Top 5 Mego Action Figures Since the 1950s
Back in the 1970’s one of the biggest names producing toys for kids was the Mego Corporation. Although Mego started in 1954, they are probably best remembered for their doll-like action figures in the 1970s. Mego later declared bankruptcy and went out of business in 1982. With so many action figures and plenty of clothes to put them in, we remember the top 5 Mego action figures.
Mego Action Figures – Action Jackson
Action Jackson was an action figure line from 1971 that had many different 8 inch dolls and clothes to dress them in. Primarily, these were made to compete with Hasbro’s more famous G.I. Joe line. These were early in Megos run of toys and popularized the use of 8-inch scale action figures for the company before fading out of existence in 1974.
Mego Action Figures – Wonder Woman
Introduced in 1977 the Wonder Woman action figure was based on Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman from the TV series. Besides Carter’s Wonder Woman, figures were also made of the characters of Nubia (Wonder Woman’s Sister), Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s Boss), and Queen Hippolyta (Wonder Woman’s mother).
Mego Action Figures – Broadway Joe Namath
Released in 1970, Mego made an action figure of the famous New York Jets Quarterback Joe Namath after he led the team to win Super Bowl III over the Baltimore Colts. 12 other clothing outfits were made for the doll and release under the title of “Mod about Town” besides his Jets football uniform the figure came with.
Released in 1977 these action figures were based on the four band members of KISS. They were released just as the band focused more on selling merchandise then the music they released. Although they were made of the four original members, fans have made custom figures of Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent in their make up costumes to complete the line up for KISS completists.
Comic Book Super Heroes
Starting in 1975, Mego produced this line up for c omic style superheroes from both Marvel and DC Comics. Unline the figures Mego was mostly known for making, these action figures were hard plastic and the clothes were molded onto the figures themselves instead of separate clothes thus cutting down on the cost to produce them. These figures only lasted for a few years but were reintroduced in 1979 as Pocket Super Heroes.