Mego Black Hole Action Figures

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Mego Black Hole Action Figures were a short-lived line of figures produced by Mego in conjunction with the 1979 Disney film ‘The Black Hole’.

Background

The Black Hole was a big budget science fiction film produced by Disney, and released in 1979 (timed to capitalise on the sudden surge of popularity for sci-fi films which followed Star Wars in 1977).
However, the film was a departure for Disney as it featured adult themes such as religion and physics, and its relative lack of action meant it performed badly at the box office.

Seeing the potential for success after the huge sales of Kenner Star Wars figures, Mego had licensed a number of sci-fi properties including The Black Hole. Unfortunately, the film was not a hit and the figures were equally unsuccessful. They were discontinued suddenly, with some figures only released in foreign markets, meaning Black Hole figures are some of the rarest Mego figures for collectors.

Design and appearance

The company produced two separate lines of figures. The first was a line of 12-inch figures with highly detailed costumes and realistic sculpts, and the second a series of smaller 3 ¾-inch figures similar to the Micronauts and earlier Star Wars figures.

12-inch figures

The first wave of 12-inch figures was released in 1979, but low sales meant a second wave never appeared. This lack of success is partly attributed to the film itself, but partly due to the fact that the film’s most child-friendly characters – the robots – were not part of the first wave. Only the human characters were represented, and despite their high quality and strong likeness to the film’s actors many remained unsold and were withdrawn from stores.

The figures produced in this line are:

  • Captain Dan Holland
  • Dr Kate McRae
  • Dr Reinhardt
  • Dr Durant
  • Lt Charlie Pizer
  • Harry Booth

3 ¾-inch figures

Released alongside the larger figures was a line of 3 ¾-inch figures in the same style as the Micronauts. The figures were all highly articulated, far more so than other figures of a similar size, but they went the same was as their 12-inch counterparts when the film underperformed at the box office.

The first wave of figures featured the main human characters:

  • Dr Kate McRae
  • Dr. Durant
  • Lt Charlie Pizer
  • Captain Dan Holland
  • Harry Booth

The second wave featured the villains of the film, and unlike the 12-inch line wisely included a robot:

  • Dr Reinhardt
  • Maximillion
  • Sentry

The third wave of figures was not released in the U.S, due to the poor sales of the first two waves, and only appeared in Canada and Italy. Today these figures are highly rare and sought after by collectors:

  • Old B.O.B
  • S.T.A.R
  • The Humanoid

In addition to the figures, a repackaged version of the Buck Rogers Laser Scope vehicle was sold in Italy along with a 3 ¾-inch Captain Holland figure.

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