Andgor…

In response to an ad from the pages of Toyfare magazine and back when action figure customs were in their infancy – The above item was borne out of frustration at the lack of an official Superman action figure line. The Andgor Toy Co’s pledge that they could customise any figure you could think of was too good an opportunity to miss (or so I thought) so I hurriedly commissioned one based on Christopher Reeve (requesting the likeness from the Superman IV poster but incorporating the kiss-curl).

Over a year later and after hundreds of ignored emails requesting progress reports, the above is what I finally received. I recall it was very expensive for something I thought barely passable at the time but sufficed until Kris Meadows version erased all memory of it.  Although the headsculpt shown here would be available on their website for years afterward,  it would appear I wasn’t the only unsatisfied customer as Andgor’s name would be met with derision in the collecting community and would eventually disappear altogether…

 

Pinewood Fine Dining…

“Lunchtimes at the studio saw other regulars too – one being Christopher Reeve who’d walk in for his meal in full Superman costume.  He was so polite and would almost always stop at the tables he passed to say hello to fellow diners.  many a waitress swooned after him…”

Roger Moore – Last Man Standing

Pinewood Studios, England, 1977.  The two fresh-faced young leads from Superman: The Movie take their seats in the canteen during a break from filming.  At the height of his fitness regime for the part, Christopher Reeve would eat over four meals a day.  Reeve is also pictured here wearing his custom ‘Stunts Inc’ jacket given to him by Vic Armstrong which he would wear throughout production…