in color to the standard female body color instead of the pinker Oz female body color. The first version of the CTVT female body (not pictured) had a lot of issues. Cracks, lots of flashing and numorous other issues which are easy to spot. Some CTVT female bodies have a neck hole similar to the male body, instead of the neck stem that Mego used. CTVT eventually redesigned it’s female body to work out most of the issues. It’s close to Mego’s, although the legs still want to twist in an odd way. It is unmarked.