Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mego Spotlight- Megarite
(3&3/4" 'The Motion Picture' Figure)

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Figure Name: Megarite
Manufacturer: Mego Toys Corp.

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The Megarite was released as part of the rare second series of 3&3/4" Mego Star Trek The Motion Picture figures. (Sorry, no carded pic for you...)

The Rundown: Ah, the Megarite... It took me quite awhile to find this one. Megarites are almost always found without their keen trench coats, which is a big no-no for me. After years of searching though, I finally found a coated one I thought was nice enough to join his fellow 3.75" TMP brethren in the wall case. Let's give him a look and see what all the fuss is about!

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Like all the Mego 'Motion Picture' aliens, the Megarite shows a surprising amount of screen accuracy for the scale and time period in which these were made. Check out this picture of a Megarite from the TMP lobby book:

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Now check out the detail on the figure's outfit! Back...

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...and front-

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Sure, they had to take some liberties on replicating the outfit's accoutrements, but all of the costume's detailing is here. The neck charm, the arm squares, even the wrinkles in the hands... Mego worked them all onto the figure itself, finishing off the look with a cloth coat accessory. The coat even features a hooded area that is actually bunched in at the collar. Excellent work here! Just be careful with that cloak, as the material is extremely delicate and easily frays.

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The detailing isn't limited to the body either; Mr. Megarite's head is brimming with sculpted greatness as well! Each of the lips are individually sculpted and painted, there's ridges running up the brow & down the back of his head, and there's even some very fine wrinkles all around the eye sockets. This kind of work at this scale wasn't commonplace back in the late 70's. Mego was truly ahead of it's time.

Oh... and since the Megarite is one of the "blink-and-you'll-miss-him" alien species from TMP, I figured you might enjoy reading a little more about them! Here's the snippet from the aforementioned "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" lobby book-

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Aww... they seem really nice. I'd hang out with a Megarite if he landed in my backyard for sure. But wait... Check out the Megarite card from the Topps movie set-

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"The Face Of Terror"!?! Nevermind. All ugly aliens must be mean aliens. Lesson learned. Thanks Topps!

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The Megarite is yet another of the Mego 3&3/4 aliens that I just can't say enough good things about. He's a great release, especially when judged against the other comparable figures on the market at the time (I'm looking at you Walrusman). The only thing that stinks is the price. Finding a nice complete Megarite with his cape intact will typically set you back anywhere from $75-$100. That's a lot to invest, but if you're serious about the line, he is one of the best of the run.

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