Castaway Toys And ZICA Team Up For AWESOME Mego Kickstarter Campaign
June 28, 2013
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Wow.  40 years.  That will make a body feel old.  Speaking of old bodies, 2014 will be the 40th anniversary of the Mego type 2 body.   To comemorate that milestone the men behind both Cast-A-Way Toys and ZICA toys have teamed up to re-imagine the Mego type 2 body for the 21st century.   I  have praised the ZICA “re-mego” body they created for their 8″ Buck Rogers figure.  Now this team up plans to take that same technology and re do the Mego type 2 body so it looks the same on the outside but features a more sturdy internal mechanism that will allow for better poseability.

 

The kickstarter campaign is underway right now!   You can check it out here.

 

Here is the press release and the info:

Kansas City, Missouri., (June 24, 2013) Castaway Toys and ZiCA Toys are teaming up to revive Castaway Toys and inject some fresh new ideas into the 8 inch retro market.  Castaway Toys (Captain Action/Phantom) lost its tooling in China back in 2010 thus halting all production in 8 inch (1/9th) scale. This new Kick starter project, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the production of MEGO’s classic type two body, looks to produce an all new solid constructed 8 inch body! 

This project aims to bring the retro body into the future, while keeping the aesthetic intact.  Without taking away from the look they have carefully added some extra articulation points to make this classic body even better! The original 16 points of articulation is boosted to 22! Including better shoulder articulation, swivels at the elbow and removable feet.  With the added ease of customization this body is a dream to work with and strives for 100 percent compatibility with all products past future and present!

The prototype is ready for production and both Craig and David have proven track records for bringing awesome 8 inch projects to life! This is the first step into full scale production including; all new custom accessories and fully licensed action figures!

Castaway Toys Facebook is here

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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