Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Such is the case with the Mego Eagle Force collection. I barely remembered this line of toy, that is, I barely remembered the toys themselves and had no idea about the name or manufacturer. Two weeks after Playthings of the Past goes out, I find an Ebay listing for the Eagle Island playset. Not only does it all come back to me, but I realize I’ve missed an opportunity. Man, being an author can be lame at times.
The Eagle Force line was a G.I. Joe-like line of action figures that predated the 3.75 inch Joes themselves. They were military-themed figures, each with its own identity. Some are even dead ringers for the Joes that would come later. They were made of metal, and if I remember correctly, they were smaller and more compact than Joes. I also seem to remember feeling the seems on their sides where their front and back pieces met. And I remember that their leg joints wore out so badly that their legs would shake and they would become unable to stand.
I had the Eagle Island playset, which seems to be quite a score. According to the commercial, it came with six figures. I don’t think I ever got any more figures, but since the playset came with six, I didn’t really need to. I may have seen them in stores, though. The carded figures do look familiar.
You can find a great write up from one of the creators of the Eagle Force line here. And if I somehow get a great surge of energy one day, I may draft a chapter and put them in a revised edition of Playthings of the Past.