Monday, April 23, 2012

Character Collectible Spotlight: Aquaman, Part One!

Ok, before anyone gets their tights in a tangle, let me assure you all that I am well aware of the excellent Aquaman Shrine that Rob! produces every day! I'm also well aware that some (if not all) of these photos have appeared there -- mainly because I've provided Rob with access to all of them! So without any further ado, let's get into it, eh? Obviously, I have a fair amount of Aquaman items to show you here, so this'll take a few posts!

Of course, when thinking of Aquaman merchandise, one often first thinks of the Mego action figure, which was probably the first Aquaman toy most geeks in my age group ever laid their hands on! Oh, yes, and there's a loose Aqualad there, too!

Aquaman was part of the first set of Mego World's Greatest Super-Heroes figures, and as best as I can tell, he was still being produced until the end of the line! Above is a carrying case for the figures as well as a promotional poster featuring Arthur and his Mego compatriots!

Next, we have page 7 from Adventure Comics #447, by Jim Aparo!

Look carefully, and you'll see Aquaman here on these puffy stickers! Yes, that one image was used for a LOT of licensing items!

Mego also produced a "Bend N Flex" Aquaman figure (rubber figure with wires inside, like Gumby and Pokey). It's too bad they never did any villains for Aquaman to battle with!

Aquaman was also part of Mego's Comic Action Heroes line, as you can see from the back of the cards for the DC characters!

Next up, here's an Aquaman puzzle from the Super Powers line! It's hard to tell, but this is a "Frame-tray" style puzzle, which was supposed to be easier for little ones to use!

Aquaman's Supersea Aquarium may be the single most difficult Aquaman collectible to find out there (unless the Super Friends car is even rarer)!

This Aquaman board game that guest-starred some of Arthur's fellow JLA'ers is probably pretty rare, too!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably recall how often I've complained that other countries often do cooler toys featuring US characters than we've produced here... well, here's a great example! Above, you see a mini Aquaman model kit that also doubles as an action figure when it's built, produced in Japan!

Here's an Aquaman Pepsi glass that, again, uses that standard piece of artwork that was used for most of the Aquaman licensing!

Aquaman's also featured (with his fellow Super Friends) on this Super Heroes Bingo game! That Aquaman pose looks like it was lifted from a JLA tabloid cover....

Arthur was also featured on this coloring cloth, which also featured Wonder Girl and Batgirl along with the usual suspects!

Aquaman and Aqualad were also part of the characters represented in this DC Superheroes Color & Play set!

And I think I'll wrap up Part One with this Secret Origin mini-comic set, one of which featured Aquaman (and another had him along with his fellow founding JLA'ers). These minicomics were sold with a piece of barely edible bubble gum in 1983 or 1984, and I used to have a set of them. The same store I bought these at also had some mini Beatles album covers with bubble gum records inside. Sadly, I haven't any of these anymore!

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