Figures Toy Company‘s foray into gigantic retro figures is impossibly alluring to this decades-long fan.
The traditional 8-inch Mego scale has always been the action figure ideal for me. It’s what I grew up with and so that’s how I was conditioned.
Classic G.I. Joes seemed too big and Star Wars figures seemed too small. I was never even really that interested in the 12-inch Mego figures. There were no vehicles, playsets, what have you.
Somewhere along the line, 18-inch and 24-inch figures started entering the toy and collectible fray. This was too far off the charts for me. I just couldn’t see the appeal, for the most part.
Besides? Where would you put them?
And then … and then …
And then I saw what Figures Toy Company has in store this summer: Traditional Mego figures — standing a foot and a half high. In window boxes. Four of them Batman-related figures.
Good lord, my heart skipped a beat.
These weren’t toys. These were monuments to a Bronze Age childhood.
Now, I’m not gonna kid you. Like most people, I don’t have unlimited space. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the logistics of having these in my house.
So I put them out of my mind. And then I’d think about them. And push them away again. Back and forth, back and forth.
I felt like a superhero trying to keep from knuckling under some hypnotic ray.
“MUST … RESIST … ”
And, of course in the end it became “CAN’T … RESIST…!”
I’m in for all five.
But how am I gonna fit them all?
Hell, I’ll find a way.