The Undiscovered Playthings

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December 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Cartoon

I was thinking it’s time for a blast from the past. How about Michael Jordan and Bug Bunny? Yes? Yes? Yes?!

If I remember right (and google always helps me remember right), Space Jam was released around 1997.  So that means I’ve had these figures laying around for almost twelve years! That’s nothing to brag about and you’ll understand why once you’ve taken a gander at these things.

As you can see, I’ve got three different sets in this series. Whoops! Time for a commentary. These are the kinds of bootleg toys I like to buy. They are single packaged figures that come on small cards. The cards measure in at a measly 8″x6″. These are easy to store and forget about. Not at all like the huge multi-packs of bootleg toys that seem to be everywhere nowadays. The package is your typical bootleg quality, meaning there is none. The bubble is fragile and the backer card extremely thin.

Here’s a shot of the back where no trademark or copyright information is located. This is typical for bootleg toys and you should always look for trademark information on the back of packages to ensure you are buying an authentic toy.

Now onto the figures. First up is Charles Barkley and Wile E. Coyote.

Dig the Coyote’s eyes. Heh, Talk about being high on something. Note the complete lack of detail in the uniforms of the figures. What team do these guys play for???

Here are the two Michael Jordan packs:

The complete lack of Detail in Michael and Charles figures makes these guys look kinda creepy. I guess the fact that both of these guys had bald heads came as a relief to the bootleggers since they didn’t have to bother painting any hair on them.

Looking at these bootleg toys makes me long for the good old days of bootleg toy collecting. I miss the single packaged figures. Almost everything comes in four, five and sometimes six packs of figures. The characters are mixed and matched in no logical way. The  molds are used over and over resulting in buying sets that have figures I already have in another set.I guess the bootleggers consider this progress (if you call LEDs in the chest of every figure made nowadays progress), but I long for the good old days of single packaged bootleg toys. Maybe they are out there still. But just not in my neck of the woods.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ShadZ // Jan 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I wonder why bootleg toy makers leave off the trademark & copyright information? After all, they don’t mind actually violating the trademarks and copyrights, so why are they afraid to put the phrase “Copyright 1997 Warner Bros, Bugs Bunny is a registered trademark of Warner Bros” on the packaging?

  • 2 Joe // Jan 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I thought about it a long time ago. I’m no lawyer, but maybe they’d get in bigger trouble if they got busted and had copyright/trademark info on the packaging?

  • 3 Dan // Jan 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Lol, the ball looks more like a soccer ball painted orange, than an actual basektball, I love it

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