This year at MegoMeet was different as it was host to the first annual Mego Museum CustoMego Hall of Fame awards and dinner.
Hosted by Austin Hough, the experience was a tremendous show of gratitude to the many talented artisans who inspired him and others in the hobby. Hough spoke from the heart to a packed house and gave back, this year five Customizers were honoured and four special customs as well, the details are in the video recap and below:
Megomuseum.com is proud to announce the creation of the Mego Museum Customego Hall of Fame.
Since its inception in 1997 megomuseum.com has featured thousands of Customegos created by hundreds of Mego customizers. Armed with leftover parts, acrylic paints, Sculpey, and the mission to “fill in the gaps” in the lines Mego made legendary, customizers have played a vital role in the hobby reaching its enormous popularity and are the inspiration for the Re-Mego Renaissance we are experiencing today!
The Mego Museum seeks to recognize and honor these legendary customizers AND customs of the hobby. And, without further adieu we present the inaugural Customego Hall of Fame class of 2018:
Charlee Flatt Recognized as the “Godfather” of Customego, Charlee took customizing to new heights and is considered the benchmark for all customizers who have followed. His attention to detail is second-to-none and his work brought the hobby to the mainstream, appearing on the covers of numerous magazines and inspired Twisted Mego Theater and Robot Chicken. We inaugurate Customego Customizer Charlee Flatt.
Matt Jaycox An original contributor to the megomuseum.com Customs page, Matt is famous for including complete recipes and tutorials for every custom he made. His “Custom Answer Man” columns aided and influenced every would-be customizer who read them while his dedication to creating every obscure movie monster in Customego form is admired by all. We inaugurate Customego Customizer Matt Jaycox.
Scott Metzger Also an original contributor to the megomuseum.com Customs page, Scott’s breadth of customs is epic: Marvel, DC, He-Man, GI Joe, Micronauts, and the list goes on and on. His group displays are legendary and if you’ve ever seen pictures they are images you will not soon forget. We inaugurate Customego Customizer Scott Metzger.
Paul Clarke There is arguably no single person more essential to the hobby than Paul aka Dr. Mego. If you can find us a customizer who has never used a Dr. Mego repro boot or glove or head or body or accessory produced by the good Doc, we would be amazed. He has successfully helped bring to market reproductions (and new characters) of the Mego Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, and DC and Marvel World’s Greatest Super Heroes lines. We inaugurate Customego Contributor Paul “Dr. Mego” Clarke.
Mike Haspiel Mike is considered one of the top Megoesque customizers of all-time. He had a way of looking at a Paco Lucha Wrestling figure and seeing a custom Bane. He was that creative. And, his body of work was considerable. Sadly, Mike left us far too soon succumbing to complications from diabetes in 2005. We inaugurate Customego Customizer Mike Haspiel in Memoriam.
Firestorm by Dave McCormick and Paul Evans Dave and Paul spearheaded this collaborative effort to make the Nuclear Man and fill a void in the World’s Greatest Super Heroes line. So popular was this figure that a production run of ten were made. It is considered by many to be the most Megoesque WGSH custom ever produced. We inaugurate the Customego Firestorm.
The Headless Horseman by David Lee Dave’s version of the classic Washington Irving character is complete with pumpkin head and Daredevil his mighty steed. A custom worthy of inclusion in the World’s Greatest Monsters line. We inaugurate the Customego Headless Horseman.
Santa Claus by Derek Combs No better, nor more Megoesque representation of jolly ole Saint Nick exists in action figure form. Complete with Christmas tree, presents, and a bottle of Coca Cola Derek’s Santa Claus is guaranteed to bring smiles to all who see it. We inaugurate the Customego Santa Claus.
Omega Man by Martin Cage A magical Customego representation of Neville and Matthias as from the cult classic starring Charlton Heston and Anthony Zerbe. These figures combine attention to detail with that Mego feel into customs figures of characters we’ve all craved to have since we were first saw the film as kids. We inaugurate the Customego set of Omega Man.
The inductees will be honored with a special internet presence at megomuseum.com showcasing the customs and customizers enshrined.
In addition, a special induction ceremony and dinner is planned for all honorees at the 2018 Mego Meet (site yet to be determined).
Honorees were chosen by the panel of Austin Hough, Brian Heiler, Steve Moore, and Scott Arendsen.
The goal of the Mego Museum Customego Hall of Fame is to honor customizers and customs that have made an undeniable impact on the Mego customizing hobby. Inductees will be chosen by the Customego Hall of Fame panel on an annual basis and announced at the beginning of each year henceforth with a ceremony and dinner at that year’s Mego Meet and inclusion in the online megomuseum.com Customego Hall of Fame.
Please join the Mego Museum in welcoming the inaugural class of Mego customizers and customs into the Mego Museum Customego Hall of Fame!