Just a few of the different items Mego produced for Robin, courtesy of the very generous Scott Arendsen. Scott sets Mego boy wonder items as high priority and it shows.
The Boy Wonder comes with green oven mitts, rubber booties, green briefs, and a head sculpt that harkens back to the sixties. Robin in the early seventies was more of a young adult but Mego went for the classic look, probably because the DC style guide artwork hadn't been updated. Whatever the reason, Robin is one of the most beloved WGSH ever created.
In 1977, Mego released Robin's team of crime fighting buddies, The Teen Titans but alas, he was a head taller than them.
First edition Robins is known as the Removable Mask Robin because you could actually remove his mask! Batman had a similar feature in the first run. Mego ran with this for a brief time and later went with a painted on mask. The mask itself is fragile and easily lost, so it is very hard to find in today's collector market. Imitations and frauds abound when you're talking about Robin masks so be careful when purchasing.
This side-by-side comparison illustrates just how yellow the Yellow sleeves and shorts are for the very first version of Mego Robin. There is a argument as to whether this is an error by Mego or a chemical process caused by the green dye used in early Robins. It is possible to have a RM Robin with green sleeves and shorts but an RM Robin must be on a Type 1 body with an early cloth belt. RM Robin came in a sold box (Very rare!), first issue Window box ( Captain America appears on the header with no copyright info) and Kresge cards (which we actually have a photo of).
Here is another very good piece of evidence with respect to the "Green turning yellow" argument. Note the pit stains on this RM Robin; note the slow transition to yellow. Mego Forum member Heath credits this to heat and humidity.
Even though he was packed 4 to a case, Robin ranks as the most difficult and expensive solid boxed figure to acquire on the secondary market. The combination of both the figure and package being so uncommon along with the character's popularity seem to make him tougher to find than Aquaman, who was only packed two per case.
This Type-1 Robin box shows 3 panels on the side and Captain America in the masthead. The artwork for the back of the box has been traced to an issue of Batman, for more information click on Mego Comic Book Origins.
This is a later-issue Robin box as evidenced by theType 2 body and the presence of Shazam in the masthead.
The interesting variant on this later-issue box is the presence of the TM logo below Robin's name.
This is the first Robin available on a Kresge card, as evidenced by the header (featuring only the four original WGSH) and the presence of a removable Mask. It's a shame but the masks often broke in the packaging, a fact that perhaps influenced the move to a painted mask. It seems that Robin made the move quicker than Batman. (Photo is courtesy of Tom)
Another example of A Kresge card containing a catalog, which seemed to occur for a brief period. Note the header change and the figure now has a painted mask. Another Kresge variant (featuring Captain America in the header) also exists.
One of the last issue Kresge carded Robins (as evidenced by Green Arrow in the header) is courtesy of Scott Arendsen
A nice example of the US 1976 edition and the US 1977 edition Robin card (Provided by Troy Maynus) Robin Cards. One of the nice things about the character being run for so long is the ability to find him on a nice US card for a decent price.
On the right is a Harbert (Italy) carded Robin, the artwork is from the 1979 series. Note the graying head that is quite common.
The Palitoy UK Robin Card is one of the easier Palitoy cards to find.
Here is a Canadian carded Parkdale Novelty Robin. The big difference in this card is the bilingual (English and French) nature of the packaging. Parkdale was the first to release Robin in Canada but Grand Toys followed up with their own packaging in 1979 when they gained they became the sole distributor for Mego in Canada. This version of Robin card turns up frequently and often in very good condition because a number of warehoused cards made their way into the secondary market in the 1980's. Collection of Scott C Adams.
Robin is by far the most difficult of the Palitoy fist fighters to find mint on card. This carded example is courtesy of Gary MacGuire.
The Ultra Rare Lili Ledy (Mexico) boxed Robin courtesy of Foreign Mego. Mexican Robin came with the red boots pictured and sometimes hard green booties similar to his US counterpart.
The Ultra Rare BASA (Peru) boxed Robin is the first we've come across. Although many loose examples exist of Robin, this is actually the first glimpse of the packaging. .
The side of the box is very similiar to US edition packaging utilizing the same artwork.
The back of the box is completely unique and chooses to showcase all three of the heroes available in Peru (although there are more 8" characters such as Six Million Dollar Man). Note that Superman's artwork is the one that differs from his Mego packaging.
The loose figure is quite a variation from his US counterpart from his boots to his "gloves".