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August 21st, 2011 · 11 Comments · 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?

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 anonymous // Aug 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I’m not an expert on Transformers but there are a few things I can tell you from the original show. Transformers are divided into two groups: good guy Autobots that transform into wheeled vehicles and evil Decepticons that transform into aircraft. Each group has their own logo and all Transformers have that logo on them.
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2138/2414867623_6b7f2331e6.jpg

  • 2 James Hunt // Aug 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I recognise some of them! The first three all appear to be bootlegs of figures from the “Legends of Cybertron” series. The first is Cybertron Starscream: ( http://www.unicorncottagecompany.com/starscream/shrine/cy-1.jpg ), the second is Evac ( http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Cyb-toy_EvacLOC.jpg ) and the silver guy is Vector Prime, although his shoulders are folded down ( http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:LOC_VectorPrime.jpg )

    Don’t know about the 4th, however. It looks like it’s in the style of “Transformers: Animated”, but it’s not a character I recognise. If you want to try and identify him (and the others you bought) the place to start looking is this tfwiki page, which lists all of the “Legends” scale (i.e. 3-inch high) Transformers toys: tfwiki.net/wiki/Legends_Class

    Hope that helps!

  • 3 Alden // Aug 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    The fourth guy is a bootleg Mini-Con! The original was named Oil Slick and came out in 2007.

  • 4 Mitchell Morgan // Sep 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    The guy with the silver chest armor’s Torso looks like the same or similar concept to a gundam’s chest/torso Armor. Idk if this could be true or not, but that stood out to me.

  • 5 jan // Dec 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Hello. More about Autobots leader:
    Coming from the planet Cybertron, Optimus Prime serves as leader of the heroic Autobots. The Autobots goal is to destroy evil and promote peace throughout the Universe. Optimus Prime is dedicated to protecting all life, especially the humans of Earth. Optimus Prime is the greatest hero in the Transformers story, and it is appropriate that the Dark of the Moon so prominently features him. It is also fitting that this character is now available in one of the best action figures ever produced, the Ultimate Optimus Prime.

  • 6 Jonesy // Dec 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Okay I just stumbled on this and I’m a few months late to the party. But I recognize all but one of these figures. Except for one, they are all bootlegs of the “Legends” class Transformers figures, or the smallest size you’d normally find at retail.

    From left to right:
    Top row: Evac, Jetfire, Thundercracker
    Second row: Soundwave, Vector Prime, Starscream
    Third row: Hot Shot, ???? (possibly Cybertron Defense Red Alert), Barricade
    Bottom row: Ratchet, Oil Slick, Jazz

  • 7 Athena // Jan 28, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Ooh I don’t know much about Transformers too, but I found out you were still posting on this blog. I thought you abandoned it.

  • 8 Johnne Tyson // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    One of the sure fire ways to know if these are bootlegs or not is if they have the faction symbols on the packaging. These do not. Also, you’ll see a Hasbro or Takara logo on the packaging and stamped on the figure. Third, the quality of the plastic of bootlegs is usually very cheap. There are collectors out there who look for bootleg figures. These are great for making mods and kitbashing.

  • 9 Ciao // Jul 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Recently I have became a fan of Transformers. They are awesome, right?

  • 10 David Hicks // Nov 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Just wondering what the value of bootlegs are compared to the real thing. These don’t look all that detailed to me.

  • 11 Collector // Mar 4, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Maan you have no idea how many bootleg toys i have… I was born in 1989 in Bulgaria. Over here we had some small market places where you could buy pretty much every Toy Biz Line from the time. I was probably around the age of 10, but i got a lot of Spider-man TAS Toy Biz 1994 and X-men TAS 1994 action figures. Not to mention the hundreds of chinese robot bootleg toys that i used to have…

    Please keep this site going. Why are there no updates? Some of these toys are unbelievably hiliarous!!!

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