Tigra’s milkshake brings all the nature boys to the yard.
Tigra is the latest purchase for the Mego collection, a very impressively detailed doll based on a very impressively sexy superlady I may have to start reading up on. Rowf.
The Shadowmobile is the latest addition to the Mego collection, a cool convertible coupe made from a Dick Tracy getaway car.
This is easily near the top of the list of my most grueling custom projects to date. It seats two Megos: one in back, one in front. You can also hide small items in the spare tire case on the back of the coupe. All I need now is to figure out how to get the doors to stick shut when I close them, since the roof of the Dick Tracy car was largely responsible for that.
In my quest to find a good car for the Shadow, I ended up finding a way to make the only interesting Phantom adversary that wasn’t a cookie-cutter yellow peril bad guy: the Baroness, leader of the Sky Band, a group of lady pilots who are also lady pirates!
Since there isn’t much for pictures of her online, I went with her only appearance in the Defenders of the Earth cartoon. I cobbled her portrait together from three different screenshots, and also borrowed that version’s the Sky Band emblem for the decals.
The plane is a Tri-Wing Terror from the Talespin toy line, which is a dead ringer for the style Mego used for their vehicles back in the day. All it needed was open space under the dashboard so the doll’s legs could fit (i did this myself with a dremmel).
She’s an awesome and stylish addition to the collection, though I had to replace her crappy FTC jacket before it completely disintegrated completely, sacrificing the cool fuzzy collar. For a while she was sporting a sexy low-cut pulp bombshell look before I finally got a decent jacket.
Initially I didn’t care to own Mr. Mxyzptlk, but after the ordeal of trying to clean tobacco stink out of a rare Type 2 (and only partly succeeding), getting a spare head, and finally cobbling my own version together out of spare parts, he’s kind of grown on me.
My Mxyzptlk is unique: he sports the arms and legs of a Lion Rock soldier dude, making him an impish 7 inches tall. He actually better resembles the character this way when compared to the others in the line.
So despite my dislike of Superman characters, I’m actually glad I added this one to the collection.
I’ve mentioned before that the Shadow was perhaps the most impressive addition to the collection, originally made to round out a sub-category of pulp heroes to keep Conan and Tarzan company. Since then I’ve expanded the Shadow into a small line of customs all its own.
The Shadow himself is very cool, and can transform into Lamont Cranston with a quick costume change.
Margo Lane was one I had entertained off and on for some time, but once I ended up with all the parts by chance, I made it happen. She’s a lovely addition and looks great in green or red!
Finally, a toy line is only as good as its villains, and I’ve got a Shadow baddie so popular, he got an action figure in 1994 even though he wasn’t in the movie: Dr Rodil Mocquino, the Voodoo Master!
Who knows how many more I may add when inspiration strikes…?
You know the rest.
My biggest Mego custom project to date is Dr Octopus. I ordered two different Doc Ock dolls from the 90s to make him happen: a 9″ Spider-Man Origins doll for the head, and a Toybiz Special Edition Series 12″ doll for the bitchin’ tentacles. I’ve seen a couple custom Doc Ocks and their tentacles are always on the short side. I wanted mine to be able to stand on his!
I believe this was the project I originally bought my dremel for, which has proven invaluable ever since. I used an extra fat body to practice drilling holes in the torso–juuust big enough for the tentacles to fit snugly without otherwise needing to be attached. The practice run paid off and I nailed it on the first try once I started on the real thing.
Now I can remove them for maintenance as needed.
The costume was made by pal O. T. Puente, and the box will be made by Greg Jensen as always. It’ll have to be an extra wide box to fit his tentacles!
On the DC side of the spectrum, I lucked out at the Tucson Toy Show and happened across a custom I had wanted and missed on ebay some time ago: Doctor Fate, with a head sculpt that doesn’t look like a squash!
The Justice Society veteran was a fixer-upper when I found him. He needed new arms, as one hand had broken off, and his face was in need of a good scrubbing. Once that was all done, I made a custom amulet and pasted it onto his chest. Voila!
I remember having the Super Powers Doctor Fate as a kid and thinking he was the coolest looking dude of them all, so this guy was kind of essential to the collection. I’m considering having a blue box made rather than a yellow one–the DC side of the collection already has plenty of yellow.
Wonder Woman has no shortage of weird adversaries, but none are as fun, in my opinion, as a short-tempered sociopath who can grow to the size of King Kong. I am of course talking about Giganta.
Giganta turned out to be quite a beautiful piece of work, beginning life as a 14″ Mego Poison Ivy. After hacking her hair to half length, I had a custom outfit made for her, and threw together some yellow bracelets out of a yellow file folder (lacking for better materials). The end result is as charming as a fifty-foot psycho redhead can get, and towers over the 8″ megos! They’re only as tall as her leg!
I suppose it helps that I have a thing for redheads AND for tall women. Anyway she’s far easier a custom to make than Cheetah, and I don’t see Cheetah swatting helicopters out of the sky while dishing out dumb one-liners.
Appropriately enough, Two-Face began as two different iterations while I struggled to find the right look for him. The final version is on the left, as the suit on the right was far too gaudy (something I repeated with Lex later). I packaged him with a Batman Forever coin as an extra fun touch.
By this point I felt the collection lacked a suitable non-Batman rogues gallery on the DC side of things. The only official DC villain that wasn’t a Batman enemy was Mxyzptlk, who’s a bit on the goofy side.
So despite my not being a Superman fan, a custom Lex Luthor was in order, made from a DC Retro Action Lex and a Green Arrow body. At first he wore the Retro Action costume, but I found it a bit too gaudy and flimsy. I switched to the Super Powers Lex costume, which already looks much better with its darker, more menacing colors and tighter fit.
I don’t know who made this amazing Metallo, but I had to have it as soon as I laid eyes on its retro sci-fi goodness. The only downside to this hobbyist’s masterpiece is the fact that the costume can’t be removed, so if he breaks, I’m outta luck.
As for Wonder Woman…well, I’ll save her nemesis for another post. In the meantime, I can finally have those Legion of Doom secret santa meetings!
I always thought Tarzan and Conan were odd men out in the original Mego WGSH line: pulp novel protagonists who were adapted to comics, but didn’t fit in any of the mainstream super hero leagues. I rectified this by creating a sub-category of WGSH Megos: the pulps!
This category includes heroes adapted from pulp novels or comics from the old days, an assortment of heroes, antiheroes, and villains.
Conan the Barbarian needs no introduction. An antihero if ever there was one, he was nicely portrayed in Mego form with a bitchin’ scowl and a huge assortment of weapons and accessories–probably more than any other single doll Mego produced. This one has gone through two heads and two sets of boots, but as far as I can tell, all his gear is original!
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, has been modified with a Type 2 body and Bible Greats arms to make him look more buff. He looks much better this way, and without the beige pajamas. I intend to do the same for Conan soon. Initially I didn’t care to own Tarzan, but now he’s an impressive addition.
The Phantom isn’t actually a Mego, but a doll produced by Cast-A-Way toys years ago. He’s a rare collectible even without his belt, guns, and tiny rings, all of which mine sadly lacks. He did come with a cool bonus though: a skull ring of my very own!
The Cast-A-Way body leaves something to be desired. The hands and limbs are a bit flimsy and the neck hole too big for Phantom’s head, so he bobbles slightly. I’m hesitant to give him a Mego replacement body though, since he’s so hard to come by.
Diabolik, the smash hit Italian villain protagonist, originated in pocket sized comic digests written and drawn by a pair of sisters who loved seedy adventure pulps. He makes an awesome Mego, especially with his slick faux leather catsuit. The head was expertly painted into Diabolik’s likeness by Lyn Stahl of Metalhead Minis.
Turok, Son of Stone, was a Dell comics character from the 50s who eventually spawned the popular N64 game Turok Dinosaur Hunter. I recently got into the comics and figured out a way to make Turok with the help of an Indian Brave doll by Paco. All he needs are some honkers (dinosaurs) to fight!
However, the piece de resistance in this collection is the Shadow!
He can transform into Lamont Cranston, wealthy young man about town, with a flick of the cape and scarf. I eventually found a decent slouch had that’s a bit too small for his head, but still looks better than the fedora I originally used.
His box is an impressive piece of work as well, made by Greg Jensen, my usual source for boxes. The sides add to the project by showcasing the other characters in the new category.
Recently I added his most famous adversary, Dr Mocquino the Voodoo Master, to the roster. I haven’t decided if I will change his hair or not, but it seems the Shadow may soon become his own sub-category in the collection. Maybe Margo Lane is next?
My quest to create a Punisher lineup for Mego has nearly reached its conclusion! I’ve ended up with six dolls — three good guys and three bad guys — plus two vehicles. Punisher, Micro, and the Battle Van were covered in previous articles. Here’s the rest of the lineup!
Lynn Michaels, aka Lady Punisher! A lovely cop turned vigilante with an unhealthy infatuation with the Punisher, Lynn looks great no matter what she wears or how I pose her. She has a sick black leather jacket (the brown FTC one was disintegrating before my eyes–typical) and a police revolver holstered on her hips. She looks best on the Punisher Cycle, so I’ve pretty much given it to her. Lyn Stahl of Metalhead Minis provided the black lipstick.
Jigsaw! Known as Billy “The Beaut” Russo before Punisher threw him face-first through a window and ruined his pretty mug, Jigsaw’s had it in for Punisher ever since The Amazing Spider-Man #162. I had to revise his shirt color from red to yellow, but otherwise he’s a great likeness. Thanks again, Metalhead Minis!
Saracen! A badass arab mercenary and terrorist who keeps crossing paths with Punisher, first as an ally, then as one of his most hated enemies. O. T. Puente provided the sick-ass suit that’s identical to his costume in the comics.
Sijo! While not as well-known as the other villains in the lineup, Sijo has the distinction of being responsible for the death of Micro’s son in Punisher #9. A behemoth from Japan who loves causing pain, he was a worthy adversary even though he only lasted two issues.
Rosalie Carbone! The mob princess with a grudge was a tough one to pull off. Finding the right outfit for her was enough of a chore — the real doozie was that nose ring. The end result is rather chic and looks like the sort of girl you wouldn’t take home to mother.
Cane! AKA Lorne Quickfall, one of seven contract killers hired by Rosalie to kill the Punisher. Cane was my favorite, and was the most fun to make into an action figure due to his gimmick of using weapons disguised as walking sticks. The cane sword was the toughest accessory I’ve ever had to produce, but it was worth it.
This is something of a work in progress, but it’s presentable enough to share here: my custom Mego Battle Van!
Made from an LJN SWAT van and some Coleco Rambo parts, it doesn’t resemble the Battle Van as much as I would like — I would need a nice A-Team van with articulated doors for that — but it still looks pretty great.
I had the choice between this van and the Mobile Bat Lab, but went with the SWAT van because it had a more realistic and military look to it. The Punisher would never drive a 60s flower power mobile.
It also comes with my custom doll of Micro, Punisher’s partner-in-crimefighting! He and the van come tricked out with all sorts of accessories: a roof-mounted minigun turret, a tripod missile launcher which can also be mounted to the roof, a VHF radio set with handpiece, a laptop with removable disks, and whatever other toys I can cram into the back.
Frank also has a slick hog to ride when he wants to do drive-by drug deal raids or reluctantly team up with Ghost Rider!
I believe Catwoman only wor this ridiculous costume once in the seventies, and then never again. For whatever reason, Mego decided “Let’s go with the brothel madam look.” Even then, they couldn’t make it look as nice as the box art they got it from, which is admittedly kind of cute.
However, nothing beats Silver Age Catwoman and her sexy getup. Which is why I’m so glad I got my hands on this amazing custom and matching box.
Doncha wish your Catwoman was HOT. like. ME?
It took a lot of time and even more money, but I finally did it: I bagged Sue Storm, and a mint condition one to boot!
Invisible Girl is the nicest looking of the Mego Super Gals. Her head sculpt is nicely detailed and her eyes are strikingly painted and compliment her lush blue bodysuit. This specimen’s golden hair is exquisite as well, with nary a fray or kink. She seems pleased as punch to finally be reunited with her hubby, even if he IS kind of a zombie.
With that, the Fantastic Four are finally completed.
I’ve been adding a lot of villains to my Mego collection lately, namely due to the lack thereof in the official lineup for whatever reason. My second custom Mego project is no exception: the Red Skull, archenemy of Captain America!
I started with this handsome resin head I found on ebay. Not sure if the seller acquired it or made it himself, but it’s a swell rendition of the old school Red Skull from the comics, which is what I was aiming for. I was worried his neck plug wouldn’t fit in the hole even with the hot water treatment, but turns out soaking a Mego bod in boiling water for a full minute gives it a very workable consistency, and he popped right in!
With the head attached, I knew he’d need gloved hands that could hold weapons, so I got him a nice pair of Chips arms perfectly suited to the task. Even without his hosen, Herr Schmidt is already looking pretty badass.
His accessories all came from Dr. Mego, with the exception of his nazi armband. I had to print that myself, after several failed experiments in design and size which almost resulted in an awkward conversation with the family about the presence of nazi symbology cluttering the office.
Another awesome box by Dengar, and he’s ready to join the collection! As you can see by the box art, he’s a dead ringer for classic Red Skull! All he needs is his face painted, which I may have to attempt myself, against my better judgement. I’ll post the results here when that happens.
I recently added a classy cravat to make him look more sophisticated. His neck seemed too bare, but with the old green suit, it just didn’t look right. So I pilfered a couple Action Jackson army suits and swapped the pockets, then finally had the head painted by Lynn Stahl of Metalhead Minis.
The end result is perfection! Red Skull has finally joined the ranks of my impressive Mego collection.