Here’s a look at another classic bootleg toy. Yes, it’s on the old site with the over-compressed photos. This is one of my favorite series of bootleg toys. The Super S. Heros robot series. The series includes Superman, Batman, Wolverine and a Power Ranger (or is it a Masked Rider robot?). Today, we’re going to take a better look at the Superman robot.
This robot is a wonderful reproduction of Superman. The robot stands about a foot tall, runs on three AAA batteries and has a sound chip in it that is pretty darn noisy (meaning L-O-U-D! Not just L-O-U-D! Really, really L-O-U-D!!!) once the robot is on the move.
The robot’s clown feet help it keep its balance. The S logo on the robot’s chest is just a sticker that was planted on the front. When I discovered these toys all those years ago, there were only a few Superman robots on the shelf. Of the few that were there, most had the sticker removed (you could see the remnants of the glue that held the sticker). Some were completely bare. I asked the shop keeper what happened to the stickers and he had some behind the counter. He gave me brand new stickers that still had the glue on them.
I mentioned a sound chip. Well, when the robot starts lumbering forward, the sound chip produces the sounds: Halt! Drop your weapon! Fire! Fire! Then machine gun sounds start emanating from this thing. I mentioned that the sound is loud, I really can’t emphasize just how loud it is. It’ll wake the freaking dead. I haven’t seen the movie in a while, but I’m thinking the voice is Robot Cop of the Robot Cop movie fame.
One more thing about this robot, when the machine guns sounds are firing off, the torso starts spining around for a few seconds. The first time I turned the thing on, it caught me completely off guard. But not in a bad way. It was just a nice little feature that made this thing that much more special in my bootleg toy collection.
This particular Superman has a bit of a Christopher Reeves look to it. Although to be quite honest, the face just doesn’t have enough of a Superman look for my taste. I like my Superheroes to be more manly man type instead of the dolly type displayed above.
Oh Look below! Superman also comes in Krpytonian Green and black. I wonder if they ran out of Superman bodies at the bootleg toy factory and just started sticking Superman heads on any robot body that just happened to be laying around? Well, if that’s the case, then thank you Mr. Bootleg Toy maker for giving me such a wonderful variant on one of my absolute favorite bootleg toys.
I tell ya, they don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s for sure.