DST Announces Retro Mego-esque Marvel 8″ Costumes and Figures
April 21, 2014

Big news today from Marvel and Diamond Select Toys with the announcement of both companies moving into the realm of making Mego-esque, 8″ retro, cloth costumed figures.   When I had originally heard the rumor of this it was just going to be costumes only.  I’m delighted to hear that it’s also full figures.   These will be deluxe sets with additional costumes, accessories and pieces and they will have more of a “deluxe” price.

Between what BifBangPow, DST, EMCE and Figures Toy Company is doing with these 8″ retro figures we are living in a golden age of toys for collectors of that style.  Once again, for the first time in almost 40 years that fans can get both Marvel and DC action figures in that same retro “World’s Greatest Super Heroes” style.   And with the team at EMCE on board you KNOW there’s going to be a lot of TLC put into these.

Here’s the write up today from Marvel.com:

 

It seems like retro-style 8″ figures have become all the rage lately, but one license has been noticeably absent: the Marvel Comics characters from Mego’s World’s Greatest Super-Heroes line.These classic 8-inch, cloth-costume action figures were very popular back in the 1970s, and are as beloved today as they are hard to find mint-in-box. Luckily, Diamond Select Toys has announced a line of deluxe Marvel Retro 8″ figures that will reproduce (and add to) those classic figures, starting with the Amazing Spider-Man!

Only available as part of as special collector set, the Amazing Spider-Man will come as he first appeared in 1973, in his original “circle suit” costume and inside a reproduction window box. Additionally, the set contains all-new interchangeable heads, hands, outfits and accessories so that you can swap out parts on the classic figure to turn him into his alter ego: Daily Bugle photographer Peter Parker, or even a modern comic version of the wall-crawler!

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Designed and sculpted for DST by the retro-toy craftsmen at EMCE Toys, the set will also contain a miniature booklet outlining the history of Spider-Man. Future sets in the line will turn the spotlight on Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine, who was never included in the original 1970’s line. Each set will be limited to just 3,000 pieces, and retail for approximately $80.

Pre-orders will open for Spider-Man shortly, and he will be on store shelves (although probably not for long) in late 2014! And for more from Diamond Select, visit their website.

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More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/toys/2014/4/21/22369/swing_to_the_past_with_this_retro_spider-man_figure#ixzz2zXwb5n6w

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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3 Comments »

  • BryanL says:

    Eighty bucks? I love the idea of this. But as much as I want to replace my long-lost Spider-man Mego, that’s too much money. I’m all on board for the Figures Toys versions at $25 a pop, But $80? I just can’t bring myself to do that.

  • ryan says:

    Looks like a waste of money. From the pics, it looks crap compared to figures toys’ line of retro dc.

  • Al Hartman says:

    Sorry, but $80 is WAY too much for this set. I’m unfortunately going to have to pass as neat as this set is.

    If the set were $30.00, I’d order a couple. Plus, limited releases mean that eBay scalpers will snatch them up and then sell them for twice the price on eBay.

    Stop with overpriced, limited releases with limited availability.

    I expect better of Marvel Comics in 2014.

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