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 was made by Greg Jensen as always. It had 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.
Two new acquisitions have brought a lot more green to the collection. I never drew any attention to ol’ Oliver Queen when he came in the mailbox, mainly because it took awhile for his repro box to catch up with him.
Green Arrow is known for being the best head sculpt in the World’s Greatest Super Heroes line, and one of the best designed dolls overall. It’s hard to disagree with that stately beard and ‘stache, although it’s hard to fit him in the box with his hat on unless I turn his head sideways. The box itself is strikingly minimalist in colorscheme, almost entirely green inside and out, with only some yellow lettering for contrast.
On the Marvel end of the spectrum is this awesome custom Mego of Scorpion, who brings the Spider-Man villain count to three (four if you count Punisher, technically). His suit is hand-made, and the resin head modeled from a bald Conan and painted exquisitely. My only complaint is the “base” of his tail, which makes fitting him in his box a tight squeeze.
The box is awesome to behold, too, another ace creation by Dengar on ebay, continuing the green-and-purple theme of the Spider-Man rogues gallery. He rounds out the group nicely in or out of his packaging.
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.
At long last I have the Green Goblin, easily one of the best-looking Mego dolls in the World’s Greatest Super Heroes line. It also means I finally have all the Spider-Man Megos.
His pink and green colorscheme sets him apart from the other Megos in an eye-catching way. Even better though, his head is one of the best sculpts Mego ever did. The detail is immaculate, and his expression is wonderfully grinchy and enhances whatever stupid pose I put him in. Mego vastly improved its head sculpts over time (and switched from cheap oven mit gloves to proper molded plastic ones), so by the time they acquired the Marvel license, the characters were suddenly less cartoony. Well, less cartoony apart from pink pointed shoes and cap on an evil Keebler elf.
I’d been wanting one of these for a long time. Shame I had to settle for reproduction boots and satchel, but no originals were available (I bought those accessories separately). There’s some paint scratched off a couple spots on his cap as well, but it’s not even visible from the front, so he displays beautifully.
Best of all, the three Spider-Man characters are a wonderful sight together. Spider-Man stands out with his heroic red and blue against the green, purple, and black of his zany mutant foes. It has a certain visual harmony about it.
The Batmobile certainly helps.
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.
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.