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OCSuperman
Jul 19, '18, 6:40 AM
I started this thread because there are a lot of comments spread out over various other threads.

So, what do you think of the reveals?

I'm on the fence ... packaging looks good, figs look fun, but likenesses are concerning. In my opinion, the figures are looking good, for example Cheers Norm and Charlie's Angels Kelly Garrett BUT they don't really resemble the characters/actors.

Thoughts? (This isn't meant to be a negative thread, I'm just curious what others think).

Capt_Kirk
Jul 19, '18, 6:59 AM
I love the Trek figures but, I'd like to see the shirts color closer to the color pallet and I'd would've liked more accessories as well as a resealable card. I loved what they did with the two mirror universe figures. The box set is a very good idea.

Wonder Woman. I'm just ok with the figure. I'm not sure if they were going for a Lynda Carter look. If that was the goal, they failed. If not, it's fair except I don't like the costume much. I'm not going to collect the 14" figures "Maybe the Batman" because I'm a huge Batman & Trek fan. I already collect 12" hot toys and Mego. I don't need another size to drop money into. Especially with all the new Megos and FTC being released.

The other 8 inch Mego figures that I've heard are coming out so far are not my thing. I will buy some of them for customs but that's about it. Cheers was a good show but, I'll buy the Kristy Alley for a Lt. Savik figure. I'll have to see the others first. I will hold out for Star Trek, DC, Marvel.

Mikey
Jul 19, '18, 7:01 AM
I think some of the properties are questionable for success but the Mego-style likenesses are there.

Good to see the figures don't have that idiotic grin most CTVT's re-Megos have.

Nostalgiabuff
Jul 19, '18, 7:15 AM
was there a reveal photo of the mirror universe figures? I did not see that.

palitoy
Jul 19, '18, 7:15 AM
the embarrassment of riches in 2018 =meh?

I don't understand that mindset or the energy people have associated with this.

This is just the beginning, I'm not into everything presented either but I can't wait for what's next.

I read every response last night on social media, I'm appalled at the language and how some people see the world. pretty bleak. These are just collectible toys.

Didn't get the license you want? Maybe you will, this is just wave one, three waves are coming and new surprises abound.

I'm just going to stare at this abundance for a while, buy a Dracula and enjoy what's happening.

JediJaida
Jul 19, '18, 7:22 AM
I love them
I'm not into Norm, or Charlie's Angels, but the figures are so great, I will definitely buy them.

Same for the Mirror Kirk and Spock, Sulu, Chekov, Jeannie and Tony and possibly Jimi Hendrix.

It's about time we got a decent AA figure.

Now if only Uhura comes out looking like Nichelle Nichols, I will be very happy.

Mary Canary
Jul 19, '18, 7:30 AM
the embarrassment of riches in 2018 =meh?

I don't understand that mindset or the energy people have associated with this.

This is just the beginning, I'm not into everything presented either but I can't wait for what's next.

I read every response last night on social media, I'm appalled at the language and how some people see the world. pretty bleak. These are just collectible toys.

Didn't get the license you want? Maybe you will, this is just wave one, three waves are coming and new surprises abound.

I'm just going to stare at this abundance for a while, buy a Dracula and enjoy what's happening.

I have to agree with this.
Everything might not be for everyone... but there is something for everyone.
I was riding shotgun last night as you were posting everything and forwarding to my friends.
I don't want a Cheers figure or a Jimi Hendrix, but I'm still excited to see what Mego is doing.
And when Charlie's Angels popped up, I was so shocked and happy.
Like you said, these are just toys... If people don't like them, there's more toys out there, move on.

tmthor
Jul 19, '18, 7:35 AM
I love the Trek figures but, I'd like to see the shirts color closer to the color pallet and I'd would've liked more accessories as well as a resealable card. I loved what they did with the two mirror universe figures. The box set is a very good idea.

Wonder Woman. I'm just ok with the figure. I'm not sure if they were going for a Lynda Carter look. If that was the goal, they failed. If not, it's fair except I don't like the costume much. I'm not going to collect the 14" figures "Maybe the Batman" because I'm a huge Batman & Trek fan. I already collect 12" hot toys and Mego. I don't need another size to drop money into. Especially with all the new Megos and FTC being released.

The other 8 inch Mego figures that I've heard are coming out so far are not my thing. I will buy some of them for customs but that's about it. Cheers was a good show but, I'll buy the Kristy Alley for a Lt. Savik figure. I'll have to see the others first. I will hold out for Star Trek, DC, Marvel.

It's funny when I saw the Wonder Woman figure I instantly thought "Super Friends version"

OCSuperman
Jul 19, '18, 7:45 AM
This isn't meant be a negative/gripe thread. I was just asking about likenesses.

I am excited for several of the upcoming figures (for me Wiz of Oz and Brady Bunch will be fun) ... the tv favorites are exciting, I just think the likenesses are generic ... was wondering if it was me.

For example Charlie's Angels = YES! :yes: But Kelly G doesn't really look like J Smith ... this said I cannot say I won't buy them!

boss
Jul 19, '18, 8:53 AM
Threads like this are the equivalent of saying “I don’t mean to be rude” and then saying something rude.

Mikey
Jul 19, '18, 9:10 AM
Threads like this are the equivalent of saying “I don’t mean to be rude” and then saying something rude.

I liken it more to your highschool age little sis asking if her azz looks fat in these jeans and you telling her "they look fine" knowing they are clearly 2 sizes too small.

Your pal, Jim
Jul 19, '18, 9:16 AM
I'm definitely into the Star Trek stuff. I'm in for the Mirror 2-pack and hopefully they redo McCoy, as I currently don't have one. Other than that, I'm looking forward to seeing the next wave.

FTC supposedly has a big August coming up so I guess it's good I don't have both Mego/Mego-style companies competing for my toy money too hard at the same time!

EMCE Hammer
Jul 19, '18, 9:28 AM
I look at it this way: There's something for everyone, except the a--holes.

sports/sci-fi/tv/movies/heroes/monsters/icons/60s/70s/80s..............

AND MORE TO COME

jeffbearco
Jul 19, '18, 9:42 AM
I'm loving some of the figures. As you said, some of it definitely isn't for me unless I want to use them for customizing.

I'm more surprised by the number of female figures! Normally the female figures are done as an after thought. But Charlie's Angels and Charmed are both female led lines. I'm also impressed that Wonder Woman came out before Superman.

I wonder if there is a chance for Buffy the Vampire Slayer to go with the other female led lines.

So far, I'm jut glad to see Mego coming out strong.

Kirk and Spock Mirror Mirror will probably be my first purchase!!!

JeffBearCO

ZombieJimC
Jul 19, '18, 9:52 AM
I love all of them so far. I would like to own them all. Not sure if I can afford everything but I want em all.

Earth 2 Chris
Jul 19, '18, 10:21 AM
I'm excited. Some look great, some not as much, but that was original Mego as well. The variety is mind-boggling. They really went for the full Mego feel of dozens of licenses all at once.

Chris

jwyblejr
Jul 19, '18, 10:43 AM
I just don't get the complaints. For years we've wanted the original Mego Corp. back,we get it and people still aren't happy. As I said in another thread I haven't felt like this in almost 40 years. I like what they are doing.

hedrap
Jul 19, '18, 10:46 AM
If everything we're seeing is Wave 1, I'm thrilled, somewhat shocked and a little concerned.

The diorama's and 14-inch will sell the best, IMO. Of the individual figures, some will move brisk to collectors and fans. Then the Mego community is going to buy a fair share out of completion, support and custom fodder.

But after that...Doc said 10k of each...I openly admit, I don't know the details. Maybe Mego gets their unsold stock back which could easily become a ancillary revenue stream. You could take AJ and turn it into a Marwen limited edition...You could repackage Fonzie with a Stallone for Lords of Flatbush...trash a Charlie's Angel and make a Pinkie Tuscadero post-crash diorama...

The Bat
Jul 19, '18, 10:56 AM
I couldn't be happier...like Brian said, "this is just the BEGINNING!" :yes: And I am patient...I can wait to see what comes down the road...Mego is just getting started! :hokay:

jayraytee
Jul 19, '18, 11:27 AM
I didn't read all the responses because so far the reveals have not interested me. But some of the 'complaints' or negativity could come from a spirit of wanting to see the new Mego corp succeed, if the initial offerings are lackluster that can effect the future. If they are not that interesting and don't sell, will we see the other waves or will target drop it? I mean we've seen what happened before with various lines. You don't want your spearhead to be dull, most people come out swinging with their best stuff... so will the next waves get better or worse? I mean if you have the DC and Marvel licenses... do you come out with wave one as Dukes of Hazard and Welcome Back Kotter?

thunderbolt
Jul 19, '18, 11:34 AM
really if you can't find something in that assortment you like then a person really needs to find something else to cry about. Me, I'm shooting for Drac, wife wants Norm and hoping for Cliff Clavin to go with him.

palitoy
Jul 19, '18, 11:43 AM
I didn't read all the responses because so far the reveals have not interested me. But some of the 'complaints' or negativity could come from a spirit of wanting to see the new Mego corp succeed, if the initial offerings are lackluster that can effect the future.

I don't consider questions or concerns as complaints, especially if they're thought out or in a polite tone.

Some people are never happy no matter what, the guy who posted rude pictures after every single post last night isn't concerned about the company, he's just an entitled person with maturity issues whose probably mad because he didn't get Marvel. Some people seriously need to grow up.

CrimsonGhost
Jul 19, '18, 12:01 PM
really if you can't find something in that assortment you like then a person really needs to find something else to cry about. Me, I'm shooting for Drac, wife wants Norm and hoping for Cliff Clavin to go with him.

The very fact that your wife ... no you necessarily, but your WIFE...wants Cheers figures proves Target might be on to something with their unlikely licensing.

cjefferys
Jul 19, '18, 12:02 PM
I look at it this way: There's something for everyone, except the a--holes.



Well said. :smiley1: I'm certainly not interested in all of these properties, actually for the majority of them I am not. But a few do interest me and I'll be picking them up and looking forward to seeing what's next.

ODBJBG
Jul 19, '18, 12:03 PM
I think blind praise can be a negative too, if you're headed toward an iceberg you don't want someone to tell you how great you're navigating the ship, but I think for the most part the reception has been pretty good. There is a nice mix of things and they seem to have tried to have "something for everyone" which is good. I have some concerns over the lack of a really strong license, and some of the products look a bit wonky, but overall I think there's some great stuff in there. Dracula is awesome, excited to get an AJ, Norm is a fun buy, Trek has some good potential, but after that most everything else is custom fodder for me. Some of it is great custom fodder, but still not necessarily where I'd want 75-80% of the new offerings to go. I'm hopeful there's a couple surprises still to come. I'd really like to see something unique and colorful and not just old people in everyday clothes. Not that old people in everyday clothes can't be fun, as NECA's Golden Girls look fantastic. But I do hope Mego can spice in a bit more variety in that regard, if not a superhero, something more vibrant.

Gramercyplace
Jul 19, '18, 12:06 PM
True, not everything is my cup of tea, but I feel like I’m 5 years old, and my parents have just given me a Christmas catalogue to drool over. No words can define this sensation!

palitoy
Jul 19, '18, 12:12 PM
I think blind praise can be a negative too, if you're headed toward an iceberg you don't want someone to tell you how great you're navigating the ship, but I think for the most part the reception has been pretty good. There is a nice mix of things and they seem to have tried to have "something for everyone" which is good. I have some concerns over the lack of a really strong license, and some of the products look a bit wonky, but overall I think there's some great stuff in there. Dracula is awesome, excited to get an AJ, Norm is a fun buy, Trek has some good potential, but after that most everything else is custom fodder for me. Some of it is great custom fodder, but still not necessarily where I'd want 75-80% of the new offerings to go. I'm hopeful there's a couple surprises still to come. I'd really like to see something unique and colorful and not just old people in everyday clothes. Not that old people in everyday clothes can't be fun, as NECA's Golden Girls look fantastic. But I do hope Mego can spice in a bit more variety in that regard, if not a superhero, something more vibrant.

I personally wasn't calling for blind praise, just an end to emotionally immature nerd rage which I know, is probably impossible. That's far more damaging and needless than an entheusiastic person who is just satisfied. Practical voices of concern from the peanut gallery will get drowned out if you read enough rude negative statements. I've seen it first hand, a company will say "oh they hate everything" and you're permanently on the "pay no mind" list. Fans need to pick battles and they waste their time on boots and cape length.

After reading all the replies, the thing I find kind of interesting is the "experts" crawling out of the woodwork, saying XXXXX is wrong and then suggesting the weirdest, mouldliest licenses ever and there is absolutely no concensus other than it's what THEY want.

So many people think they can do better but they've never done a single licensing approval, dealt with a factory or met with a buyer. It's amazing and sometimes soul crushing how things change.

Z-man 307
Jul 19, '18, 12:26 PM
It's great to have a mix of characters/lines. It's just like the 1970's. I didn't buy Happy Days, Robin Hood, or WOZ, but I wasn't upset that they existed.

Overall, its great to make Mego back in our lives! It's been 35 years and there's nothing better than buying an action figure in a retail store! I can't wait until the 29th!

Mary Canary
Jul 19, '18, 12:33 PM
I personally wasn't calling for blind praise, just an end to emotionally immature nerd rage which is probably pointless. That's more damaging and needless than an entheusiastic person who is just satisfied. Practical voices of concern from the peanut gallery will get drowned out if you read enough rude negative statements. I've seen it first hand.

After reading all the replies, the thing I find kind of interesting is the "experts" crawling out of the woodwork, saying XXXXX is wrong and then suggesting the weirdest, mouldliest licenses ever and there is absolutely no concensus other than it's what THEY want.

So many people think they can do better but they've never done a single licensing approval, dealt with a factory or met with a buyer. It's amazing and sometimes soul crushing how things change.

I hate that you sound so discouraged.
Don't let the haters get to you.
Like you said, some people are never happy no matter what.
I think a lot of people are excited.
Sometimes the ignorant people just end up being the loudest.
And it's TOYS!

EMCE Hammer
Jul 19, '18, 12:34 PM
Marty and Paul know what they're doing. There's no problem that any of us are going to see that they won't see first. They've cast a wide net covering multiple demographics, and the exposure they'll get at Target via both brick and mortar and online can't be beat. So far, so good I say.

palitoy
Jul 19, '18, 12:37 PM
I hate that you sound so discouraged.
Don't let the haters get to you.
Like you said, some people are never happy no matter what.
I think a lot of people are excited.
Sometimes the ignorant people just end up being the loudest.
And it's TOYS!

Oh me? I totally need a break. Quite happy about this launch and how it went down but yeah, tired.

I don't think people are supposed to be exposed to pure internet feedback for this long a period of time.

Most folks are great or at the very least polite but we as humans are quicker to fixate on those being unruly.

My computer goes dark at 9pm tonight for a couple of days. Total battery recharge.

thunderbolt
Jul 19, '18, 12:42 PM
The very fact that your wife ... no you necessarily, but your WIFE...wants Cheers figures proves Target might be on to something with their unlikely licensing.
I think Target is umm hitting the target with this line. Its such a broad assortment there really is something for everyone. And it should bring in new Mego fans along with catching the random 40-50 year old that remembers the format and is unaware of FTC or EMCE.

tllgn
Jul 19, '18, 12:48 PM
Wow .i thought the noisy Nellie's reserved their hate for ftc figures I personally love what
Mego and ftc is doing.and I hope their both successful.mego fans win with so many choices of what they want
In their collection..just buy what you like.there is something for every one.i like some of the new mego figures over
Some of the others.and those come first...then I'll work on the others..the 29th is gonna be fun.

boss
Jul 19, '18, 12:52 PM
After reading all the replies, the thing I find kind of interesting is the "experts" crawling out of the woodwork, saying XXXXX is wrong and then suggesting the weirdest, mouldliest licenses ever and there is absolutely no concensus other than it's what THEY want.

So many people think they can do better but they've never done a single licensing approval, dealt with a factory or met with a buyer. It's amazing and sometimes soul crushing how things change.

Well said. They first thing they taught us in ďadvertising schoolĒ was to get over our personal opinions of what is popular and what is not and rely more on what the market reveals thru data analysis. Above everything else, Iím interested to see how things play out. My guess is that Iíll be wrong as often as Iím right about the ďpopularĒ figures.

rykerw1701
Jul 19, '18, 1:01 PM
Every figure announced isn't for me, and I have my doubts about some of the line choices. But overall I'm really stoked about what I see. Some great stuff, I'm more than pleasantly surprised. There's a lot of Trek in this, and I love that. And Jeannie may be the best head sculpt they've shown so far, and there are some good ones. And that Dracula is on my want list for sure. This is a great relaunch for the company.

I say pay no mind to the nerd rage and together we can rejoice in the abundance of Mego richness.

So say we all.

greensavage2000
Jul 19, '18, 1:30 PM
I was at work last night and talking to a co-worker about these new Megos and told him "It might be wrong that a man my age is this excited about this".

I can't wrap my head around how a Mego fan isn't thrilled this is happening. I don't want everything shown but how is this a reason to just hate the all shibang, like the whole concept of it even happening? I'm so glad my mind doesn't work that way.

I think what Funko has done with their Pops line just shows how if done nicely and in the stores where people see it, not just collectors, lots of licensed properties can work. I think Mego realizes this. I bet a lot of these have better legs than a lot of people think.

This should be incredible news for everyone. It means whatever license you want has a greater chance of being made with this strategy. Funko is making ev-ery-th-ing, everything! It must be working they still are coming out with the must mind blowing things, like I can't believe they're making this kinda thing.

I for one am crazy excited about where this going. Go Mego!

Werewolf
Jul 19, '18, 1:32 PM
I have some concerns about a few licenses, like Cheers, but overall they did smart choices and made really nice looking figures. I think the Jeannie sculpt is particularly nice. I do hope they add some more action oriented licenses to go along with the sitcom and celebrity ones as the line progresses.

Mary Canary
Jul 19, '18, 2:02 PM
Oh me? I totally need a break. Quite happy about this launch and how it went down but yeah, tired.

I don't think people are supposed to be exposed to pure internet feedback for this long a period of time.

Most folks are great or at the very least polite but we as humans are quicker to fixate on those being unruly.

My computer goes dark at 9pm tonight for a couple of days. Total battery recharge.

Well, I just hope you know that for all the crabs out there, there are just as many of us who totally appreciate you being "on" and announcing all of these figures for us.
You will never make everyone happy, but you've built a great community here - not to mention Plaid Stallions is the most amazing thing, so much coolness right there!
It's always good to take care of your self first. You don't owe anyone anything. But we do appreciate it all! At least I do!

ODBJBG
Jul 19, '18, 2:04 PM
I've seen it first hand, a company will say "oh they hate everything" and you're permanently on the "pay no mind" list. Fans need to pick battles and they waste their time on boots and cape length.

After reading all the replies, the thing I find kind of interesting is the "experts" crawling out of the woodwork, saying XXXXX is wrong and then suggesting the weirdest, mouldliest licenses ever and there is absolutely no concensus other than it's what THEY want.

So many people think they can do better but they've never done a single licensing approval, dealt with a factory or met with a buyer. It's amazing and sometimes soul crushing how things change.

Absolutely. I haven't paid much attention outside of the forums, but I know there are certain places where it tends to be unfiltered nonsense.

Happens in all the communities sadly. NECA and Tamashii Nations both revealed some excellent Godzilla figures and in many spots, they're being ripped to pieces by "fans". So it goes I guess.

tmthor
Jul 19, '18, 3:15 PM
Absolutely. I haven't paid much attention outside of the forums, but I know there are certain places where it tends to be unfiltered nonsense.

Happens in all the communities sadly. NECA and Tamashii Nations both revealed some excellent Godzilla figures and in many spots, they're being ripped to pieces by "fans". So it goes I guess.

Same with the Star Wars and the Marvel/DC reveals. I think people just want to pee in others cereal because they can. Somehow in the last couple of years fandoms feel THEY OWN the properties and all the stuff that licensors make its pretty rediculous the immature fanbases out there or Toxic (like Star Wars right now) lets try not to be those people.

Oh and you know i am really starting to hate the Phrase "they are not for you" however that is true with the new Mego lines....they are not all for me...I will be passing on the ones I dont want and buying the heck out of the ones I want. I will never talk bad about why a company made X figure or X line....I know their are fans who have been waiting for some of them and though they might not be 1 million dollar lines I am sure Marty Knows what he is doing its not like he just showed up out of nowhere like mean of the complainers are :smiley1:

also i think shotgunning the properties IS the way to go Who knows what is with all the bad stuff being said places about x figure.....what if they become the most popular or go on to be huge successful lines.

one last thing I thought was really funny on one site last night one was complaining that all the Mego stuff was junk and should only be sold in museum gift shops and dollar stores .....his reasoning was only because Target only has so much in its toy buying budget and they might cut back on what he collect (Marvel Legends) because in his words spent it on trash and "old fashioned dolly figures. I sat there and thought what an idiot Basically acting like Target did not call him up and ask him if they should like He is their only customer

rodkeith
Jul 19, '18, 3:29 PM
Every time I've looked at the internet in the last week there's been a brand new Mego Corp reveal that I didn't expect. Some I love, some I like and some I couldn't care less about.

But ALL of it is making this hobby richer and more varied. (For instance-- Tootie from Facts of Life? Not my thing, but that's a great base to re-do my FTC Wonder Girl. Sold! EDIT: And I just realized Tootie is black, couldn't tell from my screen. So, Bumblebee it is then.)

This is an incredible time to be a Mego fan.

sprytel
Jul 19, '18, 6:09 PM
I think what Funko has done with their Pops line just shows how if done nicely and in the stores where people see it, not just collectors, lots of licensed properties can work. I think Mego realizes this. I bet a lot of these have better legs than a lot of people think.

I was out with friends-- the farthest thing from toy collectors-- and they were talking about how they "had to get" a new Ezekiel Elliot Fuko Pop. I agree that Mego could have a nice niche as the Funko Pop for retro franchises, and find an audience far beyond hardcore vintage toy collector.

greensavage2000
Jul 19, '18, 6:25 PM
I was out with friends-- the farthest thing from toy collectors-- and they were talking about how they "had to get" a new Ezekiel Elliot Fuko Pop. I agree that Mego could have a nice niche as the Funko Pop for retro franchises, and find an audience far beyond hardcore vintage toy collector.

Since that post I went to Target to see what I could see. I haven't been to Target in years. I was hoping to get lucky or to maybe see a spot where they might go. I found nothing in regards to Mego but man, there's a lot of Funko Pops. Yeah, there were a lot of Star Wars and stuff like that but there was Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Motley Crue, and Rosie from the Jetsons. Mego really started the thing of having a lot of licensed properties. If one don't sell that well then the next one will. Like an unstoppable juggernaut just chugging along. I think this is the right time to do it again. It might be a better time even.

tmthor
Jul 20, '18, 8:23 AM
Since that post I went to Target to see what I could see. I haven't been to Target in years. I was hoping to get lucky or to maybe see a spot where they might go. I found nothing in regards to Mego but man, there's a lot of Funko Pops. Yeah, there were a lot of Star Wars and stuff like that but there was Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Motley Crue, and Rosie from the Jetsons. Mego really started the thing of having a lot of licensed properties. If one don't sell that well then the next one will. Like an unstoppable juggernaut just chugging along. I think this is the right time to do it again. It might be a better time even.

Yeah Funko really took to licences they license almost anything.

SWDAVE
Jul 20, '18, 10:21 AM
I am very happy that Mego has returned, however, with limited funds, I do not think I will be getting too many of these new releases. I really want them to make Marvel figs and when they do, I will get them all!!

kerowack
Jul 20, '18, 1:08 PM
Iíve had criticisms and concerns about the new mego since the licenses started being revealed. I think they are MOSTLY poor choices for the relaunch of the company and I hope Iím wrong. Iíve loved mego all of my life, but some of these licenses are tough sells and, add to that, some of the figures show are just blah. The best figures shown (aside from Jeannie and Dracula) are rereleases and then neca goes ahead and blasts out aninsanely cool megolike display that hits on all cylinders.

I realize megos will be cheaper, but the neca figures, on top of looking nicer, have a couple of strong licenses that are popular right now. If neca had done a really well done cheers line, Iíd scratch my head too.

Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Capt_Kirk
Jul 20, '18, 2:03 PM
I was at work last night and talking to a co-worker about these new Megos and told him "It might be wrong that a man my age is this excited about this".

I can't wrap my head around how a Mego fan isn't thrilled this is happening. I don't want everything shown but how is this a reason to just hate the all shibang, like the whole concept of it even happening? I'm so glad my mind doesn't work that way.

I think what Funko has done with their Pops line just shows how if done nicely and in the stores where people see it, not just collectors, lots of licensed properties can work. I think Mego realizes this. I bet a lot of these have better legs than a lot of people think.

This should be incredible news for everyone. It means whatever license you want has a greater chance of being made with this strategy. Funko is making ev-ery-th-ing, everything! It must be working they still are coming out with the must mind blowing things, like I can't believe they're making this kinda thing.

I for one am crazy excited about where this going. Go Mego!

I hear that crap all the time. How can a man my age collect dolls? a man my age dress up and go to cons? a man my age love dogs so much? a man my age do FX make up.

These people can wear war paint to a football game in 0 degree weather and that's okay?!?
lay on the couch, ignore their wife to watch all sports. and that's ok?!?
heaven forbid we have fun with our hobbies. Tell them to bite the big one!

Capt Kirk
Jul 22, '18, 4:59 PM
Love 'em. All of 'em. If it wasn't the end of the month, I'd have walked out of the store with a staggering number of these new releases!

I am going to buy some of these figures, every single month, for as long as they are made available to me. I'm not wealthy, but I can afford one or two $15 figures now and again. I am going to thank Mister Abrams and the Doc with my wallet for as long as possible, because I bought Mego figures at retail today, and I felt like a kid again!

comicmike
Jul 22, '18, 7:29 PM
I hear that crap all the time. How can a man my age collect dolls? a man my age dress up and go to cons? a man my age love dogs so much? a man my age do FX make up.

These people can wear war paint to a football game in 0 degree weather and that's okay?!?
lay on the couch, ignore their wife to watch all sports. and that's ok?!?
heaven forbid we have fun with our hobbies. Tell them to bite the big one!

You are "F"iLLarious!!! Good for you!

greensavage2000
Jul 23, '18, 5:06 PM
I hear that crap all the time. How can a man my age collect dolls? a man my age dress up and go to cons? a man my age love dogs so much? a man my age do FX make up.

These people can wear war paint to a football game in 0 degree weather and that's okay?!?
lay on the couch, ignore their wife to watch all sports. and that's ok?!?
heaven forbid we have fun with our hobbies. Tell them to bite the big one!

No one was coming at me like that. I just meant my excitement level is off the charts on this. The guy I was talking to actually was very supportive and encourage me to love what I love. I don't need to be told that but it was very nice to have that sentiment shown. I also found out that he loves Star Trek too.

wise guy
Jul 23, '18, 5:21 PM
I showed pics to a few people that don't collect these and they both wanted Star Trek
Sulu, Chekov and The Gorn

EmergencyIan
Jul 23, '18, 7:28 PM
I think that the Star Trek and Dracula figures are the best I’ve seen, so far.

- Ian

kerowack
Jul 23, '18, 8:44 PM
Agreed. Dracula and the trek are the cream of the crop.

monitor_ep
Jul 23, '18, 9:35 PM
For some reason when Mego first came out my brother & I never collected Star Trek or Planet of the Apes. We went strong on Superheroes and the Universal Monsters. Years later with Mego back I am going to get:

Star Trek
Dracula hopefully more classic monsters
Action Jackson (so I can have the third version of this figure and hope to see Action Jackson in different skin color)
Charlie Angels (so glad to see and hope we can get ALL the Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith,Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts
23285

I Dream of Jeanie (love the two pack)

There are some I am on the fence about:

Charmed: I am wondering if we will see all four sisters and the other characters from the series.

Brady Bunch: Who are they doing from the series? Will we see different outfits from different episodes (would be a nice way to include 70 style clothing)

huedell
Jul 24, '18, 6:38 AM
I used to have more fear of companies making bad decisions and shooting themselves in the foot too early on and potentially ending a new line.

That's what made me criticize a LOT of decisions made by certain companies (altho to some it appeared I was being a buzzkill just to be a buzzkill).

THEN FTC came along, and REALLY went the distance despite starting slow and awkward in my opinion.

This Mego/Target gambit appears to be a MUCH SAFER bet than FTC appeared to be (as someone mentioned there's a LOT of money to throw around in a Target deal)... so all this makes me TOTALLY onboard with what I see.

Incredibly DIVERSE toy selection too. Might as well. Its Target, right?

Seems perfect all around.

MIB41
Jul 24, '18, 8:12 AM
I think it's worth noting this Target experience is very much an audition for the rest of the industry to observe how Mego does with this concept. Here we have a new company coming in with an old name to celebrate nostalgia product in a mass setting not seen since the early 70's. I think most of us would agree its partially EMCE with a new name, but with allot more industry muscle and a new marketing strategy. Other companies like Mattel, Hasbro, and Toybiz have attempted this, but with a ton of artistic license to try and move the look into the 21st Century. Results have been poor to mixed, but never consistent. Now we have a mostly faithful representation of that original product with a monster endorsement from it's 70's creator. There are no excuses left. All the cards are on the table. We're about to find out if the public embraces this.

Right now I'm conditioned to think about it mostly from how I've observed the smaller markets work. But that's apples and oranges compared to this setting. Most collectors will recognize names like Bif Bang Pow, EMCE, Figures Toy Company, and Castaway. But to Joe Public, most of that retro product has never reached their field of view as a consumer, because it wasn't massed produced to those markets where they reside. And the licensing in those smaller markets was typically very specific to the demands of the collectors, so they bled superheroes in various vintages. Mego is stepping well outside that thinking to cast a wide net over many tastes. Thematically its all sharing in the retro idea, but in terms of licensing it's looking for new fans that were not part of the usual suspects we see in this circle.

My initial thinking is the first wave of figures will be successful because we're in the honeymoon phase which will attract all the collectors, curiosity seekers, and of course the scalpers who want to see what they can profit from the novelty of this idea. But once that excitement calms down and seeing Megos becomes more of a regular viewing experience, THEN we'll see where the public plays into this. I have no allusions that it can be sustained by collectors alone at this volume. Mego will have to become a mainstream brand again. My fingers and toes are crossed. It's fascinating to watch.

jwyblejr
Jul 24, '18, 11:04 AM
I think we need to wait and see how the Hollywood collectors react,guys like Seth Green. Once they get the buzz going,I'm hoping the line will do good.

jayraytee
Jul 24, '18, 1:31 PM
I agree with a good chunk of what MIB41 said above. I just don't see the general market/public embracing either the format or the subject choices, if collectors don't buy these I won't hold my breath as to their success as a line. My kids play with some of the FTC stuff (after I replaced the horrible bodies) because I bought some for them, in stores they typically don't even look at dolls/figures at all. If and when they do, it's modern subject matter (Frozen, Justice League Action, Incredibles, Moanna, etc.) They might like the 14" DC figures but the size might be an issue for them. They would have zero interest in the 70s era TV licenses, I hate to think what they would say if and when they see them.

I just went to our local Target and found several of the 14" DC figures, but here is another issue.. guess where I found them? In the electronics/gaming section. I found 2 more in section of collectibles/Funco stuff along the back wall behind the movies section. None in Toys. I have a feeling store to store there may not be any consistency as to where they will put them. Don't just look in the Toys section.

The $20 price point for the 14" figure will help a lot, thats not bad at all especially considering the prices of modern action figures and ..ehem... FTC's price point... $100 for an 18" cheap Mego knock off.

Gorn Captain
Jul 24, '18, 2:27 PM
It's great that we have all this to choose from. Imagine if I wanted every single one, I'd go bankrupt.
I want a couple of them (Mirror ST set, Sulu, Dracula), and that is more than enough for me right now.

As long as the company can sell this extensive selection, it's fine by me.

I might even buy a Golden Girl. My Jason Voorhees needs someone to chase!

huedell
Jul 24, '18, 3:21 PM
I agree with a good chunk of what MIB41 said above. I just don't see the general market/public embracing either the format or the subject choices, if collectors don't buy these I won't hold my breath as to their success as a line.
Collectors... or this "mainstream" audience being referenced. The guy or gal our age who happens upon them and thinks they'll make a great gift.

Or that one or two Megos might be nice to adorn their office desk... like a POP figure or something. BTW.... aren't grown-ups, and not kids, the main market for the very successful POPs?


My kids play with some of the FTC stuff (after I replaced the horrible bodies) because I bought some for them, in stores they typically don't even look at dolls/figures at all. If and when they do, it's modern subject matter (Frozen, Justice League Action, Incredibles, Moanna, etc.) They might like the 14" DC figures but the size might be an issue for them. They would have zero interest in the 70s era TV licenses, I hate to think what they would say if and when they see them.
I think there's a disconnect here... "mainstream collector" does not mean today's children. Frankly, I can't imagine how anyone would conclude that.

I mean, Norm Peterson or Peg Bundy meant for children? That should be a more than subtle clue.


I just went to our local Target and found several of the 14" DC figures, but here is another issue.. guess where I found them? In the electronics/gaming section.
That is the correct section for them.


I found 2 more in section of collectibles/Funco stuff along the back wall behind the movies section. None in Toys. I have a feeling store to store there may not be any consistency as to where they will put them. Don't just look in the Toys section.
You might want to see if the store made a mistake, because that's the only way these retro treats would end up that section.

Makes sense that DC characters would be the most likely to be misplaced in the toy section.

jayraytee
Jul 25, '18, 9:47 AM
Maybe you are misunderstanding my meaning here a bit. I have ran several internet businesses over the years and when choosing where to advertise or where to showcase your product you have to first know your target audience. For example Mattel Retro Action figures and/or the Toys-R-Us Captain Action lines both failed in big main stream general market stores. Personally I think it's largely because of a mixed up focus: The style of figure and character choices were clearly meant for collectors but placed on the shelves next to general toy merchandise where they didn't sell. Collectors bought them, but largely the general market did not. It seemed as though the companies involved thought they could/would get general market sales by advertising and product placement, but they obviously didn't get enough.

One of the bands we worked for has a cult following and we were in talks with a music magazine to buy some advertisement space because the magazine has national distribution. The ads cost a fortune and when talking to the company on the phone they said something interesting, they asked is it the right place to advertise. It's exposure, but if nobody knows who you are and doesn't buy anything based on the ad.. is it worth the expense? You might be better off focusing on advertising and placing your product where your market is.

So in this case, who are you targeting with the new Mego line at Target? As you said kids are not going to want them, the common Target patron won't be interested. It's basically going to only be collectors. Who are the main people that frequent Target? Moms, kids, people buying clothes and house wares, etc. Most collectors frequent online shops, gaming, comic book and movie stores. That's a generalization, but it's true. Sure there are small collector isles at Walmart and Target, but it's not generally a collector's first choice of where to look for stuff. It's never been mine.

For this line to be successful you are going to have to have a lot of collectors buying them, you need the collectors. You can't count on the Moms, kids or the dude that might run across them. So the best place to advertise and place them would be where collectors go first. As it is now, collectors are going to have to go out of their way to track them down at a place they normally wouldn't look. Some will do it, and some won't bother.

BATMAN89
Jul 25, '18, 10:33 AM
It's great to have a mix of characters/lines. It's just like the 1970's. I didn't buy Happy Days, Robin Hood, or WOZ, but I wasn't upset that they existed.
I donít remember knowing about Happy Days, Robin Hood, etc. We had WGSH, Star Trek, and POTA, but I was really fixated on the Superheroes. And the only dolls we had were Batgirl and I think Supergirl.

TrekStar
Jul 25, '18, 1:17 PM
So as of right now, only Target will be selling new mego either in the stores or on the website?

I'm curious if at some point these figures will show up at local comic book shops, novelty stores at the mall
and possibly Walmart?

Liu Bei
Jul 25, '18, 2:18 PM
So as of right now, only Target will be selling new mego either in the stores or on the website?

I'm curious if at some point these figures will show up at local comic book shops, novelty stores at the mall
and possibly Walmart?

If Target is having this much influence, it's hard to imagine these will be anywhere else in the near future. We shall know soon enough, I guess.

Mary Canary
Jul 25, '18, 3:07 PM
^ I could see them in comic book shops at a nice markup, like other limited edition figures that were sold exclusively somewhere else but were somehow acquired for re-sale.

But not another retail chain until after the Target agreement ends, ala DC Super Hero Girls.

tmthor
Jul 25, '18, 10:38 PM
I think to be more successful they will need to look at releasing some figures in other scales like Funko is doing with 6" & 3 3/4" lines in addition to their pop line. But I think if Mego embraces the smaller retailer and when the Target deal is over they allow smaller retailers and dealers to purchase them directly and not have to deal with middle men or distributors (like diamond) that not all retailers use.

huedell
Jul 28, '18, 5:19 PM
Maybe you are misunderstanding my meaning here a bit.
I was confused because of the "kids" references, not that they aren't valid, but I was distracted from what you were trying to say about the pitfalls.

The only misunderstanding is you and I have different ideas of who might buy these toys, as far as what might be termed as "non-collector" adults (let's say) 40 years old to, let's say, 60 (i.e. "the Mego-age generation").


I have ran several internet businesses over the years and when choosing where to advertise or where to showcase your product you have to first know your target audience. For example Mattel Retro Action figures and/or the Toys-R-Us Captain Action lines both failed in big main stream general market stores.
I think they were misplaced and that hey don't belong in mainstream toy stores.


One of the bands we worked for has a cult following and we were in talks with a music magazine to buy some advertisement space because the magazine has national distribution. The ads cost a fortune and when talking to the company on the phone they said something interesting, they asked is it the right place to advertise. It's exposure, but if nobody knows who you are and doesn't buy anything based on the ad.. is it worth the expense? You might be better off focusing on advertising and placing your product where your market is.
100 percent on-point... the trick is the execution of this mindset.


So in this case, who are you targeting with the new Mego line at Target? As you said kids are not going to want them,the common Target patron won't be interested. It's basically going to only be collectors. Who are the main people that frequent Target? Moms, kids, people buying clothes and house wares, etc. Most collectors frequent online shops, gaming, comic book and movie stores. That's a generalization, but it's true. Sure there are small collector isles at Walmart and Target, but it's not generally a collector's first choice of where to look for stuff. It's never been mine.
Okay... this makes sense... and although I am hopeful that you are wrong, I can admit it may just be wishful thinking on my part.

I'll tell you what bothers me, though. Why can POP Vinyls survive at Target... as well as other nostalgia and/or collector items, but Mego can't? I mean, is the Mego format really that particularly undesirable these days?

It wouldn't surprise me... but it would bother me.


For this line to be successful you are going to have to have a lot of collectors buying them, you need the collectors. You can't count on the Moms, kids or the dude that might run across them. So the best place to advertise and place them would be where collectors go first. As it is now, collectors are going to have to go out of their way to track them down at a place they normally wouldn't look. Some will do it, and some won't bother.
Maybe there's something in the equation we're missing. Maybe Target wants to push this certain item because they swung a great deal with Marty or something? And maybe they value this line because of the spectrum of licensed franchises? Like, hey, its our own "POP! Vinyl" thing, with the additional aspect of the format itself being a "nostalgia" selling-point?

huedell
Jul 28, '18, 5:21 PM
So as of right now, only Target will be selling new mego either in the stores or on the website?

I'm curious if at some point these figures will show up at local comic book shops, novelty stores at the mall
and possibly Walmart?

If they ARE sold elsewhere, it makes all my rambling above entirely moot.

jwyblejr
Jul 28, '18, 11:07 PM
So as of right now, only Target will be selling new mego either in the stores or on the website?

I'm curious if at some point these figures will show up at local comic book shops, novelty stores at the mall
and possibly Walmart?

It's suppose to be only at Target for a year. I'm guessing in a year anyone can sell them,unless Target changes their mind.

Psykodelik Vampyre
Jul 28, '18, 11:10 PM
Not even on target.com...nice customer service.