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Do You Remember Mego? Trivia Quiz


MEGO was a premiere American toy company in the 1970s. In 1971, they began to purchase the license rights to many famous film and TV franchises, creating many memorable action figure lines. See if you can remember these toys from your childhood!

A multiple-choice quiz by AlecHolland. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
AlecHolland
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
304,685
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1971, Mego released this original eight inch action figure toy line to try to cash in on the success of rival toy company Hasbro's popular "G.I. Joe" line. Different outfits were available for this character including "Army", "Rescue Squad", "Karate" and "Secret Agent". Fun accessories included the remote controlled "Rescue Copter" and the "Scramble Cycle". What was the name of this toy line? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 1972, Mego recycled the eight-inch "Action Jackson" figure design by adding new head sculpts and different cloth costumes to create this new superhero based action figure line, which would prove to be Mego's most popular. Superman, Batman, Robin and Aquaman were in the first series of figures. Spiderman, Captain America and Tarzan soon followed. Many other memorable comic book characters were made in the years to follow. What was the name of this toy line? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. 1974 brought the release of the "Star Trek" action figure line. Based on the hit television series, which was experiencing a strong resurgence in reruns, this line was very successful for Mego. It once again featured the popular eight inch figure format. Which of the following "Star Trek" crew was not initially available in the first series of figures available? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. 1974 was a big year for Mego. They released another new line of eight inch action figures and playsets based on another popular science fiction film franchise. The first series of characters included Cornelius, Zira, the Soldier Ape, Dr. Zaius and the Astronaut. Popular accessories included the "Village" and "Treetop" playsets, as well as the remote-controlled "Action Stallion". What was the name of this popular figure line? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Not all action figure lines can be a hit. In 1981, Mego attempted to make 3 and 3/4 inch figures based on this popular night-time soap which ran from 1978-1991. Some of the characters from this show included J.R. Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Jock Ewing and Miss Ellie. Can you name the series? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1977, Mego released another line of eight inch action figures. This line was based on a 70's sitcom whose most popular character was from Milwaukee, wore an iconic leather jacket and hung around with his friends at Arnold's Drive-In. Can you name the TV series this character starred in? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Mego released a 12-inch tall action figure line in 1977 based on this hugely popular rock band. They wore makeup, appeared in a Marvel comic book, and were known to "Rock and Roll All Night". Can you name them? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In 1978, Mego continued their success with another eight-inch action figure line based on a TV show. This one featured two cops who patrolled Bay City, worked with an informant named Huggy Bear and drove a red Ford Gran Torino that was nicknamed "The Striped Tomato". Can you name this figure line? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. 1981 brought the release of more television cops from Mego to the toy aisle. CHIPS was hugely popular on television at the time and did very well for the company An eight-inch figure line was produced that featured Ponch, Jon and Sarge. There was also a three and three quarter inch line produced as well. Which of these figures was not available in the three and three quarter inch line? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. 1982 was the final year that Mego would produce toys. One of it's last gasps as a company was the "Dukes of Hazzard" action figure line from 1981. Eight inch figures were produced first, followed by a three and three quarter inch figure line. What two figures were only produced for the eight-inch series? Hint



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1. In 1971, Mego released this original eight inch action figure toy line to try to cash in on the success of rival toy company Hasbro's popular "G.I. Joe" line. Different outfits were available for this character including "Army", "Rescue Squad", "Karate" and "Secret Agent". Fun accessories included the remote controlled "Rescue Copter" and the "Scramble Cycle". What was the name of this toy line?

Answer: Action Jackson

"Action Jackson" was an initially popular line for Mego, but sales of the toy and accessories petered out quickly. This line is probably best remembered for the creation of their standard eight inch body sculpt and design. Mego would reuse this design in many of their most popular lines of figures.
2. In 1972, Mego recycled the eight-inch "Action Jackson" figure design by adding new head sculpts and different cloth costumes to create this new superhero based action figure line, which would prove to be Mego's most popular. Superman, Batman, Robin and Aquaman were in the first series of figures. Spiderman, Captain America and Tarzan soon followed. Many other memorable comic book characters were made in the years to follow. What was the name of this toy line?

Answer: World's Greatest Superheroes

"The World's Greatest Superheroes" line combined characters from the Marvel and DC comic book universes. These figures were originally packaged in solid boxes, but made the switch to more consumer friendly window boxes in 1973. They would later be packaged on industry standard blister backing cards. Popular accessories included the Batmobile and the Batcave playset.
3. 1974 brought the release of the "Star Trek" action figure line. Based on the hit television series, which was experiencing a strong resurgence in reruns, this line was very successful for Mego. It once again featured the popular eight inch figure format. Which of the following "Star Trek" crew was not initially available in the first series of figures available?

Answer: Lieutenant Uhura

The first series of figures included Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, Doctor Leonard Mccoy, Mister Scott and a Klingon. The packaging contained five pictures of these characters. Lieutenant Uhura was added as a late feminist-conscious choice. The packaging was then changed to reflect the new edition to the crew.

The "Star Trek" figure line was Mego's first to exclusively use the standard blister backing card.
4. 1974 was a big year for Mego. They released another new line of eight inch action figures and playsets based on another popular science fiction film franchise. The first series of characters included Cornelius, Zira, the Soldier Ape, Dr. Zaius and the Astronaut. Popular accessories included the "Village" and "Treetop" playsets, as well as the remote-controlled "Action Stallion". What was the name of this popular figure line?

Answer: Planet of the Apes

In late 1973, Mego president Marty Abrams attended a "Planet of the Apes" movie marathon with his son. He had never before seen any of the popular films, but he instantly recognized their appeal to the masses. The next day, he purchased the rights to make "Planet of the Apes" figures and playsets from film studio Twentieth Century Fox.

This finely detailed line of figures was another one of Mego's greatest successes.
5. Not all action figure lines can be a hit. In 1981, Mego attempted to make 3 and 3/4 inch figures based on this popular night-time soap which ran from 1978-1991. Some of the characters from this show included J.R. Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Jock Ewing and Miss Ellie. Can you name the series?

Answer: Dallas

Mego wanted to capitalize on the "Who Shot J.R." storyline, which was very popular at the time. They developed and successfully sold a "Dallas" card game and a J.R. dart board. Retailers balked at the figures and the line was never released. Prototype figures included Jock, J.R., Bobby, Miss Ellie, Pam, Lucy and Sue Ellen.
6. In 1977, Mego released another line of eight inch action figures. This line was based on a 70's sitcom whose most popular character was from Milwaukee, wore an iconic leather jacket and hung around with his friends at Arnold's Drive-In. Can you name the TV series this character starred in?

Answer: Happy Days

"Happy Days" was not a very successful line overall for Mego, but the Fonzie figure sold extremely well. It was a very good likeness of the character and featured a switch on his back that would make him flip his arms to the thumbs-up position. Other characters produced for this line included Richie, Potsy and Ralph. Playsets included "Fonzie's Motorcycle" and "Fonzie's Garage".
7. Mego released a 12-inch tall action figure line in 1977 based on this hugely popular rock band. They wore makeup, appeared in a Marvel comic book, and were known to "Rock and Roll All Night". Can you name them?

Answer: KISS

The "KISS" line was produced from 1977-1979 and was another great success for MEGO. Band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were widely available on toy shelves everywhere. Peter Criss's figure was produced in lower numbers than the others due to rumors he was leaving the band.

He did not actually leave the band until 1980, when he was replaced by drummer Eric Carr.
8. In 1978, Mego continued their success with another eight-inch action figure line based on a TV show. This one featured two cops who patrolled Bay City, worked with an informant named Huggy Bear and drove a red Ford Gran Torino that was nicknamed "The Striped Tomato". Can you name this figure line?

Answer: Starsky and Hutch

This is another great Mego line. Figures were produced for Starsky, Hutch, Captain Dobey, Huggy Bear and a generic criminal named Chopper. The "Striped Tomato" was packaged as "Starsky and Hutch Car with Twist-Out Action". It was motorized and had a swivel wheel on front for authentic criminal-chasing quick turn action.
9. 1981 brought the release of more television cops from Mego to the toy aisle. CHIPS was hugely popular on television at the time and did very well for the company An eight-inch figure line was produced that featured Ponch, Jon and Sarge. There was also a three and three quarter inch line produced as well. Which of these figures was not available in the three and three quarter inch line?

Answer: C.B. McHaul

Mego was very well known for their cost-cutting practices. Jimmy Squeaks and Wheels Willy were recycled as villains for the "CHIPS" series from Mego's 1977 "C.B. McHaul" line. The line tried to cash in on the popular CB radio craze of the 70's and was a bust for Mego. Jimmy Squeaks and Wheels Willy were never featured as villains on the "CHIPS" TV show.
10. 1982 was the final year that Mego would produce toys. One of it's last gasps as a company was the "Dukes of Hazzard" action figure line from 1981. Eight inch figures were produced first, followed by a three and three quarter inch figure line. What two figures were only produced for the eight-inch series?

Answer: Coy and Vance

The original eight inch figure line included Bo Duke, Luke Duke, Daisy Duke and Boss Hogg. "Dukes of Hazzard" stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who played Bo and Luke respectively, were involved in a contract dispute with producers of the television show.

They left and were temporarily replaced with Duke cousins Coy and Vance. The two cousins were produced for the eight-inch figure line, but Schneider and Wopat soon came back to the show. Coy and Vance were written out, thus never appearing at all in Mego's three and three quarter inch line.
Source: Author AlecHolland

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