No figure represents such an absolute obsession quite like this Peruvian BASA Robin.
As each rediscovered BASA figure presented itself in the mid to late 2000’s, collectors were salivating all over themselves. The discovery craze was on! Each of us felt like modern day explorers. Who would be the first to lay their claim on these familiar friends from a foreign land? First, there was the wild-eyed Superman. Then shortly afterward, Batman made his appearance. It was only a matter of time, thought the excited MEGOheads. Where is he? No toy company would release a Batman without a Robin. That’s like Peanut Butter without Jelly. Sonny without Cher. Simon without. . . uh, the Other Simon.
And then he showed. BASA Robin poked out from the Baticueva. On that day, it was possible to hear the collective sighs of relief. Seeing BASA Robin for the first time is difficult for most to describe. It was like the first time hearing Nirvana’s hit song, “Smells like Teen Spirit”, when we were so accustomed to late 80’s Glam Rock. It flew in the face of convention. A Robin with boots? Is this for real? Maybe it’s a custom figure!? Nope, no way, it’s no custom. Then, after the shock came the attempt at acceptance. Do I like this? Can I embrace something other than the Glam of MEGO Robin? Yes. YES! I don’t just like him. I LOVE him! He’s no passing phase. No flash in the pan. No one-hit-wonder. He is a classic! A hit! And the World of WorldMEGO changed that day, but the Song still remains the Same.
Oh, and remind us to tell you a funny story one day about those silly looking green electrical tape bracelets on BASA Robin’s wrists. You might have thought that some creative Peruvian kid put them on his Super Hero action figure, but no, they’re actually from the factory. Yeah, make sure you leave them on.