9th June 2008

Mego WGSH Item Numbers

While developing the WGSH line, Mego designated the numbers 1300-1399 for 8" WGSH product Item Numbers, used to identify each product in the marketplace. There are a few exceptions to this number range, but the vast majority of WGSH toys fall within this set of 99 numbers.

Originally, all of Mego's product Item Numbers were 4-digit codes. Starting in 1975, Mego added a "5" to all previously introduced WGSH products. Thus, the so-called "5-digit" item code equals the original 4-digit Item Number preceded by the number "5" (e.g. 8-inch Superman figures issued before 1975 are #1300, while 8-inch Superman figures issued after 1975 are #51300).

Mego's Item Number assignations reveal a true history of the line, and that's just plain cool. It is fascinating to examine the line in the context of chronological order.

Beyond the comic book Super-Heroes, Mego granted the "World's Greatest" moniker to several other lines, including Mad Monsters, Pirates, Western Heroes and Knights (interestingly, NOT Robin Hood; they were just "Super Merry Men"). Of these, only the Western Heroes were numbered within the WGSH "1300 Series" nomenclature. Thus, they are included below, while the other lines are excluded.

Mego also included a few non-8" toys within this nomenclature, specifically three Batman-related electronic toys: the Batman Base Station (#51360), the Batman Bat-Coders (#51362) and the Bat-Recorder (#51364) Notice the numerical pattern, by the way? Kind of makes one wonder what #51366 and #51368 might have been! Mego was quite organized in their product planning, so surely these numbers were left open intentionally. Mego was quite accurate in assessing how many item numbers should be left alone, should a particular wave become hot in the marketplace. As a result, there are relatively few examples of "Never Used" Item Numbers. Impressive!

Other notable WGSH products, with numbers beyond the 1300-1399 series, appear at the end of the list.

4-Digit 8" WGSH Item Codes 1300-1399 (1972-1975)
ITEM No. TOY PRODUCT(s) NOTES
1300 8" Superman 1972-1974
1301 8" Batman 1972-1974
1302 8" Robin 1972-1974
1303 8" Aquaman 1972-1974
1304 8" Captain America 1973-1974
1305 8" Tarzan 1973-1974
1306 8" Spider-Man 1973-1974
1307 8" Shazam 1973-1974
1308   Never Used
1309   Never Used
1310 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #1 ('73/'74): Superman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman
1311 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #2 ('74 ONLY): (4) Captain America, (4) Tarzan, (12) Spider-Man, (4) Shazam
1312   Never used
1313   Never Used
1314   Never Used
1315 Kresge 'FOB Hong Kong' 1st Issue Card Assortment Referenced in Edgar Rice Burroughs, inc.'s Mego archives; Assortment included: Superman, Batman, Robin, Captain America, Tarzan, Spider-Man
1316   Never Used
1317   Never Used
1318   Never Used
1319   Never used
1320   Never Used
1321   Never Used
1322   Never Used
1323   Never Used
1324   Never Used
1325 8" Batmobile "Platform Card" Packaging in1974 ONLY
1326 8" Batcopter "Platform Card" Packaging in 1974 ONLY
1327 8" Batcycle "Platform Card" Packaging in 1974 ONLY
1328   Never Used
1329   Never Used
1330 8" Supervator playset 1974 ONLY (discontinued after 1974)
1331 8" Super-Hero Carry Case 1974 ONLY
1332 8" Batcave 1974 ONLY
1333 8" Batcave Bat Signal Used twice: Batcave playset's Bat Signal, offered in 1974 Mego catalog — Never Sold Separately; Wayne Foundation in 1977 (5-digit ONLY)
1334   Never Used
1335   Never Used
1336   Never Used
1337   Never Used
1338   Never Used
1339   Never Used
1340 8" Super-Gals MIB/
1st Issue Kresge Card Assortment
Window Box Assortment in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Gals Card Assortment ('74-'76)
1341 8" Wonder Woman Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Gals Card ('74-'76)
1342 8" Supergirl Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Gals Card ('74-'76)
1343 8" Batgirl Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Gals Card ('74-'76)
1344 8" Catwoman Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Gals Card ('74-'76)
1345   Never Used
1346   Never Used
1347   Never Used
1348   Never Used
1349 8" Super-Gals 1st Issue Mego Card Assortment Mego-branded 1st Issue Gals cards in 1974 ONLY
1350 8" Penguin Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Foes Card ('74-'76)
1351 8" Joker Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Foes Card ('74-'76)
1352 8" Riddler Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Foes Card ('74-'76)
1353   Never Used
1354   Never Used
1355   Never Used
1356   Never Used
1357 8" Super-Foes 1st Issue Mego Card Assortment

Mego-branded 1st Issue Foes cards in 1974 ONLY

1358 8" Super-Foes MIB/1st Issue Kresge Card Assortment Window Box Assortment in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Foes Card Assortment ('74-'76)
1359 8" Mr. Mxyzptlk Window Box in 1974; Kresge-branded 1st Issue Foes Card ('74-'76)
1360 8" Wyatt Earp Used twice: Western Heroes' Wyatt Earp in 1974;
Batman Base Station in 1977 (5-Digit ONLY).
1361 8" Cochise 1974 ONLY
1362 Davy Crockett ('74); Batman Bat-Coders ('77) Used twice: Western Heroes' Davy Crockett in 1974; Batman Bat-Coders in 1977 (5-Digit ONLY)
1363 8" Buffalo Bill Cody 1974 ONLY
1364 8" Wild Bill Hickok Used twice: Western Heroes' Wild Bill Hickok in 1974; Bat Recorder in 1977 (5-Digit ONLY)
1365 8" Sitting Bull Used twice: Western Heroes' Sitting Bull in 1974; Aquaman vs. Great White Shark playset in 1978 (5-Digit ONLY)
1366   Never Used
1367 Shadow (Western Heroes' horse) 1974 ONLY
1368 Western Heroes' Dodge City playset Solicited in 1974 Mego catalog; Never Produced
1369 8" Western MIB Assortment Used twice: Window Boxed Western Heroes Assortment in 1974; Carded "Lion Rock" Western Heroes Assortment in 1980 (5-digit ONLY)
1370 8" Western 1st Issue Mego Card Assortment Mego-branded 1st Issue cards in 1974 ONLY
1371   Never Used
1372   Never Used
1373   Never Used
1374   Never Used
1375 Penny-Savers Bank Heroes Assortment 1974 and solicited in Mego Spring 1975 Catalog; Assortment included: Superman, Batman, Spider-Man
1376   Never Used
1377   Never Used
1378   Never Used
1379 Bend N' Flex Carry Case 1974 ONLY
1380 Bend N’ Flex Superman  
1381 Bend N’ Flex Batman  
1382 Bend N’ Flex Robin  
1383 Bend N’ Flex Spider-Man  
1384 Bend N’ Flex Aquaman  
1385 Bend N’ Flex Shazam  
1386 Bend N’ Flex Captain America  
1387 Bend N’ Flex Tarzan  
1388 Bend N’ Flex Assortment #1 1974 ONLY; Assortment included: (8) Superman,(8) Batman, (5) Robin, (3) Aquaman.
1389 Bend N’ Flex Assortment #2 1974 ONLY; Assortment included: (12) Spider-Man, (4) Shazam, (4) Captain America, (4) Tarzan
1390 19" Super Softies Superman 1974 ONLY; Non-Talking Version (24" Talking version was item number 990)
1391 19" Super Softies Batman 1974 ONLY; Non-Talking Version (24" Talking version was item number 991)
1392   Never Used; Likely intended for Super-Softies expansion (esp. Tarzan, promised to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. in 1973)
1393   Never Used; Likely intended for Super-Softies expansion (esp. Tarzan, promised to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. in 1973)
1394 19" Super Softies Spider-Man 1974 ONLY; Non-Talking Version (24" Talking version was item number 992)
1395 19" Super Softies Lone Ranger 1974 ONLY; Non-Talking Version (24" Talking version was item number 993)
1396   Never Used; Possibly a Super-Softies Assortment (19" or 24")
1397   Never Used; Possibly a Super-Softies Assortment (19" or 24")
1398   Never Used
1399   Never Used
5-Digit Item Codes 51300-51399 (1975-1982)
ITEM No. TOY PRODUCT(s) NOTES
51300 8" Superman 1975-1982
51301 8" Batman 1975-1982
51302 8" Robin 1975-1982
51303 8" Aquaman 1975-1982; re-issued on "Generic Red Card" (see 51317 below) in 1982
51304 8" Captain America 1975-1982
51305 8" Tarzan 1975-1976; Discontinued before 1977
51306 8" Spider-Man 1975-1982
51307 8" Shazam 1975-1981; Discontinued before 1982
51308 8" Heroes Assortment Used TWICE: Assortment #1 ('78); General Assortment of remaining 13 characters ('79)
51309   Never Used
51300/1 8" Green Arrow 1975-1978; Discontinued before '79, re-issued on "Generic Red Card" (see 51317 below) in 1982
51300/2 8" Green Goblin 1975-1977; Discontinued before 1978
51300/3 8" Lizard 1975-1977; Discontinued before 1978
51300/4 8" Falcon 1975-1977; Discontinued before 1978
51300/5 8" Iron Man 1975-1977; Discontinued before 1978
51300/6 8" Hulk 1975-1982
51310 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #1 ('75/'76): Superman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman, Shazam, Green Arrow
51311 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #2 ('75/'76): (5) Captain America, (9) Spider-Man, (5) Green Goblin, (5) Lizard
51312 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #3 ('75/'76): (3) Tarzan, (6) Falcon, (5) Iron Man, (10) Hulk
51313 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #4 ('76 ONLY): Thor, Conan, Thing, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl
51313/1 8" Thor 1976-1980
51313/2 8" Conan 1976-1980
51313/3 8" Thing 1976-1982
51313/4 8" Human Torch 1976-1982
51313/5 8" Mr. Fantastic 1976-1982
51313/6 8" Invisible Girl 1976-1982
51314   Never Used
51315   Never Used
51316 Teen Titans Assortment Teen Titans Assortment (1977 ONLY): Aqualad, Kid Flash, Wondergirl, Speedy
51316/1 Aqualad 1977/1978; Available on "closeout" into the 1980s
51316/2 Kid Flash 1977/1978; Available on "closeout" into the 1980s
51316/3 Wondergirl 1977/1978; Available on "closeout" into the 1980s
51316/4 Speedy 1977/1978; Available on "closeout" into the 1980s
51317 8" Heroes Assortment ('77/'78); Generic Red cards ('82) Used THRICE: Assortment #1 ('77 and '78): Superman, Shazam, Supergirl, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Green Arrow, Falcon, Thor, Conan, Isis; Toys "R" Us "special" order for Generic Red cards (approx. '82): Aquaman, Batgirl, Riddler, Green Arrow.
51318 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #2 ('77/'78): Batman, Robin, Aquaman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, Riddler, Hulk
51319 8" Heroes Assortment Assortment #3 ('77/'78): Captain America, Spider-Man, Green Goblin, Lizard, Iron Man, Thing, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl
51320   Never Used
51321   Never Used
51322 Mego Isis P.O. MOC Isis: Toys "R" Us "Special" Order Mego used this number for a Toys "R" Us "special" order of MOC Isis figures (click to enlarge photo )
51323   Never Used
51324 8" Vehicle Assortment ('76); 8" Spider-Car ('77-'79) Used TWICE: Vehicle Assortment ('76): Spider-Car, Green Arrowcar, Captain Americar; Spider-Car ONLY ('77-'79)
51324/1 8" Spider-Car 1976 ONLY (see 51324, above)
51324/2 8" Green ArrowCar 1976 ONLY
51324/3 8" Captain AmeriCar 1976 ONLY
51325 8" Batmobile "Photo Box" Packaging (1975); "Artwork Box" Packaging ('76-'79)
51326 8" Batcopter "Photo Box" Packaging (1975; "Artwork Box" Packaging ('76-'79)
51327 8" Batcycle "Photo Box" Packaging (1975; "Artwork Box" Packaging ('76-'79)
51328   Never Used
51329   Never Used
51330   Never Used
51331 8" Super-Hero Carry Case 1975 ONLY
51332 Batcave 1975 ONLY
51333 Wayne Foundation Used twice: Batcave playset's Bat Signal, offered in 1974 Mego catalog — Never Sold Separately; Wayne Foundation in 1977 (5-digit ONLY)
51334 Mobile Bat Lab  
51335 Batcave 'Gift Set' Offered in 1975 catalog: included Batman, Robin, Penguin and Joker figures — Never Produced
51336 Jokermobile  
51337 Mobile Bat Lab 'Gift Set' Offered in 1975 catalog: included Batman and Robin figures — Never Produced
51338 Hall of Justice  
51339   Never Used
51340 8" Super-Gals Assortment Window Boxes ('75-'76)
51341 8" Wonder Woman Discontinued before '77, Mego issued a rare, mysterious 2nd Issue card between '78-'79
51342 8" Supergirl 1976-1977: Discontinued after '77 (U.S. ONLY; Issued in Europe by Pin Pin Toys in '78)
51343 8" Batgirl 1976-1982; re-issued on "Generic Red Card" (see 51317 below) in 1982
51344 8" Catwoman 1976-1977; Discontinued after '77
51345 8" Isis  
51346   Never Used (possibly Montgomery Ward "special" order for 1976 Isis (catalog exclusive)
51347   Never Used (possibly Montgomery Ward "special" order for 1976 Isis (catalog exclusive)
51348   Never Used (possibly Montgomery Ward "special" order for 1976 Isis (catalog exclusive)
51349   Never Used
51350 8" Penguin 1976-1982
51351 8" Joker 1976-1982
51352 8" Riddler 1976-1978; Discontinued after '78; re-issued on "Generic Red Card" (see 51317 below) in 1982
51353   Never Used
51354   Never Used
51355   Never Used
51356   Never Used
51357   Never Used
51358 8" Super-Foes Assortment Window Boxes ('75-'76)
51359 8" Mr. Mxyzptlk 1977 ONLY; Discontinued before 1978
51360 Batman Base Station Used twice: Western Heroes' Wyatt Earp in 1974;
"Batman Base Station" in '77/'78 (5-Digit ONLY).
51361   Never Used
51362 Batman Bat-Coders Used twice: Western Heroes' Davy Crockett in 1974; Batman "Bat-Coders" in '77/'78 (5-Digit ONLY)
51363   Never Used
51364 Batman and Robin's Bat-Recorder Used twice: Western Heroes' Wild Bill Hickok in 1974; Bat Recorder in 1977 (5-Digit ONLY)
51365 "Aquaman vs. Great White Shark" playset Used twice: Western Heroes' Sitting Bull in 1974; Aquaman vs. Great White Shark playset in 1978 (5-Digit ONLY)
51366   Never Used
51367   Never Used
51368   Never Used
51369 8" Lion Rock Western Heroes Assortment Used twice: Window Boxed Western Heroes Assortment in 1974; Carded "Lion Rock" Western Heroes Assortment in 1980 (5-digit ONLY)
51370   Never Used
51371   Never Used
51372   Never Used
51373   Never Used
51374   Never Used
51375 Penny-Savers Bank Heroes Assortment 1975 Assortment included: (6) Superman, (10) Batman, (8) Spider-Man
51376 Penny-Savers Bank Foes Assortment 1975 Assortment included: (12) Joker, (12) Penguin
51377 Penny-Savers Combo Bank Assortment 1975 "Combo" Assortment included: (4) Superman, (6) Batman, (4) Spider-Man, (6) Joker, (4) Penguin
51378   Never Used
51379   Never Used
51380   Never Used
51381   Never Used
51382   Never Used
51383   Never Used
51384   Never Used
51385   Never Used
51386   Never Used
51387   Never Used
51388 Bend N’ Flex Assortment #1 1975 ONLY; Assortment included: (8) Superman,(8) Batman, (5) Robin, (3) Aquaman.
51389 Bend N’ Flex Assortment #2 1975 ONLY; Assortment included: (12) Spider-Man, (4) Shazam, (4) Captain America, (4) Tarzan
51390   Never Used
51391   Never Used
51392   Never Used
51393   Never Used
51394   Never Used
51395   Never Used
51396   Never Used
51397   Never Used
51398   Never Used
51399 96-Piece WGSH Promo Display with Poster Giveaway 1980 ONLY. See pages 245-246 of World's Greatest Toys!
Other Notable 5-Digit WGSH Item Codes — Beyond the "51300" Series (1975-1976)
ITEM No. TOY PRODUCT(s) NOTES
51600/1 8" Fist-Fighting Batman 1975/1976
51600/2 8" Fist-Fighting
Robin
1975/1976
51600/3   Never Used; Likely left blank for additional Fist-Fighters
51600/4   Never Used; Likely left blank for additional Fist-Fighters
51600/5 8" Fist-Fighting Riddler 1975/1976
51600/6 8" Fist-Fighting
Joker
1975/1976
51601 8" Fist-Fighters Assortment 1975/1976; Assortment included: (6) Batman, (3) Robin, (2) Joker, (1) Riddler
51610 8" Fist-Fighting "Match-Ups" Assortment Offered in 1975 catalog: included (4) Batman/Joker, (2) Robin/Riddler figures — Never Produced
57340 Super-Gals Bend N' Flex Assortment 1975 ONLY; Assortment included: (8) Wonder Woman, (4) Supergirl, (8) Batgirl, (4) Catwoman
57358 Super-Foes Bend N' Flex Assortment 1975 ONLY; Assortment included: (7) Penguin, (9) Joker, (4) Riddler, (4) Mr. Mxyzptlk
NB: Mego likely wanted to give the Bend N' Flex Gals and Foes assortments (above) item numbers 51340 and 51358, respectively. However, since those numbers were claimed by the 8" Window Boxed Gals and Foes assortments, Mego opted to change the "1" to a "7," preserving the "-340" and "-358" numbering originally granted each wave.
94018 8" Daily Planet Playset Solicited in 1979 Mego catalog — Never Produced

Updated June 4, 2008; Originally published May 5, 2008. Chart, layout and photos are copyright © 2008 Benjamin Holcomb and WorldsGreatestToys.com. All rights reserved.

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