The man in question is Lennie Starr of Ohio. Here’s his account of this amazing discovery as he posted it over on the Mego Talk fan forum…
“My friends and I buried this when I was 8 years old. It gave me the creeps because the eyes glowed at night. We had a funeral for it and everything. I had mentioned this on the boards many years ago.
Buried in my backyard in 1975, this was finally unearthed today, May 21, 2012. My father located it while he was doing some landscaping at their house. Buried for 37 years! I had a general idea where it was, but could never locate it. My mother was never too keen on my digging up her lawn.
I would very much like to restore this thing. The head looks very zombified. I cannot locate the clothing or the arms. I don’t remember it being in pieces. Perhaps it rotted. Welcome back childhood Dreadful Dracula! It’s been a very long time.“
I asked Lennie if he had any additional information about his unusual find and he replied…
“This was buried about 10-12″ down. I can’t make out the cloth. But I thought I wrapped it in a towel or something. The head has yellowed and hardened a bit, with some dark stains or spots on it. But the type-1 body parts have held up perfectly with just minor fading.
I do not remember it being in pieces, but that was a long time ago. The metal rivets have deteriorated quite a bit and the pieces that are not there were not found. I was not permitted to keep digging up the yard to look or I would have done just that!”
Of course, other fans on the forum quickly realized that the intrinsic value of Lennie’s unique figure is actually highest just as it is—unrestored. In its current exhumed and “decayed” condition, along with his interesting story, Lennie’s “Dreadful Dracula” is now a one-of-a-kind connection to his childhood and to Mego’s past. Some even suggested making a little coffin for the remains and simply displaying it that way. Now THAT’S a great idea. Whatever you decide, congratulations on your rare find, Lennie. Just don’t look at his “creepy eyes!”