Pica~Post

Published by Oi Polloi of Cottonopolis

No•8 AW•MMXIV

The Mego

Collector

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How long have you been collecting Mego figures for?
I vividly remember going into a shop called Co-Op with my mum around 1973. Action Man was around but what I saw in the shelf blew my mind — a display box of 24 of the world’s greatest superheroes! The artwork and colours on the package and display boxes looked astonishing and the figures looked like they had just stepped straight out of the comic books.

How did you start?
By pestering my mum.

My dad had put central heating in our house and there was a loose floorboard in my bedroom, so I used to hide television and superhero related sweet cigarette packets, toffee wrappers, free gifts from comics, food packaging and the boxes from my toys so my mum couldn’t throw them away.

What’s your favourite piece in your collection? 
It’s got to be Superman (even though I’m far more Marvel than DC). It was the first one I got; I was around seven or eight. But Ike Godsey’s shop from the Waltons, scaled for eight inch figures, is a close second.

Where did you get them from?
Apart from Co-Op, I would swap toys with my friends as a kid and pick up toys from jumble sales. Over the last 30 years I’ve picked them up from all over the world. In Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Japan most toys were licensed to companies like Cepsa, Lili Ledy, Basa and Popy, so the figures, clothes and packaging are different. I have travelled the world whilst working and collected from everywhere — I have been extremely lucky.

Where do you think man’s need to collect comes from? 
I’m not sure. I like design and detail. I just want to open a toy museum.

What else do you collect?
Cereal packets... comics... cars... more toys. I would call it toy art.

When will you stop?
Never.


The Mego Collector wears

A.P.C. Pull Yeti Snow £250

A.P.C.
Pull Yeti Snow
£250

Universal Works  Game Socks £18

Universal Works 
Game Socks
£18

Nike  Air Huarache Light  £90

Nike 
Air Huarache Light 
£90

Adidas  Micropacer OG £110

Adidas 
Micropacer OG
£110

AnonymousIsm  Sweat Crew Sock £19

AnonymousIsm 
Sweat Crew Sock
£19

Patagonia  Powder Town Beanie £35

Patagonia 
Powder Town Beanie
£35

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Fjallraven  Kanken £65

Fjallraven 
Kanken
£65

Anderson’s Woven Cork Belt £68

Anderson’s
Woven Cork Belt
£68

Dockers Alpha Khaki Skinny £80

Dockers
Alpha Khaki Skinny
£80

Engineered Garments 19th Century Button Down Shirt £183

Engineered Garments
19th Century Button Down Shirt
£183

LVC 1960s Striped Tee £75

LVC
1960s Striped Tee
£75

Dockers Filmore Stretch Sateen Pants £75

Dockers
Filmore Stretch Sateen Pants
£75

Patagonia Fitzroy Down Parka £400

Patagonia
Fitzroy Down Parka
£400

Penfield Elk Pullover Hooded Anorak £140

Penfield
Elk Pullover Hooded Anorak
£140

LVC 1950s Crew Sweatshirt £120

LVC
1950s Crew Sweatshirt
£120

Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip £80

Patagonia
Better Sweater Quarter Zip
£80

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Folk Ribs Jumper £160

Folk
Ribs Jumper
£160

Reebok LX 8500 £90

Reebok

LX 8500

£90

Barbour Dept.(B) Bolter Crew £149

Barbour Dept.(B)
Bolter Crew
£149

Barbour Bleaklow Rugby Shirt £109

Barbour
Bleaklow Rugby Shirt
£109

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