We can rebuild him, we have the technology is a phrase we know and love from old The Six Million Dollar Man episodes, but if you’re a collector of vintage Mego 8-inch action figures the expression could easily apply to any toy you are hoping to restore – it is by no means uncommon to come across loose uncarded vintage figures that have been cobbled together with spare limbs from various different figures or restored with repro parts and accessories. Late in the run of their World’s Greatest Super Heroes series even Mego started producing a few oddities of its own, putting random heads on bodies which might explain this Superman gem I picked up the other day in an online auction.
My Superman is in great clean shape, with nice tight limbs on a Type 2 body wearing an original costume with sewn-in red trunks, a yellow stitched belt and a red cape stitched to the collar. His head is original too – there’s no copyright information on the back of the neck, but the rubber is soft and squeezable unlike repros and the paint is the dark skin tone that is typical of Type 2 Superman figures. He was missing his all important “S” emblem sticker, but that was quickly fixed by Paul at Laser Mego and his awesome vinyl decals, whilst I picked up a pair of factory repro boots from Doctor Mego – good as new!
What ever this vintage figure’s back story may be, he’s taken immediate pride of place in my collection!