AHI – Azrak Hamway International
Azrak Hamway International (AHI) was Mego’s biggest nemesis. They ripped off their products over and over. From “Adventure Man” which ripped off Mego’s Action Jackson to their “Action Apeman” line which ripped off Mego’s license of “The Planet of the Apes”. They were even sued by Mego at one point and finally settled. They even went so far as to copy the Kresge style card of their Mego counterparts. They did create a series of monsters with incredible “monsters of the 60’s” looks to them. They “borrowed” artwork from the Aurora monster model kits of the 60’s. Housed in NYC and in the same building as Mego, they had the honor of having an action figure named after the owner himself. The figure was a micronauts series figure named Baron Karza, “Karza” being “Azrak” in reverse. AHI did create some great Creature from The Black Lagoon figures, including a male plastic version and a female bendy type in the arms and legs. The bodies came in several varieties: some were painted with and without molded “hair” on their chest, straight hands, curved hands, bendable wrists and shared some clothing some with Action Apeman figures. There is a very cool variance on the Mummy. One version has the arm in a sling across the body instead of at its side like the later versions.
Please be sure to check out The Gallery of Monster Toys or Azrakhamway.com to see more about these treasures! The Adventure Man card art clearly depicts the western figures (cowboy, indian and bad guy) directly modeled after the Gabriel Lone Ranger artwork with a few modifications. AHI also made many other toys as well.