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.

With each of these lines, Figures Toy Company has promised to produce not only recreations of characters Mego actually produced, but characters that Mego didn’t produce. So for Tarzan, he finally gets a Jane and for Dukes of Hazzard, Uncle Jesse, Rosco and the like, etc.

There’s so much to cover, it’s almost hard to comprehend it all. Some of the figures will be available in both 12 inch and 8 inch formats, while some are only available in one. Collector’s cases and auxiliary products are planned as well. Here’s a brief recap of what is known to be available in certain formats:

1966 Batman is 8 & 12 inch
Duke of Hazzard are 8 & 12 inch
Evel is 8 & 12 inch
Batman Retro is 8 inch only
Conan (and friends) is 8 inch only
Tarzan is 8 inch only
Dallas is 12 inch only
Gilligan’s Island is 12 inch only

Products are due to start shipping in fall of 2013! Preorders for some figures are already showing up at certain retailers and I would expect that Figures Toy Company will post up some of their own soon enough. You can check out their official press release here. Expect to see some reviews of these figures right here at Infinite Hollywood!

12 Responses to Figures Toy Company Announces a Re-Mego Revolution

  • Arlomonious says:

    Hell to the yeah! Thanks for bringing this to my attention Newt! Love the 60’s and 70’s goodness.

    • Newton says:

      No problem. This isn’t getting a lot of traction in the normal haunts, but you know us, a little off the beaten path!

  • CAL says:

    Yes! Will have to get the retro Batman and TV series lines. And if they look good, may have to pick up the Dukes of Hazzard also.

  • hobgoblin238 says:

    HAHA…I think ALL us bloggers are talking about this!

  • bjpalm1994 says:

    Figures Toy Company? I know I’ve heard the name before. What other figures have they put out before? I used to have a lot of Megos when I was younger but haven’t got into the current Mego-ish figures. When some of these properties I might have to check them out.

    • Newton says:

      They’ve been around since the early 90’s. They operate under a lot of different names. Figures Toy Company is the parent company… The other names are Classic TV Toys (this is the brand they did a lot of other Mego-like properties including I Love Lucy, Married With Children, Space 1999, 3 Stooges, etc) and the other big one is Wrestling Superstore. They produce a ton of wrestling merchandise, such as toy belts, ladders, chairs, etc.

      Also they own Replica Wrestling Belts, which is one of the major providers of authentic licensed replica wrestling belts.

      Truthfully, they have a wide array of licenses and products under different umbrellas. They’ve done a lot of stuff in the past 20 years. Some of it great, some of it not so good. But their recent efforts have been a lot stronger than some of their earlier stuff.

  • Black Arbor says:

    YEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!! I’m so thankful for the 60’s Batman line, especially considering we’re getting villains beyond Joker, Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin. I mean, I love those villains, but the one-off guest villains are where it’s at. Especially Shame (whose Mego I WILL own). Everyone else can have their Egghead or their King Tut, but Cliff Robertson as Shame is one of my favorite Bat-villains.

  • bjpalm1994 says:

    Ahh…Wrestling! Thats where I have seen them before. I go to the Wrestling Superstore site often and their name is right under the banner. Is the quality of their stuff any good? I’ve yet to pull the trigger on some of the accessories they sell.

    • Newton says:

      I haven’t messed with much of their wrestling stuff, but the Mego stuff is of varying quality. Seems to be better nowadays.

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