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?).