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10 November 2006 @ 06:26 pm
Up, up, and CHARGE IT!  
Oh. My. Gods. Okay, everyone here knows I was a humongous geek from a long time gone. Comics, superheroes, I couldn't get enough. Today, thanks to a reference in a Wiki, I have been granted a reminder of just how star-stricken I was as a child.

There was a toy company back in the 1970s that made what I think to this day were some of the best "action figures" (face it, boys, they're dolls, so deal) of superheroes ever assembled. The toys included actual fabric costumes and capes, what was an amazing level of articulation for the period, and while most of them shared one body with different heads, remember: it was the 70s. What do you want? They made figures from DC, Marvel, and several lines of their own that were higher in toy quality than in imagination, but don't count that against them. I had several of the superhero figures, namely the most recognizable three: Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. I adored those dolls. (Fuck it, I need to deal with it, too.) In the hierarchy of toys, it was Lego, then crayons, then these dolls. I am doing myself a favor and NOT looking on eBay to see how much someone might be willing to pay for one. Nostalgia isn't worth what some of those bloodsucking auctioneers are going to ask, nor would be the fight with the collectors or fellow victims of memory poisoning itching for a fix of fabric-covered plastic glory.

Today, thanks to that Wikified reference link, I thought of them for the first time in nearly twenty years. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you: The Mego Museum.
Current Mood: Glee!
Current Music: Green Arrow's theme from Justice League Unlimited
The High Dudgeonhephaestos on November 11th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on November 11th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
From that same page was another series of toys that I was quite fond of, the Shogun Warriors. I had several from that line.

I miss die-cast toys. Talk about showing your age, but there really was a time when quality construction meant something.
The High Dudgeonhephaestos on November 11th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Indeed; even the Matt Mason figures were flimsy. Posable through embedded wires, which eventually broke through use, leaving the limbs to flop around. It led to a conversation with my dad in which he explained to me the concept of "planned obsolescence."