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.
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 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.
You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I wish I hadn’t paid a grand for this lot of Megos, but on the other hand, if I hadn’t, I’d wish I had. So I figured I may as well make the choice that makes me happy now, and help someone make their next house payment in the process.
I just pulled an all-nighter going through these fifteen Mego dolls, analyzing them, and doing hardcore maintenance. As a result, I’ve doubled my collection and left the lot better than I found it (after cannibalizing a couple guys for parts).
A major draw of this lot was the removable cowl Batman. I believe he’s only found on a Type 1 body, being the first version of Batman Mego ever produced. I hate the T1 bodies though, so I gave this one the T2 body I cobbled together from the working parts of several donors (mainly the broken superman and the Aquaman with the horrifically “customized” suit). His vinyl mittens never fit very well, so they’re packaged separately in his box.
After buying this lot, I ended up with three or four Batmen, including TestBat, who I have since retired. This is the most presentable of the regular Batmen, in his none-too-impressive repro box.
I was surprised to discover that Robin was in fact of the Fist Fighters variety, but his legs needed to be re-stringed, and I don’t have any other Fist Fighters. So I gave his head to one of the Type 2 bodies I cobbled together and made him a regular Robin. I never much cared for Robin, and this incarnation is no exception, but I guess I have one now.
All his costume bits are in exquisite condition, so this Robin is almost as close to mint as you can get. So he’s become kind of a highlight of the collection.
Superman was a hot mess. Several broken limbs, a gray, sticky head, and worst of all a frayed cloth Superlogo that was poorly and unnecessarily stitched onto the breast of the suit, which took forever to remove. I initially debated giving the makeshift T2 body to Robin, but gave it to Supe instead (later I gave TestBat’s body to Robin, so it all worked out.)
I always wanted a Supergirl Mego: her suit is nice, her face and hair are cute, and she showcases some impressive cleavage. She lacks her shoes, but still has her super logo, and her hair has taken a sexy Veronica Lake eye-curtain style.
She required some serious work on her neck, though, where someone had done an ugly job of gluing her head down: she bore a tumorous choker of glue residue that had devoured quite a bit of her lovely locks when it dried. (EDIT: I just found out that this is apparently a natural occurrence called “Mego Melt”, where the plastics have a chemical reaction. Odd.) I managed to cut it all away and make her presentable again. Probably still ought to clean her face a bit.
She also needs to be restrung, as her rubber bands have rotted considerably. There’s no tutorial on how to manage this, though.
Wonder Woman is almost a nice specimen. Body in good condition, suit almost pristine. It’s the head that’s driving me nuts, specifically the ratty, greasy hair, and the stains on the cheeks. Here’s hoping some conditioner will fix it up.
Another gem in this collection is Thor, who is in very nice condition and totally complete! And as far as I can tell, no repro parts, either. Sweet.
Equally impressive is Conan, also in good condition and totally complete with no repro parts. A stain or two on his face is the worst of his injuries.
Thing is in near-pristine shape, except that I had to superglue his broken left elbow pin. It seems to be holding together well post-surgery. Also, Lizard loves to photobomb.
The Lizard was in great shape, and I believe his coat is original, too! It’s missing the Mego tag (they usually are), but there’s no markings of repro companies that I can see. I swapped his pristine coat for my Lizard’s dirty one, but that’s it. Both are lovely specimens.
Another set of twins, the boxed Gobby is missing a foot, though I managed to salvage the ankle pin. I swapped the new Goblin’s head with my old one, as well as the suit and boots, to create a more pristine Gobby for my display shelf.
The lot contained three Type 1 dolls. Pictured left is the body that came with Removable Cowl Batman, now serving as TestBat’s new body. Penguin and Riddler could both use re-stringing, but Riddler is the only one loose and jangly enough to need it. Penguin is another nice overall specimen, if only I was interested in the T1 dolls. I like how his box design has an ice cream product aesthetic.
EDIT: I worked on the T1 Batman a bit, gave him a nicer head, and he does have a box that I misplaced when I took the first pic.
Aquaman and Falcon were reduced to a bundle of fodder. Rest in piece, you poor, unsalvageable bastards.
Okay, okay, it’s not actually a Mego. BUT it’s not far off and fits right in with my Mego collection.
This doll was possibly produced by Toy Biz after the classic Tim Burton Batman was released in 1989 (EDIT: actually Kids Biz of Australia). There were a ton of action figures and accessories based on the film, all using the same eye-catching gold-dotted backdrop emblazoned with the BATMAN logo. Almost all of the toys were the usual 4-inch figures, except this oddity here which is clearly inspired by Mego’s equally classic superhero dolls — keep in mind the film was released in 1989, and Mego had only just gone out of business in 1982. Some Mego dolls were probably still in toy store surplus bins.
He stands at the same height as Mego Batman, plus a centimeter or so, and sports many points of articulation: he’s essentially an 8″ GI Joe, minus the articulated waist. He’s also made of plastic rather than soft vinyl like Megos, and I would gather he’s not quite as durable (although I’m willing to bet his metal joint pins last a hell of a lot longer).
I’m not as keen on the quality of his flimsy shirt and pants (virtually see-through at points), and would’ve preferred a plastic body in the style of the film suit. His cape looks more impressive in the packaging than out, though I appreciate the stylish fold at the front.
He might serve as a useful source of custom Mego fodder, theoretically. His neck is wider than the average Mego, since he is based on the Tim Burton Batman after all — the throat of the cape can easily hide whatever you do to make the head fit a Mego body. The head sculpt is pretty cool, though it doesn’t resemble Michael Keaton nearly as much as Neal Adams’s Batman — if you’re planning to make a Mego of the latter, this is practically dead-on and only needs more blue on the cowl to make it perfect. The utility belt appears Mego-sized and would be easily transferred to a different doll body. Strangely, while his wrists are not articulated, his ankles are, so his boots are indeed removable and probably fit Mego feet just fine.
But the most important question is: can he drive the Batmobile?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Overall he looks nicer in the packaging, but he’s great fodder for Mego hobbyists…if you’re willing to shell out the bucks to get one. They usually run for about $120 carded, and I have yet to find a loose one. Otherwise keep him carded and make him a handsome addition to your Bat-Collection.
Too bad they didn’t make the other characters. Would love to also track down a Joker, Bob, and Vicky Vale. And a 1/6 scale Tim Burton Batmobile, of course.
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.