I organized the collection by franchise title. It amazes me that I now have enough Megos to assemble the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Justice League, and Batman without re-using anyone. I’ve also got an impressive set of Spider-Man characters.
I finally completed my custom Mego Punisher doll, and have thus added Frank Castle to my massive Mego trove.
I first ordered most of the parts from FTC, only to discover the body and head were atrociously bad, so I scrapped them in favor of a type 2 Joker body and a Scottie head – Star Trek’s Scottie head sculp has a nice resemblance to a generic “men’s adventure fiction” protagonist complete with no-nonsense scowl, and in the finished Punisher getup he really looks like Frank Castle.
The rifle, belt, boots, and bodysuit are also FTC, and look nice enough when fully assembled into the Punisher’s likeness, though again FTC lets me down: the suit has a hole in the backside, and the belt buckle split after only a little pressure. They’re holding together well enough though, so it’s working out so far.
The chest decal is especially nice and comes courtesy of nemo1635 on ebay, though it is slightly larger than expected and doesn’t fully cling to the chest as a result. But it also stays on really well (so far) and looks great on display.
The box was made by dengar on ebay, and looks and feels just like the sort of box Mego would have produced had they made another wave of Marvel characters. I imagine his reproductions are just as impressive.
My Mego collection has become remarkably “fast food logo” in its dominant colorscheme. A couple recent purchases allowed me to basically bag all the red heroes from the toy line.
Team Red consists of Spider-Man, my very first Mego purchased from a fellow collector when I was a teen; the newly restored Human Torch; a near-mint Shazam; and a used but nonetheless spiffy Iron Man. Now I need to start grabbing characters with starkly different palettes to balance the collection out.
Finally, FINALLY got a Mego Lizard to battle my Spider-Man. He has a dirty and flimsy but original lab coat complete with Mego label. All I have to do now is figure out how to clean and iron it safely.
Lizard is one I always wanted for a lot of reasons. His awesome alligator-man head (which is rubbery, so you can make him gnash his teeth together in a threatening manner), his cool colorscheme, and the fact that he has unique details to the line: scaly hands and feet, and a plush tail. The green dolls were notorious for having brittle knee and elbow pins, but this one’s joints are in great shape and (hopefully) show no sign of breaking anytime soon.
I’m tempted to leave the coat dirty to reflect that he’s an animal who lives in the sewers. Would be nice to iron and clean it without damaging the fabric, which already looks pretty delicate from age.
I got two Human Torches and started a Frankenstein-esque project to take all their best parts and assemble them into a near-mint Torch.
Torch #1 had never been removed from his beat-up, price tag covered card. I cut a hole in the top like with my Spider-Man so I could remove him whenever I want. Oddly enough, my second carded Mego doll is ALSO French, just like my Spidery-Mon. Torch #2 was purchased loose from a Facebook group.
Here’s the situation I was faced with:
Left (originally on card, since removed):
-faded, sticky head
-cracked left hand
-busted left leg pin
-rest of body is pristine
-suit is in excellent condition
-good, tight joints
-missing left hand (replaced by Guy Luke – thanks man!)
-teeth marks in arms, left leg, and torso
-head is cherry red with no gray
-suit frayed, crotchless, and missing button
-feet also cracked
-good, tight joints
The job ended up being a bit easier than expected: the carded body was pristine apart from the busted knee pin (which I super glued back together) and the gray, sticky head. So I ended up just doing a head-swap after repairing the leg.
I hadn’t done a head-swap with a Mego before though, and I didn’t want to screw it up. Spider-Man’s arm barely survived leg replacement surgery and I didn’t want a repeat. Luckily I still had TestBat, pictured below on the left. On the right is TestBat taking one for the team as I prepare to boil his head and shoulders in order to twist off his head. (I mentioned this out of context to a friend and confused the shit out of her. The pictures didn’t help.)
The end result: two bad condition Human Torches became one near-mint Human Torch (pictured left with Thing), and one raggedy hobo Human Torch (right, with TestBat). Success!
He looks great, especially on the card. I cleaned the sticky residue from the inside of the bubble with a ruler wrapped in a soft, windex-sprayed cloth.
My first boxed Mego, procured at the Glendale Toy Con, is none other than Edward Nygma! The box is pretty nice, apart from the torn bit at the top when his original owner first opened him. It’s nice that I can take him out and display him whenever. (I also got a nifty loose Mego of the Thing!)
He’s currently being guarded by Batman.
French Mego Spidey, my first purchase as an official collector for a whoppin’ $16. Mego made these dolls in the late 60’s and early 70’s; they’re a favorite item among many toy collectors, and for a while I’d wanted to collect them myself…’til I realized the price range for the average doll on ebay, that is.
His leg broke recently, and he’s currently still in the emergency ward until I can replace the broken knee pin, or get a pristine new leg to match the rest of him. He’s in great condition, and my first Mego, so he’s getting no less than the best treatment.