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Thread: Mego Museum Announces the 1978 Re: Imagine Project

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    I have plans, oh how I have plans.....

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    Being the fist fighter junkie I am, I would like to see more characters pounding flesh. Hulk and Thing seem like pretty obvious choices for fist fighters. Also, I think it would be fun to apply the removable mask/cowl concept to other characters and let them change in and out of superhero to citizen with more ease being on the same action figure, rather than having a whole other figure.

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    This is great! In order to track the ideas, I'll document them. Following is the master list of Projects and Teams. As folks post information, updates/revisions and collaborations, I will update this list.

    One quick note about ideas: While every idea is a good one, we should be mindful that we are developing a hypothetical 1978 catalog, which would have been created at the end of 1977, for distribution at the February 1978 Toy Fair.

    This project will be especially cool if we develop ideas that are somewhat plausible. Even if not entirely plausible, we should avoid overly anachronistic additions (e.g. expanding the Dukes of Hazzard line, as the show wasn't even on-air at that point).

    Also, when you post new ideas, it would really help me if you could copy/paste the following form and fill it out in a new post, so I can easily add it to this list.

    [Project/Concept Title]
    Author: [Your Name (Your MM ID)]
    Line: [Mego Line]
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): [Choose One, or TBD]
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): [Choose One, or TBD]
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: [Choose One, or TBD]
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: [Choose One, or TBD]
    Author Notes: [Your inspiration or reason behind concept]

    Here we go.

    Wizard of Oz Flying Monkey
    Author: Charlie Balicki (MegoGeek)
    Line: Wizard of Oz
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): TBD
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): TBD
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: TBD
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: TBD

    Author Notes: Only because I remember a rumor when I was younger that one came with the Witch's Castle.

    Marvel Fist-Fighters: Hulk and Thing
    Author: Bryan Sanders (nayrbgo)
    Line: WGSH
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Vintage
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: N/A
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: Hulk and Thing seem like pretty obvious choices for Fist Fighters.

    Secret Identities: Line Expansion and/or Reimagining
    Author: Bryan Sanders (nayrbgo)
    Line: WGSH
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): TBD
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: TBD
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: Apply the removable mask/cowl concept to other characters and let them change in and out of superhero to citizen with more ease being on the same action figure, rather than having a whole other figure.

    Masters of Fantasy Celebrity 8" Figures: Rod Serling, Gene Rodenberry, Vincent Price and Stan Lee
    Author: Joe DeRouen (jderouen)
    Line: Masters of Fantasy
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: James Brady, Dave McCormick (DaveMC), Joe Derouen (jderouen)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: The Masters of Fantasy action figures include Rod Serling, Gene Rodenberry, Vincent Price, Stan Lee, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jack Kirby. The first four are finished and in custom boxes. The other two obviously aren't.

    8" 2-Packs: World's Greatest Super-Pals™
    Author: Benjamin Holcomb (imp)
    Line: WGSH
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Vintage with Custom (Flash)
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Need volunteers
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: Mego offered 2-packs in the U.S. (e.g. Fist-Fighters, never produced) and actually produced and sold them abroad (e.g. Western 2-Packs in Germany). It just seems like something Mego could have done, especially to better launch the Teen Titans. Please see: Wonder Woman and Wondergirl

    Superman Daily Planet Playset
    Author: Scott Adams (megoscott)
    Line: WGSH and/or Superman: The Movie
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): TDB
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Need volunteers

    Author Notes: Daily Planet playset that uses the Tower design I used on my Baxter Building


    Superman Phone Booth
    Author: Scott Adams (megoscott)
    Line: WGSH
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams (megoscott)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams (megoscott)

    Author Notes: Please see: Phone Booth


    Vulcan Explorer
    Author: Authentic Mego Concept (Vinny Baiera)
    Line: Star Trek
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Digital
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): N/A
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams (megoscott)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams (megoscott)

    Author Notes: Please see: Vulcan Explorer

    1966 Batman Line
    Author: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Line: TV Batman
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: I'll gladly participate for '66 Batman, but I have over 2 dozen characters from the show done now, with a couple more in the works.

    Universal Monsters
    Author: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Line: Mad Monsters
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: What if Mego got the rights to do monsters after the likeness of the Universal movies. I have a few of those done (did get the heads from others) with boxes made by Anthony. And I have more in the making.

    World's Greatest Authors
    Author: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Line: World's Greatest Authors
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Thomas Meuleman/Todd Waters (Illegal Mego)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Anthony Durso (The Toyroom)

    Author Notes: Todd made a custom Edgar Allan Poe for me, I extended the line with Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson (Starbuk and Mefiboshet helped me with some of the heads).

    Logan's Run: Surface Dwellers
    Author: Brian Heiler (Palitoy)
    Line: Logan's Run
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Brian Heiler (Palitoy)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Brian Heiler (Palitoy)

    Author Notes: Four new figures based on some of the more interesting characters in the first season. Some are literal translations, while others are a little more loose, they are: Carousel, Alien Captive, The Protector, The Riders

    Hulk Expansion
    Author: Steve Moore (stevemoore)
    Line: Extension of Hulk line
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Steve Moore (stevemoore), with parts from the usual sources
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: TBD

    Author Notes: To go with Hulk, I'll add Abomination, Rhino, and alter-ego Banner on custom cards.

    Action Jackson 2099
    Author: Scott Greer (gman)
    Line: Re-Introduced Action Jackson
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Vintage/Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Greer (gman)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: TBD

    Author Notes: Action Jackson was my favorite Mego and I always thought they could have and should have done more with him.

    Legion of DOOM villains
    Author: ? (PCofmisfittoys)
    Line: Mego WGSV (World's Greatest Super Villains)
    Toy Execution: Vintage/Custom (Riddler only; card backs on all others)
    Packaging Execution: Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: ? (PCofmisfittoys)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: ? (PCofmisfittoys)

    Author Notes: The riddler has always been the only good villian released by MEGO. The oldest villians are included in the Legion of Doom. Giganta (1944), Lex (1940) etc. All thirteen are classic villians that are often overlooked.

    Legion of Doom Headquarters Interior Playset
    Author: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)
    Line: Mego WGSV (World's Greatest Super Villains)
    Toy Execution: Custom
    Packaging Execution: Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)

    Author Notes: This is a goal of mine to produce the interior of the Hall of Doom so it could be used with 8" figures.

    M*A*S*H
    Author: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)
    Line: M*A*S*H
    Toy Execution : Digital
    Packaging Execution : Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)

    Author Notes: The original toy line fell short in some regards. I could see an expanded line with more figures and Klinger with more of a dress-up doll as well.

    Monday Night Football
    Author: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)
    Line: MNF
    Toy Execution: Digital
    Packaging Execution: Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: ? (Pcofmisfittoys)

    Author Notes: It's sports baby....Back in that time the catalogs and TV where covered in sports. The idea that Joe Namath was only produced is crazy. I can see Howard cosell, and other legends of the day in 8" form in their own WGSH feeling packaging.

    Scooby Doo and the Gang
    Author: Derek Combs (Megospidey)
    Line: Scooby Doo and the Gang
    Toy Execution: Custom
    Packaging Execution: Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Derek Combs (Megospidey)
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: The Toyroom (Anthony Durso)

    Author Notes: Since this was on Mego's potential list of things-to-do, Derek has been gracious enough to revisit his some of Scooby Doo custom figures. This time, they'll be carded instead of boxed.

    AWESOME SUGGESTIONS
    We are seeking leaders for the following suggestions:

    — Challenge of the Superfriends (suggested by Austin Hough)

    — 8" X-Men (suggested by Joe DeRouen)

    — Pulp Heroes Line: The Phantom, The Shadow, & Doc Savage. Maybe with an overseas Diabolik ala Jet Jungle (pitched by Tom Ligotti, Wannabemego)

    — Heroes of Legend Line Expansion: 3 Musketeers + D'Artagnan (pitched by Tom Ligotti, Wannabemego)

    — Dogtown and Z-Boys (suggested by Bryan Sanders, nayrbgo)
    Suggestion Notes: These guys (Jay Adams, Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva, to name a few) rewrote skateboarding and made it the crazy lucrative trend it is today. This happened during Mego's company timeline and most certainly captured the minds of kids all over. It would be great to also make "The Dogbowl" playset (a drained swimming pool) and have these figures doing aerial tricks.

    — Get Smart figures (suggested by ?, Pcofmisfittoys)

    — Get Smart Shoe Phone Toy (suggested by ?, Pcofmisfittoys)

    — Good Times figures, with Apartment Playset (suggested by ?, Pcofmisfittoys)

    — Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew figures (suggested by ?, Pcofmisfittoys)

    If you want to tackle one or more of the above, please create a new post to that effect.

    Hopefully, more soon.

    Benjamin
    Last edited by imp; Nov 27, '07 at 10:15 PM.

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    Might I suggest the following:

    Wizard of Oz Miss Gulch on bike/Winged Monkey/Winkie Guard/Uncle Henry and Auntie Em/Farmhands
    Author: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Line: Wizard of Oz
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Mikeoz
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Mikeoz
    All these characters (and their boxes) have already been made


    Star Wars characters
    Author: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Line: Star Wars
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Dave Mc
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: TBD
    Dave has quite a collection of Star Wars characters, don't know about the boxes tho


    Star Trek characters
    Author: Thomas Meuleman (Meule)
    Line: Star Wars
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Dave Mc/James Brady
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: TBD
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    Here is what I would like to conribute:

    Superman the Movie 8" figures
    Author: MEGOWGSH (Austin Houg)
    Line: WGSH
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Customs
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Myself
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: Need a Volunteer
    Author Notes: I have already created 8" versions of Lex Luthor, Zod and Jor-el in similar motif as 12" line. Probable additions of Ursa, Non. Possible additions of Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen

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    Also, a "Challenge of the Super Friends" line would be a nice addition considering it is 1978. I know a lot of have customs of those characters we have made.

    Just a thought.

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    Benjamin,
    Volunteer me for the packaging on:
    Marvel Fist-Fighters — Hulk and Thing
    Secret Identities — Line Expansion and/or Reimagining
    Superman the Movie 8" figures
    Challenge of the Super Friends

    I've already dabbled in the custom packaging area on those so it just seems like a natural
    Think OUTSIDE the Box! For the BEST in Repro & Custom Packaging!

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    Awesome suggestions and ideas so far, I'm excited. Thanks for getting this so organized, Ben.

    Here's some of my intended entries:


    Superman Daily Planet Playset

    Author: Scott Adams
    Line: WGSH/Superman the Movie
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): ?
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: ?
    Author Notes: Daily Planet playset that uses the Tower design I used on my Baxter Building.

    Superman Phone Booth
    Author: Scott Adams
    Line: WGSH-Superman
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): Custom
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: SA
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: SA
    Author Notes: http://megomuseum.com/projects/phone..._7043.JPG.html

    Vulcan Explorer
    Author: Vinny Baiera?
    Line: Star Trek
    Toy Execution (Vintage, Custom or Digital Art): Digital
    Packaging Execution (Custom or Digital Art): n/a?
    Toy Customizers/Collaborators: Scott Adams
    Packaging Customizers/Collaborators: SA
    Author Notes: Vulcan Explorer
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    It wil be fun to watch this. Unfortuntately (as can been seen by my absence here lately) I have some time issues to say the least right now, so I won't be able to participate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meule View Post
    Might I suggest the following:Wizard of Oz Miss Gulch on bike/Winged Monkey/Winkie Guard/Uncle Henry and Auntie Em/Farmhands, Star Wars characters, Star Trek characters
    These are wonderful nominations, Thomas, which I hope will encourage their respective creators to participate.

    I do want to clarify that we should avoid nominating participants in lieu of offering to participate. Thomas, I understand you have a wonderful '66 Batman custom; I hope you'll consider submitting that piece to the project.

    I also want to clarify my confusing word choice. The "Author" of a concept is the person who created the idea in the first place, not the person who suggests its inclusion. Using Thomas' "Star Wars" concept as an example, Dave Mc would be the author in search of a packaging collaborator. Dave Mc, if so inclined, would take lead on the project, and work with collaborators if necessary.

    Conversely, I personally have an idea that requires a customizer. In that case, Benjamin Holcomb will be the author in search of a customizing collaborator.

    Sorry to step on your brilliant toes, Thomas, and your ideas ROCK (keep 'em coming); I just want to make sure we're all working from the same dictionary.

    Benjamin

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