Mego Muhammad Ali action figure
The Mego Muhammad Ali action figure is a vintage toy produced by the Mego Corporation.
The Mego Ali figure is one of the few sporting action figures released by the company (the others being Joe Namath and Franz Beckenbauer).
It was released in 1976, a year after Ali’s famous ‘Thriller in Manilla’ bout against Joe Frazier and around the time of Ali’s third fight against Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium (which Ali won on points).
The Mego Muhammad Ali ‘The Champ’ action figure
The figure measures 9” tall, with a hard-plastic body jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees (with these joints encased in rubber skin). It came complete with a sparring helmet, white boots, and an official white and red Everlast boxing robe, matching shorts and red soft rubber boxing gloves.
The figure also featured a trigger-mechanism ‘boxing action’ using a yellow plastic trigger attached to the figure’s back. This connected to a mechanism inside the figure through the back, and allowed children to make the figure throw punches by pressing the trigger.
The Ali figures were sold as carded in the U.S and Canada, with the artwork changed several times. They were also sold in boxes throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
In addition to the figure, Mego also produced a boxing ring play-set which was relatively unsuccessful. The ring came complete with another figure (with features modelled on Ken Norton, one of Ali’s most famous opponents who defeated him by breaking his jaw in March 1973), and extended trigger mechanisms for each boxer. Players could move their boxer around the ring using rods attached to the back of the figures, and throw punches using the triggers at the end of each.
How much is a Mego Muhammad Ali action figure worth?
Unopened, carded Ali figures can sell for up to $50 on auction sites such as eBay, whilst complete boxing ring sets including both Ali and opponent figures are far rarer and can bring up to $150 in good condition.
Loose figures complete with their accessories can be found for $5 - $10.
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