Mego Dr Kromedome Action Figures

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2015-06-26 10:39:38

The Mego Dr Kromedome action figure was a standalone figure produced by Mego in the mid 1970s.

Background

The Dr Kromedome figure was produced by Mego in 1975 as a standalone figure. They were commission to create and manufacture the figure by the U.S retailer Montgomery Wards, in order to be sold alongside the highly anticipated line of Kenner Six Million Dollar Man action figures.

The Six Million Dollar Man was a hugely popular television show, and the Kenner action figures were best-sellers for the company. But the initial line of figures did not feature a villain, and sensing a gap in the market Montgomery Wards decided to commission a bad guy for Steve Austin to fight against, just in time for Christmas in 1975.

Mego agreed, and produced Dr Kromedome which was labelled as ‘The Bionic Villain’ so that the figures could be displayed together with the Kenner figures.

The figure was short-lived, and quickly disappeared from the shelves in early 1976. Today it is rated as one of the ten rarest Mego figures ever produced, and highly sought-after by collectors despite (or perhaps because of) its strange design and poor quality.

Figure design and appearance

The figure measures 12” tall, and features very little articulation with its soft rubber body only having joints at the knees and ankles.

The figure wears a bright purple and silver jumpsuit, with the left arm and leg of the suit silver and the rest purple with a red belt and right-hand cuff. It also wears a bright red cape with a split in the middle, and a removable silver helmet.

The character has clear black eyes, silver detailing on his cheeks, chin, eyebrows and nose, and has a silver left hand.

It was sold packaged in a half-window box, on which the Mego logo does not appear and the company’s name is printed at the bottom in small lettering.

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