THE ROCKETEER (MEGO)
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, that 1990’s The Rocketeer is one of my favorite movies, and truly an underappreciated gem. The film’s failure at the box office led to Disney kind of burying it for a while, but in the last decade they’ve started to get a little more serious about licensing it out. Funko got us a few different styles of him in the 2013-2014 area, which was cool, but then it kind of quieted down again. There’s a bit of an uptick again, though, and included in that uptick is a figure from Mego, who are themselves in something of an uptick, I suppose.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Rocketeer is part of Mego’s line of Movie-based figures. It’s a collection of all sorts of different film characters, and that’s really the only way someone like the Rocketeer is ever getting a chance at a release. He started showing up around the spring of this year through specialty stores, as well as the handful of Targets that are still carrying Megos. The figure stands about 8 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. He’s built on the basic improved Type 2 body, which serves as the basis for most of their output. As a rather average build sort of guy, Cliff makes perfect sense for this body. Cliff gets an all-new head sculpt, sporting his distinctive helmet. It captures the helmet’s look pretty closely, while still filtering somewhat through the usual Mego style, just so it doesn’t look *too* out of place. It’s a nice piece, with a fun, sleek retro feel to it. The paint work on the head is pretty straight forward; the majority is a metallic bronze, with some black detailing for the eyes and mouth. It’s basic, but it’s clean, and it works. Cliff’s outfit is made up of five different pieces, including the jacket, pants, boots, and jetpack. The jacket and pants are decently tailored. They’re a little bulky, as is the usual Mego way, but they look alright for the scale and style. The boots are re-used from the original Mego Will Scarlet figure. They’re not a perfect match for his boots from the movie, but they work well enough, I guess. The jetpack is all-new, and it’s a nice replica of the one from the movie. It’s a little hard to get on his back, because the strap is very tight, but once it’s in place, it does look really nice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m always a sucker for Rocketeer merchandise, but it’s not always very easy to find. Mego and The Rocketeer are a pretty solid match of styles, and I was definitely on the look out. Not that I was really expecting to find him in person, or anything, since none of the stores nearby tend to carry such things.
FYI, we’re going into post-Jess territory here. This guy was the last piece of the trip out to Target that brought me Major Bludd and the Plastic Patroller, though he’s not actually from the *same* Target, but rather another Target we all stopped at on the way back after the first Target didn’t have something Cheyenne was looking for. Jess and I didn’t talk about The Rocketeer a lot or anything, but we watched it a few times together, and she did buy me one of my other Rocketeer figures. But, if I’m sticking to attaching my own projections and feelings to what are likely unrelated events, I suppose it did mean something to me that I found three figures I actually wanted, on one trip, despite the general barren nature of retail these days. It was at least a nice little pick me up in light of the worst week of my life. It’s a small victory, but the small victories are what keep me going these days.