|Successor||Abrams Gentile Entertainment LLC|
|Founders||D. David Abrams and Madeline Abrams|
|Headquarters||41 Madison Avenue, New York City, United States|
|Martin B. Abrams, Neil Kublan, Vincent Baiera|
|Products||dime store toys, action figures, celebrity & fashion dolls, games, electronic toys|
The Mego Corporation was a toy company founded in 1954. Originally known as a purveyor of dime store toys, in 1971 the company shifted direction and became famous for producing licensed action figures (including the long-running "World's Greatest Super Heroes" line), celebrity dolls, and the Micronauts toy line. For a time in the 1970s, their line of 8-inch (200 mm) scale action figures with interchangeable bodies became the industry standard.
The company dissolved into bankruptcy in 1983; today, Mego action figures and playsets are highly prized collectibles, with some fetching thousands of dollars in the open collectibles market.
- 1 Corporate history
- 2 Products history
- 3 Toys and games manufactured by Mego
- 4 "Mego Melt"
- 5 Legacy
- 6 In popular culture
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Mego was founded in 1954 by D. David Abrams and Madeline Abrams. The company thrived in the 1950s and early 1960s as an importer of dime store toys, until the rising cost of newspaper advertising forced Mego to change its business model. In 1971, the Abrams' son Martin, a recent business school graduate, was named company president.
Under Martin Abrams' direction, the company shifted its production to action figures with interchangeable bodies. Generic bodies could be mass-produced and different figures created by interposing different heads and costumes on them. Mego constructed their figures primarily in an 8-inch (200 mm) scale. Sixty percent of their products were manufactured in Hong Kong.
In 1972 (represented by Howard L. Mann of Schwartzman, Weinstock, Garelick & Mann, P.C.), Mego secured the licenses to create toys for both National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) and Marvel Comics. (Mego later relinquished their rights and surrendered the trademarked name to both DC and Marvel Comics to maintain licensing privileges.) The popularity of this line of 8" figures — dubbed "The World's Great Super Heroes" — created the standard action figure scale for the 1970s.
Mego also created the first carded packaging for action figures. Initially, Mego figures were released in boxes, but S.S. Kresge's (later the Kmart store chain) did not have shelves on which to place them, so they requested something be designed for their peg board displays. To satisfy the need, Mego created a card which is now referred to as a "Kresge-style card". The earliest style of Mego cards placed the clear plastic bubble containing the action figure in the center of the card (as opposed to subsequent cards, which placed the bubble toward one side).
Mego began to purchase the license rights of motion pictures, television programs, and comic books, eventually producing action figure lines for Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and the Wizard of Oz. Mego also obtained licenses from Edgar Rice Burroughs for his creations, such as Tarzan.
Beginning in 1974 Mego released the Planet of the Apes action figures, the first such toys sold as film tie-ins. 1974 also saw the release of figures from Star Trek: The Original Series, which was steadily gaining fandom in syndication. The Planet of the Apes and Star Trek figures proved popular and inspired the rise of action figure series based on popular culture franchises.
During this period, Mego was known for the lavish parties the company threw at the annual New York American International Toy Fair. In 1975, Mego launched its Wizard of Oz film dolls with a gala whose special guests were every surviving member of the film's main cast. Mego's party at the Waldorf-Astoria with Sonny and Cher introducing their dolls drew a thousand people. Both dolls were formally unveiled on The Mike Douglas Show. The Cher doll was the No. 1 selling doll in 1976, helping to make Mego the sixth-ranked American toy manufacturer, based on retail sales.
In 1976, Martin Abrams hashed out a deal with the Japanese toy manufacturer Takara to bring their popular lucite 3" fully articulated Microman figures to the United States under the name "Micronauts." David Abrams, meanwhile, rejected a deal to license toys for the upcoming motion picture Star Wars, reasoning that Mego would go bankrupt if they made toys of every "flash-in-the-pan" sci-fi B movie that came along. This decision seemed of little consequence to Mego at first, because the Micronauts figures initially sold well, earning the company more than $30 million at their peak. On the other hand, the Star Wars film was extremely popular and competitor Kenner Products sold substantial numbers of Star Wars action figures.
Following Star Wars' huge cultural impact, and Kenner's great success with its action figure line, Mego negotiated licenses for the manufacturing rights to a host of science fiction motion pictures and television shows, including Moonraker, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Black Hole, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Although these lines of Mego figures were of much higher quality than Kenner's 12" Star Wars figures, none were as successful. The widespread success of Kenner's Star Wars 3-3/4" toy line soon made the newer, smaller size the industry standard, shifting sales away from the 8" standard popularized by Mego.
In the late 1970s, Mego was earning about $100 million in sales. Around this time, Mego began shifting their focus toward electronic toys like the 2-XL toy robot and the Fabulous Fred hand-held game player, but sales were not commemsurate with the company's investment, and Mego went deeply into debt. In the fiscal years 1980 and 1981, Mego reported combined losses of $40 million. In fiscal year 1982, the company reported losses of between $18 and $20 million.
In January 1982, Martin Abrams and a few other Mego executives were indicted on charges of wire fraud, tax evasion, and defrauding the company of more than $100,000 over a 10-year span. Abrams ended up serving four months in prison. In February 1982 the remaining staff was let go and the Mego offices were closed. On June 14, 1982, Mego filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; the company officially went under in 1983.
In 1986, Martin Abrams co-founded Abrams Gentile Entertainment (AGE), and in October 1995 AGE attempted to reclaim the Mego trademark. In March 2002, they abandoned the effort. In early 2009, Martin Abrams announced that AGE had reclaimed the rights to the name Mego; no specific future plans for Mego products have been disclosed to date.
One of Mego's first toys under Martin Adams was an original character, Action Jackson, meant to compete with Hasbro's popular G.I. Joe line. Heavily promoted on television commercials and in newspaper advertisements, the Action Jackson line included figures, vehicles, and playsets. It was a big seller on its 1971 launch, but soon faded in popularity and was discontinued after 1974.
World's Greatest Super Heroes!
Beginning in 1972 Mego released the first comprehensive line of DC Comics and Marvel Comics superhero and villain action figures, coining the term "World's Greatest Super Heroes!" (WGSH) as an umbrella title for all the figures released in this line. To start the line, Mego produced Batman, Robin, Aquaman, and Superman figures. (For the South African market, a local radio play superhero, Jet Jungle, was included in the series.) The earliest figures were released in a solid box, but these boxes were often damaged by shoppers who wanted to see the figure inside. The design was quickly changed to a "window" style box. The WGSH line was offered from 1972 until 1983.
Secret Identity figures
In 1974, thanks to a relationship Mego founder David Abrams had with Montgomery Ward, Mego offered the first exclusive figures for a particular retail chain. These "Secret Identity" figures featured superheroes' secret identities, including Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Clark Kent, and Peter Parker.
Other figures in the WGSH line included the American West series and the Mad Monster series.
Mego marketed various fashion doll lines designed to compete with Mattel's popular Barbie line. The company's first attempt was the 1973 "Maddie Mod", supposedly named after Mego Corp. co-founded Madeline Abrams. The line, which included an extensive wardrobe and Maddie's boyfriend "Richie," was not a success. Next, Mego created "Dinah-Mite," a poseable eight-inch (203 mm) scale Barbie-like doll with a boyfriend named Don. Other fashion dolls included "Beautiful Lainie," a 19" doll that danced back and forth from the hips; and Candi, a line that included "Coppertone Candi," a "tanning" doll co-branded with Coppertone sunscreen.
TV and movie figures
The popularity of the 1974 releases of the Planet of the Apes and Star Trek: The Original Series lines led Mego to produce a variety of licensed figures based on films and TV shows, including The Flintstones, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Our Gang, Starsky & Hutch, The Waltons, and Wizard of Oz.
- Wonder Woman (factory-painted bustier top with cloth star-spangled bottoms, bracelets, golden lasso, tiara, and red boots), as well as a Diana Prince Navy Yeoman outfit, featuring black glasses and black high-heeled shoes
- Nubia, Wonder Woman's super-foe
- Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman's mother
- Major Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's best friend and boss
For the second-edition Wonder Woman doll, which appeared in 1978, Mego recycled their Farrah Fawcett doll's extra bodies in neutral skin tone, added a one-piece Wonder Woman costume, tiara, golden lasso, bracelets, and red boots, and then removed Lynda Carter's photo from the box. This version came with a pink halter gown (recycled from their Cher doll) and a blue wraparound dress for Wonder Woman's alter ego. Mego stopped production on the Nubia, Queen Hippolyta, and Steve Trevor dolls after the first edition line.
The third and final version of the Wonder Woman doll re-used extra Cher doll bodies in tanned skin tone, kept the one-piece wonder suit, and this version also came with Mego's "Fly-Away Action" accessory. The alter-ego outfits with this version vary, depending on the Mego factory which made the doll, as Mego used the generic outfits available — Cher's original pink halter gown, the "Growing Hair Cher" black gown, or the Farrah Fawcett white jumpsuit; and the second outfit was always the blue wrap-around dress. Some of the neutral skin tone Wonder Woman dolls were also issued with the Fly-Away Action device, again depending on the Mego factory from which it was issued.
In the early 1980s Mego produced figures and vehicles for the popular TV shows CHiPs, Dallas, Dukes of Hazzard, and The Greatest American Hero. The Dukes of Hazzard figures sold well, but Mego failed with its CHiPs and Dallas dolls.
In 1976, Mego launched a highly successful 12½-inch celebrity doll line. The first dolls were Sonny and Cher, with famed fashion designer Bob Mackie designing an extensive wardrobe for Cher. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Diana Ross, Suzanne Somers, The Captain and Tennille, and Kiss celebrity dolls followed in 1977 and 1978.
From 1976 to 1980 Mego produced a licensed line of Takara's Microman figures under the name Micronauts. The 3-3/4" toy line's popularity led Marvel Comics to launch a Micronauts comic book in 1979, which ran until 1986.
In 1978, Martin Abrams purchased inventor Michael J. Freeman's toy robot, the 2-XL, which was introduced to the public and became a success. The toy was sold in different countries and was voiced in seven languages, including English. A lot of games were also developed for the toy. By 1981, the 2-XL's popularity had waned, and it was later discontinued.
The 2-XL was part of Mego's electronic games line, which included the handheld devices Mini-Vid and Fabulous Fred.
In 1976, Mego began producing a small collection of World War II-themed military action figures marketed in France, Italy (under the Polistil name), Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom under different names. Most of these products were branded under the "Lion Rock" name, Mego's manufacturing arm. These figures were released in United States the early 1980s as "Johnny Action" or "Combat Man." Using the 6-inch (150 mm) format, they were produced after the 12-inch (300 mm) G.I. Joe figures had lost their popularity and before the revival of the G.I. Joe line in 3-¾" format; they were also intended to compete with Spain's Madelman line of soldier figures. The 6-inch (150 mm) combat line was not a success. Mego's low-budget competitors sold knockoff figures to companies like F. W. Woolworth Company (or Woolco in Canada, where the line was known as alternately "World War Two Heroes," "Brave Soldiers," and "Gest Force").
One of Mego's final large product lines was Eagle Force, a 2 3⁄4-inch-high (70 mm) die-cast action figure toy line co-designed by Paul Kirchner and marketed in 1981-1982. Produced during Ronald Reagan's first term as president, the Eagle Force toy line was marketed as a counter-terrorist task force, to send the message that the United States wasn't going to be "pushed around" anymore. The line was similar to Hasbro's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures.
Toys and games manufactured by Mego
- Action Jackson (1971–1974)
- CB McHaul line (1977) — figures and vehicles designed to cash in on the short-lived citizens band radio craze
- Comic Action Heroes (1976–1978) — 3-3⁄4" action figures of DC Comics characters
- Eagle Force line (1982) — included playset and vehicles
- Elastic Superheroes line (1977-1979) — stretchable action figures designed to compete with the popular Kenner product Stretch Armstrong; includes Mego Elastic Donald Duck, Mego Elastic Batman, Mego Elastic Incredible Hulk, and Mego Elastic Plastic Man
- Fighting Yank (1973–1974) — discontinued by Mego after being sued by Hasbro as being too similar to G.I. Joe
- Johnny Action/Combat Man (c. 1981-1982)
- Legends (1975) — historical characters from the American West, Robin Hood, "Super Pirates," "Super Knights," and a medieval playset
- Micronauts (1976–1980)
- One Million B.C. (1976–1977) — included "Cave People" and dinosaurs
- Pocket Super Heroes (1980–1982) — line of 3-3/4" DC Comics and Marvel Comics figures, vehicles, and playsets
- Tarzan (1975) – 3" "Bendy" figure made of poseable, malleable plastic
- World's Greatest Super Heroes! (1972–1983)
- DC Comics characters Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Isis, Joker, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Penguin, Riddler, Robin, Captain Marvel (for legal reasons labeled as "Shazam"), Supergirl, Superman, Tarzan, Teen Titans (Speedy, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Wonder Girl), and Wonder Woman, as well as a Batmobile that could seat two 8-inch action figures
- Marvel Comics characters Captain America, Conan, Falcon, Green Goblin, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Iron Man, Lizard, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-Man, The Thing and Thor
- American West series (1974) — included Sitting Bull, Davy Crockett, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickock and his horse Shadow, Cochise, Buffalo Bill, and a Dodge City playset
- Mad Monster Series (1974–1975) — included Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy
- Secret Identity line (1974) —exclusive to Montgomery Ward; included Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Clark Kent, and Peter Parker
- The Black Hole (fall 1979) — 12" and 4" lines
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981) — 12" line and a series of 3.75" figures and scaled spaceships
- CHiPs (1981–1982) — 3-3⁄4" action figures
- Dallas (1981)
- Doctor Who (1977–1978) — released only in the United Kingdom in partnership with Denys Fisher; 9" figures including the Fourth Doctor, Leela, K-9 (released in 1978 after the first six), the Giant Robot, a Cyberman, a Dalek, and a TARDIS
- Dukes of Hazzard (1981–1982)
- Flash Gordon (1978)
- The Flintstones (1977)
- Greatest American Hero (1982)
- Happy Days (1977–1978) — included Fonzie, Richie Cunningham, Potsie, Ralph Malph, Fonzie's Garage playset and Fonzie's Motorcycle
- King Kong (1977)
- Laverne & Shirley (1978) — included Laverne, Shirley, Lenny, and Squiggy
- Lynda Carter Wonder Woman doll line (1977–1979) — included Wonder Woman, Nubia, Queen Hippolyta, and Major Steve Trevor
- Moonraker (1979)
- Our Gang (1976–1977)
- Planet of the Apes (1974–1977)
- Star Trek: The Original Series (1974–1976) — 8" line included Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott, Lt. Uhura, "Aliens" (a Klingon, a Neptunian, the Keeper, a Gorn, a Cheron, a Romulan, a Talos, an Andorian, and a Mugato), and playsets
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) — 3-3/4" line and 12" line
- Starsky & Hutch (1976–1978)
- Superman doll line (1978) — included Superman, Jor-El, Lex Luthor, and General Zod
- The Waltons (1974–1976)
- Wizard of Oz (1975)
- The Captain and Tennille (1977)
- Diana Ross (1977)
- Farrah Fawcett (1977–1978)
- Jaclyn Smith (c. 1977)
- Kiss (1978)
- Muhammed Ali (1976–1977)
- Sonny and Cher (1976–1978)
- Suzanne Somers (c. 1977)
- Candi (1979)
- Dinah-Mite (1973–1975)
- Lainie (1973) —19" doll
- Maddie Mod (1973)
Electronic games & toys
- 2-XL (1978–1982) — toy robot
- Fabulous Fred (1980) — handheld device with 10 games
- game/digital watch combo (1980) — the Exterminator, Fireman Fireman, Flag Man, Toss-Up
- Mini-Vid (1979) — handheld electronic games like Break Free, Dodge City Gunfight, Sea Battle, and Spacewar
- Pulsonic baseball (1980)
- Star Trek tricorder (1976) — life-size
- Ball Buster (1975)
- Magnadoodle (1978)
- Mazeroni (1975)
- Obsession (1978-1979)
- See 'N Drive (1978)
- Sixth Sense (1978-1979)
- Beanie Buddies (1978)
- Bubble Yum Baby (1977) — doll that blew a chewing gum bubble; co-branded with Bubble Yum
- Chills 'N Thrills stunt car game (1975)
- Commander Zack Power and his Lightning Cycle (1975)
- Dare Bros. toy glider (1975)
- Doodlebugs (1978–1979) — wooden toy cars
- Dune Machine (1980) — toy dune buggy
- Evel Knievel bike accessories (1975)
- Luv'n'Stuff (1975) — soft animal characters
- Magnanimals (1978) — wooden toy animals, vehicles, and playsets, including some Disney characters
- Poz 'N Play (1978)
- Puppet Love (1978)
- Speed Burners (1978) — diecast cars designed to compete with Matchbox and Hot Wheels
- Woodies (1973) — wooden preschool toys
Virtually every plastic action figure and doll made by Mego has suffered from "Mego Melt" (also known as "Mego Molt"), a term coined by toy collectors to describe the material deteriorating over time. The plastic used for the doll's torso reacts with the rubberized plastic used for the arms and legs. The result is a melting of the torso at those joining points: shoulder, underarm, hips, and buttocks. Even when stored carefully, this melting often results in the costumes becoming stuck to the dolls. Excessive heat from storage in hot attics or garages exacerbates this problem. The dolls' hair and eyelashes are prone to similar deterioration when exposed to high temperatures.
Mego action figures and playsets are highly prized collectibles, specifically the World's Greatest Superhero line, the Elastic Superheroes line (a mint condition Elastic Batman figure actually sold for over $15,000 in 2006), the Wonder Woman doll line, the Cher doll (as well as certain rare Bob Mackie-designed outfits), and the Kiss dolls.
Dr. Mego/EMCE Toys
In 2001, Paul Clarke began manufacturing high-quality reproductions of Mego's action figure bodies, heads, and accessories, enabling collectors to repair their broken or incomplete Mego toys, as well as to make new custom action figures. As a consequence, Clarke became known by the monicker "Dr. Mego."
In 2006, with the blessing of Martin Abrams, former CEO of Mego Corp, "Dr. Mego" and Joe Sena founded EMCE Toys (pronounced "MC") to bring Mego toys back to the marketplace. Working with Diamond Select Toys, current holders of the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes licenses, these figures have been selling in comics shops. EMCE Toys also produced a new line of Universal Monsters figures.
Star Trek figures revival
Made in China, the new Star Trek figures match the original Mego-produced action figures. New characters are currently[when?] being produced that Mego did not originally make, such as Lt. Sulu, Ensign Chekov, and "Space Seed" villain Khan Noonien Singh. The Gorn that Mego produced had a brown Lizard head (identical to the Marvel Comics villain) on a brown body wearing a Klingon outfit. Star Trek fans had frequently wished that Mego had made a "TV-accurate" Gorn; EMCE Toys and DST produced a new green Gorn based on the TV episode "Arena". EMCE Toys hired original Mego packaging artist Harold Schull to illustrate new artwork for Sulu, Chekov, Khan, and the Gorn.
World's Greatest Superheroes/DC Retro Action Superheroes
In July 2009, EMCE Toys teamed up with Mattel to reintroduce Mego's World's Greatest Superheroes. Dubbed "DC Retro Action Superheroes," these were released in Toys "R" Us stores in spring 2010. The line includes completely revamped versions of Superman and Green Arrow, along with Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, and Sinestro. In fall 2010, Wave 2 was released, featuring Batman, Two-Face, Aquaman, and Black Manta. In winter 2010, Wave 3 was released, featuring Wonder Woman, Cheetah, Flash, and Captain Cold. In spring 2011, Wave 4 was released, featuring Captain Marvel (for legal reasons labeled as "Shazam"), Black Adam, the Martian Manhunter, and Darkseid.
In 2005, a company named ClassicTVToys (CTVT) began to produce lesser quality 8-inch (200 mm) re-issue figures very similar in design to the original Mego figures. Various lines CTVT manufactured include facsimilied replicas of Mego's Mad Monster, Merry Men, Western Heroes and Super Pirates. These figures were produced in India and were made from a low-quality recycled plastic, which caused the figures' hands and feet to crack and break easily. Nonetheless, the accessories work well as replacements for original Mego items that are missing parts, To the company's credit, their products are usually marked "CTVT", but the lack of quality is evident and easily spotted.
CTVT also manufactured licensed classic television characters, packaged on blister cards. Among the many characters included in the line are a modified version of the Happy Days Mego line. Others, which Mego did not make, include Married... with Children, The Munsters, The Brady Bunch, Space:1999 (which Mego did produce to some degree in the 1970s, but only for the European market, as Mattel had the American license), and professional wrestler André the Giant. Unfortunately the sculpting of the CTVT heads was harsh and lacked Mego's charm. These figures were quickly discounted by CTVT and can be found for a third of their original retail price on eBay.
Mego Meet is a trade convention for Mego collectors held annually since 2005. For many years, the Mego Meet was held in Wheeling, West Virginia, but in 2015 will be held in Skokie, Illinois. Open to the public, the Mego Meet also features expert panels for academic discussions.
In popular culture
From 1996–2011, Mego's 8-inch (200 mm) figures, particularly the superhero line, found new life in Twisted ToyFare Theater, a humorous photo comic strip appearing in ToyFare, a monthly magazine published by Wizard Entertainment. ToyFare staff posed and took photos depicting the figures in bizarre situations, with added dialogue bubbles. The series was well known in comic book and collectors' circles for its distinctive, off-the-wall sense of humor. The popular strips (renamed, formerly Twisted Mego Theatre) were later published separately in their own collections.
Mego action figures as well as similarly styled figures are used in the Cartoon Network Adult Swim program Robot Chicken. The show, which debuted in February 2005, is directly based on Twisted ToyFare Theater and features three of its writers.
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- The earliest Batman and Robin figures had removable masks, but these were easily lost, and Mego noted that it was less expensive to create a new sculpt for Batman with a molded-on mask; similarly, they began painting on Robin's mask.
- The Secret Identity figures used the same heads as the corresponding superheroes that Mego produced, but because the run on these figures was separate from that of the hero figures, there is a bit of a color shift on the heads of several known examples that is unique to the Secret Identity Figures, distinguishing them from the superhero figure. The heads are known to exist with or without copyright information imprinted on the back of the neck. These figures are now among the rarest of superhero action figures.
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Sonny and Cher fans can have their favorites at home, plus Cher's 32 costumes designed for her by Bob Mackie
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- Tarzan was originally licensed to Mego by creator Edgar Rice Burroughs; DC later acquired rights.
- Thomas, Jr., Dr. Ronald C. "Playing with Themselves: Robot Chicken and 'Twisted Toyfare Theatre,'" The New York Review of Science Fiction (Oct. 2010), pp. 17-19.
- Mego Museum — the leading authority on Mego toys and company history
- Mego Museum Forum — Mego community message boards
- MegoMeet official website
- MegoMeet on Facebook
- Comprehensive list of Mego action figures and accessories
- Foreign Mego — focusing on Mego products from outside the U.S.
- Megocollector — comprehensive guide to Mego Star Trek, among other products
- Joseph's Star Trek Mego — dedicated to Mego's line of Star Trek toys