200 Words with Paul Dini #48 – Worst Toy Ever

January 27, 2009

I’ll come right out and say it – the Mego Mugato action figure is the worst Star Trek toy ever made. And that goes for the Diamond Select reissue, too. 

Worst toy — period.

In the TV series, the Mugato was goofy-looking, but kinda cool — a white-furred space ape with a rhino horn and poison fangs. Screw Aristotle, it’s a monkey from another planet, okay? Now let’s look at the toy.

We have a quasi-primate head atop the standard Mego Planet of the Apes body clad in a Seventies era pimp shirt and red pants. The sleeves and cuffs are finished with stringy white fabric. Fringe possibly, or maybe the animal’s fur sticking out, we’re not sure.


Will Ferrell in Zoolander made a better “Mugatu” than this POS.

And yet, let’s consider… the original Mugato, created and worn by Hollywood monster master Janos Prohaska was just an old white gorilla suit tricked out with a few odds and ends to make it look more “spacey.” Seen in that light, I guess it’s only fitting the doll version should be cobbled together from random bits, too.

Nah. Hello, Island of Misfit Toys? Send over that flying lion. We have a pick-up.


Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/.



  1. I kinda wish that the toy Mugato had been the one on the show.

  2. That is a horrible looking toy…

    It probably made millions. 

  3. ah the horrible awesome-ness of classic trek

    Gorn went from guy in a rubber suit that looked like Godzilla sperm to a bad-ass via the expanded fiction and toys.  

    however I believe there will be no end to Mugato’s suffering…

  4. Did Kirk sleep with Mugato?

  5. As far as I understand it, Kirk slept with everyone.

  6. I never saw this episode oddly enough.

  7. The Mugatu was seen in the episode "A Private Little War" during the series’ second season.

    Basic premise is that Kirk and Bones beam down to the planet, upon which they’re attacked by said creature, Kirk’s poisioned, they encounter a Native American-like tribe of locals that Kirk knew from a few years prior, a (of course) scantily clad medicine woman lays hands upon Kirk, gyrates a bit, heals him (oh the burdens of the office), and the episode proceeds to be a Cold War parrallel matching Federation interests versus Klingons’. But I’m sure no one cared about that.

    The creature later appeared during Peter David’s New Frontier series. So comic connection there, folks!