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!