A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Mezco Toyz One: 12 Collective, Part II: ExclusivesJose Lopez
As many collectors know, getting on the Mezco train can be a sometimes-infuriating experience. For every euphoric successful purchase of a surprise Mezco Exclusive, there’s a horrible disappointment waiting around the corner, most likely due to issues beyond collectors’ control. While collecting toys could and should always be fun, there is always a dark side that exists when you venture into the sub-category of high-end, sometimes exclusive collectibles. Mezco Toyz, as popular as they are, fall into this category pretty often.
At the end of the day, it’s just good business for them. Difficult to obtain = Must Have. That’s just how the game is played. We can angrily shake our fists at the sky and curse them, we can quit, or we can try to prepare ourselves as best we can. Let’s walk through the different types of exclusives Mezco puts out, the best way to purchase them, and how to avoid any pitfalls.
There are generally three versions of every figure Mezco releases. This is not always the case, but on average, it’s true. Let’s walk through them all.
The regular release is just that, a release that you can not only purchase directly from Mezco’s website, you can also grab them at online specialty stores, Amazon, your local brick and mortar comic book shop, etc. They are widely available and tend to be the easiest to get.
PX (Previews Exclusive)
PX stands for Previews Exclusive. Previews is a catalog that Diamond Comics Distributors publishes to let retailers know what is coming out from companies that distribute through Diamond. All comic book shops, for example, are basically Diamond Distributors. The important takeaway about these is that, while you can pretty much find PX One: 12 Collective figures at almost any online collectibles store, you cannot buy one from Mezco themselves. It’s also wise to keep in mind that PX figures have a tendency to sometimes have their quantities cut just before release, resulting in collectors finding them a little more difficult to obtain than planned.
MDX (Mezco Direct Exclusive)
A Mezco Direct Exclusive (or MDX) is a little more complicated than the previous two, so bear with me. The only way to purchase an MDX is by getting it directly from Mezco’s website, Mezcotoyz.com. The time window to grab these exclusives tends to be all over the place since Mezco doesn’t really adhere to a specific procedure. From a few days to a couple of hours to ten minutes, a Mezco figure will be available as long as it’s available, and there really is no way of knowing how long that is.
Mezco Direct Exclusives are always in demand, drawing the attention of not only Mezco completists, but also, trade baiters and, inevitably, scalpers. This article isn’t going to debate the morality of scalping action figures, by the way, but they are a reality and we can’t ignore them. So, if there’s even the slightest chance you want an MDX, buy it immediately. You can always make your money back later if you change your mind.
Now, “buying it immediately” is, sometimes, easier said than done. Mezco’s website has been plagued with issues for what feels like forever. From the entire site crashing because it is unable to handle the amount of traffic some exclusives attract or constant payment errors that pop up when trying to pay with a credit card, there has been a lot of hair pulled out by collectors who just want to buy a damn action figure. Now, Mezco has gotten better at handling the traffic issue, but the payment errors still persist for many. The main solution is to just pay via Paypal. Keep in mind that this option WILL charge you the full amount in advance instead of just the Non-Refundable Deposit (NRD), but personally, I think that’s a good thing, and if your Paypal account is linked to your credit card anyway, it’s basically the same thing. The second option after getting a payment error is to re-enter your credit card information as if it were a brand new card. It makes little sense, I know, but this workaround has never failed me. We’ll go deep into this in a later article.
There are a few sub-divisions of MDX, as well, so let’s touch on those.
Convention Exclusives are exactly what they sound like. Several times a year, Mezco will attend different conventions in various locations. The most frequent and notable are San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. Mezco will make available certain exclusive figures (sometimes a variant of another character and sometimes a unique release) to buy in person at the convention. For those who can’t attend, they usually put up the same figures in limited quantity up on their site a week or two in advance of the convention.
Basically, keep this in mind to avoid confusion: A Convention Exclusive is the same thing as a Mezco Direct Exclusive, but a Mezco Direct Exclusive is not the same as a Convention Exclusive.
Also, Mezco doesn’t refer to a specific convention’s exclusive by said convention’s name anymore (although they used to). So, for example, instead of the Commissioner Gordon figure being an “SDCC Exclusive 2019”, it’s now labeled a “Summer Exclusive 2019”. NYCC and Designer Con are in October, so those are uniformly called “Fall Exclusives”, and so on. (The only exception to this seems to be the Toy Fair Exclusives, which we’ll get to next.)
Just to confuse things further, Mezco has started releasing Convention/Seasonal Exclusives that aren’t actually available at the conventions. This past year, they announced a Spider-Man: Far From Home – Deluxe Edition “Summer Exclusive” and a Wonder Woman – Classic Edition “Fall Exclusive”, placing both on pre-order during Comic-Cons (SDCC and NYCC, respectively), but not actually making them available to purchase outside of their website as Mezco Direct Exclusives. So, yes, now you’ll get your “2019 Summer Exclusive” Spider-Man sometime in the late Winter/early Spring of 2020. Go figure.
Toy Fair Exclusives
Toy Fair Exclusives are technically Convention Exclusives, but there is one important distinction to note: You cannot actually buy a Toy Fair Exclusive at Toy Fair. Toy Fair is a trade show, open to retailers, toy industry people, and the press. Mezco hands out an exclusive version of a Mezco One:12 Collective figure to each member of the press that shows up on the opening night (along with a swag bag of cool stuff like lanyards, pins and a shopping bag). This is usually a palette swap of an existing or already solicited figure.
This past year, however, they offered two exclusives to the attendees, both of which were somewhat unique. The first was a Blade variant with accessories and an outfit that was very different than the retail version. The second was the inaugural Gomez figure, which they’ve since made into a franchise unto itself. The Gomez “Agent Edition” was also the first time that Mezco placed a Toy Fair Exclusive up for sale on their website as an MDX. Blade was not made available, however, so guessing what being able to grab a Toy Fair Exclusive moving forward will be like is anyone’s guess.
So now, dear Beginner Mezco Collector, you’re armed with a hopefully better working knowledge of just what types of Mezco Exclusives there are out there. Grabbing a popular figure from Mezco can and will continue to be a major pain in the ass, thanks to other collectors, scalpers, trade baiters and, well, Mezco themselves. Maybe, just maybe, this info will have prepared you for the struggle. Here’s hoping!