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    A lot of great reminiscing and sharing. I collected them all (I think the packaging told me too!), but my favorites (in no particular order) are Green Arrow, Green Lantern (Hal & John), Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Captain Cold, and Batman. The body issues were really fixed starting with Wave 3, so it definitely would have been nice to see what could have been. I buy some of the FTC line, but it just isn't the same for some reason. I appreciate what they are doing and I'm glad to have Cyborg, Grod, Gundy, Brainiac, and for sure a Red Tornado (although I wish he were just a little bit better), but the recreations of the originals are just off enough (suit too shiny or baggy, etc.) that they don't do it for me.

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    I enjoy how FTC's new offerings have more of a true Mego feel to them, but I enjoyed buying the Mattel Retro Action line. We finally got Mego-esque Super Heroes in the correct 8-inch scale! That's something Hasbro and Toy Biz never did.

    I think the early body issues definitely hurt the line out of the gate, but like Z-man 307 said, the quality got better, but it was probably too late by then. I would have loved that Robin and Supergirl. We didn't get enough females in the line and Robin needed a 8" update (still does; looking forward to the new FTC version).

    Still, nothing beats the Hasbro DC 9-inch line for me. Great head sculpts, great costumes, especially the RC Batman. If only they were in the 8-inch scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodkeith View Post
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    Aaah! Here's some screencaps. Those really would've filled out the line nicely. That Supergirl in particular would've been great. Not to mention, would've expanded our ability to customize blonde characters. So sad these didn't see the light of day.
    C'mon Mego Detectives!!! There's got to be a better picture!!!

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    i bought all of the retro DC action figures ,that were very good ,and most guest starred in robot chickens Dc specials .however FTC DC fills the spot quite well ,so i dont miss them at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boywonder0 View Post
    C'mon Mego Detectives!!! There's got to be a better picture!!!
    I agree! There’s got to be clearer evidence. I did watch the video and it just made things worse. Now I really wan to see them!

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    Just curious - was the prototype Supergirl a new headsculpt, or was it the same as the Wonder Woman figure that was released?
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    This is a super wave and could have kept DC Retro Action going if it had been released.

    I collected all RA except Green Lantern wave, great for $20 each.

    Dr Mego told Mattel to keep RA mattycollector site exclusives and the line could have lasted longer like MOTU Classic. TRU ruined RA at retail.

    I do like what FTC has done with Mego DC sine 2013 reissuing all 23 original Mego DC in the different packaging and making NEW DC, 66 Batman TV and Super Friends and Legion of Doom. And soon will release 12" DC Megos!

    I also still have 90s Hasbro 9" DC Super Heroes and JLA and Hasbro 9" Spider-Man Origins when Hasbro got Marvel license in 2006. All for low price of $15 each. Too bad there is not a retail market for ReMego so Hasbro could make Mego 8" Marvel and Star Wars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovenmitt View Post
    This is a super wave and could have kept DC Retro Action going if it had been released.
    It wouldn't have mattered. There were so many other reasons that the line was cancelled that "character selection" wouldn't have even made the top 5.

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    The local Toy's r us could never sell the LexLuthor and Sinestro's that sat on the shelf
    until these discontinued. I bought most of them marked down to $ 5.00 each at
    Marshall's, Ross and other discount stores. The Villans ratio and the GL wave didn't help
    and the bodies were crap.

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    Mattel's distribution continues to be abysmal. Character selection combined with overshipping of the same wave over and over certainly didn't help. Not having a Robin and a Joker in the line really does hurt the line's legacy on the shelf, but I still dig the figures, despite the wobbly bodies. I know Doc had no control over that or most of the other wrong-headed decisions. That was Mattel.

    Overall, I think aesthetically these are nicer, and are certainly better produced than most of FTC's output.

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