Vintage Mego: The Love Boat

Vintage Mego: The Love Boat

Mego Love Boat

Vintage Mego looks at the Love Boat action figure line and tries to tackle the question of “Why did Mego make these?”. It’s a power-packed episode with special guest stars Abe Vigoda and Ron Pallilo.
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Toy-Ventures Magazine Issue 6- PlaidStallions

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  • DBenson on March 31, 2022

    Did the size make them compatible with the Glamour Girls line? They might have been intended to appeal to girls who had those toys. Whenever somebody had a hugely successful line, other companies would produce accessories on the same scale to piggyback onto it. Unofficial outfits for Barbie, for example. Or generic space-themed carry cases for Star Wars figures.

    Or they may have been appealing to adult fans of the show, who’d either buy them for their kids or to decorate their own workspaces. Trouble is, kids weren’t trusting adults to pick their action figures. And they were a bit early to be ironic/nostalgic collectibles.

    My first thought was they would have made more sense scaled to regular fashion dolls, so Donny and Marie and other celebrity dolls could play guest stars, just like on TV. Insert joke about digging out the dolls based on formerly hot names. But they would have been way more expensive.

  • DON CHISHOLM on April 3, 2022

    >My first thought was they would have made more sense scaled to regular fashion dolls

    That’ a good point, and I know Mego dabbled in that format. Maybe the Mego 12″ figs didn’t sell so well so they didn’t want to chance it?

    On the up-side, figures like these (and the 8″ Waltons) made good victims/bystanders for other toy lines. “*puf-wheeze* I know you have the plans, Captain Stubing. Tell me where they are or my *puf-wheeze* Stormtroopers will tear this ship apart!”

    Don C.

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