Mego KISS Gene Simmons action figure

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2015-06-26 10:39:44

The Mego KISS Gene Simmons action figure is an action figure based on Gene Simmons, founding member of the American rock band KISS.

Background

After forming in New York in 1972, the band found fame and hit their peak in the mid-to-late 1970s selling millions of albums and performing sold-out stadium tours around the world.

They made their first appearance as comic book characters in 1977, and were immortalised as action figures for the first time in 1978 by the company Mego, who were renowned for producing figures based on both superheroes and music stars.

The costumes worn by the figures were also the ones recreated by the band on their 1996 reunion tour with the original line-up, making them even more sought after by collectors.

The Mego KISS Gene Simmons action figure

The figure stands approximately 12 ½” tall, and wears Simmons’ customary stage outfit from the late 1970s period known as the band’s ‘Love Gun’ period (based on the album of the same name). This includes a leopardskin-effect leotard with black leggings, thigh-high silver platform boots painted with black stencilled dragon faces, black batwings and silver arm cuffs.

The figure also has Simmons’ ‘Demon’ face paint and is designed with its tongue sticking out. It comes complete with a cardboard black bass guitar, printed on the side of the box to be cut out.

How much is a Mego KISS Gene Simmons action figure worth?

The Mego action figures are all highly sought after, due to the huge number of KISS fans and collectors around the world. The figures can be hard to find, with unboxed examples selling for between $50 and $100 in good condition.

Boxed or unopened examples are extremely rare, and have sold for up to $200 on auction sites such as eBay. Boxes in good condition are so rare because they all featured printed instruments to be cut out, and many were then thrown out.

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