Monday, January 31, 2011

Cast-A-Way Toys sneaks us a look at Jesse James

Cast-A-Way toys has given the Museum a  sneak peak at their upcoming Jesse James figures, specifically their card art by Tim Baron, which is wonderfully reminiscent  the look of Gray Morrow's original Mego American West line.

Watch for more developments on Jesse James shortly.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mego Museum Supercollector Test Shot

We've seen some really breathtaking test shots from the folks at EMCE before but this one might be my favourite. The beeyootiful test shot head for the Super Collector/Brick Mantooth figures. It's starting to get very real folks....

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cast-a-Way toys presents a new Phantom

From: Cast-a-Way Toys HQ (Deep in the jungles of Africa)

Seated on a skull throne in his headquarters in a cave resembling a human skull in the deep jungles of Africa, the Phantom can be found by those in need, but he is the nemesis of evil on land, air and sea around the world. Legends say is he is a four hundred year old man who cannot die, and to look upon his face means death.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Cast-a-Way toys presents it latest variant of the Phantom who walks... From the daily pages of your favorite newspaper comes the Duo Toned Phantom or "Dalies" version! The Monochromatic version is just a painstakingly crafted as previous variations on the Ghost who walks... This Mr. Walker has the feel and look of his newsprinted counterpart and is sure to please. With new artwork by the Mego Museum's own Chris Franklin, this limited edition figure will likely go fast! If you have the "Sunday" color version of this figure you know how good it really is. You won't miss out on this one folks, like the daily print it'll be here and gone just as quickly...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Travel through Time and Space with Doctor Who... and Bif Bang Pow!

Bif Bang Pow! and BBC Worldwide Announce a New Line of Action Figures, Bobble Heads, and Collectibles Based on the Long-Running Sci-Fi Series.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Bif Bang Pow! and BBC Worldwide today announce a new partnership that will bring to market a brand-new line of toys and collectibles based on the incredibly popular television series Doctor Who. The license covers all eras of the show from 1963 through to the present day. Currently aired on BBC America, Doctor Who's latest season delivered BBC America record ratings and reached the top spot on the iTunes TV chart.

One of the most highly sought after licenses from the BBC Worldwide portfolio, the Doctor Who collection from Bif Bang Pow! will feature an array of articulated retro action figures and playsets, along with bobble heads, each embodying that distinctive look and feel of the longest-running sci-fi TV series in the world. The first arrivals are planned for summer 2011, and various fan-demanded Doctor Who themed collectibles such as license plate frames, journals, tin boxes, coasters, magnets, and glassware will materialize as well.

Reminiscent of the best-selling "Mego" style action figures of the 1970s and 1980s, Bif Bang Pow!'s amazing line of Doctor Who action figures will continue a successful partnership with EMCE Toys, the team responsible for bringing that classic style back since 2006. These figures will stand 8-inches tall and include episode-specific fabric clothing, in addition to multiple points of articulation.

For the first time ever, bobble heads of the most popular and recognizable Doctor Who characters are also on their way.

"Bif Bang Pow! is thrilled to bring these brand-new Doctor Who action figures, bobble heads, and collectibles to market," said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow! "The Denys Fisher range of 9-inch action figures from the 1970s was never released in the United States, and has become one of the most highly sought after toy lines of the past 40 years. Doctor Who bobble heads have never been made for any market, so we have the opportunity to offer these highly desired products to a whole new fan-base that never had the chance to purchase them before. Personally, I've been waiting for this since 1978, so as The Doctor would say, it's about time!"

Retailers and press can see a selection of Bif Bang Pow!'s upcoming product line at New York Toy Fair, February 13-16, 2011, at booth #4813.

About Bif Bang Pow!
Bif Bang Pow!™ ( produces first-rate collectibles for such popular properties as Doctor Who™, Dexter™, Lost™, Californication™, The Venture Bros.™, Eastbound & Down®, Beastly™, and The Twilight Zone™. Founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture. So when he created his company in 2005, he took the fan's perspective. His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own. Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!'s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection.

About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of £1074 million (including Group revenue and the Group's share of joint-ventures' revenue).
BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen's Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognised the company's substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years' trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the licence fee payer.About EMCE Toys
The EMCE Toys brand (pronounced "em-see") was founded to bring playability back to toys. Inspired by the original action figure company, Mego Corp., we strive to craft quality, durable action figures, playsets, and collectibles that recreate the sense of fun that toys were originally made for. Our launch lines are either licensed reproductions of original Mego toys and packaging, or original creations modeled after the classic lines of the 1970s and early 1980s. EMCE is proud to have the active input and cooperation of Marty Abrams, founder of Mego and father of the modern action figure. We hope to continue to honor his legacy with our work. We have also been honored to incorporate the talents of veteran artist Harold Shull, original illustrator of Mego's classic and distinctive packaging from the 1970s. As we continue to extend this kind of inclusion of the original Mego teams, we get closer to our goal of bringing Mego back as a viable toy company in all but name. EMCE was created by veteran pop culture entrepreneur Joe Sena, President of SphereWerx, LLC, and craftsman Paul "Dr. Mego" Clarke.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

LIsten to the Inaugural Mego Museum Podcast!

Ever on the cutting edge (ha!), the Mego Museum finally has a podcast! Have a listen to the very first episode as Brian and Scott have a chat about the history of the Museum, Mego Museum trading cards, the 1978 catalog, plus their thoughts on some of the new Mego-like toys from EMCE, BifBangPow, Castaway, and ZICA.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bif Bang Pow Announces Doctor Who Action Figures and products

The news was broken today at the Toyfare blog that Bif Bang Pow! had secured the rights to the classic BBC series "Doctor Who" and would be bringing forth a series of Mego style action figures in 2011. An official press release is slated for later and we probably won't see photos until Toy fair but the mind reels as to the possibilities now present.

For every mego fan who has stared longingly at the Denys Fisher Doctor Who figures wondered why they weren't 8 inch figures, this is for you. Below is the original toyfare article:

TOYFARE EXCLUSIVE: “Doctor Who” will finally be getting 8-inch cloth costumed figures, thanks to the retro wizards at Bif Bang Pow! (makers of similar figures for “Venture Bros.,” “Twilight Zone” and more).

It might be a shock, but despite being an icon of countless ’70s childhoods, “Doctor Who” never got a Mego figure. Oh sure, a line was developed by Mego and released in the U.K. by Denys Fisher, but those figures were in a 10-inch scale, and not compatible with the 8-inch Mego figures from Marvel, DC, Star Trek and more. And modern figures from Character Options are 5 inches and plastic.

Now a great injustice is about to be righted. Bif Bang Pow!, makers of Mego-esque retro figures for properties like “The Venture Bros.” and “Twilight Zone” will be releasing a range of products featuring classic and modern “Doctor Who”—including 8-inch retro cloth-costumed figures!

“When I first saw the show, I wondered, ‘Where are the toys?’” says Jason Lenzi CEO of BBP!. “[As a child] I went to England and figured the toys would be everywhere, but there was nothing. So it’s a thrill to be working on these toys.”

Although BBP!’s license includes modern and classic versions of the show (as well as ancillary items like bobbleheads, tins, glassware and journals), first out of the gate will be the greatest Doctor of the ’70s, and the first exposure most Americans born before 1995 had to the series: Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. Prototypes for Baker and three other figures, all drawn from the Baker era of the show, will premiere at next month’s International Toy Fair in New York, with a planned launch for sale at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in July (along with one or two SDCC-exclusive variants).

Depending on reaction from retailers and fans, subsequent series might draw on the current eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, as well as his companions and enemies. Either way, according to Lenzi, there are plans to make all of the Doctors, eventually.

Now if only BBP! could figure out how to time-travel back to the ’70s, they’d make a lot of kids back then happy.

For our wishlist of who we want to see in BBP!’s line, pick up ToyFare #163, on sale 1/19 in comic shops.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hake's auction #202 has Mego goodies!

The good folks at Hake's Americana & Collectibles dropped us a line to let Mego heads know that Auction #202 is going live today and it includes a savoury amount of Mego Superhero goodness that deserves a little attention:

For those not in the know Hake's is America's leading collectible auction house and has been giving you pop culture and terrific service since 1967.
Hake's Auction #202 will go online January 12 and close February 1-3.

Over 3,000 items in 200+ categories. For more information please visit the Hake's Americana Website

Look for more Mego goodness from Hakes in 2011.