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Sunday Evening Video: Vintage MEGO Commercials

This week, in honor of the just-concluded MEGO Meet in Columbus, we’re bringing you almost an hour of classic MEGO toy commercials from the 1970s.

Over the weekend, Marty Abrams, the man who helmed MEGO during it’s heyday, announced that, with the help of and prodding from Paul Clarke (Doc MEGO), is bringing back the MEGO company, with a new line that will present action figures of a variety of nostalgic properties, in a wide range of sizes.

Aside from Jimi Hendrix, all the other lines coming from the new MEGO are being kept under wraps, but it’s expected that more will be announced in a couple of weeks at another MEGO convention in New York. We’ll have plenty to tell you about the new MEGO in the coming weeks.

Anyway, above you see some of the finest toy commercials of their time. This includes the Superhero and Star Trek figures that made MEGO famous, but also brings you their commercials for lesser-known lines like Action Jackson, Dynah Mite and the infamous boardgame, Ball Buster.

The RFC Flashback: Episode 161

Leading up to this year’s FestivALL, The RFC Flashback is leaving our chronological mode temporarily to bring you the best of our coverage of FestivALl from previous years. For the past two months we brought you all eight parts of our coverage of FestivALL 2011. This week and next, we present our slightly more sane two-part coverage of FestivALL 2012. I say “only slightly more sane” because, while we didn’t do eight shows with three hours of content in two weeks, we did manage to give you nearly two hours of FestivALL in nine days.

Included in this episode is music from Red Audio, Andy Park, Emily Burdette, The Kanawha Kordsmen and Sweet Adelines and Paul Calicoat. We are also treated to an Effects Makeup demonstration by Rob “RJ” Haddy, Charleston FX makeup guru.  Much of the show is devoted to the FestivAll Art Parade, while we finish with scenes of The East End Main Street Streetworks Art Auction and Celebration, and auctioneer Ted Brightwell.

Among the Art Parade fun you’ll see Razor Sharp Productions with Porkchop and Pig Girl, Dale Morton Studio Mascots, Zombies and ghouls from Shocka Con, The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, The Chemical Valley Roller Girls, The Charleston Light Opera Guild and more!

We didn’t come close to making it to every cool event, but what we did capture was loads of fun. Next week in this space you will see part two of our coverage, with music recorded at the Derick Kirk Scholarship Benefit, and cool stuff from the Capitol Street Art Fair, plus even more FestivALL spectacularity.

More Photos From NYC!

The PopCulteer
June 1, 2018

Okay, I’ll level with you. This was not the intended topic for this week’s PopCulteer.  I had this great idea in my head and sat down Thursday morning to type it into the PC…and that’s when the phone started ringing. It wasn’t a telemarketer this time.  I just had one of those days when everyone in the world calls you. Friends, clients, relatives, friends of friends, people who got my number and wanted me to appraise toys over the phone…you name it, and they called today. I even did actually have a few telemarketers make it through, but most of those folks probably got busy signals. I was on the phone so much that my left arm went numb.  I was so behind schedule that the post about this weekend’s conventions that was supposed to be published around 2 PM didn’t get finished until eight hours later.

And that’s why I wasn’t able to squeeze my original idea for a PopCulteer out of my head and onto your screens. I’ll keep it in there and try to use it next Friday. I’ve got a tight deadline for a magazine article Friday, so I’m in a bit of a pinch.

In the meantime, as you may have read here yesterday, I just got back from New York City, and I have a few photos I haven’t shared anywhere yet, like the one taken in Times Square seen at the head of this post. So here are six or seven pictures from my trip. Don’t expect anything in the way of order or anything. These are just random things I had on my phone.

Mrs. PopCulteer posing with the poster for the SpongeBob Squarepants musical.


Show bills posted along Schubert Alley
Mrs and Mr. PopCulteer in Schubert Alley. Someday I will learn how to take a selfie without looking like I’m trying to figure out how to take a selfie.


These were all over Manhattan. It was like something out of a Cheech and Chong movie.
Looking back at Times Square.
We wrap up our mini photo essay with this lovely bit of graffiti seen at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.

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