The re-issued Mego version of Spider-Man comes in a Mego style box which I think is a really cool feature. My only complaint is that they GLUED the left side of the box into position so that it wouldn't move around inside the larger box. Although I tried my best to get the smaller Mego-style box freed from the adhesive as slowly as possible, I ended up ripping the side of the smaller box which really, really sucks! :( Thankfully though it's just a small tear and it's not overtop of any of the artwork. (You can see the tear underneath small image of Wolverine on the side of the box, above.)
Here is a comparison of the original Mego Spidey (left) next to the EMCE / Diamond Select reissued version (right). As you can see the reissued doll is slightly smaller. In fact it's exactly 7.5 inches while the Mego is 7 3/4 inches, so the new doll is 1/4 of an inch smaller. I've shown a side view comparison below. The photo below also shows how the detail in the reissued Spidey's head is more defined than the original Mego (the lines are deeper). It also still has the 1972 copyright date on the back of the neck.
The reissued Spidey has a red body as compared with the Caucasian body that Mego used. Mego also issued their Spidey with a red torso section in the late 1970s, a version that is less common. I must point out though, that for some bizarre reason this reissued Mego and those made by Figures Toy Company all have lopsided plastic briefs in which the doll's left leg opening is lower than the right side. This forces the left leg to stick out slightly making the hip appear deformed. Fortunately in this case it doesn't distract from the doll too much when it has the suit on, and it can still stand up straight without any difficultly. Very strange though that the reissued Mego briefs are being made that way!
The back of the reissued Mego Spidey doll has five screw holes and four additional smaller holes which I'm assuming must have to do with the manufacturing process. Marvel copyright information is printed on the doll's back in black ink.
Now lets take a look at the "stuff" that Spidey comes with... first up is an outfit, head and hands to create Spidey's alter ego Peter Parker which is an all new version of the character. Mego had produced a Peter Parker doll in the 1970's that is quite hard to find these days, however at least two companies have previously reissued the parts for that doll. Therefore I think it was a wise choice to make this Peter Parker a completely new doll on it's own, with a unique head sculpt and outfit. He comes with a shirt, vest, pants, shoes, and a camera. He even has removable glasses and a Daily Bugle newspaper! The last outfit is a modern version of Spidey complete with a unique head sculpt and the web wings under his arms. Three different sets of Spidey hands are included, along with some Spidey boots. I find the boots are a bit weird since Spidey doesn't wear boots, but it's still fun to have them none the less! This Spidey also has his web-shooter wrist bands and a matching belt.
As for using the supplied doll body to put the different pieces onto, I'm not sure how well that would work out. This reissued Spidey head is made out of hard plastic rather than the soft squishy heads Mego used, so I don't know how to get the head off without damaging the doll (unless you undid the screws on the back of the doll, but then the whole doll might fall apart!). I did get the hands to pop off easily enough, but it's not something that I would want to do very often as it did put strain on the wrist joint. In any case, including these extra pieces makes sense as the set is aimed toward Mego collectors who are likely to have extra Mego doll bodies in their collections that can be used to complete the other two dolls if they wanted to have all three complete at the same time.
The set comes with an ultra cool mini magazine which presents the history of this ultra cool Mego doll! The magazine also outlines the production process that took place when creating this reissued Mego doll set, in addition to some other captivating Mego and Spider-Man articles.
The back of the large box has a giant picture of Spidey, reusing the same art from the Mego style box and magazine cover. As an obsessed die hard Mego freak, I am very happy with this set and find that this is the best quality reissued Mego item that I've seen to date! Awesome job EMCE / Diamond Select Toys!!!!!!!!!
I can't wait to get my hands on more from this collection. Here are the Marvel Mego style doll sets that have been released so far:
Captain America (with brown army uniform)
Captain America variant (with police uniform)
Deadpool variant (pirate costume)
Iron Man was announced for Series 1 but has yet to be released.
Text and images © Mikey Artelle, 2018