17th June 2008

Contest: What in the (Mego) World?

It’s been almost a month since the last contest (which was reportedly far too easy), so here’s the next What in the Mego World? contest. Hopefully, this one is a little more difficult. Good luck!

What in the (Mego) World?!

Correctly identify each of the following four Mego-related items:

What in the (Mego) World?!

Contest starts at noon EST (9am Pacific) today, June 17, 2008. Eligible answers must be posted in the comments section below. First correct answer wins! Answers will be posted the following day. Previous winners are ineligible. I look forward to your answers.

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Update: June 18, 2008 7:30pm PST
The contest has officially ended. To recap:

The Winner

There was no winner

Here we go:

The Anwers

What in the (Mego) World?!

The correct answers are:

  1. Bruce Wayne Suit
  2. Aquaman Gloves (would have accepted Robin Gloves)
  3. Green Goblin Satchel
  4. Detail of Hall of Justice Playset (floor)

Thanks to Jay, Bryan and Scott for playing.

Benjamin

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28th May 2008

Contest: What in the (Mego) World?

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I posted the first What in the Mego World? contest. How time flies.

Anyhoo, time for another contest!

What in the (Mego) World?!

Correctly identify each of the following four Mego-related items:

What in the (Mego) World?! (052608))

Contest starts at 9am EST today (May 28, 2008). Eligible answers must be posted in the comments section below. I look forward to your answers!

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Update: May 28, 2008 6:32pm PST
The contest has officially ended. To recap:

The Winner

Kolin E. (Wyatterb)

Here we go:

The Quiz

The Quiz

The Anwers

What in the (Mego) World?!

Kolin submitted the following answers at 7:19am:

  1. Riddler face
  2. Thing Suit
  3. Action Jackson jumpsuit with dogtag
  4. Batmobile rear sticker

Congratulations to Kolin E. Please Email me your address and I’ll get your prize out to you. Thanks to everyone who played, including Mitch, Derek, Jay, Bryan, Scott, Chris and Thomas!

Benjamin

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18th February 2008

Auditioning for TV’s “Deal or No Deal” and “1 vs. 100″

As discussed in yesterday’s blog, my buddy Rob Chatlin and I sold vintage toys at the L.A. Comic Book and SciFi Con this past Sunday. During the show, an adorable young woman approached our tables and thumbed through my book, Mego 8″ Super-Heroes: World’s Greatest Toys! She was very sweet and we chatted for a little while.

About 20 minutes later, she returned to our table and asked whether I was aware of TV’s “Deal or No Deal” or “1 vs. 100.” I confessed being a fan of both shows, and she introduced herself as a casting agent for the production company responsible for the shows. Kindly offering that she ‘liked my personality,’ she asked whether I would be interested in auditioning to appear on either show.

“The top prize is a million bucks, right?” I asked.

She nodded.

“On both shows, if I’m not mistaken” I stated, with inquisitive intonation.

“Yep, that’s right,” she confirmed.

“Uhhh, yeah. I’m in.”

I was told to call her this morning to set up the audition, which I did. Around 11am, I got the official Email inviting me to audition for both shows, at the production company’s offices inside Culver Studios in Culver City, CA. I had to be there promptly at 5pm, which is no small feat, given that I had to work today, my starting location of Burbank, and typical L.A. traffic (heavy even on this holiday Monday).

I arrived and filled out the requisite paperwork (an application and preliminary contract). Looking around the waiting room, I realized it was a “cattle call” audition. I asked around and discovered that most people were there to audition for a future game show revolving around Movie Trivia… NOT “D.O.N.D. or “1 vs. 100.” I also learned that many people had responded to an advert on CraigsList.org. I thought this was a good sign, since I was actually invited to audition.

Eventually, the entire lot of us was called into a conference room, where we were instructed to ‘go around the room’ and introduce ourselves, talk about our interests, vocation, etc. Because the audition included the as-yet unnamed Movie Trivia game show, we were also asked to state our Top Three favorite films.

I was appalled that every potential contestant — one after another — cited “Star Wars” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as two of their three favorites! I like “Star Wars” as much as the next guy (though I loathe “Lord of the Rings”), but how about a little originality, people?! The room was essentially a herd of nerd lemmings.

When it came around to me, I introduced myself as an Art Director who recently published a book about the ‘World’s Greatest Toy line’ from the 1970s. “Which,” I mockingly announced to the room, “is NOT Star Wars.”

Oooooh. BIG groan from the room. I probably shouldn’t have taken a dig at my fellow contestant wannabes, but, oh man. I enjoyed it immensely.

Anyway, copping to the fact that I wasn’t a film buff there to compete on a Movie Trivia show, I cited “Bladerunner,” “Raising Arizona” and “Somewhere in Time” as my top three. I could just as easily have said “Alien” or “Aliens,” not to mention “Contact” or “American Beauty.” But my choices were irrelevant. I’m no film nerd, and I’d probably get my butt handed to me on a Movie Trivia show.

Once everyone had spoken, the two casting agents excused themselves from the room to discuss… well, I have no idea what they discussed. Who the cutest guy was, for all I know. They returned about five minutes later, expressing how much they enjoyed everyone in the room. And that was that. We submitted our applications and we were on our way, right off the lot. But not before giving my casting agent friend a copy of the book! If I’ve learned anything while promoting this book, it’s the fact that every office seems to have an employee who knows and loves Mego. Hopefully, my book will make the rounds in the game show production offices.

Who knows if I’ll ever get a call-back? I probably won’t, but it sure was a fun experience. I figure, as long as I live in Southern California, I should take advantage of such opportunities.

“When in Rome,” and all that.

I’ll post more here if anything ever comes of it.

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15th August 2007

Contest: What In The (Mego) World? (Part 2)

Since the first contest ended so abruptly — not allowing enough time for Megoheads to submit their answers — I decided to expedite another brain-twisting edition of:

What in the (Mego) World?!

The object of the game is to identify the four Mego-related objects depicted below. There is no Extra Credit this time…

The Quiz
What in the (Mego) World?! (081507)

As before, please submit your answers directly to me at: benjamin@worldsgreatesttoys.com. Good luck!

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Update: August 18, 2007 8:25pm
The contest has officially ended. To recap:

The Winner

For this edition of the What in the (Mego) World?! contest, I have decided to award 1st Prize to two different people:

Thomas M. (Meule)

and

Pat D. (Knight Errant00)

Due to the facts that Thomas had a nine-hour head start on the contest, and Pat submitted the correct answers within 8 hours of Thomas’ submission, I think it’s only fair I come up with two prize packs.

In the future, I have decided to level the playing field by introducing a starting time for the next contest, giving everyone a chance to participate and, more importantly, to win.

This was a good contest, with a lot of great answers! As I had hoped (I warned you the contests would get harder), most people mistakenly identified the first image as a detail of Joker’s bodysuit. My favorite answer was for the second image, which one participant identified as “Wonder Woman’s cleavage from some artwork.”

I also got a good laugh out of Paul H’s submission. Paul won the 1st Edition of “What in the (Mego) World?! and he wrote, “As the current champion, I reserve the right to say that number 2 is so easy that I don’t even have to say it. Which means I have no clue. ”

Brilliant, Paul!

Here we go:

The Quiz
The Quiz

The Anwers
What in the (Mego) World?! (081507)

Congratulations to Thomas and Pat. Please Email me your addresses and I’ll get your prizes out to you. Thanks to everyone who played!

Thomas’ answers:
1. Penguin’s pants
2. Catwoman’s eyebrow
3. Fist Fighter Robin box
4. Green arrow boot

Pat’s answers:
1) The Penguin’s hip /the bottom edge of his “vest”
2) Cat Woman’s eyebrow
3) Fist Fighting Robin’s packaging art (impact point where he’s punched out the Riddler)
4) Green Arrow’s boot (seam where the foot meets the shin)

What do you think? Should we do another Edition? Let me know!

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13th August 2007

Contest: What In The (Mego) World? (Part 1)

One of my fondest memories of childhood: Scholastic delivery day at my elementary school.

Why? Simple:

Dynamite Magazine Logo

Remember Scholastic’s Dynamite Magazine from the 1970s? Dynamite (1974-1992) was a veritable “Pop Culture” barometer published during the Golden Age of Pop Culture itself. Very Postmodern, in retrospect.

Among the innumerably cool things about Dynamite was a back-page puzzle entitled, if memory serves correctly, “What In The World?” This page featured macro-focus photographs of common objects that kids encountered in everyday life.

An extreme close-up of an orange peel.

An extreme detail of a crack in concrete sidewalk.

Anyway, the object of the game was to identify the larger object being photographed. It was a challenge I relished and looked forward to. I think it’s high time we revisited this brilliant, mind-twisting challenge.

So, without further ado, I present:

What in the (Mego) World?!
This is a contest. The first person to Email me with the proper identification of the following four Mego-related objects will win a prize.*

Here’s the first contest:

What in the (Mego) World?! (081307)

Email your answers to me, directly, at: benjamin@worldsgreatesttoys.com

The first person to correctly identify all four Mego-related objects correctly will win a prize. Good luck!
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* Prize to be determined by Benjamin Holcomb, contest coordinator. No exceptions will be made. Extra credit if you can provide specific information about one or more of the objects depicted. For example, furnish answers to relevant questions such as, “is it an early- or late-edition Mego attribute?” or “What is the material or texture shown?” or “What year did this attribute debut?” You get the idea. Have fun!

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Update: August 14, 2007 8:40pm
The contest has officially ended. To recap:

The Quiz

What in the (Mego) World?! (081307)

The Anwers
What in the (Mego) World?! (081307)

The Winner
Only one person correctly identified all four Mego objects. The winner is:

Paul H. (AKA Grendel)

Paul submitted his answers at 10:59am today:

1) Human torch outfit
2) Aquaman paper belt
3) Back of the Batman 8″ box
4) Captain America fabric star

Paul gets extra credit for:

1) Recognizing the paper emblem on Aquaman’s belt
2) Recognizing the fabric material of Captain America’s emblem.

Congratulations, Paul! Email me your shipping address, and I’ll send your prize right away. Thanks to everyone who played!

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