1970's Mego World's Greatest Super Heroes Shipping Container for Mint on Card Action Figures
I imagine from about 1977-1981 there were thousands upon thousands of these
shipping containers. Basically they were just plain cardboard boxes built
to specs to hold 24 8" action figures. Since Mego had different assortment
numbers for different mixes of figures they left
that spot blank so that the shipping department could just write it in.
Made sense at the time and I'm sure it worked pretty well. The problem for collectors is that until recently no one really knew what these boxes looked like because no one had ever seen one. Well, here it
This original shipping container is the only one of it kind that has ever been found. Unlike the previous shipping cartons there aren't any cool graphics to set this box apart so likely store clerks threw them out after stocking the shelves. As demand for Super Heroes waned towards the end of Mego's reign they probably just chose to stop ordering these and use generic boxes....or possibly the remaining inventory was just thrown out when they closed up shop.
So where did this one come from?
Apparently the return department at the Mego Warehouse was next to the shipping department which makes perfect sense I guess. Rather than destroying old inventory sometimes it was refurbished and/or sold to a third party. In this instance someone was boxing up some returned Star Trek TRICORDER inventory and apparently needed another box. The assumption is that when they ran out of scrap boxes they reached over and grabbed an unused WGSH shipping container and loaded up the rest of the inventory. For whatever reason the Tricorders were not refurbished and the whole lot along with the case ended up in the basement of an old row home where it was found many years later.....the last surviving Mego WGSH Shipping Container!
Take a virtual tour of the Shipping Box below!
Think there is more than one? Then search google for a WGSH Shipping Case here! (Maybe you'll get lucky)