The Collective: Review of Retro Mego Mugatu and Uhura November 24, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: Review,TOS,Toys , trackback
For over a year now, Diamond Select Toys has been bringing back the 70s in the form of their retro-cloth figure recreations of the famous Star Trek MEGO toys. And this month brings us the most 70s-ish one of them all, a two pack with Foxy Uhura and her dancing pal, the Mugatu. TrekMovie has a full review and more news in the world of toys for this week.
Me Got MEGO Mugatu Redos, and Uhura, too
In sociology, the word ‘icon’ refers to popular symbols of an era (as opposed to celebrities, which are popular people who symbolize an era). Icons of the 1970s include the Disco Ball and roller stakes. Celebrities include John Travolta and Cher. Once in a while, though, icon and celebrity combine. This is how I feel about the EMCE Toys retro Mugatu action figure. The action figure is part icon (the groovy 70s outfit is a refuge from an episode of Starsky and Hutch) and part celebrity (nothing says the 1960s and 70s more than Mugatu, whose pointy horn coolness and brute magnetism is why he is become the official mascot of Trekmovie.com).
Original Mego Mugatu
As with all the retro items from EMCE toys, the Mugatu is a near perfect reproduction of the original MEGO version (excepting some slight color alterations because of improvements in plastic manufacturing safety and the 2008 copyright). There are many theories as to why MEGO decided to clothe the Mugatu, the most plausible of which is either modesty concerns or a desire to appeal to Planet of the Apes fans. Either way, if the Mugatu had dressed like this in "A Private Little War" Kirk would have gone out to a Hill People bar looking for dates. The 2008 action figure captures all the fun of the original 1970s action figure, which is retro in more ways than one.
The Uhura action figure was a courageous choice for MEGO because Star Trek toys were primarily a boy’s toy in the 1970s. To release what is essentially a doll into a boy’s line was something really only done in the world of superhero toys back then (you had to have a Wonder Woman with your Superman). While the hair and the sculpt of the original 1970s action figure isn’t a very good likeliness of Nichelle Nichols, the costume is nicely representative of the television show and the figure is the only MEGO Star Trek item with "real" hair.
Original Mego Uhura
The 2008 retro version is virtually the same as the original. The detailing of the new version includes the gold sleeve band and the silver delta shield of the 1970s Uhura action figure.
More MEGOs a GO-GO
Being released during the next few months are four more MEGO action figures. Available for preorder are Sulu and the redesigned Gorn, and Chekov and Cheron.
|Recent and upcoming retro MEGO figures at Entertainment Earth|
|Scotty + Keeper||Uhura + Mugatu|
Hopefully, the EMCE Toys retro line will continue with more MEGO originals and original redos. There are two action figures from the 1970s, Talos and Neptuian, that need to be released. Perhaps, fans could also get originals such as Nurse Christine Chapel or Harry Mudd. Me got to go now and play with Mugatu.
Pilot Sulu Preview
The Art Asylum blog is teasing a new Pilot Sulu variant. According to the post:
…we’re working on a pilot Sulu for some thing or another (it’s sad when the variants run together). This isn’t the best pic in the world, but all of you Sulu fans should recognize the uniform color. Stay tuned for further news on when and where you can get this guy.
BONUS VIDEO: Mego Disco!
Our friend Spockboy has edited my video of the new Megos (with a music suggestion from Kelvington).