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    Question Black Hole Figures

    Some Black Hole figures are beautiful but not very playable, especially the ones who have stands (like Vincent or Maximilian). What do you think about them ? Were they really toys for kids ?
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    i have always loved the figures. I collected them and have continued with other items from the series. It's a great movie.
    Back then I think they where all intended for playtime. The good years, now everything cheaply made and the toy designers know they are targeting the collector market. Clash of the titans figures are similar as well. A great toy line I have gotten over the years but wasnt meant to hold up forever. Gotta love the Kraken figure.

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    Did you really play with the figures when you were a kid ? Weren't they too fragile ?
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    They were a lot more fragile than the Kenner figures, but if I understand Dadioche's question right, he was wondering if MEGO Black Hole line were MEANT to be played with, or were they supposed to be collectors' items like so many toys are today.

    The answer is yes, they were meant to be toys. In 1979, toys were still toys. The collectors market for Star Wars-era action figures wouldn't start until that generation of kids became adults.

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    I played with mine, I was that kid who liked Black Hole better than Star Wars. They lasted too, i broke the odd thumb but I still even have my Vincent on my desk here at work.

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    Hmmmm....

    I played with 'em too. I lost a LOT of thumbs though. The forearm/hand pieces were made of a rigid plastic and would snap if you tried putting something too big in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger 3 View Post
    They were a lot more fragile than the Kenner figures, but if I understand Dadioche's question right, he was wondering if MEGO Black Hole line were MEANT to be played with, or were they supposed to be collectors' items like so many toys are today.

    The answer is yes, they were meant to be toys. In 1979, toys were still toys. The collectors market for Star Wars-era action figures wouldn't start until that generation of kids became adults.

    Mark
    I like the think that the actual moment in time when a majority of action figures stopped being toys and started being "collectibles" was the instant that Playmates Toys stamped the first number on the bottom of their first Trek figure. "Individually numbered for collectiblility!" Yech!

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    They were meant to be played with and to last a reasonable stretch of time for a toy. I don't think manufacturers then (or even now) expect a toy to last more than 12 months of regular play. They certainly didn't intend them to last decades.

    They were more durable than most Micronauts, although not as much fun.
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    I never had any Black Hole figures as a kid, but had a couple of the similarly made Buck Rogers figures. I played with them a lot and the only problem I ever had was the inevitable broken thumb on one of the figures.

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    Thanks for all your reactions, guys.
    My question was not "Were the Black Hole figs collector toys ?" but more "Did you feel the figures were fragile as kids and did you pay attention to them much than to other toys because they were fragile and you liked them ?"
    As a kid, I loved some of my toys so much that I kept them as complete as I could, even if I played a lot with them.
    Last edited by Dadioche; Nov 9, '07 at 6:39 AM.
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