Mego KISS Paul Stanley action figure
The Mego KISS figures were released in 1977 at the height of the band’s fame and success. Although Mego intended to use identical head moulds for each of the band members, differentiating them with their unique face make-up, the band had likeness approval on the figures and demanded all had different facial moulds.
The head mould used for the Paul Stanley figure is actually the same as the one used for the earlier figure based on ‘Captain’ Daryl Dragon of the pop group Captain and Tennille. The head has moulded hair, which is covered by the long black rooted hair added to the Stanley figure.
The Mego KISS Paul Stanley action figure
The figure stands approximately 12 ½” tall, and wears the style of costume worn by Stanley during both the original 1977 – 79 ‘Love Gun’ period and the 1996 reunion tour. This consists of a black open-chest bodysuit with white trim and decorated with silver stars and bands, black tassled arm cuffs, leg cuffs with silver chains and black platform boots. The figure also has the trademark ‘Star Child’ face makeup and long black hair.
The figure also came with a blue/grey guitar printed on the box, with instructions to cut it out. These printed instruments meant that few KISS figure boxes survived intact, and are highly sought after today.
How much is a Mego KISS Paul Stanley action figure worth?
The first set of KISS action figures is highly collectible, as they are rare and sought after in good condition. Unboxed examples can sell for between $50 and $100 in good condition on auction sites such as eBay, with far rarer boxed or unopened figures selling for up to $200 in some cases.
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