16th June 2008

Mego Retailers: Stores from the Good ol' Days

This article is the result of the collective knowledge of Mego Museum Message Board members, who contributed their memories in an effort to catalog every retailer that sold Mego toys back in the day! Special thanks to everyone who participated in this project. You know who you are, and you rock.

The following 1979 pie-chart details the different store categories, revealing the overall percentage of toy sales each category accounted for that year.

1979 Chart

Here's the breakdown of toy sales in 1979, by category:

27%: General Merchandise Chains (e.g. Sears)
24%: Toy Wholesalers (e.g. Greenman Bros.)
11%: Toy Specialty Chains (e.g. Kiddie City)
10%: Variety Chains (e.g. S.S. Kresge)
9%: Department Stores (e.g. Aldens)
8%: Mail Order and Catalog Sales (e.g. Heroes World)
8%: Other Outlets (I don't know what this means. Perhaps Mark Huckabone's Garage?)
2%: Drug Chains (e.g. Drug Fair)
1%: Supermarkets

Do you remember where mom and dad (or grandma and grandpa) bought all those wonderful toys for you? Hopefully, that favorite store is on the list below. If not, please be sure to let me know!

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0-9 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - 0-9 NOTES
2 Guys

See: "Two Guys"

3D

In Indiana, 3D was a larger scale version of Danner's Discount Department Store (Hence, "3D"). One particular 3D store had a gumball machine selling Mego Apes stickers, and closed around Christmas 1986.

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - A NOTES
Ace Hardware
 
Alco

Variety store chain in the Midwest and Southwest. Founded in 1968, a spin-off of Duckwall, a small "dime" store.

Aldens

Chicago-area Department Store.

See also: "Aldens Christmas Catalog"

Aldens Christmas Catalog

See also: "Aldens"

Available: 1973-1978

Pictured: 1974 Super-Gals (Wonder Woman & Batgirl)

Alexander's

New York Department store (1967-1992).

American Sales  
Ames

Connecticut-based Department store (1958-2002)

Armed Forces (U.S.)

See: "BX"

Ayr-Way

Indianapolis, IN Discount Chain founded in 1961 by Department store Ayres. Acquired in 1980 by Dayton-Hudson (now Target).

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - B NOTES
Barker's

Pictured: MIB "Solid Box" Batman ($1.99)

Related Blog: "Solid Box" Price Stickers

Bellas Hess

At least one in Montgomery, AL

Belscot  

Ben Franklin
("Toyland" department)

 
Best Products

Pictured: MOC ©1975b Spider-Man ($4.95)

Related Blog: "Best Products"

Big D

Pictured: MIB "Solid Box" Superman ($2.19)

Related Blog: "Solid Box" Price Stickers

Big N

Pictured: MOC "1st Issue" Mego-branded Penguin card ($2.77)

Bradlee's

Discount Department store (1958-2001)

Buy Rite  
BX

U.S. Armed Forces retailer, also known as "Base Exchange"

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - C NOTES
Caldor

Discount Department store founded in Port Chester, NY (1951-1999)

Captain Company

Mail Order Company. Toys were available through Warren Publications (e.g. Eerie, Creepy, Vampirella)

Charlie's 5 & 10  
Children's Palace

See also: "Child World/Children's Palace"

Pictured: MIB "Old Logo" Lizard ($2.77)

Child World

See also: "Child World/Children's Palace"

Child World/Children's Palace

Founded in Avon, MA. "Child World" brand primarily used East of the Mississippi, while the "Children's Palace" name prevailed in the West.

Pictured: MOC "©1979 Pin Pin (France)" Batman ($2.78)

Circus World

Founded by "Rite-Aid"; purchased by Greenman Bros. (early supporters of Mego WGSH, operating small chain of Long Island, NY stores called "Playworld") in 1985, who sold the chain to Melville Corporation in 1990; remaining stores were then converted into "Kay-Bee" locations.

Cunningham Drugs  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - D NOTES
Danner's  
David's  
Dispenses Castle of Toys  
Dominion Playworld

Canada

Drug Fair

Pharmacy based in Central New Jersey.

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - E NOTES
Eatons

Canada. Department store.

Ed Shocks Toys and Hobby  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - F NOTES
Falks

Department Store

Fedco, Inc.

Pictured: MIB "4-digit/Old Logo" Tarzan ($2.30)

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - G NOTES
Ganway Rally  
Gaylords

Similar to "Ames" and "Zayres"

Gee Bees  
Gee Lumber

Similar to Home Depot

Gemco  
G.C. Murphy

See: "Murphy's 5 & 10 "

Gibbons  
Gibson's  
Gold Circle

Gold Circle, a discount department store founded by Federated in 1967 (in Columbus, Ohio), went out of business in 1988.

See also: "Richway"

Grandway

Department store. At least one location in Rome, NY

Grant's

Department Store. At least one location in Myrtle Beach, SC

Grants and Roses

Locations in the Carolinas.

Grants City

Department store in Clementon NJ; closed around 1976.

Great American

Grocery store. At least one location in Rome, NY.
Possible ties to "Victory" supermarkets.

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - H NOTES
Harpers 5 & 10  
Heroes World

Mail Order Company. Distributed comic book-style product catalogs during the 1970s, featuring illustrations from Joe Kubert, as well as students from the Joe Kubert School of Comic Book Art.

Hills

Department Store

Howards

Department Store

Hudson's Bay

Canada. Department Store.

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - I NOTES
(NONE)  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - J NOTES
Jamesway

Similar to Caldor, based in NY/NJ. Out of business around 2002

Jack's  
JC Penney

Pictured: MIB "4-digit/Old Logo" Batman ($2.99)

JC Penney Christmas Catalog

See also: "JC Penney"

Pictured: Mailer Boxed 1975 "Fist Fighting" Joker (924-2389A)

JJ Newberry  
J.M. Fields  
Juvenile Sales Co.

At least one in Montgomery County, MD

Pictured: MIB Comic Action Heroes "Fortress of Solitude" ($11.48)

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - K NOTES
Kay-Bee

Also known as: "K-B Toys"

Kanoff's 5 and 10

Local, family owned 'five-and-dime' in Rome NY

Karl's

Pictured: MOC "©1979 Penguin" ($5.99)

KC Toys

Pictured: MOC "©1977b" Robin (Price Unknown)

Kiddie City

See "Lionel"

Kiddie Corner  
Kiddie Land  
Kiddie World

Pictured: MIB "Old Logo" Green Goblin ($2.99)

KIDS  
Kids World  
Kings

Picture: MIB "4-digit/Old Logo" Batman ($3.27)

Kmart

See also: "S.S. Kresge"

Korvette's  
Kresge

See: "S.S. Kresge"

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - L NOTES
Linicks  
Lionel

Lionel (1900-1993) operated some 150 stores, under the names Toy City, Lionel Kiddie City, Lionel Playworld, Lionel Toy Warehouse, and Lionel Toy Town.

Pictured: MIB "Fist Fighting" Joker ($1.91)

Lionel Playworld

See "Lionel"

Note: Not to be confused with "Playworld" (same name, different retailer)

Local Grange, The  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - M NOTES
Macy*s  
Mammoth Mart  
Master's  
Mason's  
Mays Drugs  
McCrory's

In 1987, Kmart sold its remaining Kresge and Jupiter stores to "McCrory's" (whose founder, incidentally, helped Kresge founder Sebastian .S. Kresge open the very first Kresge store way back in 1897!)

Meijer's

Also known as: "Meijer's Thrifty Acres"

Mervyn's

Known today as "Mervyn's California.

Pictured: MIB "4-Panel" Tarzan ($1.88)

Met, The  
Models

Grocery Store

Monte Mart  
Montgomery Ward  
Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog

See also: "Montgomery Ward"

Pictured: MIB 1974 Ward-exclusive "Secret Identity" Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson outfits (48-24713)

Morgan & Lindsay  
Mr. Wiggs

Pictured: MOC ©1976 Aquaman ($3.99)

Murphy Mart  
Murphy's 5 & 10

Also known as "G.C. Murphy"

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - N NOTES
Newberry's

Also known as "J.J. Newberry"

Nichols

Department store. At least one location in New Hartford, NY

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - O NOTES
Osco Drug  
Otasco

Sold auto supplies, appliances, house wares, fishing, hunting and hardware supplies. While Dad had new tires put on the car, Mom could look at new appliances and kids could explore Toyland upstairs!

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - P NOTES
Pielemier's Drugstore

Small, family-owned store in Bloomfield, Ind.

Pinnochio's Toys

Canada

Playworld

Small chain based in Long Island, NY, operated by stalwart Mego wholesalers "Greenman Bros."

Note: Not to be confused with "Lionel Playworld" (same name, different retailer)

P.N. Hirsch  
Prange Way

Midwest Discount chain with stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota. Bankrupted in 1995.

Pictured: MIB "Old Logo" Lizard ($2.97)

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - Q NOTES
(NONE)  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - R NOTES
Rexall Pharmacy  
Rich's

Department store headquartered in Atlanta, GA (1867-2005), sold to Federated stores.

See also: "Richway"

Pictured: MIB "4-Panel" Captain America ($3.44)

Richway

Discount division of Rich's, later purchased by Federated stores. In 1986, Federated merged Richway and Gold Circle discount stores.

See also: "Gold Circle" and "Rich's"

Ricos  
Rockaway Sales

Department Store

Rome Bargain Center

Local, family-owned "bargain" department store in Rome, NY

Rosberg's

Canada. Local department store in downtown Niagara Falls, ON.

Roses

Sold original "Solid" Box WGSH figures!

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - S NOTES
Sav-On Drugs  
Sears

Also known as: "Sears, Roebuck & Co."

Sears Canada

See: "Simpson's"

Service Merchandise

Also "Service Merchandise Catalog Showrrooms"
Out of business in 2002

Shopko

At least one location in Wisconsin.

Shoppers Drug Mart

Canada. Pharmacy.

Pictured: Comic Action Heroes playset ($3.56)

Sibley's  
Silverberg

Canada (Grand Toys-branded box).

Pictured: Micronauts vehicle ($16.99).

Simpsons

Canada. See also: "Simpsons Christmas Catalog"

In the mid-1970s, "Simpsons" became "Simpsons-Sears LTD.", which became "Sears Canada" in 1978.

Pictured: MIB "4-Panel" Spider-Man ($2.49)

Simpsons Christmas Catalog

Canada. See also: "Simpsons"

Available 1976-1978

Pictured: 1976 Christmas Catalog

Skaggs

Pictured: MOC "©1976" Batman ($3.99)

Sprouse Ritz  
S.S. Kresge

Pictured: MOC "©1976" Shazam!

Stars' Department Store

Department Store. At least one in Rome, NY

Sterlings

Department Store

Styles

Department Store

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - T NOTES
Target

Pictured: MIB Human Torch ($2.99)

Based in Minneapolis, MN

TG&Y  
Thriftway  
Thornbury's

Pictured: MIB Thor ($3.99)

Tiny Tots

Local toy store with locations in Bridgewater, NJ and Plainfield, NJ

Toby's Toys

At least one location in Montgomery, AL

Topps  
Tots to Teens

Clothing store in Rome, NY

Towers

Canada. Department store eventually bought out by Zellers.

Town & Country  
Toy Castle

Pictured: MIB "4-digit" Batgirl ($3.98)

Toy City

See "Lionel"

Pictured: MOC Isis ($3.93)

Toy Town See "Lionel"
Toy Village

Pictured: MOC "©1976" Batman ($4.99)

Toy Warehouse

See "Lionel"

Toys By Rizzi

Pictured: MIB Conan ($4.29)

Toys By Roy  
Toys "R" Us  
Treasury, The  
Tru-Value

Hardware store, also known as "Tru-Value Mercantile"

TSW  
TV Superstars

Pictured: MOC "©1975a" Conan ($4.22)

Two Guys

AKA "2 Guys"
New Jersey-based chain of discount department stores with locations in PA, NJ, NY, IL, CT, MD and CA.

Pictured: MIB "4-digit" Batgirl ($2.99)

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - U NOTES
Uncle Bill's  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - V NOTES
Value Village

Discount Department store

The Venture Stores  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - W NOTES
Wacker's

Pictured: MIB "4-digit" Batgirl ($1.20)

Walgreen's  
Wal-Mart  
Ward

See: "Montgomery Ward"

Warren Publications

See: "Captain Company"

Wilson's  
Western Auto  
Weiboldt's

Pictured: MIB "4-digit" Catwoman ($3.99)

Woolco  
Woolworth Pictured: Comic Action Heroes figure ($1.88/0.88 Clearance)
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - X NOTES
(NONE)  
PRICE TAG RETAILERS - Y NOTES
Yeager's

Pictured: MIB "4-digit/Old Logo" Mr. Mxyzptlk ($3.19)

PRICE TAG RETAILERS - Z NOTES
Zayre

Pictured: MOC ©1979 (U.S. Purple card) Aquaman ($2.99)

Zellers

Canada. Department store currently owned by the Hudson's Bay Company

Updated May 28, 2008; Originally published May 6, 2008. Chart, layout and photos are copyright © 2008 Benjamin Holcomb and WorldsGreatestToys.com. All rights reserved.

May not be republished or printed with express, written permission from the author.

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