Mego American West Action Figures

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2015-06-26 10:39:34

Mego American West action figures were action figures based on real-life figures from American history.

Background

The American West range of figures was one of Mego’s several lines depicting historical public domain characters. It featured six people from the history of the Old West - Buffalo Bill, Cochise, Davey Crockett, Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickok and Wyatt Earp.

The company also planned to offer a detailed Dodge City play-set, which appeared in a Mego catalogue but was never produced.

The Mego American West action figures

The American West range was released by Mego in 1974, with 6 human figures and Shadow the Super Horse. As all of the characters in this line of figures were real people, and their likeness and naming rights were in the public domain, Mego could afford to put extra work and details into the production of the figures.

Each of the figures featured a high-quality head sculpt, detailed outfits and numerous accessories. They were initially released on carded blister packs, but soon after this was changed to solid boxes featuring artwork by the celebrated comic strip and book illustrator Gray Morrow (who also produced the artwork for the Mego Mad Monsters line.

Although they were produced in large numbers, the number of accessories that accompanied each figure means that it can be difficult for collectors to find complete figures today (unless unopened in their boxes or cards). This rarity value, combined with the high quality of design and production on each figure, means that the American West series remains highly popular with modern collectors.

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