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I Still Haven’t Seen It All…

April 8th, 2010 · Misc. Bootlegs, Power Rangers

So I was out and about hunting around for new bootleg toys (found some cool Spidey stuff too!). When I left one of the joints I haunt in my quest for bootleg toys, I actually paid attention to what they had outside their little shop.

Take a look at this cheap ‘tricycle’….


So it’s made of plastic and will probably fall apart pretty darn quickly.  But take a good look at the front of this thing. What’s under that clear plastic bubble???

Heh, Power Rangers baby! That’s what’s under the bubble.

Every time I think those folks who come up with this stuff can’t top themselves, they surprise me with something new.

This thing, I applaud simply for its originality. Hey, when the bike finally gives up the ghost, the kid can take a hammer to the bubble and voila! three action figures to play with.
This is brilliant, simply brilliant.

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Star Wars: Some Assembly Required

January 27th, 2010 · Movies, Star Wars

Here’s a blast from the past. These were posted on the original version of The Undiscovered Playthings. But while rooting around the bootleg toys in my garage, I came across them and figured I give them another look.

Straight from the Phillipine Islands back around 1999(?) are these Star Wars figures that require some assembly.

I received these packaged in a plastic bag with six boxes. The boxes aren’t very big and they are quite flimsy. For those of you wondering, there’s a logo on the box that reads SOGO and this company is located somewhere in Taipei. Hmmmm… how many of you have left me and started googling (or binging) SOGO Taipei in another tab on your browser? Come baaaacckkk!

Below are a couple of shots of sides of the boxes. The boxes I have feature photos of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker. Somewhere out there in some Star Wars collectors hands are boxes of this bootleg toy series featuring a Storm Trooper, Darth Vader and Chewbacca. Unfortunately, those figures aren’t in my hands.  I’ve only got a couple of the good guys.

Here’s Luke Skywalker. You just gotta dig the color combination on this thing.

Now I’ve come across bootleg Lego figures (and you can see bootleg Lego figures at Reasonablyclever.com) and opened up more than a few of them. There was never any consistency in the colors of the figures. So while the box I opened features some crazy orange, white and red plastic. I can almost guarantee that another box will have this same figure in different colors.
Y’know, in the hands of somebody with any kind of artistic skill (I have ZERO skill), they could probably paint this things up so they would look sort of like the actual character.

Okay, that’s it for these things. Time to put them back into the bowels of my garage (and hope they don’t get crushed by some behemoth bootleg toy).

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Who Is Ben 10….?

January 18th, 2010 · Cartoon

… and why are bootleg toys being made of this character?
Okay, here’s the scoop, I’ve been seeing some toys featuring some cartoon series called Ben 10. Well, I’m an old guy, but not that old. So I Bing’d it and shazam! I learned all about Ben 10. I can tell you all about it, but eh, that would just be too much work. All I will share is that this series is on the Cartoon Network. Which explains why I’ve never heard of this series. Y’see, the only things I watch on the C/N is Family Guy and Robot Chicken.

Anyways, here’s one of the bootleg toy thingamabobs that have popped up. Actually, this really isn’t a bootleg. More like some toy that is just capitalizing on the Ben 10 phenomenon.

So I have no idea if Ben actually rides a motorcycle. But those crazy toy makers in China put him on one. The packaging of this toy is really pretty good. Nice and sturdy stuff with nice bright shiny colors and whatnot.

The back of this box features more ripped off art work and some close up pics of what this thing can do, like Bump ‘n Go, Music & Flash.  Now normally you wouldn’t expect any toy pictured on any unauthorized product to actually match what you find in the box. But low and behold, what you see is what you get. Take a gander below.

Woo Hoo! Cheap plastic bike with cheap plastic figure! See all the holes on the figure and bike? You sure don’t see them in the picture on the box. That’s cuz the toy makers took a pic from the clean side, not the side where they screwed everything together.

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Friends, there are stickers galore on this thing! I counted a dozen. The one cool thing is that no two stickers are alike. I would have hated to be the worker at the the illegal toy factory who had to put the stickers on this thing. The suckiness of that job would be on level 10 if you asked me.

So there ya have it folks! The Undiscovered Playthings  premiere of an unauthorized Ben 10 toy. This series is  popping up all over. I grabbed this one because I thought it was the nicest of what I’ve seen so far. But then again, that’s really not saying much.

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Is The Bat Really Super? Well? Is It?

January 10th, 2010 · Batman, Superheroes

Here’s a blast from the past! One of the first toys I ever posted on this site way back in the mid 1990s. I actually didn’t ‘review’ the thing. I just slapped a pic of it with a couple of comments. You can find the original pic HERE.
I actually figured this thing was lost to the mists of time as I hadn’t seen it in a long while. But today, while rooting through some of the bootleg toys stashed in my garage, I came across not one, but two of these things.
Heck! I thought I only had one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Super Bat!

Bat ears? Who needs bat ears when we can have some cool antennas sticking out of our mask. Lookie, lookie! We can smash through walls and leave them shattered into little pieces. Of course, is that a look of shock or pain on Super Bats face? We will never know.
Heh, Super Bat sure does know how to strike a pose on his skateboard, doesn’t he?

Now, a view of the side of the box…

The bottom drawing in the pic above shows how the toy is supposed to work.  While up top, there’s Super Bat swinging from, well, he’s swinging from his name. Yes, this bat truly is Super.

Now what kind of toy would a bootleg toy be if it didn’t have any bad engrish splashed somewhere on the package. Behold….!

I got news for you folks. This thing does exactly what is described above. Super Bat goes straight, straight, straight until he hits something or comes to the edge of say, a table. Then he spins away and goes straight, straight, straight until he hits another obstacle. Then, you guessed it, he spins away and goes straight, straight, straight…. Well, you get the idea.
Hey! Doesn’t that bat logo on the box belong on a certain brand of booze? Not that I’m a drinker or anything. It’s just that, well, the bat looks awful familiar. I’m just saying, y’know.

Here’s Super Bat and believe it or not, he’s true to the artwork on the box.

Well, let me rephrase that, Super Bat is sorta true to the artwork on the box. The figure doesn’t have those cool antenna on his head. I think the bootleg toy makers really missed out on an opportunity to make something truly unique. Instead, we get a Batman figure (an unhappy Batman figure by the look of it) with bat ears.
Super Bat is about five inches tall. The guy’s got some articulation on the arms, neck and waist. I’m actually afraid to have Super Bat strike any poses because his limbs are ‘sticky’ and I think he might break if I move him around too much.

Now how accurate was the box? Well, even the sticker on the board matches the box art work.

Heck! Super Bat’s board doesn’t come with just one sticker. We even get a SUPER BAT sticker to boot.


Friends, Super Bat is at least 17 years old. Maybe a couple of years older than that. I honestly don’t remember when or where I got him. I don’t even know much I shelled out for him. But this was back in the day when bootleg and knock off toys were built with some kind of quality. I mean, the bootleg toy makers provided a Super Bat toy to the artist (if you can call him or her that) who put together the box artwork.

Heh, I was so stoked to rediscover Super Bat again. I just couldn’t wait to share him with you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play with Super Bat (provided I have a couple of AA batteries laying around somewhere).

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