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Thursday, August 2, 2012

I am Dick Grayson Bitch!: Vintage Mego Secret Identity Outfit Dick Grayson

Vintage Mego Secret Identity Outfit Dick Grayson and Removable Mask Robin
Yes, Dick Grayson. Not Jason Todd, Timothy Drake, or the latest incarnation of John Blake, but the original Boy Wonder. Considered a Holy Grail for most Batman and Mego toy collectors alike, the Montgomery Ward 1974 Christmas Catalog Exclusive Secret Identity Outfit Dick Grayson is a favorite action figure of mine.



One reason I like the figure so much is because he simply is the painted mask vintage Mego Robin without the painted mask. As the original versions of Mego's Dynamic Duo came with a removable cowl for Batman and likewise the removable mask for Robin. Mego just recycled the original version of the head.


I received my Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne for that matter, the two came as a set, for Christmas in 1974 from my Aunt. The same Aunt that I have discussed that took me on Toy R Us shopping sprees for plethora's of Mego's and kept me up to my neck with Corgi Batmobiles. She also bought me the a vintage Mego Penguin that year for Christmas as well.

I was in awe of the costume and head sets, as I had never seen these before, but was disappointed that there were no bodies. These Mego exclusives came in brown boxed mailers and came without bodies unlike their crime fighting costumed counter parts. Interestingly, by the time these sets were released, the removable cowl and mask Batman and Robin had been discontinued by Mego and replaced with molded and painted head gear versions. Mego stopped producing the original versions to save money. I mean really, how much did that save them? Well, at least it created some Holy Grails.





I keep my alter ego Dick Grayson on a Mego type 2 body even though the type 1 was still being produced at the time. The type 2 body is just a nicer looking body to me. I also have a custom box for him to be displayed along with his window boxed counterparts.


I didn't know that there had also been a Clark Kent and Peter Parker set produced along with Bruce and Dick until the late 90's when the Mego Museum and eBay came along. That was just a mind  blower for me. I so wish I received those as well.


The set of heads and clothes sold for $4.49 each. Today a Dick Grayson Secret Identity Outfit can easily fetch some serious cash. I have heard of people mortgaging their homes and pimping out their wives for both sets of the alter ego characters. I once came across a set on eBay for super cheap, but I was a day late and $100 short as each character went for $25 each as a buy it now. The seller was oblivious to what she had there. Holy sale!



An original alter ego Dick Grayson came with black dress shoes, a white, sleeveless polyester shirt with a brown collar, brown polyester pants and a tan polyester sweater. How seventies of you.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

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    1. I'll take doll figures for a $1,000 Alex.

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  2. I never knew they sold them as just heads and clothes. I am a tad young for Megos (I was born in '81) but I used to put my Bo Duke's clothes on Spider-man and vice versa. Probably would have been eaiser if I had known their heads came off.

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    1. That's funny. Sounds like you created your Mego secret identity outfits.

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