Clown Around

Do You Remember Mego’s Clown Around Figurines?

There are quite a few people who suffer from Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. However maybe they never were able to play with Mego’s Clown Around PVC figurines. Before I go further into the joy of the fantasy world of Clown Around. I need to thank Michael R. Johnson of the Retroist Clubhouse for reminding me of these awesome toys.

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Image courtesy of the Mego Clown Around Blog.

It is an honest fact that I had plumb let the Clown Around figurines slip from my mind. Having sad that though I can add I was a fan of the collectibles. Back in 1981 you must remember that The Smurfs were making lots of money. Thanks in no small part to their animated series as well as their awesome figurines.

Read: My Review Of The Excellent ‘World Of Smurfs’ by Matt. Murray

It of course is no wonder why Mego would decide to throw their hat into the collectibles market. I would very much like to know how they decided on clowns though however. Furthermore they ran with the ball in naming the Clown Around characters. For example you had the likes of President Ronald Reaclown and Bad Bad Leroy Clown as well.

Image courtesy of the Mego Clown Around Blog.

While I never owned a large collection of the figurines. It should be no shock that the two I fondly recall and long for to own again to this day. Were two PVC figures from the Universal Monsters inspired Monster Clowns.

Image courtesy of the Mego Clown Around Blog.

I think we should start with that Dark Prince of Puns. Clownula.
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And let us not forget the jolly lycanthrope, Clownman.

I never obtained Clownenstein I am sad to say. But in addition to those two wonderful figures. I also owned the Clown of Steel – Superclown!

Now I have some pretty great news for you if you want to know more about the Clown Around characters!


The Mego Clown Around Blog is chock full of images of the PVC collectibles. Not to mention it has information on the various playsets that were made available in 1981. So make sure to hop on over and check the site out by following the link provided here.

That is totally not Mayor Ed Clown! That is Saturday Night Clown!

Smurf Village

I ran across these Smurf villages on clearance at Toys R Us not too long ago. Each had been marked $5 off and I suspect the prices will go lower than that soon.

When I see toys like this in stores today I wonder if there is a market for them? My kids got their fill of small plastic toys from McDonald’s and Burger King. When I was their age I was into collecting action figures; they are more into electronic games already. I can’t imagine my kids being adults and having a shelf full of Smurfs in their computer room…

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…like their dad. ;)

Bif Bang Pow! Inks Deal with NBCUniversal to Produce Collectibles Based on The Six Million Dollar Man

Today I was listening to an action figure podcast and one of the hosts mentioned The Six Million Dollar Man was coming back in toy form. It was just one sentence and wasn’t elaborated on. I even thought I heard it incorrectly and rewound the podcast to listen to that part again. I immediately searched the Internet and found this news release.

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 6, 2011) – Bif Bang Pow! fans now have six million more reasons to continue and expand their loyalty as the manufacturer announces a new partnership with NBCUniversal that will bring to market a brand-new line of toys and collectibles based on the iconic 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man.

Bif Bang Pow!’s Six Million Dollar Man collection will present an array of articulated retro action figures and bobble heads of fan-favorite Col. Steve Austin and other memorable characters, as well as a number of Six Million Dollar Man themed collectibles like license plate frames, tin boxes, coasters, snow globes, and glassware.

Reminiscent of the bestselling “Mego” style action figures of the 1970s and 1980s, Bif Bang Pow!’s amazing line of Six Million Dollar Man action figures will continue a successful partnership with EMCE Toys, the team responsible for bringing that classic style back since 2006. These figures will stand 8-inches tall and include episode-specific fabric clothing, in addition to multiple points of articulation.

“Bif Bang Pow! is excited to bring these brand-new The Six Million Dollar Man action figures, bobble heads, and collectibles to loyal fans of the celebrated TV series everywhere,” said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow!. “It’s been a long, long time since the world’s been given collectibles of the original Col. Steve Austin, a “man barely alive.” With a nod to the past, we’ll be releasing truly unique retro-styled items that will thrill fans of The Six Million Dollar Man. I’ve wanted such high-quality, series-true toys for years now, and I’m proud to say we’re the company finally bringing them to fruition. Better than they were before. Better, stronger, and maybe even faster!”

“We’re thrilled that Bif Bang Pow! has partnered with us to help bring Col. Austin back to life once more,” said Chris Lucero, Director of Global Licensing for NBCUniversal Television. “With its history of great-looking toys and its unbridled passion for The Six Million Dollar Man property, we’re positive that Bif Bang Pow! has the technology to make this array of classic television collectibles truly look like a million dollars… make that six million dollars!

I don’t know how this slipped past me. This is pretty cool that a company is finally bringing back The Six Million Dollar Man in toy form, and, hopefully, The Bionic Woman. Although it sounds like the action figures won’t have any type of action feature like the bionic eye or bionic grip.

Once these products are released I won’t be able to resist and I’ll have to start collecting new and vintage The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman collectibles.

Happy Days Collectibles – 1976 to 2011

John Tenuto, sent me a link to his wonderful Happy Days Collectibles photo group on Flickr the other day and I was instantly brought back to my days in front of the tube watching this show. The group has 52 photos of collectibles ranging from dolls to autographed photos. Flickr is a great way for people to share their collections online, so I encourage everyone to pop over and check out the Happy Days memories.

Photo All rights reserved by John Tenuto

My Yoda Collection

Lots of people have a shelf for their decorative plates, or their dolls, or their books, or whatever else it is they collect and wish to display. Me? I have a Yoda shelf. The fact that he’s not even my favorite Star Wars character hasn’t stopped me from amassing a virtual army of Yodas.

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From left to right that’s an interactive Yoda Furby, followed by a fluffy plush Yoda and a tiny, 1″ tall Yoda that, to be honest, I’m not sure what set he came with. Next is a 6″ Kenner Yoda, a Yoda Taco Bell cup topper, a plastic “coin purse” Yoda head keychain, and a vintage Yoda puppet from 1981.

Some of the Yodas I’ve amassed won’t fit on the shelf. Take, for example, these two Yodas I picked up several years ago on eBay:

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These are actually custom figures that someone made, a fact I didn’t realize until the latex skin on “Santa Yoda” began disintegrating. Even the Force wasn’t strong enough to hold that one together.

Surprisingly, those aren’t my favorite Yoda collectibles. Nope, my favorite Yoda-themed item doesn’t make it out of the house much, but when he does, it always turns heads.

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