When I was a kid, back in the 1970s and early ’80s, I had classic Mego Kirk and Spock Star Trek figures, along with a Spider-Man, a Batman, and a Wonder Woman. 8” tall, they interacted with my Star Wars and G.I. Joe action figures, and they all looked up to my 10” tall Superman figure. The height disparities didn’t bother me; I just loved playing with them.
Everything old is new again! Mego Corporation (or as it says on the packages, “Marty Abrams Presents Mego”) is again producing affordable 8” Star Trek figures with cloth uniforms and styling that harkens back to the figures of my youth. After relaunching in 2018, Mego has now released nine waves of figures. We recently received the latest three Trek figures. Wave 8 included Jean-Luc Picard and Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And in wave 9 Mego released a Saru figure, their first from Star Trek: Discovery.
Details, Details, Details
Each Mego figure has a surprising amount of detail. The characters feature fantastic facial sculpts, especially for figures in this price range. Saru’s facial features are astounding. Well sculpted, and painted with care, Saru looks every bit the Kelpien wonder that he is on the show.
The sculpts for the TNG figures are also impressive, although Picard’s likeness is not as good as the sculpt for Data’s, which is excellent.
Saru’s hands are also detailed in accordance with Doug Jones’ makeup on the show, and he has Kelpien-style boots, as well.
The Next Generation figures have boots molded into their lower legs, which are of black plastic, while their upper legs, hips, torsos, and arms are flesh-colored (or android-colored) plastic. Not surprisingly, Saru’s torso is not molded with Kelpien detailing but is a standard human male torso. In case you are wondering, inside his boots, Saru’s feet are human-styled feet and not Kelpien hooves.
Construction and articulation
The articulation for the Mego figures makes them easily positioned in a number of poses, and each can stand on its own for display without a stand. Mego promises 14 points of articulation, which include a rotating head, ball joints at both shoulders, hinges at the elbows, ball joints at the wrists, a ball joint at the waist and each hip, and hinges at the knees. If you’re counting, that’s actually 12 points of articulation for Picard and Data, so they are also counting the wrists as bending and rotating. Saru has hinged ankles, giving him 14 points of articulation, but because of the design of his special boots, it’s not possible to move his ankles while he has them on. Because of his Kelpien-style boots, Saru stands about half an inch taller than the other figures.
The uniforms are fabric and removable. The tunics close with a Velcro strip down the center of the back, and the pants have elastic waistbands. The Next Generation figures have details printed on the colored fabric, including combadges and (amazingly!) rank pips.
Saru’s costume is made of several different fabric panels, with strips of golden elastic ribbon down each leg and around each shoulder. The underarm panels on Saru’s uniform are detailed with tiny delta shields, and Saru’s boots bear the small deltas that are seen on the screen-worn costumes. The Next Generation uniforms have the v-shaped leg cuffs that we would expect to see, and Mandarin collars. All in all, these are impressive garments for such small figures, especially Saru’s.
Like the Mego figures of the ’70s and ’80s, these figures are constructed by hooking the shoulders, waist, and hips to thick elastics in the trunk of the figure. This allows their shoulders, waist, and hips to rotate freely on the ball joints, giving them an extensive range of motion. Due to what may be a manufacturing flaw in the ball joint of his right shoulder (see picture), our Data is not able to easily raise that joint.
All three figures are very simply packaged, with backing cards styled to their respective TV shows, and a 2-part plastic blister. Picard and Data come with phasers and holsters, molded in black plastic, which are secured to the plastic holster belts with clear elastic bands that are easily removable.
Compared to a lot of action figures these days, which often are secured with half a dozen twist ties, a handful of pieces of tape, and several interlocking plastic doo-dads, these Mego figures are very easy to remove and play with immediately. The back of the Next Generation cards feature pictures of the available figures in the Next Gen line, including Q, while the Saru figure features a photo of Doug Jones in character as First Officer Saru on the bridge of his ship. Interestingly, the packaging also includes credits for the Sculptors and Seamstresses who designed the figures and uniforms – a nice touch that I’ve never seen before but appreciate.
For what they cost (prices range from $15 – $22 depending on retailer), these 8-inch figures pack a lot of detailing and play value for the money. The new figures have styling that clearly follows from the classic Mego look, but with facial sculpts and costumes that are detailed enough for any modern-day collector. These are just what a new generation of kids, introduced to Trek through the many new shows coming out regularly, needs for their toyboxes, while also being attractive enough for adult collectors to feel proud of displayed on our shelves.
Mego figures are available in the US at many retailers including Walmart, Meijers, and Target. They are also carried by a number of online retails including Amazo, including Saru for $18.99, Picard for $18.49, and Data for $20.70.
More Mego Star Trek coming soon
Wave 10 is arriving by the end of January which will include a Q figure and Locutus from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wave 11, arriving by the end of February, will include Capt. Pike and Michael Burnham from Star Trek: Discovery. And Wave 12 in March while include three TOS figures: McCoy, Scotty, and the Salt Vampire.
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