I’ve ended up with a lot of Batman stuff since I started collecting these, and haven’t said much about them.
The oddest part was, I went an awfully long time without a Joker, despite acquiring an original boxed Riddler, buying a sweet custom Batmobile, converting a fist-fighting Robin to a regular Robin, collecting four Batmen of various types and quality, and going through no less than three Penguins, of which I still have two (a nice T2, and a T1 I can’t seem to get rid of).
Joker himself needs a little work done, since the back of his neck hole is chipped and makes his neck a bit unstable. One of these days I’ll re-string him with a fresh torso. He’s all original, I believe, right down to his shoes (I think), and in really nice shape for the price I got him.
I had no intention of buying any custom Megos, until this one kept making rounds on ebay. It was so cool, and so believably authentic, and WGSH is so lacking in supervillains, I just had to grab it — Victor Von Doom!
He’s an amazing piece of work, cobbled together with Mego parts and presumably parts from Marvel Legends toys. He’s very topheavy though, so I had trouble getting him to stand up in or out of the box at first, and I’m afraid to find out the hard way if his head is glued on or not (likely it is, since he has no neck compared to the other dolls.)
He really makes the Fantastic Four set feel more complete, and it’s a shame Mego didn’t produce him in the first place (or more villains in general).
After I dunno how many years of keeping my eyes peeled, I finally snagged my Killer Tomato holy grail — the Missing Tomato Link — before someone else did!
Yes, he’s insanely rare. Yes, I opened the package. No, I don’t feel the least bit of shame or guilt. This thing is too awesome to leave sealed in a plastic prison.
He has one of the coolest head sculpts of the toy line, and he’s also one of the ultra-rare “walking” tomatoes with arms and legs. More importantly, he comes with everyone’s Killer Tomatoes waifu, Tara Boumdeay!
He’s actually listed as a good guy, a misunderstood monster of vast intelligence and class. Or something to that effect. Either way, he sure has a thing for Tara. And who wouldn’t, with a butt like that?
He happily joins the Killer Tomatoes collection. Now all I’m missing is Ultimato, the rarest of them all. Even if I never find him, I’m content to finally have Link and Tara at last.
I didn’t get to meet my fave WWF heel Honky Tonk Man due to my work schedule, but my folks were nice enough to stand in line so I could at least get an autograph or three.
He was signing stuff at a toy show at Arizona Collector’s Marketplace, and I was the only one who brought his action figure from the awesome WWF Hasbro line. Those toys had the best likenesses (most of the time) and had a nice He-Man chunkiness to them. My brother and I used to have a bucket full of them as kids, and we loved those things. Honky Tonk Man was one of the best looking figures in the line, and I managed to get a carded one for a reasonable price before the event.
Woulda been cool to meet him in person, too, but I guess he does a lot of events these days, so I’ll probably get another chance.
Someone posted this in a facebook group last year and I have not yet found any info on it: what appears to be a knock-off Mighty Max pirate playset thing.
It seems even cheaper than Sammy Steel or Lovely Kitty, but it’s amusing nonetheless, and I dig the skull-n-crossbones compact design. Anyone have any info on this item?
So a few weeks ago I bought an amazing lot of Megos and did maintenance on them all to spruce up my collection. Fifteen dolls, each with a reproduction box.
Or so I thought. Turns out Aquaman included his original box!
Th Aquaman himself was a disaster, so I used him as fodder and bought a Type 1 Aquaman on Etsy, which I then had to renovate and turn into a Type 2. Apart from his missing belt emblem, he’s complete and in pretty fair condition. Aquaman by himself is fairly bland, in my opinion, but when he’s included with his box, he provides a unique and eye-pleasing combination of colors, and his logo has a lot of dynamism.
The box itself is what has me stoked: it’s old cardboard, it shows signs of wear, the linework on the art and lettering is crisp (unlike pretty much all repro boxes), and it has initials scribbled on the lid in ball point pen. I can’t imagine Mego collectors doing such a thing to their repro boxes, but I CAN see a kid doing it in the 70s when marking his territory for his siblings. So this turned out to be another diamond in the rough, and something I’ve been wanting to check off my Mego bucket list for some time: an original Aquaman in the original box.
I remember being excited when I found Zoltan in the stores as a kid. He was my fave killer tomato for some reason, and as you can see, he’s also the biggest by a large margin!
Due to his bulk, his card is designed differently from the others: he’s actually got a plastic bubble on the front AND back of the card, which his giant butt punches right through. He’s a mean tomato to behold, with his mohawk and eyepatch and giant maw full of crooked teeth.
He comes with Ranger Woody, which I found odd. I always thought the leader of the killer tomatoes would be paired with Wilbur Finletter, leader of the tomato resistance. It does make it so Wilbur is easier to come by, though I wish they’d done the same for Tara Boumdeay.
Zoltan dwarfs the other domatoes, and his mouth is probably big enough to bite them as well as the humans. He’s definitely a welcome addition to my ever-growing garden.