22,300 miles of fun…
Hey, it’s unofficially JUSTICE WEEK — every day until Friday, we’ll be showing off five custom playsets from Anthony Durso’s The Toyroom. Today it’s the Bronze Age Justice League of America Satellite, scaled to your fave 8-inch Mego (and Mego-like) figures. Others this week will include two versions of the Hall of Justice, the Justice Society’s Brownstone and the Hall of Doom.
So come back each day, y’hear?
“This was originally one of my bigger Dida-versions,” Anthony said, referring to an earlier line of customizable sets. “Not as big as the Batcave(s) but the same size as the Fortress of Solitude. Like the new Fortress (click here), this too will probably be given a second case to include the JLA Trophy Room, some jail cells, and the transporter.
“Inspiration came from going through a lot of Silver Age and Bronze Age JLA issues,” he continued. “I wanted to use Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez artwork for the outer image of the Leaguers and thankfully he’s done a ton of it for DC style guides over the years. Some of the characters were pulled from other sources with his artwork.
“Even though the Satellite Era ends with Firestorm, I wanted to include Shazam!, Plastic Man, Mera, Supergirl and Batgirl. Robin almost made the cut. The Phantom Stranger and Adam Strange didn’t,” said Anthony, who is also a regular 13th Dimension contributor.
A few thoughts:
— Of course, Mego produced a Hall of Justice set in the ’70s, though I for one never saw it. You can track one down on eBay, but they’re significantly more expensive than The Toyroom’s custom set.
— In addition to the Satellite display, The Toyroom’s sets currently include: The Fortress of Solitude (click here for an INSIDE LOOK), Lex Luthor’s Lair, the Batcave/Wayne Foundation (click here), the 1966 Batcave, the 1966 Batgirl apartment and changing room (click here), the Joker’s Ha-Hacienda (click here), the Riddler’s hideout (click here), Paradise Island, the Green Lantern HQ on Oa, Aquaman’s Aquacave (click here), Captain Marvel’s Rock of Eternity (click here), the Justice Society’s brownstone, the Super Friends Hall of Justice, the Super Powers Hall of Justice, the Hall of Doom, Iron Man’s Armory (click here), the X-Men’s Danger Room (click here), a Star Trek: The Animated Series Enterprise (click here) and a Scooby-Doo haunted house — with more to come.
— And as I always feel compelled to point out, I don’t make anything off this. I just love showing it all off. Each set — including case, artwork and complete assembly — is $85 plus shipping. Contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or you can message Anthony, who also owns Retropolis Tees, through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
— EXCLUSIVE: Classic Batman WAYNE FOUNDATION Playset Makes a Comeback. Click here.
— INSIDE LOOK: The ‘MEGO’ FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Playset You’ve Been Waiting For. Click here.