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The Mego Mystery Vehicle & Its Identity!!!



Long before it became commonplace, there were some great toy tie-ins to comics and movies going back to the 1920s, with the 1960s and 1970s being a particular golden era of such production.  The biggest toy company of the 1970s became a huge innovator in action figure production.  They were Mego.


Though they went under in the early 1980s, they invented the nearly 4-inch action figure in 1975 that Star Wars made the new standard and their line of 8-inch and 9-inch figures were revolutionary, highly imitated and are now some of the most valuable and sought-after toys ever made.  However, there are also a bunch of toys they and many other companies never produced and past history pieces can be so incomplete that some go unexplained.


One such piece is the picture of the vehicle in the upper right hand corner.  I found it on a great, now-defunct site on Mego which may have been MegoHeadToys.com, but that has been absorbed by MegoMuseum.com (www.MegoMuseum.com) and I was confident I had seen it somewhere before when I first saw the picture in late 2004.  That is why I saved the picture.  It looked like a dune buggy and Mego had produced some for other lines like other companies, and it is based on Volkswagen designs as I thought.  This is a color glossy found in Mego’s files unmarked as one of many priceless pieces of their history, intended as a starter for the vehicle’s design.  No prototype has turned up yet, but we are hopeful.


At first, since they thought it was a motion picture, we considered that it might be something from the wacky 20th Century Fox film Damnation Alley (1977, the film they thought was going to do better than Star Wars) and Dean Jeffries did design  the vehicle on this page as he did The Landmaster from Damnation Alley.  It is still not from that film.  So where is it from?


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