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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 98

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 98 - Megos!

This week is Mego Week at THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST! I am joined by Mego expert BRIAN HEILER to talk about our favorite line of action figures, Megos!

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Count Drunkula said...

Oh my god, Rob - That advertisement you ran around the 29-minute mark might be the greatest thing you've ever rebroadcast on the Fire & Water Podcast. That thing cracked me the hell up!

"Green Arrow: crime-fighter from the forest!" Uh... He's not actually Robin Hood...

"The Falcon: that great BLACK superhero!" I have no words... I just love that so much!

"The Torch: faster than the speed of light!" Well, that certainly goes a long way to verifying Brian Heiler's assertion that the guy behind this line thought The Flash and Human Torch were the same character.

"Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl: both have the power of invisibility!" I guess if you can't make Reed stretch you might as well lie about his power set so kids don't think you've ripped them off.

Earth 2 Chris said...

^Yeah, that Mego ad always cracked me up. The way they say "BA-LACK" is hilariously wrong. I give them points for making a Falcon, but sheesh. And then there was the stinger...with Ball Buster. How they ever got that came (and that commerical!) into production with a straight face is beyond me.

As a card-carrying, daily-posting member of the Mego Museum forums, it goes without saying I absolutely LOVED this episode. I've had the pleasure of meeting Brian at the annual Mego Meet twice, and he's a helluva nice guy, and font of information on all things toy geeks love. I consider myself pretty learned when it comes to Mego, and even I got schooled on a few new things here!

Fantastic episode gents! Give us more!


Earth 2 Chris said...

Oh, and I forgot to add to Rob's endorsement that you go check out both the Plaid Stallions blog, and the Pod Stallions podcast. The TV detectives show is up, and it's a whole lot of fun.


Unknown said...

GREAT episode...I have loved Mego figures since I first got my cousin's hand me down collection (Batman & Robin, Joker, Penguin, the Batmobile, Superman, Spiderman...and a really beat up Batcopter) and hated one of the kids in the neighborhood for selling his Trek and Apes figures at a flea market instead of just giving them to me!

I've collected them off and on in adulthood, and have recently been trying my hand at some custom Blue Beetles!

All that said, my purchase habits always seem to be influenced by the FWPodcast (see past eBay purchases of HEX and DC Challenge) so after I listened on the way to work today, I IMMEDIATELY logged into my PC and started searching eBay for some Mego goodness...you guys always manage to make me spend money...subliminal messaging?

Earth 2 Chris said...

Keeping things Fire & Water related, you can see some of my Mego case behind me in this pic:


I get to look at them every time I eat!

Although, my collection pales in comparison to the awesomeness of Brian's, for sure!


Unknown said...

AWWW man! Chris has the Mego General Lee?! I always wanted that! Damnit...another eBay hunt has begun!

Anj said...

Loved the episode as well. Especially the messed up commercial in the middle. That was hilarious!

I simply don't have the $$$ to buy an official Supergirl mego. But there are some quasi-Mego-like figures coming out which are much more affordable. Here is the Supergirl:


Great collection Chris. Love the Titans!

Earth 2 Chris said...

Yeah, the FTC ReMego stuff is very exciting. They have had some quality control issues, but they seem to be getting better. I got their new Alfred figure, and despite a slightly oversized head, he's really nicely done.


rob! said...

@Count--Yeah I love that commercial, it's so perfectly Mego. I knew as soon as I decided to do a Mego episode that I had to get it in there.

@E2C--Your collection is truly remarkable.

@Tim--The Fire and Water Podcast is single-handedly improving the economy!

@Anj--I hear you. There are a couple of Megos I want simply because they're so well done (Conan, for instance), but dang they are pricey now.

Diabolu Frank said...

I'm a bit younger than you fellows, so I mostly missed the full scale Megos, though I had a fair few Pocket Heroes. I've always preferred the Mego dimensions, articulation and costumes, but the stuff I played with as a kid were Mego knock-offs/successors, not the real thing. I did have a Green Arrow bought cheap and loose at a comic shop in the early '90s, but it was unsurprisingly stolen when I was bumming around a few years later.

I agree that at least part of the appeal of Mego is their "shared universe" of uniform licenses, though I also appreciate the diversity of manufacturers since. The role of Apes in launching mass licensing for kiddie fare can't be understated, and I firmly agree that laid the game out for Lucas.

I wasn't sure how well toys would translate to a podcast, but as it turned out, very very well. Thoroughly enjoyed this highly informative episode, and Brian Heiler's got a smooth radio voice.