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Super S. Heros Robot

October 12th, 2009 · 13 Comments · Superman

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.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Prime // Oct 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

    That last photo is totally a Kamen Rider Black RX Superman. Amazing I have to find one!!!!

  • 2 Jimbotfu // Oct 13, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Wonder why the shopkeeper had extra stickers behind the counter? Was he making the figures in-store? 🙂

  • 3 John Prime // Oct 14, 2009 at 12:02 am

    If he had stickers behind the counter like that you should have seen if he had alternate heads too. He may have been holding out on you. He may have had the Lost Dutchman’s Mine of toy parts back there.

  • 4 Wes // Oct 14, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Duude, that bootleg Superman redeco is bloody awesome. If Mattel put out a DCUC Superman in those colors, I’d totally buy it! Assuming I could find it, anyway.

  • 5 Matt // Oct 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Great pics of those novel boots – and great follow-up comments!

    I can somehow easily visualize the spaghetti western-like way in which you approached the counter and requested (no, demanded!) a new sticker and a shot of tequila. Whadaya mean it didn’t happen like that?

  • 6 John Prime // Oct 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “Gimme three fingers of your best Rotgut and a Superman Shield Sticker. An’ don’ you be givin’ me that maroon movie logo, I want Classic or nothin’.”

  • 7 Zdravko (Batfan93) // Oct 15, 2009 at 11:54 am

    The last one is indeed a “Saban’s Masked Rider” (KR Black RX) body.
    I remember you having a White Mighty Morphin Power Ranger (White DaiRanger) and it was quite good looking too.
    Also the movie is ROBOcop, not RobotCop, but I guess you probably got confused, because it’s correct on the site section. That movie kicks ass!

  • 8 action figures // Dec 30, 2009 at 4:39 am

    lol for some reason the last one reminds me of a toy story figure I had.

  • 9 haywood jablomy // Sep 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    gotta love the constipated expression on Supes’ face, and those Heidi Klum sized feet… 🙂

  • 10 Pepper // Nov 11, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Those eyelashes.

  • 11 dcb_752 // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    that second one looks like gohans alter ego from dragonball z

  • 12 Mefista // Mar 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

    This robocop sound…half of the bootleg have it.My bootleg tiger zord has it)))

  • 13 Simone // Apr 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I think that “Halt, drop your weapons! Fire fire!” is common. I had a toy robot (that I haven’t seen in years) that moved with wheels on his feet and said the same thing.

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