Monday, April 13, 2015

World's Greatest Super Pirates (Mego)



World's Greatest Super Pirates
Mego
1975 - 1976

Mego produced several series under the "World's Greatest Super" line. One of which was the amazing World's Greatest Super Pirates. The "Super" part in that title must have stood for, "Super Awesome!" These guys are great!

Based on both fictional and real known pirates, the line saw four eight inch figures produced. Blackbeard, Captain Patch, Jean Lafitte and Long John Silver each came in their own box with some of the best clothing and accessories that Mego had produced to date. It's a shame that there were so few of them, and even more so a shame that Mego never developed one of their classic vinyl playsets for this line. Can you imagine a fold out pirate ship sitting on vinyl water? Awesome!

Blackbeard*Captain Patch

A frustrating aspect for fans trying to hunt these down is that parts seem to be more available from broken dolls then actual dolls. More so annoying is that a good amount of boxed figures that can be found are in reproduction boxes - A problem many Mego lines are suffering from these days.


An aspect to watch out for when tracking down these figures is that toy manufacturer Figures Toy Company produced a set of reproductions in 2005. If you're not careful, you could end up paying top dollar for a reproduction. There are differences between the Mego and FTC versions. However, some are so subtle that unless you know what you're looking for you could miss them.

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8 comments:

  1. I loved these guys when I was little ! When I was that age scale didnt matter at all and the guy fought right along side the Fighting Furies that were a different scale.

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    1. Heck yeah. Would have loved to have been a part of that play time.

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  2. What raises a pirate from just being an average, run of the mill pirate to being known as a "Super Pirate" across the seven seas? My guess: A barrel of rum, a peg leg, and a bout with scurvy.

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    1. It's sounded pretty super until the scurvy part. That part's just a bummer.

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  3. Ah good old Mego...making it cool for boys to have dolls lol! I never had the pirates but i had a couple of other Mego figures back in my youth.

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    1. That honor actually goes to Hasbro. G.I. Joe made its debut in 12 inch doll form in 1964. Mego started producing 8 inch dolls in 1972 based on DC and Marvel characters.

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  4. the Ivanhoe series were cool too -loves me some dollies!

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    1. Never heard of them these. Will have to check them out.

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