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DEVO ACTION FIGURE SET 2005 Ultra Rare Iconic Music Collectible MISP
* RARE DEVO ACTION FIGURE Collectible
* 2005 Mint Sealed On Card (MSOC)
* BRIGHT VIBRANT GRAPHICS!
* Original 5 Band Member Headsculpts!
* Excellent & Detailed Production
* Very Well Painted 8″ Figure
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DEVO ACTION FIGURE SET – 8″ Ultra Rare Iconic Music Collectible 2005 – MISP
Devo is an American rock band that formed in 1973, consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It” and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.
Devo’s music and stage shows mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly new wave, industrial, and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the LaserDisc format, with “Whip It” getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.
The name Devo comes from the concept of ‘de-evolution’—the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society.” In the late 1960s, this idea was developed as a joke by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis, who created a number of satirical art pieces in a devolution vein. At this time, Casale had also performed with the local band 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band). They met Mark Mothersbaugh around 1970, a talented keyboardist who had been playing with the band Flossy Bobbitt. Mothersbaugh brought a more humorous feel to the band, introducing them to material like the pamphlet “Jocko Homo Heavenbound”, which includes an illustration of a winged devil labelled “D-EVOLUTION” and would later inspire the song “Jocko Homo”. The “joke” about de-evolution became serious following the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. This event would be cited multiple times as the impetus for forming the band Devo. Throughout the band’s career, they would often be considered as a “joke band” by the music press.
The first form of Devo was the “Sextet Devo” which performed at the 1973 Kent State performing arts festival. It included Casale, Lewis and Mothersbaugh, as well as Gerald’s brother Bob Casale on guitar, and friends Rod Reisman and Fred Weber on drums and vocals, respectively. This performance was filmed and a part was included on the home video The Complete Truth About De-Evolution. This lineup performed only once. Devo returned to perform in the Student Governance Center (featured prominently in the film) at the 1974 Creative Arts Festival with a lineup including the Casale brothers, Bob Lewis, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Jim Mothersbaugh on drums.
The band continued to perform, generally as a quartet, but with a fluid lineup including Mark’s brothers Bob Mothersbaugh and Jim Mothersbaugh. Bob played electric guitar, and Jim provided percussion using a set of home-made electronic drums. Their first two music videos, “Secret Agent Man” and “Jocko Homo” featured on The Truth About De-Evolution, were filmed in Akron, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the hometown of most members. This lineup of Devo lasted until 1976 when Jim left the band. Bob Lewis would sometimes play guitar during this period. In concert, Devo would often perform in the guise of theatrical characters, such as Booji Boy and the Chinaman. Live concerts from this period were often confrontational, and would remain so until 1977. A recording of an early Devo performance from 1975 with the quartet lineup appears on DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years, ending with the promoters unplugging Devo’s equipment.
Following Jim Mothersbaugh’s departure, Bob Mothersbaugh found a new drummer, Alan Myers, who played on a conventional, acoustic drum kit. Casale re-recruited his brother Bob Casale, and the lineup of Devo remained the same for nearly ten years. The front and back covers of Devo’s first release, the 45rpm single “Mongoloid” b/w “Jocko Homo” (1977), released on the band’s Booji Boy Records.
Devo gained some fame in 1976 when the short film The Truth About De-Evolution directed by Chuck Statler won a prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. This attracted the attention of David Bowie, who began work to get the band a recording contract with Warner Music Group. In 1977, Devo were asked by Neil Young to participate in the making of his film Human Highway. Released in 1982, the film featured the band as “Nuclear garbagemen.” The band members were asked to write their own parts and Mark Mothersbaugh scored and recorded much of the soundtrack, his first of many.
In March 1977, Devo released their first single “Mongoloid” b/w “Jocko Homo”, the B-side of which came from the soundtrack to The Truth About De-Evolution, on their independent label Booji Boy. This was followed by a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.
In 1978, the B Stiff EP was released by British independent label Stiff, which included the single “Be Stiff” plus two previous Booji Boy releases. “Mechanical Man”, a 4 track 7″ EP of demos, an apparent bootleg but rumored to be put out by the band themselves, was also released that year.
ABOUT THIS PIECE
Besides being extremely hard to find in this condition, it’s a rare find regardless. Not many of these 8″ action figure sets were produced in 2005, and being the eclectic and brilliantly fringe-ish band that DEVO is, its desirability is off the charts and covers a very broad swath of ground for many collectors. The headsculpts are remarkably detailed, well painted and do in fact bear a close resemblance to DEVO’s original group members.
The graphics on the card are super bright and vibrant, and we can find only one minor flaw on the card and blister entirely (it’s on the back of the of the piece, at the bottom right). Whoever buys this collectible will no doubt appreciate how it’s been cared for, and it’ll make an enviable addition to any collection. We can only expect this set to rise in value, as the original group of five (5) band members is now down to three (3), due to the untimely deaths of founding members Bob Casale in 2014 and Alan Myers in 2013.
Inside the blister, is the 8″ NECA figure with five (5) swappable original band member heads, the Famous DEVO Energy Dome and of course…the bullwhip from their mega hit…WHIP IT!
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|Dimensions||12 × 10 × 4 in|