Peruvian BASA Robin wears bracelets? Yup!

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.

Front view of BASA Robin's bodysuit. One piece with sewn-on sleeves. Nice pool table shade of green. Material is most likely a high synthetic blend. Unlike his Ledy and MEGO counterparts, this Robin sports an ultra suave turtleneck.
Front view of BASA Robin's bodysuit. One piece with sewn-on sleeves. Material is most likely a high synthetic blend. Robin sports an ultra suave turtleneck. Oh yeah!

BASA ingeniously meld the ideas of the simple Lili Ledy Bodysuit with the bare leg stylings of MEGO. Closed with a single snap.
BASA ingeniously combined the ideas of the simple Lili Ledy Bodysuit with the bare leg stylings of MEGO. Nice pool table shade of green. Closed with a single snap. Very generous opening in the back.

Once again we see the best of both worlds. BASA Robin's vest slips over the bodysuit ala Lili Ledy, but has the finished look of a MEGO Robin tunic. Collar and cape are both attached to the vest.
Once again we see the best of both worlds. BASA Robin's vest slips over the bodysuit a la Lili Ledy, but has the finished look of a MEGO Robin tunic. Collar and cape are both attached to the vest.

Close-up shot of the cape. BASA's cloth capes really distinguish them from other action figures of the era.
Close-up shot of the cape. BASA's cloth capes really distinguish them from other action figures of the era. The overall look is very dramatic.

BASA hero boot in green. Very lightweight plastic creates a translucent effect.
BASA Hero boot in green. Very lightweight plastic creates a translucent effect. Three ridges at the top distinguish it from the two ridges of a MEGO boot.

BASA Robin, Superman and Batman all share the same semi-rigid plastic belt.
BASA Robin, Superman and Batman all share the same semi-rigid plastic belt. Although two holes are provided to cinch the belt, only the longer setting fits the figure. Notice the light scaly texture and the highly defined (inset) belt buckle.

Rockin' Robin!

The back and sides of the BASA box is a collage of stock images also seen on Mego and Lili Ledy boxes.
The back and sides of the BASA box is a collage of stock images also seen on MEGO and Lili Ledy boxes. This box represents the ULTIMATE in rarity. A loose incomplete BASA Robin hardly ever shows up. Rockin' Robin!

Author: nayrbgo

MEGOy from the inside out and lovin' it!

2 thoughts on “Peruvian BASA Robin wears bracelets? Yup!

  1. These three figures are so awesome to own!! “If you could find them” if not, try the black market!!! Though I doubt that’ll do any good

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