People have asked whether I ever plan to make a real Mego Museum playset carrying case. The answer is I tried.
View a MOVIE of the prototype set with awesome Price is Right music here.
Here's the work in progress from 2006:
Museum Prototype pictures
Here's some CG renders of the proposed Museum set. Making very large molded parts like that was proving to be fairly expensive, especially in a short run. Realistically, you'll never sell 500 of these things at over $100 no matter how popular the Museum is.
This shows how the set would open in the back to be a display.
Here's the Accessory Check version where the lid opens on top to hold boots and shoes and stuff.
Here's an early attempt using an aluminum tube as a temporary base. The idea was to hang figures inside the case in little plastic boxes.
Figuring out how to wrap clear vinyl around a cylinder is another challenge. Sealing flat chipboard is easy enough, this would take some engineering.
The idea was to make the walls with big windows so you could see the figures inside. Also a challenge because bending the chipboard after you'd cut holes in it was funky.
So then I tried using PVC foam board. Heat it up and you can bend it into curves. This was very satisfying...Keep in mind I'm sealing this vinyl by hand with an iron. Real smart.
So in this version I made it a bit smaller and was trying to go with a lasercut lid.
So this was the final prototype before I stopped. After this, Dida Displays took over. I will try again when I get time to use some of the Dida Parts to make a truly impressive finished playset. It can be done, but it was a lot of headache.
View a whole set of the final prototype here.
View a MOVIE of the set with awesome Price is Right music here.