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Thread: Mego "Select Edition"

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    Mego "Select Edition"

    This is just a thought experiment, not a real thing...

    Suppose Mego released a "Select Edition" of each figure. The figure would come on a bandless body with improved articulation. It would have swappable hands, an alternate head, improved/additional clothing and accessories, etc. For example, the ST:WOK Kirk would also include his field jacket, wrist communicator, a head with the Khaaaan! scream, bifocals... more like a Mezco one:12 or similar figure. How interested would you be? Would you buy the $50 "select edition" or the regular "retail" version?

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    Emce tried that with marvel and it didnít get very far.

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    Nah, to me, mego is simple yet great. All that extra stuff makes it an adult collectible rather than a child's toy.

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    I'd like it!

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    I'd like it too!… a well chosen figure or pairing along with accessories that create a mini-playset, or could even outfit other figures in the line-up.

    For example, NECA's Halloween 3 Season of the Witch set was brilliant in this way.

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    I'm uncertain, didn't the two-pack diorama sets falter?
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    Rather than that direction, I wouldn't mind seeing them going the crowdfunding/Kickstarter route for some figures that are maybe deeper in lines they have the license for and wouldn't sell enough at the retail level to make viable, but that collector's would go for. It might be a way to get McCoy and Scotty figures out there, maybe a Gandalf for the LOTR line, or stuff like that, with those that want them preordering directly from Mego to help finance the production costs. You could possibly do variants of figures that way as well (McCoy in standard uniform and McCoy in surgical shirt for example). I understand these figures would probably have to sell at a price point higher than the retail releases due to economy of scale, but it might be a way to get some figures that the Mego community seems to want but wouldn't necessarily be viable in the mass market, and limiting it to existing licenses would be a way to manage costs and perhaps increase revenue streams for those licenses.

    I have my own mixed feelings on this. I like seeing Mego at retail, and prefer buying it there than preordering and buying online, I like at least the idea of Mego reaching new audiences that way, but on the other hand, the core customer base seems to be collectors who want more from each line than the popular figures that would be viable at retail, and this might be a way for Mego to meet that audience demand without losing money with mass market figures that don't sell. That said, I don't know enough about the logistics or producing Mego figures to know that this is even viable in terms of covering production costs and turning a profit, or finding a place in the production schedule to get them done to fulfill pledges without interrupting the production schedule of the mass market figures, so I am not sure this is a can of worms Mego would even want to consider opening.

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    They should all come on an improved bandless body. That doesn't need to be select. The fact that I have to either restring or swap bodies is still the biggest hinderance that modern Mego has. I feel bad for the poor kids who buy a new Superman and he can barely be posed because the crappy modern bands are too tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    I'm uncertain, didn't the two-pack diorama sets falter?
    Optimal application "well chosen." I'm thinking something like Son of Frankenstein Monster & Igor with lab accessories, chains and a table. I have to think something like this would sell crazy.
    Last edited by Confessional; Oct 26, '20 at 5:19 PM. Reason: … Full House + cardboard = FAIL!

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    I like the idea of crowd funded / kickstarter for characters that might not be produced for mass market retail. Characters from ST Original Series that some of us have been requesting forever like Chapel, Rand, Vina, Marta, Sarek and Amanda. I would gladly fork over money to help fund characters like these. When Mego started up again I was certainly hoping to see all these by now but I am losing hope every wave that comes out. Love most of what they're doing but I'm not a big fan of multiple variants of the most popular characters.

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