Toy Commercial Tuesday: Mego’s World’s Greatest Superheroes

There’s a lot to laugh at in this Mego commercial for their combined Marvel and DC toy line of 8-inch clothed figures called World’s Greatest Superheros (this is the line that spawned many of the toys you see in Twisted ToyFare Theatre). First up, you’ve got the combination of DC and Marvel toys, which always tickles me. Then you’ve got the fact that whoever shot the commercial thought it would be a good idea to put their well-sized action figures on real life backgrounds, which actually makes them look way smaller than they are (Spider-Man up on a ledge, Aquaman on some rocks at the ocean). Of course, there’s the cringe-worthy note that Falcon is “that great BLACK superhero.” But my favorite part is how misinformed the scriptwriter was on the powers of the Fantastic Four. Sure, they’d only been around for five-ish years at the time, but they were a pretty big deal. A big enough deal that someone should have corrected them when they noted that the Human Torch can fly at light speed and that both Invisible Girl and Mr. Fantastic can turn invisible. Curiously, Ben Grimm was explained very succinctly. It is to laugh.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: MEGO KISS

Woops, this got posted for a little while on Monday thanks to me not being able to read a calendar very well.

Like I said in last week’s Tuesday Toy Commercial, I wasn’t a MEGO fan as a kid because they weren’t still coming out, but there are still some pretty cool MEGO toys out there, like this set of 12.5-inch tall KISS figures. I actually have two of these guys from a big box of comics and miscellany that the in-laws picked up for me at an auction, but considering they’re kind of dirty, I haven’t really looked at them much.

Even with all the nonsense surrounding Nick Simmons clearly plagiarizing manga and his dad turning out to be an even bigger d-bag than I ever imagined, KISS still holds a special place in my heart because their reunion tour was my very first concert. My dad and I went and my mind was sincerely blown. There was so much fire and blood and flying I don’t see how anyone could not like a KISS show. We went again a few years later and it was still awesome, but nothing tops that first time. I ended up getting the first two waves of McFarlane KISS figures after this (the ones with action features for some reason and the Psycho Circus ones). Anyway, gotta love seeing the boys and girls gathered around a table playing with potentially satanic toys and the background song “KISS, that’s the name/KISS, they may look insane/KISS, if rock’s your game/It’s KISS!” “And you can put them in any crazy position you want!”

Toy Commercial Tuesday: MEGO Planet Of The Apes

I missed MEGOs by a few years when I was a kid. I didn’t even know they existed until I picked up my first issue of ToyFare (which was also the first special, I believe). I’m not a big fan of them in general, though I love how they were and still are used in Twisted ToyFare Theatre every month in the mag. I do, however, love the Planet Of The Apes movies, however and was super jazzed last year (or was it two years back now?) when Diamond Select Toys and EMCE teamed up to re-release the POTA MEGOs. Unfortunately, I only got the first two and haven’t acquired the second pair yet, but this commercial with its crazy, underwater-sounding narrator makes me want to pick them up.