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I like FTC, too, and have collected most of the DC superheroes from the 70s as well as the 1966 line, but stopped short of the new releases. The upcoming line of 12 inch heroes is exciting, but given the price of a new 8 inch FTC vs. a 14 inch Mego and the price of FTC's previous 12 inch figures, I am on the fence. I am probably more enthusiastic by the announcement of FTC figures based upon the Filmation cartoons of the late 60s and will save shelf space for them.
Either way, isn't it great to be able to have a choice?
Thanks for the info. I got Poison Ivy for the sale price plus free shipping and a red card discount. Not sure if the line is doomed thought since they seem to have pulled the set up from the stores and everything is listed as on line only now.
Mego was easily my favorite toy line as a kid, but if it were THIS output of Mego I would have likely gotten Frankenstein and Dracula and called it a day. I'd love to see a kid begging for Alice from The Brady Bunch.
I don't bash either company-- FTC puts out some great re-do's of the original line and I'm glad to see the "real" Mego back too. That Major Nelson from Jeannie looks enough like Darren McGavin to make a Kolchak the Night Stalker figure out of him. But 90% of the line is an easy pass for me on both sides.
I am an opener and haven't had too many problems posing my FTC figures. (Some of the generic bodies bought through Classic TV Toys have been more problematic.)
Considering that a huge number of figure collectors keep them mint on card, posability is not everyone's biggest concern. The costumes on the "Batman '66" line have generally been extraordinary. When we bought DC Megos in the 70s, my brothers and I wanted them to look like FTC figures!
A few FTC lines have had oversized heads - Bizarro Superman and the Harry Potter line were the worst, but I would have only bought them for customising fodder. I collected Nightwing anyway, but trimming his giant collar was my priority with him.FTC also has been selling figures with oversized heads.
Oh, and the new Megos are exclusive to Target USA, so no good for the rest of the world. I am happy to cherrypick from eBay when necessary.
Therin of Andor
(aka Ian McLean, from Sydney, Australia)
If you are into overpriced Happy Meal toys. Mego is a great line and FTC could be if they'd address issues. Mego is producing what Target wants and that is not selling. Target will either recognize this or blame the format.