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Those 70s Toys – The Return Of Mego Star Trek September 6, 2007

by John Tenuto , Filed under: Review,Toys , trackback

The year was 1974. Richard M. Nixon was President. Stamps were ten cents. $11,197, now the cost of college tuition, was most people’s salary. Star Trek fans were enjoying the show on television re-runs and at toys stores. During the 1970s, Mego was the leader in action figures and toys with movie or television themes, from Planet of the Apes to Marvel Comics. Mego’s Star Trek toys are among the most collectible items from the 23rd Century. Toys included the amazing USS Enterprise playset with working transporter or the Mission to Gamma VI environment. Mego continued to make Trek toys through the 70s including figures for Star Trek The Motion Picture. Mego closed its doors in 1983, but now these classic Trek toys are back and as good as new (because they are new).

Diamond Select brings back Mego
Modern fans know Mego from Toyfare from Wizard or perhaps Robot Chicken which feature Mego type toys. With the nostalgia for both the Kirk era of Star Trek and Mego toys, Diamond Select Toys has started a retro line of 8" Star Trek figures. These action figures are near perfect recreations of the original Mego figures. Everything from the costumes to the packaging art for the 2007 retro action figures are the same as their 1970s predecessors. Former Mego CEO Marty Abrams has been supportive of the new retro Star Trek items. Paul "Dr, Mego" Clarke has been working with DST to ensure authenticity of the figures which are being created using the original Mego molds from the 1970s. 

front and back of new packaging 

2 available now 4 more announced
The retro version Captain James T. Kirk and the Klingon are now available. This autumn, retro versions of Mr. Spock and the Andorian join Dr. McCoy and the Romulan.  See below for comparison of the 1970s Kirk with the 2007 Kirk and the 1970s Klingon with the 2007 Klingon. Although there are some variations in color, that is actually due to the aging on the 70s version. The 1970s Aliens, except for the ubiquitous Klingon, are among the most valued because of their limited number, especially the Romulan because of its detailing. Because of how amazingly perfect the new versions are compared with the 1970s Mego toys, fans should be careful when collecting (make sure you are really getting originals when paying for originals).


Comparison with original (left) and new recreations (right)

More on the way?
Sales have been very strong according to online retailers. The original Mego line included two more crew members (Scotty and Uhura) as well as a number of aliens (some of which were actually not even from Star Trek). Mego fans have made customized versions for years of characters like the Orions or even Khan. There are rumors that should the line endure it may include these types of characters. For now Diamond Select are keeping mum on future plans for Mego retro figures, but hopefully we will end up seeing all the originals and maybe some new figures in the Mego style as well.

Minimates too
Fans looking for something unique compared with retro might enjoy the Star Trek Minimates collection from DST. These are popular two inch Lego style figures. The first series (Kirk, Spock, Scotty, McCoy, McCoy variant, Pike, and Vina) have already been released, but is sold out most places. Below are exclusive photos from Wizard World of the next 2 series of Star Trek Minimate action figures. 

Minimates series 2 (available to pre-order see below)

Minimates series 3 



Purchase new Mego toys

Action Figure Express
Mego and Minimates figures can be ordered now from Action Figure Express (at up to 25% off retail)

Star Trek The Original Series Retro Cloth Series 1 Action Figures Set of 2 (Kirk + Klingon)



Star Trek The Original Series Retro Cloth Series 1 Action Figures Set of 2 (Spock + Andorian)



Star Trek The Original Series Retro Action Figures Series 3 Set of 2 (McCoy + Romulan)
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Star Trek The Original Series Minimates Series 2 Set
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More TOS figures

These additional DST figures are available at AFX for up to 25% off retail

Star Trek The Original Series Captain Kirk and Chair Figure Set



Star Trek Pilot Episode Captain Kirk and Chair Figure Set)



Star Trek Exclusive Mirror Mirror Action Figures with Signed Moreau Set of 5



Star Trek Exclusive Mirror Mirror Universe Action Figures Set of 4



Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Comic-con Exclusive Action Figures Set of 5 (Scotty, McCoy, Chekov, Sulu, and Genesis Khan)



Star Trek The Wrath of Khan 25th Anniversary Action Figures Set of 4 (Admiral Kirk, Khan, limited edition Captain Terrell, and exclusive Double Cross Kirk)




More Mego
Mego 1970s commercials

also check out the excellent Mego Museum


1. Ty Webb - September 6, 2007


2. Harry Ballz - September 6, 2007

I know it’s all subjective, but when is a fan too old to TOY with the idea of buying this stuff?

3. Bobby - September 6, 2007

They should get the guys who do Robot Chicken to make the commercials for these re-releases!

4. CmdrR. - September 6, 2007

2- I know it’s all subjective, but when is a fan too old to TOY with the idea of buying this stuff?

Harry, I’m 45 and haven’t figured it out yet. Hope I never do.

This is way cool. Even better, I have a kid on the way. So, I can do the “one for baby, two for Daddy” deal. HA!

5. IrishTrekkie - September 6, 2007

man they look great, and i have to agree with people sure make sure there getting the orignals , i mean they look exact , so i know some people will try scam people on ebay or something stupid like that . but they look cool

6. j - September 6, 2007

i want uhura!

7. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 6, 2007

Mego rules!!! Question though,, why are so many of the Mego Trek figures on ebay naked???? Keep Larry Craig away from our Mego figures!!!!

8. Heywood Jablome - September 6, 2007

I had a Captain Kirk doll, but my dog chewed his leg off. And I almost choked on his little blue phaser. What I really wanted was a Mugatu doll. BRING BACK MUGATU!

9. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 6, 2007

PS – Mugatu screwed again!!!!!

10. THX-1138 - September 6, 2007

Harry, I still collect Trek stuff. As a matter of fact, my son and I “flew” my Diamond Select classic E around the house last night. Even though I collect, I still open the box and play with ’em. Otherwise, what’s the point?Although, as I mentioned on the last toy post I want more ships and equipment, I also get the uniforms, masks, and of course, vids. Upon my last divorce, my ex snatched up all my Trek stuff and dumped it. I had complete Playmates collections of equipment, also masks, unis, and some of my models (including those I made as a kid). Although I am the big winner because I got custody of my FANTASTIC son. Stuff is just stuff and he loves Trek too. His Star Wars collection is most impressive.

Star Wars geeks have WAY more to collect than we Trek folk. Not fair.

11. Heywood Jablome - September 6, 2007

I found him!!!

12. KennyB - September 6, 2007

Sweet Baby–I had the bridge playset and all the figures (except Uhura) back in the 70’s. The spinning transporter was cool and pretty real looking for a toy. Played with the set till it literally fell apart—damn plactic hindges!

13. CmdrR. - September 6, 2007

With all the recalls on toys made in China, I wonder whether these guys are safe. Looks like the phasers are made just for swallowing. Don’t even want to think about lead paint, DDT, red dye #2, and whatever other 70’s materials were in the originals.

Aw hell. I still want em.

14. cosmo kid - September 6, 2007

Absolutely amazing, Now thats the Idea !

15. Jackson Roykirk - September 6, 2007

How do you spell Scottie’s…errr Scotty’s name?

16. CmdrR. - September 6, 2007

16-How do you spell Scottie’s…errr Scotty’s name?

He was so drunk on Aldeberon, he got a sex change.

17. Shatner_Fan_2000 - September 6, 2007

The Mugatu is absolutely fearless! It would have to be, to wear pants that red. I love Megos to pieces … even if their “Gorn” was just Marvel Comics’ Lizard with a tan.

These figures will definitely find their way onto my Kirk/Kirk’s friends/people Kirk defeated shrine.

18. Lendorien - September 6, 2007

What IS that background music? It sounds like darth vader breathing in the background.

You can really see how commercials have changed. Nowadays they feature kids actively playing with them.

19. Woulfe - September 6, 2007

R E T R O !

– W –
* Drools *

20. CmdrR. - September 6, 2007

18 -You can really see how commercials have changed. Nowadays they feature kids actively playing with them.

There used to be an FCC reg on kiddie commercials requiring the makers to show the product “as is” so as to avoid kids thinking they were getting anything more cool than it was. Personally, these look plenty cool to me.

21. Jim Loftus - September 6, 2007

OMFG, this is like a dream!!

I wonder now that Toy Biz is separated from Marvel (and other companies are doing action figures & toys.. Hasbro to name one), if there’s a chance of redoing the World’s Greatest Superheroes line!!! Holy Christ on a stick I would buy that

22. DavidJ - September 6, 2007

I know they can’t exactly use the term “Mego” anymore, but can’t they come up with something catchier than “Retro Cloth”? LOL

23. steve623 - September 6, 2007

These are fun. I got Kirk and the Klingon for my Mom. She thought they were a trip.

24. Harry Ballz - September 6, 2007

Hey, if we can have an Alien vs. Predator movie, how about the ultimate showdown…..a fight to the death between a Gorn and Mugatu???? Now, I’d pay real money to see THAT!!!!

25. JL - September 6, 2007


Yeah, I occasionaly reminisce about the great days of Mego and my ultra-fun childhood playing with the WGSH, and think “man, they shoulda produced a Mugato…”

26. Kobayashi Maru - September 6, 2007

Ah… the summer of ’74, when I spent the time at Cape Cod and my MEGO
Star Trek figures crashed on the MEGO Planet of the Apes.
How’s that for cross over potential?

27. Harry Ballz - September 6, 2007

Chekhov, who was cast in the show only to appeal to the Monkees crowd, in the first place, should be the star of the movie!!!

28. toddk - September 6, 2007

I’m 44 and Yes I had the spock doll..funny I had the paser long after spock got destroyed..If I remember right, the toy store had tons of klingon dolls where as the rest of the cast seemed rare.

29. Harry Ballz - September 6, 2007

Klingon dolls are a dime a dozen, but give me an Uhura doll made of rubber and normal size, if you please…..oh, and a voice chip that says, “frequencies open, sir”…..yeah, that’s the ticket…………..ah………….ah……………..gagh!……..anybody got a cigarette???

30. Buckaroohawk - September 6, 2007

I had a few of these when I was a kid, just like so many others here, and I loved playing with them. The likenesses were (and still are) very impressive and the cloth uniforms were very well made. The Star Trek line was probably the best action figure line Mego produced.

The only thing I had a problem with (and remember, I was around 7 or 8 when these toys were first out) was the color of the accessories. The phasers, communicators and tricorders were are blue, and that bothered the little me a lot. One day, a friend of mine and I decided to make them more accurate. So, using Testor’s model paint, we meticulously repainted all of the accessories in our collections. As I recall, they turned out pretty well and it made playing with the figures that much more fun!

It’s great to see these toys being made again, and who knows, if the line is successful, maybe Diamond Select will commission new head molds for the new actors. That way we can have the Zachary Quinto Spock stand proudly next to the Leonard Nimoy Spock on our display shelves.

Woo Hoo!!

31. A.W. - September 6, 2007

cool, i want buy for my son. i was little kid same thing smile!

32. Demode - September 6, 2007

I love these action figures! Seeing them in the stores brings back good memories!

33. TOS Fan Forever - September 6, 2007

I always loved how MEGO nailed the sculpting of the character’s faces… and other companies, including Art Asylum, still can’t quite get it (by comparison).

34. petitspock - September 7, 2007

I wish I still had my figures my Enterprise playset. Mine were sold in a junk sale whem I was 15 to help pay for a high school orchestra trip to a music contest in Chicago. If I had just kept them, I’d still have one of my most cherrished toys and my orchestra still would have gotten to Chicago.

I always aspired to get the aliens. My parents were not rich and pretty frugal, so I had just managed to acquire all of the Starfleet characters when I got too old for them.

Am I crazy, or was there a Cheron? (Bele/Lokai)

35. petitspock - September 7, 2007

“The likenesses were (and still are) very impressive. The Star Trek line was probably the best action figure line Mego produced.”

A fiend of mine sculps masters used by a toy company to make molds. If mego was like the company my friend works for, the artist had to dig up his own source material. For example, my friend once had to do a collectable figurine of the main character from the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas.” The company did not provide him with a copy of the movie or any photographs. The Star Trek figures were probably the best because in the days before video rentals and the Internet, Star Trek was easy to get images from.

36. SNAKE - September 7, 2007

anyone still got their ERTL Star Trek III figures ? I used to have em as a kid – all bust up now though..

they were better than TMP ones anyway..

Star Trek figures like the mego ones and TMP and Trek III ones were a novelty way back then – now it seems like you can get every character in every uniform they ever wore – and they look freakishly close to the actor….its just for the uber fans now…

I might one day buy a Kirk and Khan from TWOK but thats it…

37. Iowagirl - September 7, 2007

I love all you people talking about those action figures with so much devotion. That’s the real thing. Keep on filling your shrines with them!

Ok, I do cherish the Mugatu, too, but what I really want is a HORTA. How about that?

38. Diabolik - September 7, 2007

This is really going to devalue the originals for the poor collectors who have shelled out big bucks in the past. They’ll never be able to resell theirs for very much now.

I had some Lost In Space bubble gum cards from the 60’s which were quite rare. They were worth about $30 each or something like that at one time. Then a re-issue came out a few years back and now they’re worth a dollar or two.

Such are the hazards of collecting for profit! Which I don’t, it’s for my own enjoyment.

39. Decker's Stubble - September 7, 2007

I had the bridge playset, which I recall had little cardboard ‘slides’ that could be placed in the main viewer depending on what mission you were recreating. The only figure I had was Spock, which I augmented by ‘borrowing’ Ken dolls from various kids in the neighborhood to fill out my crew. It was little daunting to overcome having a crew of Spock and four homogenous humans, but a child’s imagination is a powerful thing.

40. freezejeans - September 7, 2007

#39 That bridge playset was awesome! I still have one boxed up, complete with the cardboard viewer screen slides (which had pretty bad art, to be honest!). Had to love the “transporter,” which was this knob you spun and then the figure in there would appear on the back side of the bridge.

The 70’s were a great time to be a kid…

41. Buckaroohawk - September 7, 2007

Iowagirl (#37),

If you REALLY want a Horta figure, all you have to do is leave a small plate of spaghetti and meatballs out on your kitchen counter for a few weeks. It may even start moving around on its own. :-)

42. Iowagirl - September 7, 2007

Buckaroohawk (#41),

I appreciate your creativeness and imagination! But will I be able to mindmeld with this Spaghetti-Horta and will there be offspring?

43. Shatner_Fan_2000 - September 7, 2007

#42 “will there be offspring?”

That depends on how well you and the plate of spaghetti and meatballs hit it off…

44. Diabolik - September 7, 2007

There was a Cheron, and a big-headed Talosian that looked nothing like the Keeper… also some generic alien called a Venusian or something…

45. Iowagirl - September 7, 2007


Don’t forget, I already have a mission! But, nevertheless, as IDIC should not remain merely a high-sounding word – let’s give it a try…

46. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 7, 2007

Snake – I have all the Trek III figures unopened – I was going to throw them on ebay at some point but I found out they are going for a couple of bucks each so I decided to keep them.

47. NCC-73515 - September 7, 2007

just an image in my head: a tholian fighting a saurian while a melkotian and an excalbian are watching… and the m-113 creature would also be nice…

48. GraniteTrek - September 7, 2007

Wow, the memories.. I had the three Enterprise dolls (er, action figures) and the transporter when I was a kid. Great stuff.

49. THX-1138 - September 7, 2007

Wow, it would appear that a nerve has been struck. Quick, let’s open a toy store and make a mint off of ourselves.

Oh, wait a minute. That wouldn’t work. We’d be too busy playing with the toys to open the doors.

Sell your collection??!!! Are you crazy? Mine! Mine!! MINE!!!

50. Shatner_Fan_2000 - September 7, 2007

It’s obvious the Megos were made to represent the way the characters looked in the 70’s, as witness the Mugatu’s flared red trousers and green blouse. Very glam. IIRC, he was a big part of the Studio 54 scene at that time; Diana Ross, Jerry Hall and others were often spotted snorting Neuralian nose candy off his horn.

51. Vulcanista - September 7, 2007

#37 & 41:

I was thinking more along the lines of a pepperoni pizza left out on the counter for about a week! LOL!

Peace. Live long and prosper.

the Vulcanista }:-|

52. Dave - September 7, 2007

MEGO RULES. I have the original walkie talkie communicators in the original 1975 box in perfect mint conition. I still collect and put in storage all mego toy involving star trek.

53. Vulcanista - September 7, 2007


Dave, I’m jealous! If I had those babies, I’d take ’em out and PLAY with them!

Anyway, I hope the re-release of all these toys doesn’t screw with the value of the originals too much.

Peace. Live long and prosper.

the Vulcanista }:-|

54. toddk - September 7, 2007

I had the walkie talkies too, they lasted less than a year. cool as hell. I really wanted the tricorder wich i believe was $35,00. that was way out of my monetary sensor range. I also had the phaser that would shoot little plastic discs.. and you could actually buy refills. God I’m old..

55. Vulcanista - September 7, 2007


They had a Tricorder??!! Damn!! Gotta have a talk with Mom and Dad about THAT! The $35 price tag probably had something to do with why I never got one. I’d have made a damn fine Nurse Chapel in fourth grade with that puppy!

My little bro’ had two of the disc-shooting phasers. Now, that was some FUN! Yeah, I’m old too!

Peace. Live long and prosper.

the Vulcanista }:-|

56. planettom - September 8, 2007

A friend of mine when I was a kid had that MISSION TO GAMMA VI playset.

The big lizard head temple with the trapdoor, snap-action carnivorous planet, rock-glove, little alien dudes, etc.

That was the coolest toy ever!

57. THX-1138 - September 8, 2007

My parents didn’t get me THAT??!!! Why, oh why, Lord, could I not have been spoiled just a little? That must have been a stone gas to play with.

Give us more toy articles, Tony. These little trips down memory lane have been fun!

58. Ralph F - September 9, 2007

I still have my Corbomite Maneuver Mego guy in a box somewhere…

59. COMPASSIONATE GOD - September 10, 2007

I’m so “in” on this one; I had many of the original ST Mego figures back in the early-mid 70’s, and the bridge playset, so this reissue (to quote Dr. McCoy) is like going home!

I sincerely hope Diamond completes the Mego reissue series.

60. Andy Patterson - September 10, 2007

Anyone know if they have plans of re-making the Marvel and DC superhero versions? I remember a Batman with a blue cowl, one with a removable black cowl (which fascinated me as a kid – why was the black the only version that came off?). . . .I’d love to see all those again. And my Spider-Man was my favorite.

61. COMPASSIONATE GOD - September 10, 2007

#60-Andy Patterson: Do not count on it. Several years ago, when Playing Mantis was negotiating with DC & Marvel to rerelease the Captain Action and Action Boy 12-inch versions of their characters, the deals went south, as the two companies already had deals with toy companies capable of producing 12 (or 8) inch figures if they so desired. With the success both companies have with figures, don’t count on retro-Megos.

Furthermore, Marvel/Toy Biz already released a sort of tribute 9-inch line in the late 90’s/early 2000’s called “Famous Covers” while DC/Hasbro got into the clothed 9-inch act 3 years ago with their “Silver Age” series.

“Famous Covers” eventually failed, but this year, Hasbro (now handling the Marvel license) released another Marvel 9-inch series called the Signature Series.

With tributes existing (or available through eBay), only a groundswell of Mego fan requests and a visible profit worth the costs would push DC & Marvel to give a green light on Mego reissues.

62. Andy Patterson - September 10, 2007

Bummer. I really loved those and don’t think any other form could be as exciting as the Mego offerings. I really appreciate the very thorough reply though. COMPASSIONATE GOD…..good screen name by the way.

63. JL - September 11, 2007

“… a groundswell of Mego fan requests and a visible profit worth the costs would push DC & Marvel to give a green light on Mego reissues.”

PLEASE, for the love of god, PLEASE let this happen. At $100-$800 or more a pop, I can’t afford the originals. During my childhood youth, there was no other toy which gave me more pure pleasure than Mego’s WGSH line.

64. mars396 - September 12, 2007

Good stuff…

My next door neighbor had the Planet of the Apes Megos, I had Star Trek. Every Saturday (after their respective animated series) we would play Star Trek on the Planet of the Apes. Good Times.

We beat the hell out of those figures. So much so that I thought enough to get a SECOND set for archive purposes, thinking to myself “hey, these are not going to get produced forever, and I will probably want a set in the future”. So, I have Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scottie, Uhura, and the Klingon all on the original cards (with a cut on the bubble for ingress/egress), my cardboard Enterprise playset, my original beat-to-hell Gorn with Doc Mego repro clothes, a custom Sulu I scored off eBay, and Doc Mego’s Romulan (both with the hard heads). I sold my Keeper at a Garage Sale, as I considered it non-canon and needed to be purged from my collection. Never had a Cheron, nor a Neptunian, as my next door neighbor had those, and we always palyed together, I never thought I needed my own.

My wife fully understands that in the event of a fire, she is to “SAVE THE MEGOS ! ! ! !”

I am eager to get the repro Andorian and a soft headed Romulan with vac-metal helmet.

I fully expect this line to include Sulu and hopefully Chekov and some aliens that look like they were from the show, not repros of Mego’s Aliens, which, with the exception of Andorian and Romulan were awful. Nah, who am I kidding ? I’ll buy every last one !

Oh, and don’t get any hopes up for any of the Ladies of Trek. Doc Mego has not reproduced the female Mego; he uses something called Breyer Girls, which besides being out-of-scale to the males, I am sure would violate some copyright to resell as Uhura, Chapel, Rand etc.

And DST is remaking the Planet of the Apes too. WOO HOO ! !

From Diamond Select Toys:

The next property to join Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles’ growing library of licenses is none other than the 1968 classic that introduced the world to damn, dirty apes, Planet of the Apes! With five feature films, two television series, comic books and more – the Planet of the Apes universe has been a part of popular culture for the past forty years. Now with DST at the helm, new Planet of the Apes merchandise will be hitting stores next year!

As with their successful Star Trek license DST has partnered with Emce Toys to release an array of ape-related products, beginning with reproductions of the hugely popular eight-inch cloth retro figures originally released by Mego in 1974! Beginning with the classic Cornelius and Ursus figures, fans of the original retro-style figures will be able to add these timeless collectibles to their collections complete with their original accessories and packaging style. Further assortments will include the popular Dr. Zaius and Dr. Zira as well as other figures from the classic line!

“The first Planet of the Apes toys were produced by Mego – a fact which has guaranteed these innovators a place in toy history,” said Michael Leavey, Sales and Marketing Supervisor for Diamond Select Toys. “Since their designs have withstood the test of time and become legends in the toy industry, it’s only natural to introduce these classic collectibles to the next generation of fans.”

Starting in 1974, Mego released their eight-inch cloth figures to phenomenal fan response. The runaway success of the Planet of the Apes franchise led the company to expand into playsets and other accessories. Available in 2008, the first Planet of the Apes figures in this classic style in more than twenty-five years will be Cornelius the chimpanzee and Ursus the gorilla. Just as with their original releases, both will feature traditional articulation, cloth uniforms and plastic accessories.

65. Joe Sena - January 15, 2008

Hello all,

Just to clarify, it is the EMCE Toys brand of SphereWerx that has brought back these Mego figures, distributed through Diamond’s existing license with CBS.

Paul “Dr. Mego” Clarke is my partner on this endeavor, and the Abrams family are participants in the venture, but it was EMCE that birthed the project.

Although we are pleased that Diamond has facilitated the release of these toys, it is continually distressing to see the implication that they created this line from wholecloth fostered in the fan press.

66. Al Barrett - March 21, 2008

About these “retro cloth” I agree that they should find a better way to call
those(they can`t use the word MEGO!)and one thing really bug me…it`s
that yellow shirt(Kirk)Is-it me but it makes the Captain looks like Tweety
bird!The original was more kinda gold!

67. Steff De Vos - November 4, 2008

Al, you’re right. The Kirk uniform is way too yellow!!! I have purchased this item and the color difference has nothing to do with aging….

68. Al Barrett - November 12, 2008

Same thing for Spock and McCoy..the blue is different…I bought the figures but replaced their shirts with old blue ones.As for the belts…
the phaser cannot stay in place so again I replaced them with the old ones…now I’ve got nice figures.

69. Al Barrett - November 12, 2008

By the way,check on YOU TUBE “Star Trek Mego Episodes” you.ll find a
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