The most popular series that Mego ever made was the World Greatest Super Heroes, which included both DC Comics and Marvel heroes. They originally sold for around $3 each, yet today a mint in package figure can sell for hundreds depending on the character and the condition. Mego made a total of 14 Marvel characters in the 8 inch series.
Mego later reused Lizard's head in brown plastic as the Gorn for the Star Trek Aliens series. That doll uses a brown body with standard human hands and feet, and is wearing the Klingon costume, so the only unique piece for the Gorn Mego is the brown Lizard head.
I've noticed that the green plastic bodies for Goblin and Lizard have a tendency to discolour over time and become very dark green. As you can see, the green bodies are quite blotchy with dark green and light green areas. This is unfortunate but being the Mego geek that I am, I also think it's kinda cool. The discolouration isn't caused by heat or any other lack of proper conservation, it's just an inherent vice for this specific cheep type of plastic when mixed with the green dye (or whatever pigment it was that they used to make the plastic green). Mego's 8 inch Hulk has the same problem.
The back of the dolls have the same issue, so the discolouration isn't a result of light exposure. I had originally thought that that the pieces that turned dark green were made with a "bad batch" of plastic, as some pieces seem to hold the original green colour better. However you can see on Lizard's back (shown below) how this isn't necessarily the case, as there is a visible line where the plastic on this single torso piece has changed colour and is now two colours. This is not caused from the dye of Lizard's black shirt affecting the plastic in any way as his legs have also discoloured. So there really isn't any rhyme or reason to it. I've had these two specific dolls for more than 25 years and have kept them out of sunlight, away from heat, and at room temperature safely displayed on my shelf yet they still discoloured! As such, the dark green plastic is a completely random occurrence which is simply an effect from the aging of the plastic that Mego used.
Mego created several variations of the costume for their Spidey doll. All four of the outfits shown here are different. (Batman is just standing in until I find another naked Spidey doll!) Each costume has the webs and spiders illustrated differently. In addition, the loose Spidey in the middle and the one in the package both have the rounded "c" shaped suit on the chest, while the two remaining costumes have the "v" shaped suit on the chest. The Spidey suit on Batman also has the tall red "socks" which go up to the knee, as compared with the others. This is just a very small example of the costume variations that were made. There are many others out there to collect including some with a "circular logo" pattern on the chest in which the web was drawn to create a circle around the spider. The Mego Museum website has more info about Spidey's costume variations here: http://www.megomuseum.com/galleries/spider-man/#variations
Although he never drove this vehicle in comic books, Mego issued a Spidercar as an accessory for the Spider-Man 8 inch doll. Unfortunately this one is missing the steering wheel, and the net section that is usually attached to the back of the car by two poles. However, the spring-activated mechanism is still there, and you can see where the poles attached.
A lever releases the net to drop over one of Spidey's villains. This is how the "trap" looks before the net is lowered. Pull the lever and...
...the net springs down. Here is the back after the net is lowered.
Here are the backs of the cards showing some of the other Marvel Mego dolls that were made. Most of these characters were discontinued in 1979.
I've posted a more detailed look at the reissued Spidey doll here.
To date the collection includes:
Captain America (with brown army outfit)
Captain America variation (with police outfit)
Deadpool variation (pirate outfit)
Iron Man was announced for series 1 but has yet to be released.
Mego 12" Marvel Super Hero Dolls, 1978 -1979
Mego also produced 12 inch superhero dolls, and like their 8 inch companions, Spider-Man and Hulk were the most popular characters from the Marvel assortment. I've checked a few toy guide sources but none of them listed when Mego started making these. Most toy guides seem to suggest these were made in 1978 and 1979. The 12 inch Hulk Mego shown above is missing his clothes. He originally came with purple pants that were "torn" around the pant legs, and a white lab coat / shirt that hung open in the front. Mego's 12 inch Spidey is shown below next to an 8 inch Spidey for size comparison. I don't really collect the 12 inch Megos, but I picked these up when I stumbled across them by chance at a flea market. There no way I'm going to pass up Mego heroes no matter what size they are!Magic Catch Game, toy puppets by Synergistics Research Corp., 1979, and Vicma, late 1970's or early 1980's
Here are some awesome puppets of Hulk and Spider-Man. Each puppet was sold separately in a window box with a plastic ball. The ball had Velcro strips on it that would stick to the puppet. The object of the game was to catch the ball on the puppet. I've seen two different boxes for the Spidey puppet. Below is the back view of the puppets. It's odd that they used pink fabric instead of the green fabric for the Hulk, though I have also seen this same puppet with a green backing. The heads of the puppets are made out of a soft rubber similar to a squeeze toy.
Vicma also made their own versions of these two puppets which are very similar but have completely different head sculpts. I don't have them in my collection but have found pictures of them on e-bay, shown above. The Vicma Hulk puppet has a closed mouth without any teeth showing, and Spidey's eyes are sculpted with the pointy black parts shorter than on the puppet made by Synergistics Research Corp, plus the space between Spidey's eyes is painted black. The illustrated bodies on the front of the puppets are also different, though very similar, and the Vicma puppets have a yellow background instead of dark blue.
The back of the Vicma puppets are made with leftover fabric from other items that they produced, including their Sesame Street puppets. I've seen both Spidey and Hulk with the fabric from Ernie's shirt as the backing, and a Hulk with the fabric from Sherlock Hemlock's coat. Vicma also produced a puppet of Captain America along with their Hulk and Spidey puppets. The head sculpt for Capt. America is very nicely done. All three characters used the same window box packaging. The artwork shows their heads grouped together on the front of the box next to the window, and the complete figures on the back of the box, all in full colour.
What is even more remarkable than the puppets however, is that Vicma used an enlarged version of their Spider-Man head to produce a jumbo sized Mego-style doll in 1981. This truly amazing Spider-Man is about 24 inches tall and has a removable cloth outfit just like a Mego. Here is a link to the Mego Museum discussion board about this awesome Spidey doll: http://megomuseum.com/community/showthread.php?29136-vicma-spiderman
I've also seen Magic Catch Game Superman and Tarzan puppets, the latter made by Vicma with Ernie fabric as the backing. The Superman puppet was made by Synergistics Research Corp and is reversible with Clark Kent's outfit on one side and Superman's outfit on the other. Kent's glasses were printed on the box for kids to cut out. It seems odd that Batman and Robin puppets weren't made to go with the Superman puppet, but I've yet to find any other DC Comics characters in this series.
In addition to the above I've also seen Magic Catch puppets based on Peanuts (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock), and Disney (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck) made by Synergistics, and Popeye puppets (Popeye and Olive Oyl) by Vicma. The Peanuts and Disney cartoon character series were made in the early 1980's and were the last to be made with sculpted heads. In my experience Tarzan, Popeye, and Captain America are a lot harder to find than any of the others. Vicma also made small bendy figures of Hulk, Spidey, Tarzan, Popeye and Olive Oyl.
Magic Catch sets that were produced after those mentioned above were called "Magic Catch Mitts" as they no longer had sculpted heads. Instead, the puppets became flat mittens in the shape of whatever character was illustrated on the front, which is rather uninteresting in my view. I've seen Smurfs and Masters of the Universe (featuring He-man and Skeletor), Cabbage Patch Kids, and Pee Wee's Playhouse in the flat format. These were sold as boxed sets of two puppets with two balls.
I've also seen the balls from the Magic Catch game being sold with a different type of game. This one was similar to darts only it used the Velcro balls instead. The game board was a fabric sheet made out of the same type of material as the puppet bodies, with an illustration of Spidey next to a target grid that had points for the different sized circle rings.
Famous Covers, 9" dolls by Toy Biz, 1997 - 2000
The box for Thor is dated 1998 and says "First Appearances" in the top right corner. The back of the box has an add for the Limited Edition Aunt May doll that was only available through the mail. It's interesting to note that there is an error on the front of all of the boxes for this series, as they say "8 inch figure" but the dolls are all 9 inches. It's likely the error was made because this series is done in the style of the 8 inch Mego dolls (shown at the top of this page). Thor's helmet is attached to his head and cannot be removed. He also has long rooted doll hair (shown below).
I'm not really into the X-Men comics so I have no idea who Mister Sinister is, but I thought this was a really well done super villain doll. It's one of my favourites from this collection. Mister Sinister's boots are fabric rather than plastic, as seen on Thor and Wolverine. I like how Toy Biz made Sinister's awesome "cape" and sculpted plastic collar/shoulder armour. It's weird that they did so much work for the cape only to give him fabric boots, but I suspect they went with fabric because the boots go up past his knee. The box is dated 1998 and says "Marvel Milestones" in the top right corner. The back of the box has an add for the Limited Edition Aunt May doll.
Unfortunately the shiny, leather-like fabric that was used for Mister Sinister's cuffs, briefs and boots is starting to break down so that the blue colouring can easily be rubbed off to reveal the white fabric underneath. The "leather" fabric also tends to stick to things, including the doll's hands (which is what happened to this one), so it's become difficult to handle this doll without damaging it. If you have one of these dolls mint in an unopened box, leave it there! (The same thing has happened to the costume for my 13 inch talking Darth Vader with removable mask by Hasbro, which really sucks because that doll is so awesome!!!) Other dolls in this series use similar "leather" fabric in different colours, and unfortunately will likely have the same conservation issues.
Gambit's box is dated 1999 and says "X-Men Children of the Atom" in the top right corner. The back of the box shows another illustration of Gambit. Gambit's feet are sculpted like boots and are jointed at the ankle, rather than having removable boots like the other characters. He also has a sculpted fist for his right hand. Underneath the sleeves of his jacket he has loose fitting black fabric wristbands. I like the fact that part of Gambit's costume is pink as it's an unusual colour for a male superhero.
I bought Wolverine in 2015 at Ottawa Comic Con. His box is dated 1999 and says "X-Men Children of the Atom" in the top right corner the same as Gambit's box. With a bit of effort, Wolverine's mask is removable. It's a bit of a challenge to put it back on too. I found that the front of the mask was too low as it covered his mouth, which looked silly, so I carefully trimmed it along the edge near his nose with an x-acto knife. Below is what he looks like without the mask.
Here is the 8 inch Mego Spider-Man next to the Toy Biz Wolverine for size comparison. Below is a list of all the dolls in the Toy Biz set. As some characters in this series have two or more variations, and because this series is easily confused with the Hasbro "Signature Series" from 2006 (listed at the bottom of this page), I've noted the differences between the various dolls:
Captain America (large removable rubber gloves, mouth sculpted open)
Cyclops (large removable rubber gloves, mouth is sculpted open)
Gambit - shown above
Green Goblin (large removable rubber gloves, comes with glider machine and one pumpkin)
Magneto (comic book version, red outfit)
Magneto (movie version, black outfit)
Mister Sinister - shown above
Spider-Man (red and dark blue outfit, "web" netting under arms, fabric mask/hood)
Storm (black outfit, bare arms and legs, knee-high boots)
Thor - shown above
Wolverine - shown above (yellow and blue outfit, removable mask, mouth sculpted open)
Mr. Fantastic (with normal, human shaped arms) and Invisible Woman
Spider-Man (red and bright blue outfit, "web" netting under arms, fabric mask/hood)and Electro
Spider-Man (black outfit, fabric mask/hood) and Spider-Woman (black outfit)
X-Men the Movie: X Mutations Series
Storm (movie version, black "leather" outfit) and Storm (comic book version, white outfit)
Toad (movie version) and Toad (comic book version)
Wolverine (movie version, black "leather" outfit) and Wolverine (comic book version, yellow and blue outfit, mask is sculpted as part of head/not-removable, mouth sculpted open)