WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER HEROES (MEGO)
I’m just about done with this year’s batch of post-Christmas reviews, but I’m wrapping up with a look at something that’s not quite as much a holiday fixture for me as Super Powers, but is still pretty high up there: Mego. 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes toyline launching. At its start, WGSH was exclusively dedicated to DC Comics, something that is true of the modern WGSH line, thanks to Mego picking back up the license for 8-inch figures in 2020. In celebration of the 50th, Mego is returning the line to its roots, with packaging based on the original boxed look for the line. While the line-up is mostly recreations of figures from the original line, it also features two additional figures, Green Lantern and Flash, the two most glaring omissions from the original run, in fancy throwback packaging and all. I’ve got the GL, of course, and I’m taking a look at him today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Green Lantern is part of Wave 16 of the post-relaunch Mego line, under the World’s Greatest Super Heroes 50th Anniversary banner. He’s one of the eight retro throwback figures in the set, and one of the two that’s not a re-issue of a vintage Mego counterpart. This GL is the Hal Jordan version, specifically sporting his classic ’70s appearance, making him through and through the correct look for a proper vintage Mego release, which is pretty cool. The figure stands just shy of 8 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. Hal is built on the brand-new Type-S Mego base body, which takes the vintage Type 2 body aesthetic, and reworks it to remove the band construction, as well as improve the general articulation set-up for the body. It removes the issues of long-term viability of the band construction, creates a generally more solid feeling base body, and also gives him better posability…for the most part. The only thing I’m not super crazy about is the knees, which are a bit more restricted on this body than earlier Mego base bodies. Hal gets a unique head sculpt and hands as well. They’re quite impressive pieces; the head sculpt in particular is really a star piece. He’s the spitting image of the quintessential ’70s Hal, which is exactly what I want on this sort of figure. The paint work on GL is on the head and both hands. The head’s pretty clean, apart from just a touch of missing paint near the nose of the mask. The hands are fully painted, with white for the gloves and everything, which gives them a slightly glossier finish, helping them match closer to the costume. GL’s costume is made up of a jumpsuit and a pair of standard boots. The jumpsuit is made up of separate cloth pieces stitched together, rather than just being silkscreened, which gives it a little more pop. GL is packed with his power battery, which, unlike the 14 inch figure, he can actually hold.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Friday’s Mister Miracle, GL was a Christmas gift to me from my parents. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted a proper Mego GL. I made my own custom back in the day, which tided me over, and then I had the Mattel one, and even the Figures Toy Company one. Of course, none of those were official Mego. There was also the 14 inch version, but he was, you know, really tall and all. It’s been a road of small steps and improvements, but this one is really, really nice, and he’s a proper, official Mego GL. Only took us 50 years, but, hey, here we are. Feels like it was worth it. Genuinely couldn’t be happier with him.