The Undiscovered Playthings

Good Plastic Gone Bad

The Undiscovered Playthings header image 1

Tweet Tweet…

April 7th, 2016 · Uncategorized

Hey Everybody, this site has a twitter feed now. You can find me @joebootleg.
Now if I can just figure out how to get a 'follow me' button embedded on this site...

→ No CommentsTags:

Mummies Alive!

April 4th, 2016 · Cartoon, Uncategorized

Hello friends. Long time no see. If you pop in once in a while, I hope you’re sitting down because seeing a new post surely must have caught you by surprise.

No, I wasn’t kidnapped by the bootleg toy cartel and forced to work in their bootleg toy factories. I also haven’t been sick (mentally or physically). It was just that my priorities changed and updating this site wasn’t at the top of the list.
Anyways, I’m going to post more frequently. I mean, I’m paying for the web hosting and for the domain name, I should put it to use ,right?

So, with that said, I’m going to knock out this review that I had queued up but never bothered to publish. Ready?
I have a couple of bootleg toys from the Mummies Alive! toy line. Talk about a blast from the past, huh? The real Mummies Alive! toy line was launched in 1997. I have no idea when I picked up these bootleg toys. But I’m guessing it was sometime in the late 1990s.
I do remember being kind of surprised to see these bootleg toys because I didn’t think this toy line was popular enough to spur illegal copies. But I guess I was wrong.

I don’t know much about this toy line. So I’m just going to post the pics with very little commentary.

The two figures I have are Fighting Armon and Wizard Rath. Now most bootleg toys feature the same artwork and labeling across the series of bootleg toys. So it’s possible you could have a Batman figure that is labeled Superman Returns (or some other such botched mislabeling). But these figures come packaged with the correct label and what looks like to me, the correct accessories.

The back of the package features pictures of characters and vehicles from this toy line. Based on the pics on the back of the card, I’m guessing that five different bootleg figures were made. Naturally, no trademark or copyright info is anywhere to be seen on the package.

Fighting Armon kind of reminds me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  The paint job on this figure is typical bootleg toy quality. Sucky suck!
If you go back and look at the shot of this toy up top, you will see that the bootleggers didn’t have room for one of the accessories. So they tossed one boot between the figure’s legs.

The bootleggers did the same thing with Wizard Rath and tossed an accessory between the figure’s legs because there was nowhere else to place it. This guy, ummm, yeah, he features the same kind of paint job that Fighting Armon has.  There’s no way this bootleg toy line fools anybody into thinking that they are ‘real’ toys. They are shoddily made and not packaged very well. Still, they are a hoot to look at.


Okay troops, I’m really going to make an effort to come up with more frequent reviews. I’ve got plenty of toys begging to be shown to the world (really, they sneak into my room at night and jump up and down on my bed until I wake up and notice them). I have a ton of Lego knock offs. I think I’ll tackle those for the next few posts.
Thanks for visiting. If you’re new here, go check out the The Original Undiscovered Playthings Site.  There are plenty of bootleg toys over there on display for your amusement (amazement?).

→ No CommentsTags:···

More Transformers

August 21st, 2011 · Transformers

Sigh… I really wish I knew more about Transformers. There are so many of them out here. I look to my left, there they are. I look to my right. They’re there too. In back of me. In front of me. Below and above. Transformer bootlegs and their kock-off brethren rule the roost of almost every discount store and swap meet ‘toy’ dealer I encounter.

Get a load of this set I bought. It was a full set just hanging on the wall. So I bought the whole thing and even got a break on the price (cuz I’m such a good customer).

Twelve little Transformers all just for me. I don’t know who they are or if they are even actual bootlegs. But what the heck, I bought them on the off chance that these just might be. They were cheap enough. I picked them up for fifty cents each.

Now I’m glad you all came here to take a look at this site. But if you think I’m gonna take a snapshot of all twelve of these things, well, sorry to disappoint you, but it’s just not going to happen. But then again, maybe I can stretch these toys into three or four posts. Hmmmmmm….

Well, take a gander at these figures below. I have no idea if these are real bootlegs or not. If they are, feel free to chime in and expose my ignorance.

This figure up top makes me think of the LA Lakers (that’s a pro basketball team for you folks that are visiting from outside the US). Actually, the head and weapons are the only parts that are purple on this figure. Besides yellow, the other color is brown.

This figure might ‘transform’ into some kind of chopper. See the propeller thingy on the right? This little guy (along with the other figures in this series) stands about three inches tall from the bottom of his footsies to the top of his head.

Y’know, I look at the photos I snap and I tell you, I really should work on trying to create some better looking pics. But hey, what do you expect? I’m taking these pics with the camera from my Motorola Razor cell phone.
I’m kidding…

Who is this silver guy looming above this text?

Heh, I thought I had only snapped three close ups. But it turns out I actually took four. This is what happens when you drink wine while blogging. Hmmm… am I really a blogger? I never thought of this site as a blog.

I seriously considered cracking open some of the packages and try to transform these things into the vehicle mode. But I learned from past experience not to even try that. I am absolutely no good at transforming these kind of toys. I’d wind up spending way too much time trying to get these into vehicle mode. Besides, by keeping these things in their package, they stay nice and minty fresh. Of course, these are bootleg toys in mint condition. Who would care about that?

Friends, I could use your help in identifying these figures. If they really are bootleg Transformer figures, who are they?

→ 11 CommentsTags:


August 20th, 2011 · Cartoon, Transformers

The toys in this post are rehashed from a series I posted in the original section of this site many many many years ago. The packaging has changed, but not the figures. The thing is, the figures I posted many many years ago are on a page that I didn’t back up when I let the site lapse. So those toys aren’t on the site anymore. But fear not dear visitor for I have a digital camera with which I can partially correct this problem.

Here you go…..

→ 7 CommentsTags: