Toy-Ventures: Maskatron (Kenner Six Million Dollar Man)

Toy-Ventures this week looks at what we believe to be the greatest villain action figure of the 1970s and perhaps the best action figure of the decade as well.

Kenner’s Maskatron, the robotic face changing robot from Kenner’s Six Million Dollar Man toy line is a wonderful bit of toy magic when some licenses a property but takes artistic license (anticipate a callback joke) and sets out to also make a toy with tremendous play value.

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Toy-Ventures: AHI Action Apeman

 

Clearly inspired by the Mego Planet of the Apes action figures, the AHI Action Apeman are some of the boldest knock offs ever produced, I’ll explain why I think that in this video.

 

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PlaidStallions Toy-Ventures Magazine Issue #1 A Salute to AHI

PlaidStallions announced on their YouTube channel that they are launching an old fashioned toy magazine and the first issue will be a tribute to the rack toys created by Azrak Hamway International or AHI.

Among the highlights of this publication will be a reference guide to the insane variations of the World Famous Super Monsters toys.

Other toy lines cover will include Planet of the Apes, Superheroes, Star Trek, KISS and Space:1999 and hope to provide checklists of every toy produced.

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Toy-Ventures: More Knock Off Superheroes

Time to delve into the magical world of Knock Off or bootleg action figures again with these classics from the 1970s, the weirdest justice league ever consisting of Aquaman, Superman and um…….Bat-Phantom-Solider-Man?








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Toy-Ventures: Who are the Krazy Kreeps?

 

This week I share possibly my favourite knock-off find of the last few years, meet the Krazy Kreeps, two eight Mego-esque monster figures that look so familiar. I’ll explain where we’ve seen them before, lots of fun surprises and mysteries.

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CustoMego: Mego Meet Customs

This week we’re not going to talk about making a custom but rather look at some fond memories and celebrate some creators. Fans make the coolest stuff and let me introduce you to some of my favourites like the Supermobile, Jet Jaguar and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, you’re gonna love it!
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Toy-Ventures 8: The Martian Chronicles

 

This week’s installment of Toy-Ventures is all about the action figures produced by Larami for the 1980 TV mini-series “The Martian Chronicles”, just how does a mini-series get an action figure line the first place? We’ll try to explain.

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Mego Meet 2018- June 1-2 Columbus Ohio

Mego Meet 2018 is June 1st & 2nd – Columbus, Ohio

This is the Mego Collector gathering of the year!

Mego Meet 2018 will be held June 1st – 2nd in Columbus, Ohio at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus West. This will be our fourteenth year, and I am pleased to announce that we FINALLY have found a facility that works for us and can hold all of us in one large room. The hotel is at 2350 Westbelt Dr, Columbus, OH 43228, USA

Registration is open now – Meet admission is still only $25 and still includes family; tables remain an additional $40.

http://www.megomuseum.com/megomeetmain/megomeetmain.shtml

Megolike: Medicom RAH figures

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Still working on resurrecting Megolike.com (although the facebook page is still up and running) in the meantime, here’s another line of modern figures that rocked out world. Slightly taller (at ten inches but then Mego made a few of those too) the Medicom RAH figures were gorgeous and flipping pricey back in the day. Now? I’m picking them up for $20 a piece. Above is Riderman from the Kamen Rider television series. More after the jump!

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Megolike: The Adventurer

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The Adventurer was a blow molded (ie cheap) doll and outfit set that shared a lot of parts with Mego’s Action Jackson (many of the outfits are identical and bear the Mego trademark)  and then some of the outfits got really whacky, making us wonder what was meant by “adventure”.  More after the jump:

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Mego KO HQ: Heroes of the Desert Storm



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Another from the Mego Like Archive: Heroes of Desert Storm were yet another rebranding of the Mego Lion Rock World War 2 figures that were sold in the late 70s.

They really got a ton of mileage out of these molds….

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If you have the other characters in the line please share them with us!

 

 

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Mego KO HQ: Cast-A-Way Toys Phantom and Captain Action

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From Mego Knock Off HQ
If you have some of the stuff I don’t email me and I’ll add it to this page.

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Achmed was the Phantom’s nemesis (he doesn’t exactly have a Batman’s rogue gallery does he?)

More after the jump!

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Distinctive Dummies unleashes the Night Stalker

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When i woke up this morning I had no inclination that it would be an expensive day but that was before Distinctive Dummies announced a small run of figures based on Kolchak: The Night Stalker. I’ve been waiting years for Carl.

http://www.distinctivedummies.net/kolchak.html

If Carl wasn’t enough, there is also The Night Strangler from the TV Movie of the same name.

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http://www.distinctivedummies.net/strangler.html

Aaaaaannnd a Two Pack of Karl and Janos that I must own Dammit!

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http://www.distinctivedummies.net/twinstalker.html

As always get them now because once they’re gone, they ain’t coming back.

Ebay: Slade Super Agent by Shindana

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The picture kind of sucks but these figures show so infrequently it’s news in these here parts. Slade is part of series of “Live Auctions” on Ebay (!) that include lots of Tomland Star Raiders and Lincoln Monsters. I’ve got no dog in this race but I’m pulling up my lawn chair to watch the fireworks.

You can see all the auctions here. Warning; there is a 20% premium on these for some reason, if you do bid, take that into consideration.