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14 reasons Mego was the best at making action figures in the 1970s

If it wasn't Mego, it wasn't a real action figure.

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If there was a popular TV show or movie in the 1970s, chances are Mego made an action figure for it. Television characters like Kojak and the Fonz came to life as 8-inch-tall, lightweight figurines alongside heroes Batman and Superman. 

When the company switched from producing dime store toys to licensing action figures in the early 1970s, it hit the jackpot with its "World's Greatest Super-Heroes" collection. The line of toys, which was first introduced in 1972, cemented Mego's status as the decade's coolest toymakers.  

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We'll start off with the first four figures released:

Superman

Batman

Robin

Aquaman

The next year, Mego added more heroes:

Spiderman

Tarzan

The rest of the '70s saw the introduction or more women heroes like Wonder Woman and Supergirl:

Wonder Woman

Supergirl

Batgirl

Let's not forget about Shazam, Isis and Thor:

Shazam

Isis

Thor

Lastly, Mego didn't just make superheroes. They also made villains: 

Joker

Lizard

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