Mego Scarecrow (Item No. 51500/4): The fourth in the line of Wizard of Oz figures, this item recreates the character of the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) from the film. The Scarecrow comes on a standard male Mego body with yellow hands. His outfit is comprised of an olive green open-front tunic with a jagged yellow collar (meant to represent the lower part of the Scarecrow's burlap-sack head, no doubt) attached at the neck. The tunic has pale yellow lengths of "rope" attached at the sleeve cuffs, waist, and neck that are tied into bows. The hem of the tunic is jaggedly cut (like the Hulk's pants). The pants are brown with a green, squarish patch over each knee and shin. Tufts of yellow yarn (meant to resemble straw) are sewn inside the cuffs of both the tunic and the pants. A brown, hard-plastic hat (with a thin elastic band which goes under the chin) and a pair of brown, hard-plastic shoes complete the ensemble. His only accessory is his trademark Diploma, cast in white plastic with a square sticker depicting the text of the document.
Package Variants: Like all of the other first series figures (except the Wizard), the Scarecrow is available in both the "plain green" and "yellow brick road" boxes. 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 ultra-rare Emerald City Gift Set (along with the other six figures from series one).
Figure Variants: The Scarecrow comes on a Type 1 or Type 2 body. Also, the head was made in "hairless" and "hair" versions (discussed below).
Caution Collectors: The elastic band on the Scarecrow's hat can become easily stretched out, so be careful not to strain it unduly. Also, take care not to lose the Scarecrow's shoes when handling a loose specimen; the hard-plastic footwear fits very loosely, and falls off the feet at the slightest pull of gravity.
Did You Know?: The "hairless" head Scarecrow is probably the best-known of the Wizard of Oz variants, due to its distinctive and obvious nature, and has been widely-documented for years.
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The Scarecrow's head came in two styles, as can be seen in the image above. The first style, known as the "hairless" head, had no rooted hair in it, using only molded-in detailing on the top and sides to give the impression of tufts of errant straw (left). The second style added small patches of rooted blonde hair into the existing molded-in detailing to more convincingly represent escaping cranial straw (right). The "hairless" head is far rarer than the second "hair"-style head, and is typically only found on Type 1 bodies.
Above is an example of a mint-in-box Type 1 Scarecrow with "hairless" head in a "plain green" box (left), and a mint-in-box Type 2 Scarecrow with "hair" head in a "yellow brick road" box (right).
Above is an example of a catalog mailer box for the Scarecrow figure.
Above is another example of a catalog mailer box for the Scarecrow figure (perhaps the "C" denotes a Catalog release?).