Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mego Greatest American Hero Gallery Updates

Today we've got an indepth look at a Ralph Hinkley production sample figure from the Greatest American Hero line of toys. What makes this one different is that he's an earlier production sample, lots of big pictures and history about this neat figure.

Mego Museum Greatest American Hero Gallery

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mego of the Day: Uncle Jesse

He never got an eight inch figure but Patriarch of the Duke Clan, Uncle Jesse did sneak into the 3 3/4" Dukes series. The Dukes were popular enough to warrant a second wave.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mego From the Ashes: Toyfair 1983

While Mego Corporation might have shut their physical doors in 1982, the final chapter in the history of the company was yet to come. PAC Toys was already Mego's domestic Manufacturer and it's president Joe Ruzzi worked with the Mego sales force to retain them and create a new company out of the ashes of Mego.

PAC developed new toy lines based on existing Mego Product which resulted in the "Lords of Light" Toyline.

Two new ventures also came of this, the most famous being "Phoenix Toys" a collaboration of Ruzzi and former Mego President Marty Abrams:

Phoenix promised the same creativity Mego had and it's big lines that year were a girl's doll line called Charlotte Rouse (similiar to Strawberry Shortcake), a series called Shaboom Magic and the Fabulous Felines, which were based on the popularity of the musical "Cats".

(Felines image courtesy of Laurie Halbritter)

Meanwhile, another new company was formed comprising of as Ruzzi put it "The only powers left at Mego" Mike Bauer(Sales), Pat Sirkus and financial whiz Jim Groberg. The new company was to represent PAC and handle sales and R&D for the fledging toy company. It's name was OJEM.

It's announcement was somewhat frank and functional, a far cry from the highpoint of the company's creativity.

Sadly, this second attempt to launch the World's Greatest Toy Company seemed curse as it was beset by legal problems and in June 1984, facing 3 million in debt, PAC Packaging Corp, the parent company filed for bankruptcy protection.

For more information on this period, please read PAC TOYS: A Conversation with Joe Ruzzi.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Mego Bill Maxwell Prototype Found!

mego bill maxwell A startling new discovery today, the Mego Greatest American Hero Bill Maxwell figure, long thought lost is now up for display at the Megomuseum.
One cannot begin to go on how incredibly cool that 25 years after Mego folded, that stuff like this is still being found.

Discuss this at the Mego Forum!

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Eagle Force Catalog Page

New Addition to the Department Store Catalog Archive, this time it's the 1982 Consumers Distributing Eagle Force page. More Catalogs coming soon!

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