Monday, December 14, 2009

Magnetic Heroes Update

A fabulous update at the MegoMuseum Magna Heroes Gallery today, courtesy of Mark Huackabone we have shots of the proposed American series of cards for the four heroes.

Mego pitched the line using these very samples at Toy Fair 1980 and decided to abandon the line. These rare US cards were produced for display at Toy Fair and are the only known to exist.

Check Them out at the Mego Museum Magna Heroes Gallery.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Holy Burned Toast Batman!

A new Mego Memory, here John Fiorella recieves his second Mego Batman, what happen to the first one you ask? John created a deathtrap for him in the family toaster.

John explains his motives for doing it "The adam west show filled my brain with all sorts of traps for Bats to get out of and the toaster wasn't one of them. I wrapped him in a straight jacket of cheese slices and in he went." he adds "The outcome... well, let's just say Robin had to go solo for a few months."

Thanks for the great picture and story John, if you have a Mego Memory for our gallery, drop us a line!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

America's Favorite T.V and Comic Hero

batman mego This page is from the 1977 for "Johnny's Toys" a KY/OH based chain of toystores and features a tribute to the Batman (and some marvel characters snuck in there for good measure), interesting that they're still using RC Batman years after he was discontinued, must have confused a pile of kids. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Mego Solid Box Robin

New to Mego Museum Robin Page (and long overdue!) is the Solid Boxed Robin. Were you a lucky kid who snatched up one of these in '73?

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Randolph shares a Mego Memory

Randolph Santanna sent in this great Mego Memory for our gallery, Summer of 1976 in Miami with his Mego Batman and Robin that his Aunt Estella had just got him! And that's Randolph's sister Marlyn, trying to figure out how to snatch Batman from his hands. Great photo and even better Wall paper....

More Mego Memories

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Friday, May 15, 2009

MIB Basa Robin at the Mego Museum

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It is a good day when we have something like this to share. The first boxed BASA superhero all the way from Peru, which happens to be Robin the boy wonder, is now on display at the Mego Robin page. He's really, really pretty, so be sure to take a look.

Discuss at the Mego Museum Forums

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Palitoy of the Day: The Penguin!

Another beauty of a Palitoy/Mego card, courtesy of Bill Frost. Today's feature is that chain smoking, umbrella clutching, bird fetishist, The Penguin..

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Palitoy of the Day: Batman

Moving the spotlight to UK variations for a little while, courtesy of Bill Frost. Today's feature is the very pretty Green carded Palitoy Batman, he's dreamy....

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Holy Halloween Costumes Batman!

This timely custom of a Mego Version of the Ben Cooper Batman Halloween costume was produced by Anthony AKA The Toyroom and is this weeks Custom Spotlight. Check it out.

What's going on in the Mego Community:
Deals can still be found Dep't: Check this awesome flea market score or how about this thrift shop find?
Shameless Plug: Still seeking submissions for the Christmas in the '70s book, don't be shy we want to hear your stories!

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Mego of the Day: Penguin Super Saver

A thrifty start to the week with the Mego Super Savers Penguin Bank, these figural banks are wonderfully detailed and highly underrated.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Some fine Mego Memories

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Chris Flagg sent in this happy memory from Christmas 1974, he really hit the jack pot that year with the Mego Batcave playset, Batcycle, Batmobile and Batcopter. What more could a kid ask for?

Thanks Chris! Looks like the folks did a bit of catalog shopping as evidenced by this 1974 JC Penney spread:

Enjoy previous Mego Memories at the Megomuseum, Part 1 and Part 2 are full of vintage coolness. Got a pic to donate? Send it on down!

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Wak! Wak! It's Palitoy Penguin!

A lovely new addition to the Mego Museum World's Greatest Superheroes Section today courtesy of Bill Frost, it's a beautiful example of a UK Palitoy Carded Penguin.

One of our most popular threads at the Mego Forum is New Mego Acquisitions, in which members show what the postman done brung 'em and we can live vicariously through them.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Dan’s Mego memories

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Dan shares with us this happy moment from Christmas of 1974 where he received a World's Greatest Superheroes Batmobile in a beautiful header card box as well, drool, what I wouldn't give...

Enjoy previous Mego Memories at the Megomuseum, Part 1 and Part 2 are full of vintage coolness. Got a pic to donate? Send it on down!

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Friday, May 02, 2008

A Salute to Mego 12" Batman

The 12" Mego World's Greatest Superheroes are often overlooked and that's a shame because they are well made toys with a lot of fun variations. The 12" Heroes began in Canada, when Parkdale Novelty CEO Morris Kotzer created the line by ordering the minimum. The first 12" Batman is largely the most familiar as he is rather common due to Parkdale having overstock up until the 80's.

The first 12" Batman has a unique head sculpt that was more realistic than his 8" WGSH counterpart.

While his gloves were of similiar material, his cape was a shiny vinyl and belt was merely sewn on.

The rest of this series was rounded out by Spider-Man, Superman and Robin who was 9" tall.

THe figures utilized "Skinny Bodies" that were also used for celebrity figures like Captain And Tenneil.

The artwork on the from utilized the 8" Packaging stock art which was actually dating back to the 1960's. The heroes heads in the bubbles can also be seen in the 1976 DC 8" card art.

The back of the box utilizes much of the same art seen on the original solid boxes.

The notable distinction being the crudely traced swipe of a Jim Aparo Batman from Detective comics 443 (thanks to Chris Franklin for that tip)

In 1978, Mego began to solicit the 12" line across the world, packaging for the 12" heroes can be found in UK, Italian and French packaging.

There is even a second release of this figure that believed to sold to the American market.

This second release of the 12" Batman has a new image of the caped crusader and the smiling hero head bubbles are taken from the 1979 DC comics 8" hero card.

It's interesting to note that the Batman figure has a small emblem, this is a legitimate variation and only seems to happen with this box.

There is an Italian version of the packaging as well but it seems Mego corrected the sticker problem by that time. This version of Batman has a cloth cape as well.

It's largely thought this figure was released in the US for a brief time before Mego decided to finally release a 12" Batman.

The back of the box uses the popular Neal Adams Batman that is also seen on the Japanese Popy Batman box.

Mego actually used that image of Superman in ads to promote the WGSH and who doesn't love that happy skipping Robin?

While the Superman box in this series recieved new artwork, there has never been a sighting of a revised Robin box although by this time Mego had swapped out the original 9" Robin and added a 12" figure.

In 1979, Mego finally embraced the 12' line in America, Fly away action was introduced to combat Remco's line of Energized Superheroes.

Magnetic Batman received not only a new muscular body but a revised head sculpt, man was he PO'd looking. This was possibly the most comic accurate Batman figure Mego produced.

Both Batman and Robin were given Magnetic hands and feet, a wonderful concept that had many Batman figures hanging from fridges.

The back depicted happier times with the Dynamic Duo as they hang from a girder. Mego made a big splash about these figures with TV and comic book advertising.

This line was sold in Canada well although boxed Grand Toys versions are hard to find.

What's interesting to note is the Magnetic concept only ran one year and didn't appear to succesful, by the 1980 catalog Mego was marketing the figures without the magnetics and in new packaging.

These figures represented the end of the 12' line for Mego.

The box is now a sharp purple and the flap now protudes the reverse of the other packaging. Fly Away Action is now written on the packaging.

The box has a stark feel to it, almost symbolizing what was going on at Mego at the time, a company who by the early 80's had lost a great deal of it's creative energy.

It's interesting to note that these Purple boxed Batman figures are incredibly rare with only four known specimens reported. One of which has a sewn on vinyl belt, so a variation abounds.

Mego must have shipped these out in very limited quantities, they were advertised until 1981.

The back of the box recycles the wonderful neal Adams Art used for the Wayne Foundation Playset as a cheery dynamic Duo going flying off somewhere.

In 1982, Mego pulled the 12' Heroes, although their tenure in the US was brief, it did make for some memorable and interesting figures while it lasted.

For More Info, check out our 12" Mego Superhero Gallery.

Buy, Sell or Trade Mego Superheroes at the MegoMuseum Froums.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Get it at the Superhero Shop

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A bit of toy insider history today with this staged toy store shot from Licensing Corporation of America (LCA) who in 1977 handled the DC comics Superheroes. This four page ad, meant to entice toy manufacturers into licensing the heroes, shows the top licensors at the time which means lots of Mego product in the mix.

Check out the MegoMuseum Ad Archive for more toy insider information on the World's Greatest Toy Company and stay tuned to this blog for a big announcement!

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Star Trek Aliens 3 Pack

A new addition to the gallery today thaks to Robert Doyle, it's a JC Penney Star Trek the Motion Picture three pack, a pretty rare item to find these days.

Check out this cool Joker's Ha-Hacienda Playset from Anthony, the level of detail will astound you.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

It's turning into Batman Week.....

Although it is a total coincidence, most of the updates this week have been Batman related and today is no exception, thanks to Dan Crandall we have shots of this sweet Photo Boxed Mego Batcopter.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Rare Magnetic Batman Piece

New to the Museum today is this ultra rare production sample of a Magna Heroes Batman, we came close to getting these in North America but for some reason it didn't happen.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Holy Stretch Monster Batman!

mego superheroes in the aldens catalog

Our trip into 1978 continues with this Awesome 1978 Aldens Catalog page now up in the Megomuseum Library.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Check Out this Months TV Film Memoribilia

This month's TV Film Memorabilia has an expansive history of Mego Corporation article written by Spencer Peet, many of the photographs are from the Mego Museum. The article covers the rise and fall of Mego and includes a wide amount of rare product from all their lines.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Super-Spider-Man? Ron's latest creation is a very imaginative alagamation of two pop culture icons.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Rare Peruvian Batman Discovery

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Cool find today, the never before seen Basa Batman from Peru. This unique figure was produced under license from Mego and is the only known example.

Mego Convention

It's one week until this year's Mego Meet Convention. What's in store:

  • An Amazing Dealer Room, with more Mego and Custom fodder found in one location since, well, last years Mego Meet.
  • A Great Lineup of Guest Speakers and Panels
  • The Incredible generousity of the people who donated loads of Mego and miscellaneous goodness for the Museum Benefit Raffle
  • The Donations of, and Chances to Win Awesome Custom Figures for the Benefit Auction
  • Not One, but TWO Brand New Mego Museum Trading Cards, created by our very own Creator and Artistic Muse of the Museum Scott Adams.
  • Jaw Dropping displays of Mego and Custom figures put on display from the collections of our very own members
  • Complimentary Access to the Vast and Superb collection of Vintage Toys and Trains collected by our gracious hosts, the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum

Meg Batman from South America

Laurie wowed us with this perfect Jimmy Olsen custom this week, see more customs at our new forums.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

I'll take ten!

New to the Department store gallery is this amazing deal on Mego Superheroes nobody in their right mind would pass on today. Removable Cowl Batman, Superman and Removable Mask Robin for under six bucks? I wish, this very rare Aldens catalog is likely the first appearance of the WGSH.

Discuss this at the new Mego Forum.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Batcopter, Apes and the Sentinel of Liberty

Mego Batcopter

Added pictures of the Art Box for the Mego Batcopter in the Superhero gallery today, it's time the Batcopter got some much deserved love. That Neal Adams box is amazing!

Mego Apes

Dave dazzles us today with his neat-o Mego Planet of the Apes Orangatan Custom which seems very movie accurate.

Mego Batcopter

Dane chimed in this week with a corrected version of Mego Captain America in the Custom Forum this week, I can never tire of looking at well done Cap customs.....

Have a great weekend, may you find a solid boxed Batman at a Garage Sale......

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