A Look At 1978 Reimagined: The Mego That Might Have Been
- The initial pages are devoted to Mego action figures designed for a Star Wars toy line. The figures look fantastic, which adds an extra tinge of bitterness to the reality that Mego passed on the Star Wars license when it was first offered to them in 70s--a decision that ultimately doomed the toy company.
- There's a one-page spread devoted to nine figures modeled after classic movie monsters. While most of the figures are based on monsters from Universal Studios (including an impressive version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon), the spread also features one figure based on the title character from The Reptile, a 1966 horror film produced by Hammer Studios.
- Taking a cue from modern superhero toy lines that consist of highly detailed action figures of characters from all areas of DC and Marvel's respective histories, 1978 Reimagined features a page of Batman figures crafted in the likeness of the cast of characters from the Batman TV series from the 60s. (I've seen many, many Batman figures over the years, but this is the first one I've seen that's deliberately modeled after Adam West.) The catalog also features figures of Captain America, Captain Marvel and the Hulk that are modeled after their live-action TV versions from the 70s.