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Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 2:50 PM
Hey Gang,
I got mine in today. And while I won't be taking them out of the packages I can give you some insight as to how these compare to the originals.
So here we go:


First off here is what I found on the porch:

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1001_zpsd337b976.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1001_zpsd337b976.jpg.html)
Lots of Packing Peanuts Very Well Packaged:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1002_zps2dc7c4aa.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1002_zps2dc7c4aa.jpg.html)
A Little Digging and There is the site I have been wanting to see :yes:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1003_zps7bfc1f19.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1003_zps7bfc1f19.jpg.html)

Now lets get down to it:
The Clamshell is way smaller in size compared to the Kiss figures (Big plus in my book)
The Bubbles are rapped in a cling wrap to prevent scratches during shipping (Like I said before Very well packaged)
Also I really dig the artwork on the cards gives them that nostalgic feel :grin:

Here is some pics:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1008_zps39fe179b.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1008_zps39fe179b.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1009_zpsbce26430.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1009_zpsbce26430.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1006_zps8153ba72.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1006_zps8153ba72.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/megoprojok1_zps448e2229.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/megoprojok1_zps448e2229.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1011_zpsd4a420ed.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1011_zpsd4a420ed.jpg.html)

Ok so now that I am all cheesy over getting these its time to compare them with the real thing:

Batman:
Head is the exact mold but is a bit smaller then the original
Belt is pretty spot on but the new one has a glare to the plastic where the original is flat Also if you look at the top of the new belt the Buckle it is even with the belt line where as the Original sticks up over the Belt line (That will be the big tell as to knowing the Original from the New one)
The emblem is a silkscreen and reminds me or the one used on the DC Retro hero's the extra one looks like it would last.
The Gloves and boots are a much darker blue and there is no waffle on these gloves
The Cape is really close to the same material Mego used but it is a little lighter in color then the Original
The Body suit is a Lighter Grey and is made out of a more Nylon looking material and has a shine to it.
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1018_zpsc18d32cb.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1018_zpsc18d32cb.jpg.html)

Robin:
Head is the Exact Mold but Like Batman smaller then the Original (Looks like the eyes are painted smaller then the Originals)
The Belt is a Lighter more Translucent color Yellow and looks a little wider then the Original
The Emblem is Silkscreened like Batmans but since it is smaller I think it will hold up quiet well.
Gloves and Shoes look pretty close to the originals
Looks like the snap on the tunic is round instead of square the green on the tunic and shorts are a little darker then the originals but they are really close. The shorts and sleeves are made out of the same type Nylon material as Batmans suit so there is that glossy shine.
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1021_zpsbb122af5.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1021_zpsbb122af5.jpg.html)

Riddler:
Head is the same Mold as the Original but is very noticeably smaller
The Belt is the same as Batmans with one side of the belt buckle lineing up with the belt line
The suit is made from the same Nylon as the others and is really Shinny
The hands are a more dark purple the the Origianls and look exactly like the belt
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1020_zps649c2ef9.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1020_zps649c2ef9.jpg.html)

Joker:
Jokers Head is Pretty much Spot on
Jacket is a little darker purple and darker green with material that is very close to being original
His Suit is made of the same material as the others and has a shine to it but looks Great
His shoes are spot on just a little darker brown then the Originals
He is for sure the closest to being the real deal out of the 4
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1019_zps05a365b6.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1019_zps05a365b6.jpg.html)

I also Got one of the carrying cases and MAN this thing is AWESOME it is made really sturdy it holds 12 figures and has room for storage if you didn't get one order one you will not be disappointed.

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1012_zpsa65c4563.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1012_zpsa65c4563.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1013_zpsf4df4b07.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1013_zpsf4df4b07.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1014_zps93ae70e0.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1014_zps93ae70e0.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1015_zps39040c88.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1015_zps39040c88.jpg.html)
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll148/JWise4671/Re-Mego1016_zps4adac812.jpg (http://s287.photobucket.com/user/JWise4671/media/Re-Mego1016_zps4adac812.jpg.html)


All in all Figures Toy Co. KNOCKED it out of the park with these. This is exactly what we have all been waiting for. And I for one am glade they took there time and delayed these if that is what it took to get them done as well as they did.

Great Job all the way around and I can not wait for Series 2 to come out (unless you need a little more time to get them done as well as you did these :wink: )

EMCE Hammer
Nov 19, '13, 3:08 PM
Great pics - you get the prize!

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 3:11 PM
Great pics - you get the prize!

WOOOHOOO what do I get :-)

palitoy
Nov 19, '13, 3:17 PM
WOOOHOOO what do I get :-)

Empty pantyhose eggs!

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 3:18 PM
Empty pantyhose eggs!

Woohoo those will be usefull when the 66 line Egghead comes out :-)

megoscott
Nov 19, '13, 3:20 PM
Somebody better take these things off the card and let us know how the bodies are! Stand me up and pose em!!

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 3:22 PM
Somebody better take these things off the card and let us know how the bodies are! Stand me up and pose em!!

someone did :-)
http://megomuseum.com/community/showthread.php?89427-Batman-Retro-Series-1-production-samples-from-Figures-Toy/page28

boss
Nov 19, '13, 3:44 PM
dumb question... but why did you get a carry case if you're going to keep them in the package?

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 3:50 PM
dumb question... but why did you get a carry case if you're going to keep them in the package?

In case I buy more and decide to open a set of them :-)

Earth 2 Chris
Nov 19, '13, 3:52 PM
Thanks for the pics! I shouldn't be tempted by these...but I am!

Chris

rlkrefft
Nov 19, '13, 3:56 PM
I pretty much agree with everything said in this review. The figures do look great. For me though, the bodies are not as good as the original Mego bodies. I find them harder to bend, and pose. And each figure seems to have a side they like to lean towards when standing vanilla posed. I'm waiting to see how other people feel about the bodies when they open them. It's really my only complaint on these. If I could switch them to new bodies they'd probably be better than the old Mego figures. They look really good, until you try to play with them. Maybe I just got a very stiff set? I don't know.

Figuremod73
Nov 19, '13, 4:01 PM
I'm liking the dark blues and greens. I'm waiting, but its tempting. I wonder what the chances are of lose figures like they did Kiss later on?

Figuremod73
Nov 19, '13, 4:11 PM
Heres his pics of Batman and Robin adjusted for better viewing.
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r549/figuremod73/Re-Mego1018_zpsa40b8cb1.jpg (http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/figuremod73/media/Re-Mego1018_zpsa40b8cb1.jpg.html)
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r549/figuremod73/Re-Mego1021_zpsff35cc2e.jpg (http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/figuremod73/media/Re-Mego1021_zpsff35cc2e.jpg.html)

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 4:16 PM
Thanks for the pics! I shouldn't be tempted by these...but I am!

Chris

I think you will be upset with yourself if you don't get at least one set of these. Heck I have them and am really considering getting a case. :-)

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 4:19 PM
I pretty much agree with everything said in this review. The figures do look great. For me though, the bodies are not as good as the original Mego bodies. I find them harder to bend, and pose. And each figure seems to have a side they like to lean towards when standing vanilla posed. I'm waiting to see how other people feel about the bodies when they open them. It's really my only complaint on these. If I could switch them to new bodies they'd probably be better than the old Mego figures. They look really good, until you try to play with them. Maybe I just got a very stiff set? I don't know.

Im just wondering if this is something that may fix itself with play wear kind of like the original type 1 bodies on Megos remember how when they were new they would tend to want to do the splits but in time they kind of straightend out as we played with them.

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 4:20 PM
Heres his pics of Batman and Robin adjusted for better viewing.
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r549/figuremod73/Re-Mego1018_zpsa40b8cb1.jpg (http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/figuremod73/media/Re-Mego1018_zpsa40b8cb1.jpg.html)
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r549/figuremod73/Re-Mego1021_zpsff35cc2e.jpg (http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/figuremod73/media/Re-Mego1021_zpsff35cc2e.jpg.html)

Thanks for the fix I tried but for some reason photobucket didn't turn them right when I linked the pics

hedrap
Nov 19, '13, 4:44 PM
Tightness is, for some reason, a standard issue with FTC/CTVT going all the way back to Munsters and the other Mego repros.

I was hoping the factory change from India to China would solve that, but it must be about the materials available. No "shattering in package" would be an improvement.

The culprit used to be the black bands and hooks inside. Either the hooks grappled too tightly or the bands were auto strength rubber and had no pliability.

Then again, if they ever get new figures made, I'd be more apt to swap them all.

PNGwynne
Nov 19, '13, 4:57 PM
So, the gloves are thinner/softer that usual CTVT but still smooth? Just curious.

My first impression is: pretty spiffy. I like the slight color variations, & Joker's coat seems to be constructed properly.

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 5:05 PM
So, the gloves are thinner/softer that usual CTVT but still smooth? Just curious.

My first impression is: pretty spiffy. I like the slight color variations, & Joker's coat seems to be constructed properly.

Cant really tell you on the gloves as I have never got the repro gloves and don't have any to compare. but they do seem pretty close to the originals.

As far as Joker I have to say everything about him is pretty spot on :-)

Iron Mego
Nov 19, '13, 5:05 PM
My recent Biff Bang Pow! figures are all pretty stiff too. I'd rather have stiff than floppy.



(That's what she said.)

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 5:07 PM
My recent Biff Bang Pow! figures are all pretty stiff too. I'd rather have stiff than floppy.



(That's what she said.)

LMAO. And I agree stiff can be worked out floppy well it will just get floppier

vulcan2074
Nov 19, '13, 7:13 PM
Nice review, thanks. :beaming1:
Sammy

megoscott
Nov 19, '13, 7:16 PM
someone did :-) http://megomuseum.com/community/showthread.php?89427-Batman-Retro-Series-1-production-samples-from-Figures-Toy/page28

Ah very good. Your review was excellent as well, thank you for doing it!

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 7:23 PM
I enjoyed doing it :-) Only wish I had bought an extra set to take out of the packages.

enyawd72
Nov 19, '13, 9:07 PM
Thanks for the review bud! You lucky dog...I'm still waiting on my set!

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 9:16 PM
Thanks for the review bud! You lucky dog...I'm still waiting on my set!

Where did you order yours from D ?

fallensaviour
Nov 19, '13, 9:27 PM
Thanks for the pics! I shouldn't be tempted by these...but I am!

Chris

Ah crap!!!
Same here I was going to skip these having a few originals but I gotta get some... :drool_y:

thatblockoguy
Nov 19, '13, 9:36 PM
I've never bought any figs from figures. What type of bands do they use to hold the bodies together?

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 9:45 PM
Ah crap!!!
Same here I was going to skip these having a few originals but I gotta get some... :drool_y:

Hurry and get that order in :-)

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 9:46 PM
I've never bought any figs from figures. What type of bands do they use to hold the bodies together?

I'm not sure but I'm sure someone here will know and fill us in.

thatblockoguy
Nov 19, '13, 10:03 PM
I'm not sure but I'm sure someone here will know and fill us in.

Thanks. What type of bands have they used in past figures like the KISS 8" collection?

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 10:09 PM
Thanks. What type of bands have they used in past figures like the KISS 8" collection?

I have them but never opened them up. I'm sure someone will chime in here pretty soon.

dr_cyclops
Nov 19, '13, 10:34 PM
Thanks for the pics! I shouldn't be tempted by these...but I am!

ChrisWhen FTC announced this line, I didn't get excited. Thought is was a grand idea, but not for me. Then the the talk of a 7 inch Robin for the Teen Titans line made me do a double take. If the bodies are worth purchase,
I want Batman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, Batgirl and Alfred, as well as characters Mego never made.
As much as people want to know about the new FTC "Made in China" male body, It will be the new female body from this company that will make or break it for me.

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 10:41 PM
When FTC announced this line, I didn't get excited. Thought is was a grand idea, but not for me. Then the the talk of a 7 inch Robin for the Teen Titans line made me do a double take. If the bodies are worth purchase,
I want Batman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, Batgirl and Alfred, as well as characters Mego never made.
As much as people want to know about the new FTC "Made in China" male body, It will be the new female body from this company that will make or break it for me.

Have to wait until series 2 when Catwoman comes out to get a look at the female bodies. :-)

enyawd72
Nov 19, '13, 11:44 PM
Where did you order yours from D ?

Big Bad Toy Store...got an email tonight that these and my Captain Action Iron Man and Wolverine sets are in.

Gonna be a happy toy weekend...oh yeah!

Wise4671
Nov 19, '13, 11:46 PM
Big Bad Toy Store...got an email tonight that these and my Captain Action Iron Man and Wolverine sets are in.

Gonna be a happy toy weekend...oh yeah!

Sounds like a really nice mail day coming your way :-) I ordered the first wave from Figures Toy Co. they were pretty quick with the shipping.

Starroid Raiders Dagon
Nov 20, '13, 1:35 AM
Excellent pictures, Wise4671. They look like winners to me. Price is a tad out of my range for this line when shipping taken into account. I hope they do really well with this line. Love that they silksceened the emblems.

Bronxboykev
Nov 20, '13, 3:55 AM
Got mine today... Haven't unclammed them yet but I like what I see so far.

Chris
Nov 20, '13, 8:15 AM
Mine arrived. This review is accurate. The figures are fantastic.

nobody
Nov 20, '13, 8:15 AM
I glad these are finally coming out. I will get a riddler when I place my next part order. I was wary of getting these due to the lag time as I'm sure alot of people were getting nervous. Glad we're seeing end results now.

EMCE Hammer
Nov 20, '13, 8:33 AM
My nephew will be getting a couple of these for Christmas, I can't wait to see him playing with them.

Jason73
Nov 20, '13, 11:09 AM
Glad to see some photos up. I hope mine arrive today. I didn't get a tracking number with my shipping notice so I have no idea how close these are to me.

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 11:21 AM
Glad to see some photos up. I hope mine arrive today. I didn't get a tracking number with my shipping notice so I have no idea how close these are to me.

I did not get a tracking number either they did ship these Fed Ex so shipping shouldn't take to long :-)

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 11:22 AM
My nephew will be getting a couple of these for Christmas, I can't wait to see him playing with them.

And This ^^^^^^^ is what its all about. :-)

wayne foundation 07
Nov 20, '13, 12:16 PM
Great review buddy, I'll be up Saturday and we can rip them open and play okay :smiley1:
I'll bring the Batmobile and Batcycle so we can chase the new puppy around !

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 12:44 PM
Great review buddy, I'll be up Saturday and we can rip them open and play okay :smiley1:
I'll bring the Batmobile and Batcycle so we can chase the new puppy around !

LOL man now I got to open em up :-)

enyawd72
Nov 20, '13, 1:00 PM
LOL man now I got to open em up :-)

I'm coming too...I got dibs on Joker!

pmwasson
Nov 20, '13, 1:02 PM
I'm ripping mine open as soon as I get them. Hopefully later today.

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 1:02 PM
I'm coming too...I got dibs on Joker!

Cool I will have the wife make up some extra Kool aid :-)

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 1:03 PM
I'm ripping mine open as soon as I get them. Hopefully later today.

If you can post up some pics of the bodies and give us your thoughts on them :-)

enyawd72
Nov 20, '13, 1:04 PM
Cool I will have the wife make up some extra Kool aid :-)

Kool-Aid too?! Aw man! We might as well get all sugared up then. I'm bringing Pop-Tarts!

*EDIT*

My wife just informed me the only thing I'm bringing anywhere is boxes over to our new house. :yuk: Party pooper!

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 1:07 PM
Kool-Aid too?! Aw man! We might as well get all sugared up then. I'm bringing Pop-Tarts!

WOOHOO Kool Aid, Pop Tarts and New Megos. That's it I'm breaking out the Saturday Morning Cartoon DVD's

wayne foundation 07
Nov 20, '13, 6:12 PM
Cool I will have the wife make up some extra Kool aid :-)

http://www.redrecondite.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/koolaid-good.png

Vinny0026
Nov 20, '13, 7:20 PM
Great review! thanks for doing it.

I can't wait for my set - they did not come today
I hope tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the e mail the other day - notmally I get my stuff like 2-3 days after so hope it is tomorrow :)

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 7:32 PM
http://www.redrecondite.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/koolaid-good.png

Great now I have a huge hole in my wall. Thanks Ben !!!!!

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 7:32 PM
Great review! thanks for doing it.

I can't wait for my set - they did not come today
I hope tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the e mail the other day - notmally I get my stuff like 2-3 days after so hope it is tomorrow :)

post up what you think when you get them :-)

wayne foundation 07
Nov 20, '13, 7:47 PM
Great now I have a huge hole in my wall. Thanks Ben !!!!!

just pretend it's the entrance to the "batcave"
:)

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 7:51 PM
just pretend it's the entrance to the "batcave"
:)

LOL I posted something up on facebook for you :-)

wayne foundation 07
Nov 20, '13, 7:54 PM
LOL I posted something up on facebook for you :-)

http://www.giancarlogallegos.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/like-button2.jpg

HardyGirl
Nov 20, '13, 10:00 PM
You guys are making me jealous! Kool-Aid, Pop-Tarts, Batman Megos? I'm coming over too! I'll bring Batgirl, my custom Catwoman, and my Dida Batcave! :smiley1: Oh, and the Filmation 70s Batman cartoon!

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 10:09 PM
You guys are making me jealous! Kool-Aid, Pop-Tarts, Batman Megos? I'm coming over too! I'll bring Batgirl, my custom Catwoman, and my Dida Batcave! :smiley1: Oh, and the Filmation 70s Batman cartoon!

You keep talking like that and we may just have to pay for your airfare here :-)

HardyGirl
Nov 20, '13, 10:26 PM
I know we're really drifting here, but wouldn't that be a gas? A bunch of grown-ups gathering to really play w/ our Megos, (instead of just talking about how we used to do it), and watching cartoons and loading up on Kool-Aid and Pop-Tarts? Man, that would be FUN! :baby02:


You keep talking like that and we may just have to pay for your airfare here :-)

Wise4671
Nov 20, '13, 10:39 PM
I know we're really drifting here, but wouldn't that be a gas? A bunch of grown-ups gathering to really play w/ our Megos, (instead of just talking about how we used to do it), and watching cartoons and loading up on Kool-Aid and Pop-Tarts? Man, that would be FUN! :baby02:

Actually it would be a blast we may be committed for it but heck that would just mean more play time :-)

houseofdracula
Nov 21, '13, 4:35 PM
I am happy.
Today is my Birthday and I bought myself this gift.
http://megomuseum.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9154&d=1385068963
Yes, I've switched Batman & Robin's belts because that's the way that I had them as a kid.
http://megomuseum.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9158&d=1385069197
Yes, they are on the stiff side but that's better than being too loose and unable to stand.
http://megomuseum.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9157&d=1385069140
The bodies are MUCH, MUCH better than the FTC KISS bodies that I had to replace and that you can see in the background of these photos.
No, they are not exactly like Mego's but far good enough for me.
I give them an A- to B+.

filmation batman fan
Nov 21, '13, 5:34 PM
I just ordered mine yesterday. I also ordered a pair of blue shorts from Dr.Mego so my Batman can have that Filmation/Super Friends look. Can't wait for their arrival.

Boywonder0
Nov 21, '13, 5:56 PM
I am happy.Today is my Birthday and I bought myself this gift.The bodies are MUCH, MUCH better than the FTC KISS bodies that I had to replace and that you can see in the background of these photos.
No, they are not exactly like Mego's but far good enough for me.
I give them an A- to B+.

Happy Birthday! It certainly doesn't get any better than that... Enjoy these and your B-Day!

megonaught
Nov 21, '13, 6:39 PM
Two of my boys.
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p493/Jeff_Mcdaniel/image_zpsb8b552c6.jpg (http://s1152.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_Mcdaniel/media/image_zpsb8b552c6.jpg.html)

megonaught
Nov 21, '13, 6:41 PM
The other two.
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p493/Jeff_Mcdaniel/image_zps2e2f5e44.jpg (http://s1152.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_Mcdaniel/media/image_zps2e2f5e44.jpg.html)

Jason73
Nov 21, '13, 6:58 PM
Really great to see even more photos. Gives me hope that my set will be waiting for me when I get home from work.

houseofdracula
Nov 21, '13, 7:23 PM
Happy Birthday! It certainly doesn't get any better than that... Enjoy these and your B-Day!


Thank you :yes:

monitor_ep
Nov 21, '13, 8:03 PM
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Well I opened mine and there is a difference in the Robin shoes. Mego was made of soft plastic were FTC is made of hard plastic. I do not like the way Batman utility belt keeps riding up. I do like the fact that the male bodies can stand on there own and not in there old pee pee dance stance. Growing up I never owned a Riddler so I cannot tell you the difference. My Joker is separated from my LOD, I is in his own shelf with the FTC Clowns. Know to get a Harley Quinn and I will be happy.

9163
Here is my new FTC Batman and Robin in the Mego Batcycle.

EmergencyIan
Nov 21, '13, 8:08 PM
9159916091619162

Well I opened mine and there is a difference in the Robin shoes. Mego was made of soft plastic were FTC is made of hard plastic. I do not like the way Batman utility belt keeps riding up. I do like the fact that the male bodies can stand on there own and not in there old pee pee dance stance. Growing up I never owned a Riddler so I cannot tell you the difference. My Joker is separated from my LOD, I is in his own shelf with the FTC Clowns. Know to get a Harley Quinn and I will be happy.

9163
Here is my new FTC Batman and Robin in the Mego Batcycle.

Informative review with good pictures. Thanks!

- Ian

houseofdracula
Nov 21, '13, 8:15 PM
It's been a LONG time since I've held any of these in my hands but I thought that there was something different about Robin's shoes.

pmwasson
Nov 21, '13, 8:20 PM
Really great to see even more photos. Gives me hope that my set will be waiting for me when I get home from work.

I got mine today, so they have reached the NW.

I really like the resealable clamshell. I cut off the FTC tag and used a wire-cutter to cut off the twist ties. I then used an exacto knife to make a slit between the holes of the twist tie so I could remove it. Now I am able to take a figure in and out with no problem. I really like how I didn't have to cut through the packaging to get the figure out.

monitor_ep
Nov 21, '13, 8:26 PM
Now when is FTC going to offer the new male bodies for sale??

Iron Mego
Nov 21, '13, 8:36 PM
I got mine today, so they have reached the NW.

Yay! Hopefully mine will show up tomorrow.

MIB41
Nov 21, '13, 8:43 PM
The more close up pics I see, the more I like these figures. I was too hard on those early photos and I apologize for that. FTC did a good job on these. Congrats FTC. You guys deserve allot of credit.

Brown Bear
Nov 21, '13, 9:07 PM
Thanks to those who posted pics. These look awesome and it's only the beginning of the awesome things coming from FTC.

WGSH is back just the way we remember them.

HardyGirl
Nov 21, '13, 9:49 PM
When I found an original naked Batman, and I got clothes from Doc Mego, I got blue shorts too. It just looks better that way.

BTW...I think I'm gonna get some purple "Robin" type shoes for the Riddler. He looks like he's wearing Dr. Dentons! :smiley1: My custom Riddler is in purple hero boots.


I just ordered mine yesterday. I also ordered a pair of blue shorts from Dr.Mego so my Batman can have that Filmation/Super Friends look. Can't wait for their arrival.

HardyGirl
Nov 21, '13, 9:50 PM
Happy Birthday, House of Dracula! :birthday: Eat, drink, and play Megos! :smile:


I am happy.
Today is my Birthday and I bought myself this gift.
http://megomuseum.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9154&d=1385068963
Yes, I've switched Batman & Robin's belts because that's the way that I had them as a kid.
http://megomuseum.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9158&d=1385069197
Yes, they are on the stiff side but that's better than being too loose and unable to stand.
http://megomuseum.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=9157&d=1385069140
The bodies are MUCH, MUCH better than the FTC KISS bodies that I had to replace and that you can see in the background of these photos.
No, they are not exactly like Mego's but far good enough for me.
I give them an A- to B+.

silveralex
Nov 21, '13, 9:56 PM
Great pics!
Here's one of my 2 Batmen getting acquainted. The 1 on the left is vintage Mego (except for Doc Mego belt) . On the right is the new Figures version.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/abenavides/Mego/IMG_3161_zpsdbbf4c5a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/abenavides/media/Mego/IMG_3161_zpsdbbf4c5a.jpg.html)

HardyGirl
Nov 21, '13, 9:59 PM
Y'know, looking at them side by side like that, I have to say I like the darker blue better too! :yes:


Great pics!
Here's one of my 2 Batmen getting acquainted. The 1 on the left is vintage Mego (except for Doc Mego belt) . On the right is the new Figures version.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/abenavides/Mego/IMG_3161_zpsdbbf4c5a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/abenavides/media/Mego/IMG_3161_zpsdbbf4c5a.jpg.html)

Werewolf
Nov 21, '13, 10:16 PM
I'm really digging the darker blue.

silveralex
Nov 21, '13, 10:20 PM
I'm really digging the darker blue.

Yeah, it makes me think of Batman as drawn by Neal Adams or Jim Aparo.

enyawd72
Nov 21, '13, 11:02 PM
I think these might be my favorite re-mego releases ever...seeing that Batman takes me right back to 1976. He just looks fantastic.

BATMAN89
Nov 21, '13, 11:04 PM
Great pics!
Here's one of my 2 Batmen getting acquainted. The 1 on the left is vintage Mego (except for Doc Mego belt) . On the right is the new Figures version.



Thanks for the side by side pic.
The FTC Batman looks amazing!

Jason73
Nov 21, '13, 11:29 PM
FTC Batman Wave 1 has arrived in Seattle.
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Batman.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Batman.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/robin.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/robin.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Joker.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Joker.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Riddler.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Riddler.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Group.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Group.jpg.html)

houseofdracula
Nov 22, '13, 12:58 AM
Happy Birthday, House of Dracula! :birthday: Eat, drink, and play Megos! :smile:

Thank you. :grin:

jimsmegos
Nov 22, '13, 8:14 AM
AAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Must make more money! These look great and I really would like to begin rebuilding the collection starting with these.

megonaught
Nov 22, '13, 9:46 AM
Ya know now that we actully have a (reproduction) mego I would like to take the time to thank the man
Who made it Possable.
Paul Clark.
I was watching the first mego meet from 04 and realized if he hadn't started way back
With the repo parts, I had a set of the resin boots we wouldn't have the emce trek and
Apes.
The figures monsters, pirates, space 1999,western,robin hood , knights and now
The wgsh.
This really is a resurgence of one the best toy companies of all time and it wouldn't have happend if Paul hadn't taken a chance.
Thank you Paul.

megonaught
Nov 22, '13, 9:48 AM
And this site.
Thanks to all that have worked on this great site.

MIB41
Nov 22, '13, 10:08 AM
Paul will always be the God Father to the Mego universe. And the Mego-Musuem is the headquarters from which we all unite. The Super Collector (along with his trusty partner Snyderman) lead the ceremonies. :yes:

tllgn
Nov 22, '13, 10:27 AM
i just got my two sets ,and they are fantastic ,they look and feel like the classics ,i havent seen reprodutions of megos this good since EMCE apes & star trek,to all who made these possible a big thank you .interesting to note ,the shipping box from figures says its box 1012 of 1250 ,which must mean that there are 3750 of each character in this assortment ,three of each figure in a case of 12.i know figures is selling cases of just batman or robin ,so who knows how many of them will be produced or if there will be reorders ,i think they will do quite well with these

greensavage2000
Nov 22, '13, 11:19 AM
Great pics!
Here's one of my 2 Batmen getting acquainted. The 1 on the left is vintage Mego (except for Doc Mego belt) . On the right is the new Figures version.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/abenavides/Mego/IMG_3161_zpsdbbf4c5a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/abenavides/media/Mego/IMG_3161_zpsdbbf4c5a.jpg.html)



Does it like the new one has a thinner head maybe.

Thanks for posting the photo

scoth70
Nov 22, '13, 11:32 AM
will anyone be offering these up on the forum sometime soon for sale..as ordering from the site is normally a killer as to what some members can do and ship them for... I see some now in the uk but there wanting nearly $47.00 per figure...

megonaught
Nov 22, '13, 12:16 PM
I think all the heads are slightly smaller.
Probly from the molds being made from existing heads not from orginal molds.


Does it like the new one has a thinner head maybe.

Thanks for posting the photo

silveralex
Nov 22, '13, 12:32 PM
Yep, definitely smaller head. Though I think its looks fine - not undersized really, just kinda thinner. Makes Bats look taller :)

The body themselves are fine - only issue is the freakin bands are too tight and caused a crack in 1 arm. I had an extra T2 shoulder so, I've put that in and it's fine now.

greensavage2000
Nov 22, '13, 1:20 PM
Yep, definitely smaller head. Though I think its looks fine - not undersized really, just kinda thinner. Makes Bats look taller :)

The body themselves are fine - only issue is the freakin bands are too tight and caused a crack in 1 arm. I had an extra T2 shoulder so, I've put that in and it's fine now.



I think it looks good too and I agree he does seem taller. I love my Mego Batman but I've always thought his head was a little too round.

Glad to hear you could fix your broken arm.

I've got a Mego Batman and Robin so I'm very tempted by the Joker and Riddler. Heck I'm tempted to get all four.I like the look and Bats & R are different enough from the originals. Actually some of the differences might even be, dare I say it, improvements.At the very least welcomed variations. Love that blue and lighter grey on Bats.

It's looking more and more like I need a second job.

Iron Mego
Nov 22, '13, 1:32 PM
Boy, as this thread goes on, and more pics are posted, I get more and more anxious to get mine! I hope they show up today.

LadyZod
Nov 22, '13, 1:52 PM
For those who've open them and played with them a bit...how're the bodies?

megonaught
Nov 22, '13, 1:57 PM
Now that we are getting the DC heroes wouldn't it be great if marvel were to work a deal
With figures?
Then we would have the entire wgsh line.

Jason73
Nov 22, '13, 1:58 PM
For those who've open them and played with them a bit...how're the bodies?

I played with mine for about 3 hours last night. They are strung a little tight, but that doesn't really bother me. The clothing is durable and well made. They are fun. It made me jump on ebay and start looking at Mego Batmobiles.

Iron Mego
Nov 22, '13, 1:59 PM
For those who've open them and played with them a bit...how're the bodies?

There's a lot of comments about the bodies in this thread. Consensus so far is that they are very tight, and some have had cracked shoulder connections. No pee pee stance or floppy bodies though.

LadyZod
Nov 22, '13, 2:08 PM
ahh... so the typical "swap'em out for Dr Mego Bodies" are in order.

Iron Mego
Nov 22, '13, 2:20 PM
I don't think I'll be swapping mine out until the bandless bodies are available. I haven't seen a banded body yet, including Mego's, that doesn't have some issue or another. Some are too tight, some are too loose, some tilt, some twist. It's the nature of the beast.

drogge
Nov 22, '13, 2:26 PM
I can not wait to get these, my local comic book store is holding two sets for me. I just hope they arrive soon. Has anyone seen these out in the wild yet?

Jason73
Nov 22, '13, 2:44 PM
I don't plan on swapping mine out.

noelani72
Nov 22, '13, 2:53 PM
yea, just from the chatter, it doesn't sound like a swap out is gonna be a big deal as before…sounds like they've retooled.
If the bodies are a bit tight/stiff and are causing breakage, well, I'll just re-string if it bothers me that much.
As mentioned, they all break..even as good as Doc's bodies are, I have had the occasional torso pop apart or pins break…it's easier to accept those because his line hasn't had the chronic problems as CTVT.
The bandless bodies will be the game changer and I can't wait to get them.

Looking forward to the mailman bringing my figs…could be tomorrow at the earliest.

pmwasson
Nov 22, '13, 4:03 PM
I love them. I took me right back to being 8 years old. I'm glad I opened mine, but I'm a bit envious of those who are waiting for Christmas to open them since this was the closest feeling I've ever had to a time machine.

I think Figures Toys had really upped their game and can't wait to see what come next.

EMCE Hammer
Nov 22, '13, 4:08 PM
I'm glad to hear that the production bodies are getting fairly good reviews. I know they went back to the drawing board a few times to get the bodies up to snuff.

silveralex
Nov 22, '13, 5:14 PM
I don't think I'll be swapping mine out until the bandless bodies are available. I haven't seen a banded body yet, including Mego's, that doesn't have some issue or another. Some are too tight, some are too loose, some tilt, some twist. It's the nature of the beast.

Yeah, I'm with you IronMego. I'm looking forward to the new bandless bodies and plan to try them out . If they are as awesome as they look, I would consider replacing my Series 1 with them, (I would even consider replacing some of the kit bash customs I've done with new bandless bodies ) But it's not a necessity at all , they are pretty solid bodies.

ctc
Nov 22, '13, 5:54 PM
Hmmmm....

This is weird.... 12 pages and no rants about how they're ruining the hobby....

Not that I'm compliaining; I think anything that gets more figures out there is great! My only complaint is that they've made figures I already have. But I'm looking forward to the new characters, and the Titans; who're WAY too expensive for me to snag originals.

Don C.

scoth70
Nov 22, '13, 6:39 PM
yes it is having an effect on the vintage stuff im pretty sure... but.... its something collectors cant do anything about I guess..... as sad as it is...... but originals mean more to me than these reissues.... id have a handful of them at a cheap enough price but certainly wont be collecting these lines no matter how many come out... I still have mego running through my veins not reissues :)

This is weird.... 12 pages and no rants about how they're ruining the hobby....

Not that I'm compliaining; I think anything that gets more figures out there is great! My only complaint is that they've made figures I already have. But I'm looking forward to the new characters, and the Titans; who're WAY too expensive for me to snag originals.

Don C.[/QUOTE]

megonaught
Nov 22, '13, 7:38 PM
I don't think it's gonna hurt the hobby.
There are people like me that can't afford a moc mego and this is a viable option.
I think this is introducing a new genaration to a simpler time of collecting.
A time when we ripped our toys out of their packaging and did what we were sposed to do with them.
Play with them.
Something we have lost over the years.
I also am an advacote of the new 5poa mission series Star Wars.
They are very vintage like.

Iron Mego
Nov 22, '13, 7:51 PM
Personally I can do without the complaining. Megos weren't made to be collectibles, it's just a happenstance that these things ended up being worth $$ later on. I can still appreciate a mint Kresge carded Batman AND these re-Megos, each for what they are separately, not for how they relate to each other money-wise.

Plus, there was plenty of speculation about how this might "hurt" the secondary market when the figures were first announced.

zeedox
Nov 22, '13, 8:07 PM
Its that cool folks. Really like the new version of the thing.
I got my doubles today really astonished they are made so well.
They are actually better than vintage in the sense they are NEW TOYS!!

powersthatbe
Nov 22, '13, 8:55 PM
got my set today and was very pleased with them.and yes i did switch the bodies with drmegos' (that i had bought months before),but the ftc bodies here have improved since their prior releases and i have no issues(i'm just a fan of drmego's more and the majority of my custom megos have this body type) and my riddler's body was very tight.there's a "silky,shiny" look to the joker's clothes,the mitts are nice and made of a vinyl.it's nice to see a company who invests in making a better product in their future releases and it shows here.

enyawd72
Nov 22, '13, 9:25 PM
Hmmmm....

This is weird.... 12 pages and no rants about how they're ruining the hobby....

Not that I'm compliaining; I think anything that gets more figures out there is great! My only complaint is that they've made figures I already have. But I'm looking forward to the new characters, and the Titans; who're WAY too expensive for me to snag originals.

Don C.

If quality, affordable Megos everyone can buy and enjoy playing with ruin the hobby, then by all means let it be ruined.
The rest of us will have fun playing with our toys.

Iron Mego
Nov 22, '13, 9:31 PM
Amen to that.

jayraytee
Nov 22, '13, 10:50 PM
For anyone who thinks reissues are a bad thing; how would they feel if the actual Mego company had reformed and started churning out actual Megos again? I think it would be absolutely awesome. I see this as the next best thing. And as far as them possibly hurting the sales of vintage Megos, I am not so sure, maybe in the short term... but if these increase the fanbase of these type of figures, then the demand for vintage stuff should also increase. Look at the cost of vintage star wars figures, and they are still making star wars figures today... the bigger the market, the higher the demand.

houseofdracula
Nov 22, '13, 11:52 PM
Hi Guys,
I don't post here a lot, I usually just lurk and read news.
I'm more of an AURORA models guy than a Mego guy but who says you can't like both?
Right?
Anyway, in the late 1990's a company called "Polar Lights" started to reissue the old AURORA Monster model kits from the 60's & 70's.
Many of the collectors were nervous that this would hurt the market and it may have.
However, I do own original AURORA kits and they are still very high on the collectors lists.
I guess what I'm trying to say is if there is a demand for a product, someone at some point will put it out.
Luckily, in the cases of both AURORA & Mego, the reissues have slight differences so that it's easier to tell them apart from the originals.

enyawd72
Nov 23, '13, 3:07 AM
Hi Guys,
I don't post here a lot, I usually just lurk and read news.
I'm more of an AURORA models guy than a Mego guy but who says you can't like both?
Right?
Anyway, in the late 1990's a company called "Polar Lights" started to reissue the old AURORA Monster model kits from the 60's & 70's.
Many of the collectors were nervous that this would hurt the market and it may have.
However, I do own original AURORA kits and they are still very high on the collectors lists.
I guess what I'm trying to say is if there is a demand for a product, someone at some point will put it out.
Luckily, in the cases of both AURORA & Mego, the reissues have slight differences so that it's easier to tell them apart from the originals.

Honestly, HOD, I can't stand the type of collectors you refer to. The only way reissues or reproductions can "hurt" a hobby is if people are in it for the wrong reason, namely investment. The mentality of reissues "devaluing" a collection is lost on me. A toy collection's worth should come from the joy it brings you, not how many dollar signs are sitting on your shelf. I've paid top dollar for more than a few pieces in my collection, but if they were reissued tomorrow I wouldn't care...in fact some have been reissued. I'm just happy that everyone can enjoy them as much as I do.
I deal in vintage movie posters and I see the same thing...there is a small, but elitist group of wealthy snob collectors who think only the privileged few "deserve" to enjoy vintage posters and that if someone can't afford originals they should "find another hobby" as I've been told many times. I was also told once that unless I paid a lot of money for an original poster I couldn't really appreciate it.
What rubbish.

samurainoir
Nov 23, '13, 3:58 AM
We're ten years into ReMegos, and even beyond that for repro parts, and I think it's become a rather moot point given how many new folks have entered the hobby because of them being affordable nostalgia items.

In fact, i think it's become evident that in some cases, much fewer ReMego figures were produced than the originals. We're seeing price increases on Sulu, khan, the new Gorn, Wonder Woman, even the repro Romulan. Also, Salt Vampire and Pike appeared to have fell waaay below the radar, and I think the demand on these will only increase over time.

Secret Identity Bruce and Dicks, as well as the rest of the Batman gear, including removable masks, have been common enough for a long time now.

scoth70
Nov 23, '13, 4:32 AM
yes..a good thing is that the reissues have the differences to tell them apart from real vintage mego..... as I said if I can get a few cheap and not the price they already wanting here in the uk id have a handful for display..


Honestly, HOD, I can't stand the type of collectors you refer to. The only way reissues or reproductions can "hurt" a hobby is if people are in it for the wrong reason, namely investment. The mentality of reissues "devaluing" a collection is lost on me. A toy collection's worth should come from the joy it brings you, not how many dollar signs are sitting on your shelf. I've paid top dollar for more than a few pieces in my collection, but if they were reissued tomorrow I wouldn't care...in fact some have been reissued. I'm just happy that everyone can enjoy them as much as I do.
I deal in vintage movie posters and I see the same thing...there is a small, but elitist group of wealthy snob collectors who think only the privileged few "deserve" to enjoy vintage posters and that if someone can't afford originals they should "find another hobby" as I've been told many times. I was also told once that unless I paid a lot of money for an original poster I couldn't really appreciate it.
What rubbish.

zeedox
Nov 23, '13, 6:42 AM
So were folks worried about the vintage pricing mad when the later versions of the originals came out as opposed to the first stringed ones?
Its like one of our favorite toys back in production. I hope it stays in production for years I promise to keep buying hehe.

Where's SUPERMAN?? :-)

houseofdracula
Nov 23, '13, 10:17 AM
Honestly, HOD, I can't stand the type of collectors you refer to.

I know, I know.
Everyone is different and we all have that right.
Me?
Nothing stays in the box.
I buy things to enjoy them.
I've got the new FTC Batman series displayed (off of the cards) as well as over 200 built & painted model kits.
But, that's me.

Iron Mego
Nov 23, '13, 4:16 PM
I posted this in one of the other threads thinking it was this one. But oh well, here's my take so far:

Got mine today! Yay for Saturday delivery!! The kiddo is playing with them right now. Well she's playing with Joker and Riddler, we have a kit-bashed Batman and Robin already. I did buy the new FTC ones, but they are going to some friends' kids. Anyway, they look awesome! I never had Riddler as a kid, and am happy to get a NEW figure that my kid and I can play with. He does not stand, his left leg is flipped in a little too much, I think the band is twisted. So I'll probably undress him later and see if I can spin the leg around. Other than that they are very cool. Will take pics once the playin' is over. Really looking forward to further series.

JediJaida
Nov 23, '13, 4:45 PM
I talked to one of the guys at FTC, and asked if they were possibly going to do Supergirl at one point.

He said that they were discussing it, but no major decisions.

I then suggested that they skip on the little bitty slippers that she wore, on account of those are the first things that are lost. He laughed and said that if they do make the Supergirl, she'd be an accurate reproduction. I then suggested that they go the silkscreen route.

I also intimated that once the shoes went bye-bye, the owner of the figure would bring out his/her inner five year old and start yowling about the lost shoes. Those of you who have young daughters know what it's like when they lose their Barbie's shoes, don't you? Okay, imagine a grown up type person doing that over SG's slippers.

I know that DM can replace them easily, but that doesn't prevent one from freaking about losing them in the first place.

Iron Mego
Nov 23, '13, 6:15 PM
Took Riddler's outfit off, gave his torso a twist and voila!, straightened him right out.

Iron Mego
Nov 23, '13, 7:06 PM
My daughter and I played with our dudes for well over an hour today.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/wuheavy/IMG_4668_zps58e3ca3d.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wuheavy/media/IMG_4668_zps58e3ca3d.jpg.html)

Jason73
Nov 23, '13, 7:30 PM
My daughter and I played with our dudes for well over an hour today.

Really great photo. The Flash fits right in too!

Hedji
Nov 23, '13, 9:02 PM
GREAT pic, but is Batman's cape beginning to fray? That would be both good (faithful to the original) and bad (it is fraying).

EmergencyIan
Nov 23, '13, 9:04 PM
FTC Batman Wave 1 has arrived in Seattle.
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Batman.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Batman.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/robin.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/robin.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Joker.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Joker.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Riddler.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Riddler.jpg.html)
http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/jason73brando/Group.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/jason73brando/media/Group.jpg.html)

Wow, what a great looking figures! Thanks for sharing these pictures!

- Ian

houseofdracula
Nov 23, '13, 9:57 PM
GREAT pic, but is Batman's cape beginning to fray? That would be both good (faithful to the original) and bad (it is fraying).

If I read it correctly, his Batman is from the 1970's.

Iron Mego
Nov 23, '13, 11:10 PM
Yes and no. Some parts are original, but the cape is Doc Mego's, not FTC.

madmarva
Nov 24, '13, 1:08 AM
How are the bodies? are they improved over the old ctvt bodies?

ctc
Nov 24, '13, 9:20 AM
>If quality, affordable Megos everyone can buy and enjoy playing with ruin the hobby, then by all means let it be ruined.

That's definitely my attitude, but it seems weird that every other reissue had a sizable number of detractors bemoaning the loss of value for the originals and this one doesn't. Maybe people really CAN'T get too much Batman.

Don C.

PNGwynne
Nov 24, '13, 10:23 AM
Looking closely at FTC's Joker, I can easily see how they've improved their heads, hands, screening & sewing--compare it, for example, to their Dracula.

When Hasbro reissued 12" retro anniversary & AT GI Joes, I was thrilled to build a collection of them, it even spurred me to collect some vintage items. Likewise, Playing Mantis' Captain Action. And Retro-Action aside, Mattel has reissued vintage Barbie & MOTU.

I collected Emce Trek & POTA as well--I don't recall anyone decrying these well-made figures as Mego armageddon. In fact, many here wanted more!

I was unhappy with the quality of CTVT's earlier reissues, they influenced me to collect originals instead. But the sad fact is that Mego isn't here to reissue their own stuff. Even Kenner is gone.

I love vintage Mego, I even use vintage parts for customs when I can. But repro parts & figures actually preserve vintage items for more discriminating/wealthy collectors IMO. Every successful/desired art-form & manufactured product has had imitators--heck, some of those knock-offs are beloved, well-valued, & collected in our community.

Its a fine line for FTC: If these had been shoddy, they would have been criticized as tarnishing Mego's memory. If these are too nice, they are criticized as undercutting the secondary market. Bear in mind, these are authorized reproductions.

Market aside (that's not why I collect, packaged or otherwise), I feel that if well-done repros inspire new collectors, entertain children of all ages :grin:, and lead to new characters we fans have always wanted, that's not a bad thing.

I honestly think there's room for all of "us"--isn't that what markets, & the Museum itself, are all about?

EMCE Hammer
Nov 24, '13, 11:20 AM
Well said. I think many of us would have loved for Marty and Doc to ride back into the fray with the DC license. But that didn't happen, and FTC seems to be making every effort to produce a worthy product. I think it's important to realize that they are transitioning out of the wrestling business. WGH will be their focus going forward, and I think there are even better things to come.





Looking closely at FTC's Joker, I can easily see how they've improved their heads, hands, screening & sewing--compare it, for example, to their Dracula.

When Hasbro reissued 12" retro anniversary & AT GI Joes, I was thrilled to build a collection of them, it even spurred me to collect some vintage items. Likewise, Playing Mantis' Captain Action. And Retro-Action aside, Mattel has reissued vintage Barbie & MOTU.

I collected Emce Trek & POTA as well--I don't recall anyone decrying these well-made figures as Mego armageddon. In fact, many here wanted more!

I was unhappy with the quality of CTVT's earlier reissues, they influenced me to collect originals instead. But the sad fact is that Mego isn't here to reissue their own stuff. Even Kenner is gone.

I love vintage Mego, I even use vintage parts for customs when I can. But repro parts & figures actually preserve vintage items for more discriminating/wealthy collectors IMO. Every successful/desired art-form & manufactured product has had imitators--heck, some of those knock-offs are beloved, well-valued, & collected in our community.

Its a fine line for FTC: If these had been shoddy, they would have been criticized as tarnishing Mego's memory. If these are too nice, they are criticized as undercutting the secondary market. Bear in mind, these are authorized reproductions.

Market aside (that's not why I collect, packaged or otherwise), I feel that if well-done repros inspire new collectors, entertain children of all ages :grin:, and lead to new characters we fans have always wanted, that's not a bad thing.

I honestly think there's room for all of "us"--isn't that what markets, & the Museum itself, are all about?

PNGwynne
Nov 24, '13, 11:31 AM
Well, I was a tough sell on these--I honestly was expecting the worst. My past posts have been supportive but guarded. The hopeful part of me was battling the skeptical part, and I am by nature pessimistic.

Plus, I am really picky about details, even with vintage items. I must admit I'm generally pleased & pleasantly surprised--& looking forward to more.

HardyGirl
Nov 24, '13, 11:47 AM
:smiley1: Oh man, that pic just made my morning! I'm digging the pink car! Batman and Flash corner Joker and Riddler at the toybox! Love it!


My daughter and I played with our dudes for well over an hour today.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/wuheavy/IMG_4668_zps58e3ca3d.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wuheavy/media/IMG_4668_zps58e3ca3d.jpg.html)

dr_cyclops
Nov 24, '13, 12:12 PM
I am so happy to hear such positive reviews on this line. FTC/CTVT has a reputation to repair, and one good way to start, is with better doll bodies.
If these bodies are really a great improvement, it will mean much to the reMego hobby.
Sticking with 'as close to exact replicas as currently possible' is another great direction. Adding new characters, is another. More interesting is the chance we may one day see alternative versions of these characters. Like Silver-Age Supergirl and purple dress Catwoman.:yes:
I just hope that they don't go the way of 'camouflage-Batman'. Variations, just for the sake of variations, does not do it for me. Variations should be base on popular versions from films, animation and comics. I also dislike the unpopular variation first, so they can sell one to those who have to have the character now and sell another when they release it correctly (i.e. Wind-Blitz Batgirl).:yuk:
That said, I wish the best for FTC and their move to the WGSH and TV lines. Thank you FTC.:grin:

Iron Mego
Nov 24, '13, 12:50 PM
:smiley1: Oh man, that pic just made my morning! I'm digging the pink car! Batman and Flash corner Joker and Riddler at the toybox! Love it!

That car is from the previous incarnation of My Little Pony figures. It's a good size, but the seat is set a little far back. Am really considering getting a Barbie corvette or something like that for the bad guys to tool around in. They really need a colorful vehicle. :)

Boywonder0
Nov 24, '13, 1:31 PM
Amen, bro!



Looking closely at FTC's Joker, I can easily see how they've improved their heads, hands, screening & sewing--compare it, for example, to their Dracula.

When Hasbro reissued 12" retro anniversary & AT GI Joes, I was thrilled to build a collection of them, it even spurred me to collect some vintage items. Likewise, Playing Mantis' Captain Action. And Retro-Action aside, Mattel has reissued vintage Barbie & MOTU.

I collected Emce Trek & POTA as well--I don't recall anyone decrying these well-made figures as Mego armageddon. In fact, many here wanted more!

I was unhappy with the quality of CTVT's earlier reissues, they influenced me to collect originals instead. But the sad fact is that Mego isn't here to reissue their own stuff. Even Kenner is gone.

I love vintage Mego, I even use vintage parts for customs when I can. But repro parts & figures actually preserve vintage items for more discriminating/wealthy collectors IMO. Every successful/desired art-form & manufactured product has had imitators--heck, some of those knock-offs are beloved, well-valued, & collected in our community.

Its a fine line for FTC: If these had been shoddy, they would have been criticized as tarnishing Mego's memory. If these are too nice, they are criticized as undercutting the secondary market. Bear in mind, these are authorized reproductions.

Market aside (that's not why I collect, packaged or otherwise), I feel that if well-done repros inspire new collectors, entertain children of all ages :grin:, and lead to new characters we fans have always wanted, that's not a bad thing.

I honestly think there's room for all of "us"--isn't that what markets, & the Museum itself, are all about?

Dark Shadow
Nov 24, '13, 10:50 PM
Had no intention of buying these...but after seeing these pix (thank you for posting!)...can't wait to find 'em in the wild. It'll be fun to purchase on the spot, right off the rack.

raider5gt
Nov 25, '13, 3:04 PM
I hope I can score a set of these,you lot are making me jealous lol,I love Mego's but I also love the 8 inch figure format too.These look cool.

Byrnes
Nov 25, '13, 6:00 PM
I'm lost. Are there going to be figures outside of the Batman series from this line?

EMCE Hammer
Nov 25, '13, 6:02 PM
Yes - they have the DC license, not just Batman

Byrnes
Nov 25, '13, 6:04 PM
Yes - they have the DC license, not just Batman


Ah, did they just figure these were the strongest of the bunch to start with? I think I remember seeing through series 3 and they are all Batman related so that's what was throwing me off. Thanks for the quick response and info.

houseofdracula
Nov 25, '13, 8:59 PM
My guess is that they at least plan on doing these figures.

http://figurestoycompany.com/images/products/detail/FTC_JL_CarryCase_Closed.jpg

PNGwynne
Nov 25, '13, 9:22 PM
^And hopefully some corresponding foes.

PLUS Aquaman, sheesh!

enyawd72
Nov 25, '13, 9:29 PM
Mine showed up today...one major problem. The twist tie holding the Joker to his bubble was so tight it tore the front of the neck plug pretty much in half.

Iron Mego
Nov 25, '13, 11:23 PM
More fun with the kid and our guys:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/wuheavy/Cleo_Friends_zps984d930f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wuheavy/media/Cleo_Friends_zps984d930f.jpg.html)

UnderdogDJLSW
Nov 25, '13, 11:45 PM
^ Awesome! Took me a while to find Steve Austin in the picture.

HardyGirl
Nov 26, '13, 2:40 AM
Hey, even superheroes need a resort vacation once in awhile! :smiley1: Nice photo!


More fun with the kid and our guys:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/wuheavy/Cleo_Friends_zps984d930f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wuheavy/media/Cleo_Friends_zps984d930f.jpg.html)

Red Hulk
Nov 26, '13, 7:20 AM
More fun with the kid and our guys:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/wuheavy/Cleo_Friends_zps984d930f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wuheavy/media/Cleo_Friends_zps984d930f.jpg.html)

That's very cool Iron Mego I like how Bigfoot gets the lounge chair.:smiley1:

Wise4671
Nov 26, '13, 9:21 AM
Mine showed up today...one major problem. The twist tie holding the Joker to his bubble was so tight it tore the front of the neck plug pretty much in half.

Are you getting a replacement? That had to be one tight twist tie.

rykerw1701
Nov 26, '13, 10:44 AM
While there are likely other examples, the one time I clearly saw a re issued product kill an original is the Marx Knights. You know, Sir Gordon or whatever. I still had the silver one from when I was a kid, missing 1/2 of his stuff. So I got a reissue, put the missing armor on him and now I have NFI what is original and what isn't. The figures look different, but not the stuff. I'll never sell it, so it doesn't matter. But I'd hate to have had a mint vintage collection of the set and had the reissues kill the value.

Having said that, you can always tell Doc's stuff, and it appears you can distinguish these items as well, so I'm all for it. Break 'em out and play with the kids and the Barbies!

Iron Mego
Nov 26, '13, 11:50 AM
Thanks guys. I am... er, I mean my daughter is really excited because on Wednesday we are going to play with our guys all day long.

VintageMike
Nov 26, '13, 5:17 PM
On a side note, I'm encouraged to see excitement about these from outside our community as well. On the FB page for Back Issue magazine there are folks who remember megos (but aren't current collectors) and they are ready to scoop these up.

The Bat
Nov 26, '13, 6:21 PM
Mine showed up today...one major problem. The twist tie holding the Joker to his bubble was so tight it tore the front of the neck plug pretty much in half.


Email FTC...they will send you a new head. They're really good about stuff like that.:wink_y:

houseofdracula
Nov 27, '13, 1:59 AM
Playing around with the colored lights.
YES, I know that Batman & Robin's belts are switched, I like them that way.

http://megomuseum.com/mmgallery/files/6/0/4/9/fin_joker_original.jpg
http://megomuseum.com/mmgallery/files/6/0/4/9/fin_batman_original.jpg
http://megomuseum.com/mmgallery/files/6/0/4/9/fin_robin_original.jpg
http://megomuseum.com/mmgallery/files/6/0/4/9/fin_riddler_original.jpg

MEMEGO
Nov 27, '13, 2:43 AM
WOW are the neck plugs that weak? this reminds me of the Mattel neck plugs, I hope this not the case. keep us informed.

ubermanx
Dec 9, '13, 8:00 PM
I opened a Batman and it has a split glove right off the bat ... ugghhh.

Not to mention one arm is stuck deep into the torso.

Not terrible impressed so far.

-Marty

fallensaviour
Dec 9, '13, 8:24 PM
Email FTC...they will send you a new head. They're really good about stuff like that.:wink_y:

Last time I let them about something like this they told me they would send out replacement parts for me on my next order.
Awesome thanks,but my next order won't be for a couple months.
I believe them they've done it before.

ubermanx
Dec 11, '13, 2:54 PM
Okay, maybe because I have not bought any of the truly horrible FTC releases my standards might be a bit higher then everyone else here.

I have openned three of my figures and I am beyond unimpressed given the price of these figures over BBP and EMCE releases.

Batman has one glove with a split seam. Joker has a partially ripped neck plug and all three are strung so tight that all have stretched and deformed arms where the clips attach. Both Batman and Riddler have one arm each pulled into the torso.

Sorry but again, at this price point I shouldn't have to restring or swap bodies.

I have ordered some parts here or there from FTC and those white bodies from the free killer clowns are amazing compared to the Batman bodies. Not as nice as Doc Megos but all the white ones I have are straight, intact, can hold a pose, etc.

I for one am disappointed.

- Marty

JediJaida
Dec 11, '13, 3:26 PM
I hear ya. I just bought a Joanie figure, and she was pretty much crap.

Squishy head; body with flashing and cracks; shoes too small for the feet, and a truly horrible sewing job done on the skirt.

I only got it for the outfit anyway, so I don't feel any guilt about chucking it.

Oh, and their cheerleader socks have no stretch to them, and are saggy baggy things that fit nice at the opening, but don't really mold to the leg.

If the 66 Batman figs turn out to be the same kind of crap, I will simply chuck the bodies, keep the accessories and heads, and put them on OTHER bodies!

But you are right about how he shouldn't have to.

comicmike
Dec 11, '13, 5:09 PM
re:Canada:

I found all four in Toronto at Silver Snail on Yonge Street (North of Dundas): O Wow, O Wow!

I LOVE them all: Every one!

I can not believe how great they all look: Seeing them in person is the best thing ever....
it's Christmas morning all over again, like when I was a kid....

Thanks Figures Toy Company!!!

I am so thankful to make it into these adult years and still have these moments whenI feel like a youngster again...

I spent the whole day ~GIDDY~ at work today....

Wise4671
Dec 11, '13, 5:59 PM
re:Canada:

I found all four in Toronto at Silver Snail on Yonge Street (North of Dundas): O Wow, O Wow!

I LOVE them all: Every one!

I can not believe how great they all look: Seeing them in person is the best thing ever....
it's Christmas morning all over again, like when I was a kid....

Thanks Figures Toy Company!!!

I am so thankful to make it into these adult years and still have these moments whenI feel like a youngster again...

I spent the whole day ~GIDDY~ at work today....


Your post put a smile on my face :-) Thank You for sharing with us :-)

Wasimhosen
Dec 11, '13, 6:45 PM
Finally got mine from the lcbs. I haven't been on in a while and am kind of dismayed at some of the reviews here. Hopefully mine are in good shape. I'll be opening them soon.

drogge
Dec 11, '13, 6:49 PM
Just picked up two sets at my local comic book store and I am extremely happy. They are in perfect condition, no flaws. They move and stand perfectly. I feel GIDDY, like the post above me. This is great!!!!!!

Astronut
Dec 11, '13, 7:08 PM
Some people will never be happy. No matter what they get.

The griping is really sad. Some people are just thankless, joyless. You could give them a check for $10,000 and as soon as you leave the room they'd complain that the check looks ugly or has stupid cats on it or whatever. They can't just be happy with what is handed to them. They can't live in the moment.

Judging by the photos and early reviews I'm sure they're pretty awesome.

PNGwynne
Dec 11, '13, 7:20 PM
And some people will always be satisfied to dangle a carrot in front of a horse. The horse will pursue it, hoping for more.

I suppose the question is, how hungry must a horse be to eat a rotten carrot?

And, do collectors have horse-sense?

Wasimhosen
Dec 11, '13, 7:59 PM
Just opened them and they were great except for Batmans left arm is not attached to his torso at all. I can't see the rubber band to hook it onto. Would I be better off taking the whole body apart and trying to put it back together?

ubermanx
Dec 11, '13, 8:04 PM
Some people will never be happy. No matter what they get.

I my particular case I am happy lots. The Bif Bang Pow figures have been great. The Universal Monsters are amazing. Love my Presidential Monsters. And don't even get me started on how awesome Brick Mantooth is ...

But the bodies on these Batman figures are not the best FTC has produced. And the Batman series are more expensive than the Universal Monsters with poorer quality. Why should I be happy about paying more for less? Just cause its Batman?

Pop the costumes of your Batman and look at the arm where the clip connects. There is no way that is gonna last. Mego Museum 2023 posters are gonna be talking about all the MOC Batmen with broken arms just like we talk about busted leg Hulks.

Sorry but except for early FTC remegos and the Mattel ones ALL other remegos I have seen are better built including FTC's own mad clown series.

- Marty

EDIT: And to be fair I love my Zica Buck Rogers and Cast-a-way Captain Action. Both also superior build quality over the Retro Batmen.

Wasimhosen
Dec 11, '13, 8:10 PM
I just looked at mine closely and the hole for the hook is torn right through. There won't be any fix for this arm. These are at a premium price and should have much better quality control.

Wasimhosen
Dec 11, '13, 8:13 PM
I just sent them an email but had to send 3 because of the limited space they allow.

Wasimhosen
Dec 11, '13, 8:40 PM
They've already contacted me and offered to ship a new body. Theie customer service is great in my opinion. It's early in the line, I'm sure they'll work everything out and we'll all be happy.

noelani72
Dec 11, '13, 8:57 PM
They've already contacted me and offered to ship a new body. Theie customer service is great in my opinion. It's early in the line, I'm sure they'll work everything out and we'll all be happy.

Same offer to me that I basically had to pull out of them....
I really don't think I should work to fix the figure...they could have just dropped another one in the mail.
That's part of doing business in my opinion.

Someone I respect did help direct some of my disappoint in FTC's recent bait and switch tactics and their continued poor quality....he said, let's take the good with the bad. I get that, I really do...we are getting near exact replicas of what we grew up with for a little more than an Andrew Jackson per figure. For some that's a couple hours of work, for some a. Few minutes...I value my Andrew Jackson's quite a bit because it's hard earning them and with the events of late, I will have to be selective how I spend em.

They could have blown me away with their customer service, and they didn't...so that needs fixed still.

After re-stringing my four batman figures, I can now enjoy them.

ubermanx
Dec 11, '13, 11:28 PM
Case in point ...

9445

Don't think this kinda thing is worth more than the Universal Monsters. Especially if you factor in the cost if a new body.

I have popped all my heads and coloured hands on the FTC white bodies I have lying around and all is good.

But I am still expecting a tonne of folks with busted arms shortly.

- Marty

thunderbolt
Dec 12, '13, 6:01 AM
^^^ I was really hoping FTC fixed the issues of the past, guess they found all new issues. Castaway and Dr. Mego are right to get rid of the strung body, no one can do it right anymore. My vintage Spidey and nearly 50 year old GI Joes are better strung than these new ones and still work fine. I'm now more than a little concerned about wanting to order the 66 Bat-Figures if they ever see the light of day.

boss
Dec 12, '13, 8:14 AM
Saw these figures at my local comic shop. I thought they looked great. The Robin's arm was loose in the package. It looked like it had been strung so tight the connector had pulled through the plastic.

They had them at 29.99.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 9:33 AM
Saw these figures at my local comic shop. I thought they looked great. The Robin's arm was loose in the package. It looked like it had been strung so tight the connector had pulled through the plastic.

They had them at 29.99.
That's exactly what was going on with my Batman. I contacted FTC and theyre sending a new body today.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 9:38 AM
I just sent them an email and they offered the body. Let's hope they're learning from this and the Titans and future waves will be better. If nothing else its not a bad price for a head and outfit and we can always get a body from the Dr. or elsewhere. It really is amazing that Mego figured this out almost 50 years ago. The only time I remember them breaking was when they were misused. I remember breaking the band in a Spider-Man when he was doing some rigorous swinging. Fell apart right in my hand and to my mother it lost its use and had to be thrown away. Wish I had the Museum to show me how to fix them back then.


Same offer to me that I basically had to pull out of them....
I really don't think I should work to fix the figure...they could have just dropped another one in the mail.
That's part of doing business in my opinion.

Someone I respect did help direct some of my disappoint in FTC's recent bait and switch tactics and their continued poor quality....he said, let's take the good with the bad. I get that, I really do...we are getting near exact replicas of what we grew up with for a little more than an Andrew Jackson per figure. For some that's a couple hours of work, for some a. Few minutes...I value my Andrew Jackson's quite a bit because it's hard earning them and with the events of late, I will have to be selective how I spend em.

They could have blown me away with their customer service, and they didn't...so that needs fixed still.

After re-stringing my four batman figures, I can now enjoy them.

ubermanx
Dec 12, '13, 9:38 AM
That's exactly what was going on with my Batman. I contacted FTC and theyre sending a new body today.

Let us know if the new body is equally too tight. Not going to bother contacting them right away if the fix is just as bad as the original.

- Marty

megocrazy
Dec 12, '13, 9:43 AM
Saw these figures at my local comic shop. I thought they looked great. They had them at 29.99.

Was in a Newbury comics store in New Hampshire last week and they were $32.99.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 9:49 AM
I don't know if you have a New England comics close but they had the set for $115.95. Almost the same as from Figures with the shipping. Newbury is way overpriced on most things. NE is usually very reasonable.


Was in a Newbury comics store in New Hampshire last week and they were $32.99.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 9:49 AM
Let us know if the new body is equally too tight. Not going to bother contacting them right away if the fix is just as bad as the original.

- Marty

Will do.

Astronut
Dec 12, '13, 9:58 AM
First let me say that I love the fact that these have come back and that FTC is supposedly doing many more DC characters. Now my question. I know inflation is a b*tch but you have to wonder how we went from $3 retail in 1983 to an identical figure for $30.00 retail today. Is that not beyond rate of inflation? I mean, a comic book was 60 cents in 1983 so at that rate a comic book would now cost $6.00. Am I missing something...?

Iron Mego
Dec 12, '13, 10:09 AM
Licensing fees are much more now than they were 30 or 40 years ago. It is how DC makes it money.

sprytel
Dec 12, '13, 10:16 AM
First let me say that I love the fact that these have come back and that FTC is supposedly doing many more DC characters. Now my question. I know inflation is a b*tch but you have to wonder how we went from $3 retail in 1983 to an identical figure for $30.00 retail today. Is that not beyond rate of inflation? I mean, a comic book was 60 cents in 1983 so at that rate a comic book would now cost $6.00. Am I missing something...?

In previous discussion, the top explanations given are:

1. The cost of the license from DC has increased well beyond the rate of inflation.
2. Old Mego figures were produced in much larger quantities, which kept prices down.
3. The FTC guys are greedy capitalists preying on nostalgic toy collectors.

Pick from that list whichever explanation(s) you'd like.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 10:16 AM
First let me say that I love the fact that these have come back and that FTC is supposedly doing many more DC characters. Now my question. I know inflation is a b*tch but you have to wonder how we went from $3 retail in 1983 to an identical figure for $30.00 retail today. Is that not beyond rate of inflation? I mean, a comic book was 60 cents in 1983 so at that rate a comic book would now cost $6.00. Am I missing something...?

Mego was mass producing these things so much that they were still on shelves years after they went out of business. The new run is more of a vanity line. Mattel tried and due to various reasons, distribution being the main one in my opinion, failed and they probably produced many more than Figures will. Cost of tooling and dealing with a probably Chinese factory willing to produce small numbers makes the cost for us much higher. I'm willing to give them another chance and I've preordered wave 2 and the Titans. I think they're small enough that every order counts and to continue to get these figures we need to support them. We weren't a big enough community to affect Mattel but we can Figures. The line will live or die by our patronage.
/gets off soapbox

Astronut
Dec 12, '13, 10:53 AM
You guys make a lot of sense, thanks for the replies. I LOL'd at #3 Sprytel. And yeah, FTC will live or die depending on nostalgic collectors like us. So I recently ordered a Mad Monster Series set, Batman Series 1 set, and KISS Series 1 & 2 sets just to get started. I have some original Megos and some of the Mattel Retro-Action figures but I really want to acquire as many carded Mego-like figures as I can. The nostalgia factor is astronomical with these things. Love 'em.

Astronut
Dec 12, '13, 10:57 AM
Cost of tooling and dealing with a probably Chinese factory willing to produce small numbers makes the cost for us much higher.

What do you think FTC's production runs are, generally speaking...? Have they ever stated? Like, the Batman Series 1 assortment... I would think they would have at least produced 5,000 of each figure, no?

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 11:02 AM
What do you think FTC's production runs are, generally speaking...? Have they ever stated? Like, the Batman Series 1 assortment... I would think they would have at least produced 5,000 of each figure, no?
Looks like a full truck to me. No idea how many. Certainly not as many as the Retro-Action.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.551326911627693.1073741849.113907185369670&type=1

Luke Landwalker
Dec 12, '13, 11:03 AM
I was thinking about getting these. But it sounds like they are crap so ill pass for now.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 11:10 AM
I was thinking about getting these. But it sounds like they are crap so ill pass for now.
3 Out of 4 of mine were fine and they're making good on the 1. I wouldn't say they were crap just needs improvement.

sprytel
Dec 12, '13, 11:32 AM
Looks like a full truck to me. No idea how many. Certainly not as many as the Retro-Action.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.551326911627693.1073741849.113907185369670&type=1

Now you made me go and count...
In the picture, there are 45 boxes (before the boxes change size... I assume the smaller ones in the foreground are the 8 inch and the bigger are the 12 inch).
Boxes are labeled 12 pieces per box.
We don't know how many boxes have been unloaded, other ones behind the bigger boxes, other shipments, etc... but based on what we see, that's only 540 8 inch figures in that pic.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 11:36 AM
I thought I was doing the Batman unboxing. I'm willing to bet the count was similar though. A lot of the same fanbase. I'm getting the DTK eventually but Batman was my first love.


Now you made me go and count...
In the picture, there are 45 boxes (before the boxes change size... I assume the smaller ones in the foreground are the 8 inch and the bigger are the 12 inch).
Boxes are labeled 12 pieces per box.
We don't know how many boxes have been unloaded, other ones behind the bigger boxes, other shipments, etc... but based on what we see, that's only 540 8 inch figures in that pic.

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 11:42 AM
If this line fails the odds of another company trying this is very small. Lets hope they get it together. They paid a lot for the license and its in their best interest to get a return on their investment. I'm hopeful anyways. This is very likely the last chance we will see.

EMCE Hammer
Dec 12, '13, 11:53 AM
3 Out of 4 of mine were fine and they're making good on the 1. I wouldn't say they were crap just needs improvement.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Wx230gYJw

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 12:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Wx230gYJw
Call me Sally Sunshine.

Figuremod73
Dec 12, '13, 12:17 PM
What do you think FTC's production runs are, generally speaking...? Have they ever stated? Like, the Batman Series 1 assortment... I would think they would have at least produced 5,000 of each figure, no?

No telling. At first I think they most likely will do a smaller run to see how they do, then go back and make extras if they are assured sells will be good. What I think will do real well is the PARTS themselves. Theres alot of original figures missing pieces here and there and in the future FTC's own figures will need pieces replaced.

Astronut
Dec 12, '13, 12:54 PM
What I think will do real well is the PARTS themselves. Theres alot of original figures missing pieces here and there and in the future FTC's own figures will need pieces replaced.

I totally disagree. For every 1 person who buys parts there must be several "non-customizer" people who just want the figures based on nostalgia alone.

rjm118
Dec 12, '13, 4:23 PM
I wasnt planning on opening my set but Im a little concerned after reading all these posts, from what I see they look perfect....

Wasimhosen
Dec 12, '13, 4:53 PM
I wasnt planning on opening my set but Im a little concerned after reading all these posts, from what I see they look perfect....
Mine did too.

jimsmegos
Dec 12, '13, 7:34 PM
The sick part for me is despite my previous disappointment with the FTC figures such as Robin Hood, Monsters, Knights etc... I'm still chomping at the bit for these. I really, really, really want to get a set or two or three. It's crazy but something about seeing the pics of them all new and shiny on the card is just killing me. And I really believe that if I had them on the rack at the Toys R Us I'm working at I could sell the hell out of 'em.

Considering the retail of $24.99 I don't see them being a tough sell really. Considering the price of other toys on the shelf now it's a comparable price point. Add to that they are Batman I think retail would serve this line well. Especially with a die hard like me behind the pitch. But then again I could be blinded by nostalgia (which is probably the case). I do believe though that if you could put them in the hands of a potential consumer versus pictures on the net and or online stores the sales would come.

On a side note, at my particular store I have noticed that the Star Wars 6 inch "Black" series figures are getting dusty at a $19.99 price point.

ODBJBG
Dec 12, '13, 8:50 PM
Case in point ...

9445

Don't think this kinda thing is worth more than the Universal Monsters. Especially if you factor in the cost if a new body.

I have popped all my heads and coloured hands on the FTC white bodies I have lying around and all is good.

But I am still expecting a tonne of folks with busted arms shortly.

- Marty

I've had this happen with EMCE bodies from BBP. It's not an FTC exclusive problem. China just strings them too tight it seems.

megocrazy
Dec 12, '13, 9:41 PM
I don't know if you have a New England comics close but they had the set for $115.95. Almost the same as from Figures with the shipping. Newbury is way overpriced on most things. NE is usually very reasonable.

Thanks. I am familiar with NEC. Getting them really isn't the issue. I have several routes in town that could get them. I really had no interest in getting dead knock offs of original figures. I would be interested in unproduced figures that Mego never made. If the early lines fail, the chance of that is fairly slim.

MegoSteve
Dec 12, '13, 10:27 PM
I might pick up one or two when I see them at the local comic shop.

I don't think the people that are complaining are wrong at all. I don't begrudge anyone who wants to get fair value for their money.

However, I remember a time back in the 1990s when I was excited to be able to pay something like $50 to get a custom Mego Flash kit consisting of red hand-sewn Flash tights, a nicely cut yellow craft-foam belt, and a pre-cut emblem (and I think it also came with craft-foam bolts for his head, too). I tend to look at things through that lens and see how far we as Mego collectors have come since then. That I can walk into my local comic shop and buy a complete reproduction Mego for about half of what I paid in 1990s dollars for just a suit is pretty great, even with the quality control issues.

Iron Mego
Dec 12, '13, 10:36 PM
And you can't put together any of these figures for under $25 using repro parts.

noelani72
Dec 13, '13, 7:12 AM
The lines are blurred here - paying a weekend-warrior-garage-cook $50 for a custom-hand-crafted-Mego is nothing like paying premium prices of $25 to FTC for a busted figure.
The $50 is being paid for a unique hand crafted item from an artist with attention to detail.
The $25 premium price is being paid to a corporate entity for an item being made mostly by machines in mass production. Mass produced by machines, these bodies shouldn't have any guess work left in them - it's called engineering. The PVC has a formula, that in 2013 you'd think they'd gotten it figured out by now. There is zero doubt in my mind that quality control in China has its issues, I get that. But also in that zero shadow of doubt is the notion that FTC had seen production samples - in their own hands during the course of this year for this particular run of figures. You'd have thought they'd seen the bicep connectors stretched and went "whoa", got on the phone, called China and said "hey, lets look at a different rubber band. It's not got enough stretch and is damaging the product". Or, the other side of that I reckon could be they DID see issues much worse and those got fixed but not everything. Stemming from their horrific track record of poorly made bodies going all the way back to their factories in India, you'd think the breakage rate would be much lower. Either FTC are sitting in their office FURIOUS that not only did their factories in India drop the ball, the factories in China are too.....or, from a business model, they are paying for inferior materials to make their product to save a buck.

All of these quality issues, coupled with their classic bait-and-switch photo campaign...and the CAT stolen molds we collectively flat out didn't boycott them in the first place...it all adds up.

You spend $25 on a toaster - it should work.
You spend $4 on a gallon of milk - it should not be spoiled.
You spend $500 on an iPad - it should work.
You spend $25 on a FTC action figure - it should not have such glaring manufacturing flaws such as ripped PVC bicep connectors.

It's no wonder FTC doesn't participate on the boards or attend major conventions....

I really like Megos and the retro world that has become of it.
When Doc and Marty paired up, well, I thought that was just one of the coolest things we could have had in our world.

I'm not a giddy-fan-boy.
I don't have every single thing FTC has produced..or BBP, or Neca, or CAT, or even Mattel for that matter..
I expect when I had over that hard cold cash on a mass produced item - no matter what it is - it lasts me more than five minutes. It doesn't require me to modify it out-of-the-box.
I'll go as far to suspect they are having a breakage rate right now on these batman figures in excess of 30% - no proof of that, just a number my gut tossed out based on all the word of mouth...and if complaints continue, then the license holder will save-face and kill any further bad mouthing because quality issues such as this damage a Brand....and NONE of us want that.

So if these lines and FTC are to continue, and I know we all want more lines or the issues would be moot - FTC needs to squash this **** RIGHT FREAKING NOW or at the very least make a statement, make up some bs jargin story that will pacify license shareholders and offer a promise to improve their quality standards...it's simple business.

JediJaida
Dec 13, '13, 8:07 AM
Very well put.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

The Bat
Dec 13, '13, 9:29 AM
FIRST!I TOTALLY agree with Chad. I will in no way defend FTC for botching the quality issues with bodies a 2ND time around! There's just NO EXCUSE!:no: That said, it won't stop me from buying the figures and replacing the bodies on the figures that need it.. I just bought my first two figures, ROBIN & The RIDDLER. My review:

The Riddler: My only issue with this figure is of course a body issue. He stands, but his right leg points inward and can not be adjusted.:ugh_y: So I'll replace the body for $5.00 and bring the cost of the figure up to $29.99. To me that's not bad. I don't own an original Riddler...so to get a MINT condition one for $29.99 makes me very happy.

Robin: No issues at all. He stands just fine and another missing figure is added to my collection. Very happy!:smile:

So...out of two figures bought, that's a 50-50 percent chance of getting a body from FTC that isn't messed up. Not good odds.:ugh_y:

ubermanx
Dec 13, '13, 10:13 AM
noelani72 is right on the money ...

I would rather have the FTC Batman figures and replace the bodies then not have the figures at all. That's why I bought a case and have preordered the Titans, Batman Series 2 and 3.

My issue is that other makers of remegos are doing it better and for less. And I am not pleased about that. Just compare the craftsmanship of the Universal Monsters Phantom in both complexity of costume and quality of body and clothing vs. the FTC Batman.

Again, better than not having Batman but the 33% premium price I paid (before factoring in a replacement body) is grating. ESPECIALLY knowing that FTC has a far superior body on the Mad Clowns figures they give away for free. I put my Joker head and clothes on one of these Mad Clown bodies and he is PERFECT.

- Marty

Wasimhosen
Dec 13, '13, 10:37 AM
What astounds me is the Kiss figures, while not perfect, don't fall apart if you touch them. I was just looking at my Paul and they used a completely different system for them. I have 3 series plus an extra Gene and none of them have the same issues as the Batman figures. Do you think they used a different factory for them? Why would they do that?

Figuremod73
Dec 13, '13, 12:29 PM
I agree but its not a deal breaker, they look that good to me. I've pieced together vintage figures and at times it gets a little costly. I wish sometimes a deal could be made to use Docs bodies.

I feel the parts alone are worth it and hope they are able to make the whole line. I hope Conan has a release date soon.

PNGwynne
Dec 13, '13, 2:52 PM
And you can't put together any of these figures for under $25 using repro parts.

I agree. And that was noted, too in the dark days of the seemingly endless debate on Mattel's Retro-Action poorly-designed body.

The fact is, original Megos had body problems.

Emce/BBP has had body problems.

CTVT had major body problems, and now FTC has ones similar to Mego/Emce.

I suspect that bodies in general are where cost-cutting occurs, and stringing has a big impact, too.

PNGwynne
Dec 13, '13, 3:20 PM
Also--and let's be frank--many of us aficionados are going to buy these regardless, we just can't help ourselves.

Some complained about Famous Covers & Mattel RA, but we bought them & kit-bashed them anyway.

Some complained about Emce Trek & POTA regarding stringing & poseability, or about market impact, but we ultimately embraced them as options, along with UniMonsters.

BBP has a reMego niche, too, despite occasional scale and fabrication snafus.

***

We know we're paying for a license here with FTC's DC offerings. And, we fans want the line to succeed for varied, even selfish reasons. I know I do.

I think our concerns now are two-fold:

1. Since 2005, these problems with bodies, from CTVT or Emce or anybody, could & should be addressed & improved. Doc did, CAW did, it's not impossible.

2. Other vendor-manufacturers have a presence here, we feel involved with them to varying extents. That leads to a feeling of togetherness and we fans are thereby willing to give the benefit of the doubt when these mishaps occur. Chad is right, it's building a brand.

***

I truly advocate not buying what you don't like & letting the market prevail. But, I'm also willing with most any reMego to switch bodies, which I concede should be absolutely unnecessary.

What is FTC's strategy--if they "know" these will sell to the niche regardless, are they still willing to risk increased sales to the larger public because if breakage? Do they just assume collectors will never open them?

Considering the appeal & price-point, are sales to a larger market even a consideration? If they aren't, then why alienate the niche? It's very confusing to me... esp. since I can see how these have improved from earlier efforts.

And with no information or feedback from the manufacturer, what else can we do here but vent our frustration, share our hope, and speculate??

Werewolf
Dec 13, '13, 3:49 PM
The fact is, original Megos had body problems.

Emce/BBP has had body problems.

CTVT had major body problems, and now FTC has ones similar to Mego/Emce.



Yep, it's the nature of the beast when it comes to stringing with rubber bands.

I've had my share of issues with Emce bodies. Like twisted bodies, cracked torsos and arms that keep popping into the torsos. The Mego style rubber band strung body design is very touchy and you are not always going to get a figure strung exactly right. It's luck of the draw and I remember fixing plenty of Megos as a child too. But I don't sweat the small stuff and if I have to restring or swap out body here and there, it's a small price to pay for such cool figures. The only thing that ever really bugs me a bit is oversized heads. That I can't fix.

Back to the FTC Batman figures.

I got a Batman and Robin as an early Christmas present. Mine are great! To me, they are the most Mego-y of the re-Megos so far. They really capture that Mego look and feel. With the subtle updates of the silk screen emblems and dark colors on Batman, the look like they could have been later run issues of the figures if Mego had kept making them into the mid to late 80s.

jwyblejr
Dec 14, '13, 12:07 AM
Looks like they're going pretty fast on Amazon.

noelani72
Dec 14, '13, 7:21 AM
Had a package from FTC upon arriving home yesterday.
It was a replacement body from their new shipment which was their response to my twice-broken-out-of-box Riddler.
It appears the PVC biceps are not as soft as this Batman figure run, which is a good thing - that's gonna keep them from ripping and limbs falling off.
But, in classic CTVT style, it is strung way too tight and has to pee. Right arm is pulled into the torso a bit.
Reckon I'll re-string it and it should be fine.

Boywonder0
Dec 14, '13, 7:44 AM
Yep, it's the nature of the beast when it comes to stringing with rubber bands.

I've had my share of issues with Emce bodies. Like twisted bodies, cracked torsos and arms that keep popping into the torsos. The Mego style rubber band strung body design is very touchy and you are not always going to get a figure strung exactly right. It's luck of the draw and I remember fixing plenty of Megos as a child too. But I don't sweat the small stuff and if I have to restring or swap out body here and there, it's a small price to pay for such cool figures. The only thing that ever really bugs me a bit is oversized heads. That I can't fix.

Back to the FTC Batman figures.

I got a Batman and Robin as an early Christmas present. Mine are great! To me, they are the most Mego-y of the re-Megos so far. They really capture that Mego look and feel. With the subtle updates of the silk screen emblems and dark colors on Batman, the look like they could have been later run issues of the figures if Mego had kept making them into the mid to late 80s.

You brothers are right on! I love the new FTC WGSH figures! Body problems? All the 8" body makers have! I, myself, am very grateful for getting a minty mint head, minty mint cloth costume, minty mint gloves, minty mint boots, minty mint cape, minty mint belt, minty mint emblem, minty mint card, and a minty mint clamshell all for $25...

Years ago we were wishing that Mego styled figures were once again made... Now they are and we are promoting these as badly made so that they don't sell and their manufacturing ends... Duh!

The Bat
Dec 14, '13, 8:32 AM
You brothers are right on! I love the new FTC WGSH figures! Body problems? All the 8" body makers have! I, myself, am very grateful for getting a minty mint head, minty mint cloth costume, minty mint gloves, minty mint boots, minty mint cape, minty mint belt, minty mint emblem, minty mint card, and a minty mint clamshell all for $25...

Years ago we were wishing that Mego styled figures were once again made... Now they are and we are promoting these as badly made so that they don't sell and their manufacturing ends... Duh!


I'm with ya on this thinking as well...hell just to have the heads "roto-cast" in rubber instead of a resin copy is a big deal to me!

First I want to give all credit to Doc Mego for keep this hobby alive. Back in the beginning he had to hand cast everything...boots, heads, etc(before the C & D's came down)...which of course he had to charge more due to time and labor, but we were happy to have replacement parts. Eventually he started getting stuff made in China, which lowered the cost to us...but meant he had to cough up quite a bit of money(China factories have a minimum amount to place an order...$2,000, 5,000????. Not sure.

Now we've got complete "repro's with some bad bodies for $24.99(not all of Em' are bad)

So just for fun, using one of Doc's catalogs( I still have), let's do the math on putting together a Doc Mego Robin using China made parts(not hand cast which would cost a lot more)

Robin Head- $5.00
Tunic- $5.00
Belt- $5.00
Boot's- $5.00
Shorts- $3.00
Gloves- $5.00
Body- $7.00(back then)

Total=$35.00

So FTC Robin is $24.99+ replacement body if needed($5.00 from Doc)= $29.99

Still a good deal in my opinion.

Boywonder0
Dec 14, '13, 9:00 AM
I'm with ya on this thinking as well...hell just to have the heads "roto-cast" in rubber instead of a resin copy is a big deal to me!

First I want to give all credit to Doc Mego for keep this hobby alive. Back in the beginning he had to hand cast everything...boots, heads, etc(before the C & D's came down)...which of course he had to charge more due to time and labor, but we were happy to have replacement parts. Eventually he started getting stuff made in China, which lowered the cost to us...but meant he had to cough up quite a bit of money(China factories have a minimum amount to place an order...$2,000, 5,000????. Not sure.

Now we've got complete "repro's with some bad bodies for $24.99(not all of Em' are bad)

So just for fun, using one of Doc's catalogs( I still have), let's do the math on putting together a Doc Mego Robin using China made parts(not hand cast which would cost a lot more)

Robin Head- $5.00
Tunic- $5.00
Belt- $5.00
Boot's- $5.00
Shorts- $3.00
Gloves- $5.00
Body- $7.00(back then)

Total=$35.00

So FTC Robin is $24.99+ replacement body if needed($5.00 from Doc)= $29.99

Still a good deal in my opinion. :yes:

That's what I mean Bats! I'm also very grateful of the good Doc.

Also, to be honest the Robin Tunic from Dr. Mego is no match to FTC's. The sleeves & trunk don't match in color. FTC's does. Plus we get the card & Clamshell... Thank you FTC!

Wasimhosen
Dec 14, '13, 11:28 AM
Didn't the original alter egos just come with the head and outfit? I would be happy just to buy that.

thunderbolt
Dec 14, '13, 1:32 PM
sorry, but for 25 bucks (plus shipping and FLA sales tax which would put this figure at around 30 bucks, its not like I can buy one off the shelf at TRU) I should get a decent usable figure, not something I am going to have to customize to get right. The really bad part of this is its not a great first impression on somebody just getting into this hobby.

The Bat
Dec 14, '13, 7:41 PM
Sadly, I've become a Hot Toys addict(is there a Hotline I can call?)...so a $30.00 price tag for a complete MINT repro Mego doesn't really scare me away. :wink_y:

Boywonder0
Dec 14, '13, 7:54 PM
I'd say everyone is entitled to buy what they like... I like the FTC Batman Series Figures and I'll buy these. I'll buy them all and no one would influence me to not doing so.

Yes, I'm willing to replace the FTC bodies (when necessary) by a Dr. Mego Type 2 body or simply repair (re-string) these when possible. I am really looking forward to the new ZICA/Castaway Type "Z" body which I expect to become the ultimate Type 2 Mego repro body. Even by adding an extra $10 to switch to one of these bodies I'll still get a minty mint figure I can reseal in a clamshell like from factory for $35. I would not find a minty mint Mego for that much. So I'm a happy camper.

For those seeking fully poseable figures with cloth costumes (Mego style) that are free of defects you can start looking at Sideshow, Hot Toys and Enterbay figures... And be willing to pay the price (+$180)...

Hedji
Dec 14, '13, 8:38 PM
Thing is, even expensive Hot toys like you mentioned, are not free of defects. Go to the Sideshow message boards and hear all the problems and whining.

megoscott
Dec 14, '13, 9:13 PM
These bodies are clearly light years ahead of where they were in 2005. There's no hideous flashing, they aren't totally brittle and falling apart like rotting corpses. I'm in love with the heads, the squishy factor is just perfect.

That said, having that shoulder fail is not okay. For Christmas I'll be giving a few of these figures to a young boy and he will play with them. It's not too much to expect that it will stand up to play...it's a toy. You cannot rely upon all your product staying in the package or being handled gingerly by collector hands or repaired by savvy Mego-heads. PART of the whole dream of bringing back Megos was also to interest a younger generation in them. I've seen first hand how popular they can be with young kids, Megos are fun to play with, make sure they can take it.

Getting this body right has been a challenge for all the ReMego players. I'm surprised no one took the Zicaway approach before.

The Bat
Dec 14, '13, 9:29 PM
Thing is, even expensive Hot toys like you mentioned, are not free of defects. Go to the Sideshow message boards and hear all the problems and whining.

Totally agree....and I'm part of the forum. "The Bat" of course.:wink_y::smiley1:

PNGwynne
Dec 15, '13, 9:23 AM
"Zicaway", Scott? Cool.

BATMAN89
Dec 15, '13, 10:38 AM
sorry, but for 25 bucks (plus shipping and FLA sales tax which would put this figure at around 30 bucks, its not like I can buy one off the shelf at TRU) I should get a decent usable figure, not something I am going to have to customize to get right. The really bad part of this is its not a great first impression on somebody just getting into this hobby.

I was just saying that to my wife.
Some people don't even know how to fix Megos.

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ubermanx
Dec 17, '13, 9:15 AM
Well now ...

I have been a bit harsh on the FTC bodies. The arm situation renders these useless as a toy for children. When the arms snap off shortly (if they haven't already in the package) then the average parent who bought these for their children will not say, "Ooo, guess I better order a new body from Doc.". They will say "What a cheap piece o' $30 turd. I guess I won't be buying Little Jimmy any more of these."

As a collectable they are awesome because most of us do know the address to Doc's website and can handle a little thing like a body swap. We shouldn't have to but that's another story.

So, today, I am taking a Bif Bang Pow Doctor Who Master out of the package and instantly one hip pin disintegrates. Taking the clothes off to inspect the damage the other hip pin blows. Then I look at the arms and they display the exact same tearing I found on the FTC Batman. Different style elastic but same result.

I guess FTC isn't the only one that isn't quite up to snuff? Now, does anyone have a spare redish brown body lying around?

- Marty

Wise4671
Dec 17, '13, 9:31 AM
Just got a set of these to give my son for Christmas. I wonder if he will open them or keep them sealed and hang them on his wall.

Figuremod73
Dec 17, '13, 12:00 PM
Well now ...

I have been a bit harsh on the FTC bodies. The arm situation renders these useless as a toy for children. When the arms snap off shortly (if they haven't already in the package) then the average parent who bought these for their children will not say, "Ooo, guess I better order a new body from Doc.". They will say "What a cheap piece o' $30 turd. I guess I won't be buying Little Jimmy any more of these."



As a collectable they are awesome because most of us do know the address to Doc's website and can handle a little thing like a body swap. We shouldn't have to but that's another story.

So, today, I am taking a Bif Bang Pow Doctor Who Master out of the package and instantly one hip pin disintegrates. Taking the clothes off to inspect the damage the other hip pin blows. Then I look at the arms and they display the exact same tearing I found on the FTC Batman. Different style elastic but same result.

I guess FTC isn't the only one that isn't quite up to snuff? Now, does anyone have a spare redish brown body lying around?

- Marty

I can see this getting rather old after a few figures doing this.... I think those new rubberband-less bodies are gonna be a big hit in the long run.

rche
Dec 17, '13, 12:39 PM
Well now ...

I have been a bit harsh on the FTC bodies. The arm situation renders these useless as a toy for children. When the arms snap off shortly (if they haven't already in the package) then the average parent who bought these for their children will not say, "Ooo, guess I better order a new body from Doc.". They will say "What a cheap piece o' $30 turd. I guess I won't be buying Little Jimmy any more of these."

As a collectable they are awesome because most of us do know the address to Doc's website and can handle a little thing like a body swap. We shouldn't have to but that's another story.

So, today, I am taking a Bif Bang Pow Doctor Who Master out of the package and instantly one hip pin disintegrates. Taking the clothes off to inspect the damage the other hip pin blows. Then I look at the arms and they display the exact same tearing I found on the FTC Batman. Different style elastic but same result.

I guess FTC isn't the only one that isn't quite up to snuff? Now, does anyone have a spare redish brown body lying around?

- Marty

It is not so much the design of the figures as it is a materials issue. I am not that well versed in the different types f plastics used in modern toymaking, but the materials used for the arms are much softer than what was used 35+ years ago, and the rubber bands are strung very tightly.

Because of the arm issue, I have taken to restringing T1 style any BBP or eMCe figure I give to my kids. Once you get the super tight bands and metal couplers off of the shoulder joints, they hold up great! It looks as if FTC is using a similar plastic now for the arms on their new bodies. I haven't picked up any new FTC items to make a comparison, but if they are compatible with their earlier bodies, those arms are made of a less malleable plastic. Perhaps some of those old ctvt bodies will come in handy now.

If it is a large scale problem, then I could definitely see consumers deciding not to be return customers. So, hopefully, this is a short term issue.

Wasimhosen
Dec 17, '13, 12:56 PM
9517
Here's how they look on Doc's buff swivel arm body. Robin lost an arm in the removing of clothes. Riddlers body will likely lose one of his if he's touched again. The hands switched fine. I wasn't sure they would fit until I tried. Much happier with them now. I wish figures would have an option just to buy the head and outfit. It may not be in their licensing agreement though. Whoever's making Capt Action may have a problem with it. I am still happy I purchased them and have preordered series 2, 3 and Titans from my lcbs. They were very reasonable with their pricing and not any more than I would have paid after s&h from Figures. I like to give them business when I can.

Wasimhosen
Dec 22, '13, 3:06 PM
Got the replacement body yesterday. I think that will be staying in storage because those arms aren't staying on too long.

comicmike
Dec 22, '13, 4:45 PM
i put small screw eyes into the shoulder sockets, and now they're fine. i did the same with my Type 1 hips/fore-leg sockets to correct the wide-leg stance. the screw eyes can not be seen, and the bodies' strength & integrity are simply re-inforced

Chippupperty
Dec 22, '13, 5:30 PM
Has anyone said?.....Why the extra Batman emblem??

EMCE Hammer
Dec 22, '13, 5:51 PM
Has anyone said?.....Why the extra Batman emblem??

The thinking was that some people would prefer more of a silkscreen approach while others would like a sticker that will fall off in thirty minutes just like a real Mego:-)

mego73
Dec 22, '13, 7:21 PM
I have gotten Batman and Robin so far from an Ebay seller and Robin came with no emblem. I told the seller about it and I told FTC about it and ended up getting 1 top from each. Aside from the tightness issue that limits their posability I think they look Megorific and there is no breakage so far.

Still love the prospect of putting these on the new no rubber band bodies.

It is true that the greens photograph lighter than they look in real like. I digitally helped them a bit in this picture

http://reboxyourmego.com/batrob.jpg

Starroid Raiders Dagon
Dec 22, '13, 11:26 PM
i put small screw eyes into the shoulder sockets, and now they're fine. i did the same with my Type 1 hips/fore-leg sockets to correct the wide-leg stance. the screw eyes can not be seen, and the bodies' strength & integrity are simply re-inforced

An excellent idea!

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/5227/4kxb.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/22/4kxb.jpg/)

GoldBlade6
Dec 23, '13, 1:35 PM
I would be interested in getting these figures, but I'm still really jaded from Mattel's Retro-Action line, most of which are available for like $5-7 at the moment. I don't really want to be paying $25 and then watch them be available for $7. Granted, EMCE's Trek figures haven't really dropped in price.

These are cool, but I wish they didn't have the tray in the bubble, and the fabric seems not really fabricy - more like some kind of really cheap material with lots of tiny holes in it. I think for now, I'll just wait and see what happens.

Figuremod73
Dec 23, '13, 1:40 PM
http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/5227/4kxb.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/22/4kxb.jpg/)

I've fixed many MOTU legs with those. Great suggestion.

PNGwynne
Dec 23, '13, 6:27 PM
...the fabric seems not really fabricy - more like some kind of really cheap material with lots of tiny holes in it.

No, the fabric is shinier but nice--it's polyester single-knit which is the closest modern equivalent to vintage Mego poly knit, and much preferable to cotton jersey or spandexes IMO for a "Mego" style.

It's been used for years by various vendors (incl. Emce) for repro bodysuits & clothing, as well as for the new Capt. Action & Hallowe'en costumes.

Figuremod73
Dec 24, '13, 4:19 PM
I emailed Figures Inc. yesterday to see if the Retro Batman parts could be bought seperately in the future and the response was that they couldnt do that with this license. (still have a Mego Batman I need to finish at some point)

Kinda suprised by that but I guess that must be part of the conditions of the license. We'll see in the future if thats the case.

PNGwynne
Dec 24, '13, 5:30 PM
They may not be able to sell finned gloves or Bat-belts, but the other, less distinct tooling should be up for grabs.