Brick Mantooth returns for the last time

Brick Mantooth returns for the last time

Well, folks, today is the day. It would have been sooner, but I hesitated to order bodies because I didn’t want it to end. Then I realized that was silly and put this together.

I am selling my last Brick Mantooth action figures, and once this sale is over, he will be retired, at least in 8″ form. He may pop up in other projects, like Polyester Pals.

When I got this notion to do a figure in 2010, it was a pretty crazy idea, especially for a one-income household with two kids.

However, I had a good team of enablers.

Brick Mantooth Prototype

The Brick Mantooth Prototype figure. Outfit by Steve Moore.

My good friend Sean Sansom who has worked for McFarlane, EMCE, Bif Bang Pow and Mego and has an Oscar(!) gave his time and sculpted the head for me for free.

Museum soulmates Robyn Adams and Steve Moore helped with the figure’s art, outfits and overall look. Paul “Dr.Mego” Clarke provided an important means of production.

Making toys is scary; whenever I got a factory update, my stomach went into knots.  When they arrived, I assumed the Super Collector would sell out, and Brick would be the peg warmer, but he outsold the Super Collector (making those mini Mego Museums, don’t get me started).

People embraced Brick, and Steve Moore especially, who created the “Man Mates” fashion line, even a “Van Tooth,”  which I lost track of and regretted not buying more:


Robyn Adams created the Brick Mantooth Bachelor pad playset using her invention called DIDA DISPLAYS with a little help from Paul @lasermego:


The prototype figures were even seen at the 2010 Toy Fair thanks to EMCE Toys:

And I’d be remiss without mentioning the commercial, filmed in my Gramma’s basement using my kids as actors. My friend Sam Noir also was used as a stand-in for reshoots and my friend Rob Chatlin (check out his new documentary on Dave Stevens) edited the commercial because I had no clue how to do that.

Along the way, I started making Brick Parody figures like “Micronaughty” and “Polyestar” and selling tiny runs:


And the customs folks made with Brick really brought me joy. I could fill pages with them.

Brick Mantooth

Brick Mantooth Custom by Steve Leach


Jason Young

The amazing Chris Franklin even turned Brick into a comic character in the pages of Megozine:

This project was not about getting rich or making money at all, I think I broke even.

It did provide me with a healthy outlet, learning experiences, and friendships and made my life better.

Which is worth way more than money.

I guess that’s why I didn’t want to sell out of these, but it’s OK. It’s time to move on.

Thank you, everyone, for supporting this crazy, totally not approved by my grandmother, dream.

It means the world to me.



As a bonus, I’ve created a limited Christmas run of Bricks. It’s the same Brick figure, but now it’s got a new hat. Supplies are limited (because the dollar store ran out of these hats) so act now!

Brick Mantooth

Brick Mantooth


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About The Author

AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.

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