Ah, Mego. How famous you are amongst retro buffs such as myself. I never owned one myself though. I had never even seen one in person until working for the termite division of a pest control company back in 2004. We would do inspections and of course we had to walk the whole house and I was led to a room that was pretty much a collector’s paradise. All along the walls, on shelves, it was nothing but Mego. Spider-Man, Batman, Aquaman, Superman, KISS, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Flash Gordon, dolls from their monster line… you name it, this guy had it. It was so awesome.
*sigh* I really wanted to steal those KISS dolls.
Growing up, I always thought of Mego dolls as kind of a joke. They were goofy, campy and awkward looking to me. I preferred (and still do) the 3 3/4″ Joes and whatever size Masters of the Universe and Toy Biz’s Marvel lines were, but I can now appreciate to wholesome retro goodness of these figures. It’s actually pretty cool they all had actual CLOTHING, as compared to some lame vinyl cape that won’t move or just being plastic all over. Not that I would actually want to undress the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (because I’m not that friendly), but it’s a nice touch to know that I can. Lends a bit of authenticity.
I love that there was a Spider-Man ski mask for potential criminal to use. Jameson was right about that no-good Spider-Man!
Also, what’s up with the utility belts? A HULK utility belt. Seriously?