The Mego Fonzie Prototype

fonzie3Thanks to super collector Mark Huckabone we have another glimpse into the inner workings of the Mego toy corporation. This rare early vinyl test head reveals an early rejected head sculpt for Arthur Fonzerelli AKA “The Fonz” from the Mego Happy Days line.
Found at the home of a former Mego employee, this early head sculpt captures Henry Winkler’s features well but in the end Mego chose a friendlier, slightly more stylized approach. Be sure to check out the photo gallery below and for more 50s fun be sure to check out the Mego Museum Happy Days Gallery.

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