Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I Go for MEGO!

If you were a kid in the 1970's and very early 1980's, you probably had MEGO toys. MEGO made 2Xl, Micronauts, and an endless array of TV and movie property action figures from Star Trek to Dukes of Hazzard. But to me, the single greatest contribution MEGO ever made to toys was its World's Greatest Super Heroes line. In a rare turn of events, one toy company got the licensing rights to make a line of action figures that encompassed both DC and Marvel properties. Starting in 1972 with a basic assortment featuring Superman, batman, Robin and Aquaman, the line continued to grow and stayed in production up until 1983.

The last 8" DC hero added to the line was Green Arrow. And believe me, he benefited by the wait. Green Arrow is one of the most faithful and most detailed figures in the whole line.

images taken from "MEGO 8" Super-Heroes: World's Greatest Toys!" by Benjamin Holcomb

In 1977, MEGO introduced a 7" line of Teen Titans. Now Robin could hang out with Aqualad, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash (ironically, MEGO never made the Flash) and *drumroll*.... SPEEDY!

For some reason, Speedy was issued with short pants and long sleeves. Also, his new-style molded, plastic gloves make him completely incapable of wielding his bow.

For more information on the World's Greatest Super Heroes line or any other MEGO toys, please be sure to visit the MEGO Museum.

1 comment:

  1. Mego's Green Arrow is one of their finest achievements. Still kind of amazing he got tapped for a figure while Flash and Green Lantern did not--all on the strength of like one or two appearances on the Super Friends!