Mego-like


This weekend was the annual Mego Museum’s Mego Meet. I’ve been to a couple of these and this was the last year that it was going to be anywhere close by, so I decided to make the trek out to Skokie, Illinois for another year of Mego adventure. If you’ve never been to Mego Meet, it’s quite a bit different than other “toy conventions” and that could be strange to some people. Let me first say that the folks who run Mego Meet are very nice, they’re clearly not in it to make a buck or rip you off, and are very welcoming, but it’s worth noting that newbies might feel a little out of place at first.

That’s partially because Mego Meet is less a typical toy convention and more of a “meet up” (hence the name) of the Mego Museum forum members. That’s at least how it started and ultimately, the roots are still very much in that concept. That doesn’t mean outsiders aren’t welcome, they’re definitely encouraged. But Mego Meet doesn’t really advertise outside of the Mego niche (personally I think that’s a mistake) and when you get there you may find it a bit strange as most everyone sort of knows each other. As someone who doesn’t really socialize with the “real” people on the forums, it’s different. Almost like stumbling into someone else’s family reunion. I recall my first year having a bit of a run around because people kept directing me to other people as if I knew who those other people were.

3D toy printing process.

Again, that’s not a complaint it’s just a forewarning to someone who might be off-put by that to give Mego Meet a chance. Inside there are a handful of dealers rooms with a variety of toys. Yes, the vast majority is Mego and the modern FTC Mego-like figures, but there are a fair amount of retro toys of all shapes and sizes. From vintage GI Joe to modern Lego, there’s probably something here for everyone. The other great thing about Mego Meet is that you can bring your spouse and kids for free. That may not seem like a big deal, but the folks that run Mego Meet are keenly aware that budgets can be tight and having to pay extra for someone who may just be brought along for the ride, could be a deal breaker.

Art Baltazar was on hand mingling and showing off his custom Mego collection. His Aw Yeah Comics helped sponsor the show.

Mego Meet does have a couple of panels, but they’re not quite like the larger convention panels. Most years “Doc Mego” participates in at least one, but with EMCE toys not producing much these days it’s less exciting than the days when they were behind Mattel’s Retro-Action line. Nonetheless, while I think Mego Meet could try and bring in some more “stars” whether it’s creators of indy comics (DC’s Art Baltazar is almost always in attendance and is a swell guy) or some of the other toy companies, you can’t blame them too much for not trying to fix something that isn’t broke. I just can’t help but think of the growth of JoeLanta and could see Mego Meet growing a bit bigger. I’m always baffled that a representative from FTC isn’t there, although they do send in door prizes. Even without some of the glitz and glamor of other cons, Mego Meet does have a customs auction, door prizes and a little bit of cosplay. Continue reading

Retro 60s Batman

Batman Classic TV Series
Batman
8 Inch Scale
By: Classic TV Toys
$24.99

There’s something inherently awesome about the classic 1966 Batman TV show. While the show played up it’s campy nature, with ridiculous concepts, over the top fights and well placed humor, it all worked for one reason or another. For decades fans have flocked to this show and it’s become a cult classic with a massive following of fans. At one point Adam West was so recognized for being Batman that he couldn’t escape the role and the public had a hard time separating West’s campy portrayal from any incarnation of the character.

Classic TV Series Batman Figures
Despite the show’s continued licensing longevity, there was never much in the way of action figures and toys until this year. Mattel was the first to market with their 60’s Batman 6 inch figures, but that toy line flat-lined almost as soon as it stepped foot out of the Batcave. None of the figures quite worked and Mattel made it clear they weren’t intending to make it a full fledged toy line, thus killing it before it ever really hit shelves.

Retro Batman Figures Review
Enter Figures Toy Company and it’s Classic TV Toys brand to bring us their take on the 1960’s Batman show in action figure form. Classic TV Toys have had mixed results in the past with their 8 inch figure brands, but to many folks the vintage 70’s Megos served as the unofficial toy line of the William Dozier show. So it’s a pretty natural fit that this “Mego-like” style of figures would be a good vessel for a classic TV series Batman toy line. Over the next few days I’ll be reviewing all of Series 1 of these new Batman figures, but today we start with Batman himself, as portrayed by Adam West. Continue reading

Mego Ebay Auctions
An interesting story is developing in the world of online Ebay auctions. Many Mego collectors have been noticing that their auctions have been pulled. The reason? The use of the word Mego. As of this writing, it’s unclear if particular listings are being sought out by a vengeful seller who is reporting the auctions or if it’s an internal change within Ebay’s own policies. Even if it’s the former, it seems to have resulted in some of the latter.

The problem originates as Mego has become a term to describe a specific style of toy. Often here at Infinite Hollywood and other websites, you’ll hear the term “Mego” bandied about to describe the 8 inch style of retro action figures. Even for modern action figures that certainly weren’t made by the long defunct Mego corporation. For a while now Ebay has cracked down on the use of terms such as Mego-Like, but it’s mostly been a non-issue. However in the past week Ebay has taken to removing dozens of auctions as they deem them to be a “search and browse manipulation” issue.

Traditionally a “search and browse manipulation” would be something like me listing a box of Crayola crayons and putting “Lady Gaga Underwear” in the title. Now my auction is getting lots of attention from people who are looking for Lady Gaga stuff, as opposed to crayons. Another popular violation would be for me to put the term iPad on a different tablet listing. Some unsuspecting bidder might buy my auction because they THINK they’re buying an iPad, when it reality they’re buying another tablet. However in the case of toys, you run into a unique set of circumstances where brand names can acutally be used to help describe different types of toys. Mego in particular falls under this umbrella.

Ebay is completely insensible to the reality of the issue. Brands like Cipsa and Lili Ledy worked in conjunction with Mego, using their molds to create toys. Auctions have been pulled using those terms with the word Mego. Even though Mego shared in the creation of them. Ebay’s stance is that you can apparently only use one brand name in the title of these auctions. Of course this doesn’t apply to lots of auctions throughout Ebay’s site, but for some reason Mego has caught the ire of the world’s biggest auction site. Continue reading

FiguresToy
Today is a historic day for fans of retro action figures in the “Mego” style format. Figures Toy Company, the parent of the often disregarded Classic TV Toys have unveiled nine new licenses today, including some of the most popular and sought after figure designs in the format’s history. Earlier this week, rumors were leaked that Figures Toy Company was planning a retro Batman line. Almost immediately the reaction from the Mego community was one of interest, but resistance. CTVT has built up a so-so reputation in the community and isn’t generally considered a favorite.

Personally, I’ve always had great experiences with Classic TV Toys and have ordered hundreds of dollars of merchandise from them through the years. Of course, some of the backlash has been warranted as quality was not always at the forefront of their products. For every Will Scarlet, there was a Sandra Benes. However, in recent years CTVT has released a ton of new and drastically improved product. Their Kiss line which was introduced late last year, has been a roaring success for Mego and Kiss fans alike.

But now even the biggest critics of Figures Toy Company have to stand up and take notice, as Figures Toy Company have unveiled some truly impressive licenses covering a wide array of formats. Perhaps the biggest is that not only will they be producing a Mego-ish Batman line, replicating the classic Batman Megos and adding new characters to the mix… But they will also be doing a Adam West, Batman ’66 line as well.

Yes, they’re doing two retro Batman Mego lines. Rather impressive. Some names announced for the 66 line include Batman, Robin, Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, Dick Grayson, Bruce Wayne, King Tut, Mr. Freeze, Egghead (YES!), Shame, Bookworm and the Mad Hatter. Variants are planned as well.

But the news doesn’t stop there. They’re going to finally officially create Evel Knievel in Mego scale with his own line. They’ve got Conan coming out, including not just a recreation of the hard to find classic Mego Conan figure but also Solomon Kane/Kull The Conqueror and potentially other characters from the books.

They’re also adding Tarzan to the mix! You may recall my loveletter to the classic Mego Tarzan, so this news has me greatly excited. The Dukes ride again, as Figures Toy Company have added the Dukes of Hazard, an often overlooked but very popular Mego line into their portfolio as well. They’re also producing 12 inch exclusive lines, such as Dallas and Gilligan’s Island. It’s truly an amazing rollout of product, unlike any seen before in the format. To say that Figures Toy Company just immediately jumped out to the head of the pack in retro Mego-like licenses, would be an understatement.

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Yes Mego Month hasn’t exactly been a rousing success here at Infinite Hollywood, but we do have some breaking “Mego” news. 3A Toys, who’ve made some really cool toys through the years have just announced 3AGO!

3A Mego

What is 3AGO? Well it’s 3A’s version of 8 inch Mego figures. We don’t know what they’ll look like or what kind of articulation or design they’ll have. As is the norm with 3A, we may not know exactly what these figures are like until they’re shipped… But Ashley Wood has said he’s a big Mego fan and still collects them to this day.

If previous 3A products are any indication, they’re liable to be wild and perverse and unlike anything else currently being done in the Mego 8 inch format. 3AGO will also likely be super articulated and much more revolutionary than some of the toys we’re currently seeing in the land of Mego-like toys.

Thus far they’ve only unveiled the logo, but if you collect 3A figures, you know that they’re always top quality and not really conventional. We’ve reviewed some 3A stuff here at Infinite Hollywood (and I’ve got a backlog of other 3A stuff to review) but if you’re interested in seeing what they can do check out these reviews:

WWRP Shadow Armstrong
WWRP F’ed Up Jungle 2 Pack
WWRP Medic Bertie