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Thread: Upgrading your childhood Mego figures

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    Upgrading your childhood Mego figures

    Most of my childhood Megos have some damage, they survived many battles.
    So now and then I see a mint example I cannot refuse, so I buy it, thinking "I can upgrade". I don't have enough cash to keep doubles, so I know I should sell my old one to help pay for the new one.

    But then comes the dilemma: you get the new one, it looks great. But I can't bring myself to sell the old one. It's like getting rid of an old and dear friend.

    So you wind up with having the Trek crew...twice.
    And having a whole shelf of Apes.

    Any of you have the same dilemma?
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    "When things are at their darkest, it's a brave man that can kick back and party."

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    I am totaly in the same boat. I have 2 full sets of bridge crew my childhood type 2 body set and the diamond select release (it was 3 sets but I sold my "upgraded set" of vintage type 1's off as soon as the diamonds came out I just couldn't justify 3 sets) and I have 2 bridges my childhood one (with all it's flaws) and a nice one I bought as an adult.
    I just can't release that old friend expecailly since they survive the hard reality of childhood play and yard sales whether by being lost for years in the attic (the trek crew) or unwaverying love (like my joes) I won't let them go now

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    I cherish the ones from childhood and I have a ton of Mego Trek sets also tons and tons of custom crewmen so I can't ever have enough Mego Trek figures. If anyone wants to sell Mego Trek bodies, uniforms, ect I am always looking for extra crewmen. Check out my stuff on flickr

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    I didn't buy the whole EMCE crew, just one token Kirk.
    Otherwise, I'd have three crews!
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    I wish I had that problem. I don't have any of my childhood AJs or Lainie.
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    The ideal solution if possible is upgrade your old one (with parts from the new "minty" one) and sell the remains of the new one. This way you've restored you've made the figure you really care about (childhood figure) look better and can reclaim $ of the new one once ypu've gotten what you need out of it.

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    I'll never sell whatever childhood Megos I've managed to hold on to at this point, just for sentimental reasons. I've upgraded some of them, but I still hang on to my childhood ones. Even the ones that are beat up, or I only have the head left (which is true in a couple cases), they aren't worth displaying, but I can't sell them, so I just keep them safely tucked away in a box.

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    My childhood Megos were "lost" in storage for so many years, that when I discovered them again, it was like seeing old friends from the past return. Every scratch and fray on them is a symbol of my childhood life that I would feel like I was changing or giving away my memories. All of my originals are probably not worth much, but to me they are gold.

    I don't go for minty very much, usually I by repros or beaters that I clean up for my kids to use. My son is the keeper and one who plays with the newly aquired stuff.

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    I have the same issue with vintage Star Wars. I have my childhood played with set and then a minty loose display set. I actually started in on the minty set not to upgrade, but to keep my childhood toys out of the light and danger zone of a display shelf. I have been going back and forth with myself for years about selling the minty set. I don't really need it and I would MUCH rather have my tattered C-3P0 with the broken fingers than the clean shiny one.

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    I still have all my classic megos,and even though they are beat to hell,i would never sell them,they wouldnt
    be worth anything except for parts ,but to me ,like what was said before ,their my old friends ,and they still
    are left the way when i last played with them so long ago with their miss-matched clothes ,repair jobs,and
    paint loss,i still have all my apes,star trek,superheros,dinah-mite,action jackson,waltons,oz,american west,etc
    and their non mego friends on mego bodies-action ape,rookies,swat,emergency,my shazam is still
    wearing his mr rock pants a thor vest,and bad bad johns shoes,i lost mr rock in a war back then,since then
    as i still collected the later figures were never really played with,so all my copies are my upgraded in a way.
    but i still buy a few things i never had ,and buy some cleaner copies ,

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