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MeWantMegos
Jan 3, '14, 11:19 AM
Should the figures be exact replicated of the original Megos? Or just Mego inspired?

Someone in another thread pointed out that the Penguin doesn't look as fat. Not that it's the end of the world but I too remembered him having a bigger stomach. Really not a complaint.

For pure nostalgia I would prefer if they are more or less the same. But will happily support the line regardless.

Hedji
Jan 3, '14, 11:51 AM
I think they should be as close as humanly possible, yes. I'm sure there are very real limitations as far as materials and costs, but I think they are doing really well.

I guess it's sort of like they Playing Mantis Captain Action repros. Those were pretty close , weren't they?

Astronut
Jan 3, '14, 12:17 PM
They're close enough, as far as I'm concerned. Nearly indistinguishable is better than I ever expected or dreamed of seeing in 2014. Love 'em.

kerowack
Jan 3, '14, 12:34 PM
I honestly don't know what more we could want. When I was ten(around 1988) I remember that I was allowed to go to the toy store on Saturday and pick out something if I did good in school or did my chores. No matter how many toy stores I dragged my parents to, I always checked for megos (or I used to call them the super heroes with real clothes) and could never find them. I remember thinking that maybe there would be some long lost box that was found or that some toy store would still carry them. Either way, I would have KILLED for these.

The fact that they are a bit different (a BIT), helps keep these from being passed off as originals while they are close enough for me to get overwhelmed with nostalgia.

Astronut
Jan 3, '14, 1:09 PM
I honestly don't know what more we could want. When I was ten(around 1988) I remember that I was allowed to go to the toy store on Saturday and pick out something if I did good in school or did my chores. No matter how many toy stores I dragged my parents to, I always checked for megos (or I used to call them the super heroes with real clothes) and could never find them. I remember thinking that maybe there would be some long lost box that was found or that some toy store would still carry them. Either way, I would have KILLED for these.

The fact that they are a bit different (a BIT), helps keep these from being passed off as originals while they are close enough for me to get overwhelmed with nostalgia.

That's a really cool story, man... and I agree with you re: original vs. repro.

Figuremod73
Jan 3, '14, 1:31 PM
I think their fine. Its really just the body issues. I also would have liked these to have been available in the '80s. I did have Kenner Superpowers so i guess it was a pretty good trade off, lol.

What I would really like other than these being made is for them to get the body problems completey fixed and release them in regular stores like Toys R' Us. I know the chances of that are slim but I bet kids would really like them if they've never seen a mego before. The Retro Action line was dropped to quick in store distribution, IMO.

Astronut
Jan 3, '14, 2:02 PM
I think their fine. Its really just the body issues.

Yup. Agreed.


What I would really like other than these being made is for them to get the body problems completey fixed and release them in regular stores like Toys R' Us. I know the chances of that are slim but I bet kids would really like them if they've never seen a mego before. The Retro Action line was dropped to quick in store distribution, IMO.

My two cents, if the price point is not able to fall to $10 to $15 each, there is no way these would be able to move at a decent pace to the young demographic. Can you imagine hearing little Billy say, "Hey, ma! Kin I git one of deez soupa hee-woes pwease?" and mom replying, "Oh, they're only $25? Oh, $20? Sure thing! Hey, you might as well get two while you're at it!"

As much as I want to see them go big again at retail... and trust me, I would love seeing that, I have dreamt of that... there is zero chance they would sell mass quantities for more than $15 a pop. Just not going to happen, I don't care how good the distribution or how good the variety of characters.

jayraytee
Jan 3, '14, 2:26 PM
I agree. I think in order to be aimed literally at kids, they would have to be in the $10 range... which won't happen. Mass distribution at collector prices is useless.

As for the closeness to actual mego figures, these are what I was hoping for when the famous covers line hit the stores. They were overpackaged, overpriced and not enough like a mego for me. These things are as close as I would want them, not exact because you don't want anyone passing them off as originals, but as close as they need to be. They look pretty close, the color slightly different is fine to me... the screenprinted chest emblems are a good upgrade to originals. If they would license one of the rubberbandless bodies and use those... they would be perfect 'new' megos for me. That would keep me from having to switch them out, and an acceptable upgrade, in my opinion. But these things are reasonably as close as anyone has come to the originals without going over the line of being fake originals.

Astronut
Jan 3, '14, 2:44 PM
I agree. I think in order to be aimed literally at kids, they would have to be in the $10 range... which won't happen.



E-yup. $10 would be the perfect - - not to mention reasonable and SANE - - price point for the "under 10 years of age" child demographic this period in time. IMO At that price I can imagine little Billy actually getting his mom to buy them on a consistent basis over a period of time.

madmarva
Jan 3, '14, 2:45 PM
I like the duplicates or near duplicates, but would rather see more accurate portrayals of the characters from the comics.

While I have a nostalgic love for the goofy-faced sculpts and oven mitt gloves, I think attempting to adhere to style that was considered cheap 40 years ago severely limits the desirability the figures beyond the relatively small crowd nostalgic for the figures of our youth.

After buying the recent Freddy and Jason figures from Necca, I would have much preferred for Necca to have handled the DC license. The clothing is better quality as are the paint apps. And the sculpts don't look like they tried and missed like megoes always have.

Figuremod73
Jan 3, '14, 3:03 PM
I agree. I think in order to be aimed literally at kids, they would have to be in the $10 range... which won't happen. Mass distribution at collector prices is useless.

And that may have been why the Retro Actions didnt last long.

I checked the inflation calculator and $10 would be about right since a Mego would have been $1.97 in 1973.

rlkrefft
Jan 3, '14, 3:26 PM
I wanted to ask to those who had the RC Batman and RM Robin, is it true the RM Robin was only found with a cloth belt?
If so, why isn't FTC using a cloth belt? Also I heard RM Batman only was found in vinyl silky looking trunks and not the regular cloth trunks like most of the other releases. Is this true? It appears from photos FTC RC Batman and RM Robin are exactly (from the neck down) like the wave 1 versions.

Brown Bear
Jan 3, '14, 3:28 PM
I like the slight variations to some degree to avoid people being fooled that these are originals, however being as exact as possible is something FTC should shoot for. If Batman's blue is off a bit or Robin's head a little long, big deal. Folks should get over it and enjoy the toy.

I think we ALL want never released figs sooner than later anyway.

dr_cyclops
Jan 3, '14, 10:38 PM
I love the direction FTC is going with their repros. Every variation to the originals, only makes them more identifiable. I like to think of it, as 'close enough for fun'.:heart:

PNGwynne
Jan 4, '14, 1:52 AM
They're close enough, as far as I'm concerned. Nearly indistinguishable is better than I ever expected or dreamed of seeing in 2014. Love 'em.

I'd agree, and I'm pretty darn picky.

I've shown then to friends who have a passing knowledge of Megos via my collection, and the response has ranged from "pretty nice" to "they look great."


"Close enough for fun"? Brilliant!!

PNGwynne
Jan 4, '14, 2:01 AM
I checked the inflation calculator and $10 would be about right since a Mego would have been $1.97 in 1973.

There is NO WAY, calculator or not, that these could be offered at $10. Marvel 3 3/4" figs are $10, DCUC 7" figs were $17--and those toys have increased production to offset costs. I think $20 would have been great for FTC, but we know that DC license didn't come cheap.

bobws
Jan 4, '14, 10:39 AM
Yes, costs keep these from selling like hotcakes. However keeping these looking like Mego's is okay for most of the ones Mego released, but Catwoman should have been given a better more comic or TV show outfit. Remaking that one was a waste of an opportunity to improve it. They can of coure make another different Catwoamn in a future wave is they ever go beyond Batman family.

dr_cyclops
Jan 4, '14, 10:55 AM
Skipped the calculator, and used the old comicbook cover price of 1973 20 cents, compared to today's $4 cover price. I'm coming up with a price around $39. I think my old comic needs new batteries.:smiley1:

jayraytee
Jan 4, '14, 12:32 PM
There is NO WAY, calculator or not, that these could be offered at $10. Marvel 3 3/4" figs are $10, DCUC 7" figs were $17--and those toys have increased production to offset costs. I think $20 would have been great for FTC, but we know that DC license didn't come cheap.

He was replying to me, and I said the same thing, there is no way they would be offered for $10. I was just saying if you wanted kids to buy them they would have to be. Its a problem, the costs of producing the figures is high, but Moms are not going to spend $20 a pop for a whole collection of figures. They might for one or two. When I was a kid, I had a whole collection of Megos, but they were pretty cheap even for the time. I had a whole collection of 1970s star wars figures, but again they were pretty cheap at the time. I only had one or two large size star wars figures because they were obviously more expensive. If they wanted to have new megos sell to kids at say walmart, I just don't believe it would work at $20 each... which ultimately means... it can't happen. We saw the death of famous covers and the mattel retro action... theres no reason to think these would do any better in the mass market. But, they will do fine in the collector market and at comic shops being sold to guys like us. Which is again the main reason they need to make them as nostalgically as close to the originals as possible without making them counterfeit originals.

tllgn
Jan 4, '14, 12:37 PM
YES! i think they should be the same ,they sure bring back that feeling for us old guys ,and for those who feel otherwise ,well Figures could always
do reimagined up to date type figures down the road ,and i would buy them also .

Figuremod73
Jan 4, '14, 1:10 PM
I really hope their successful enough to do a reimagined line although I would like a character like Hawkman sees the light of day first. Hope its long running.

I think the licenses have increased in value considerably since Burton Batman. Theres a reason why The Corps! figures are considerably cheaper than a Star Wars figures. I sometimes wish that wasnt the case though.

"Close enough for fun" sums it up perfectly.