I loved my childhood MEGO figures. The best toys I had as a kid, hands down. I kept a bunch of them and went back and replaced a few.
Despite my affections, I am reluctant to make new ones. True, many could stand a costume upgrade to something more accurate and there are many additions that could be done, but for some reason my heart just isn’t in it.
It’s probably because I can’t sew.
One of my favorites is Captain Marvel (I refuse to call him Shazam! I shamelessly stole Xander’s great photo of the classic Captain. That was the guy who granted the Captain his powers). The costume is not *really* accurate- the boots and cape aren’t exactly right- and the head sculpt doesn’t look at all like The Captain, but I love it.
A couple of years ago, a cat named Doc Mego managed to get MATTEL to produce a bunch of the MEGO figures back into the spotlight, based on revamped and improved costumes and head sculpts.
Now, a red and gold costume is probably a lot closer to what the Captain originally looked like, but that face…
… at which point Rocko sauntered over and announced that the figure was “Borderline Offensive.”
Yeah, that’s not a great head sculpt.
My brother went and found a beautiful CAPTAIN MARVEL head and asked me to make it happen for him. I was all too happy to oblige:
It looks a lot like Jerry Ordway’s POWER OF SHAZAM graphic novel. I really like it.
MEGOs have started making yet another comeback: You can get most of the BATMAN related figures and they are even making figures from the 1966 BATMAN TV show.
I dunno. It makes me want to go find my old Captain Marvel.
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