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Power Rangers?

July 30th, 2009 · Power Rangers

Now, I can barely spell Spanish. So imagine how stumped I was when I dug this small treasure out of my bootleg toy chest.
If anybody wants to come running to my aid to decipher this text, I’d gladly welcome your help.

Well, this certainly has the look and feel of a Power Rangers knock off. Is it? Heck, I don’t know. But I do know this. For the two or three bucks I paid for this thing back in the day, I got not one, not two, but three pieces of cheap plastic knock off material. What oh what will I do with it? Silly question. After presenting this treasure to you, my friend, I’m tossing this thing back into the bootleg toy pile probably to never see the light of day again.

Here’s the back of it. I’m guessing that there might be different colored figures, accessories available for suckers errr… I mean, people to buy. The thing is, if I saw this, I probably would have bought more. I’m sure this was back in the time when I was compulsive about having every variation available of yes, every bootleg toy that I picked up.

Now this figure stands about seven inches tall. It’s actually a pretty ‘thick’ figure. This isn’t some typical thin stick bootleg figure. There’s some real heft to this baby. That LED in the middle of the figure’s chest? Well, I could never tell if it worked or not. You see, usually, the bootleg toy makers are kind enough to put a little slot in the back of the card so you can push the button on the figure to ‘test’ the light action.
But did these bootleg toy makers bother doing that? NNNoooooooo… So you and I will never know if the chest lights up or not. Heck, for all I know, the bootleggers didn’t bother putting a battery in the figure. Not letting the sucker, I mean buyer test the LED would mean we wouldn’t know there’s no battery until we took the toy home and started to play with it.

Okay friends, what the F**K is this? I have no idea what it’s supposed to represent. There’s even an LED hidden in the middle of this thing.
Below is a slight view of the back of this thing.

Okay, there’s a handle on the back, a lever and a button on the handle. Okay, you can light up the LED on this accessory by pressing the button. But I still don’t get it. What the heck is this thing supposed to be? Also, you can’t see it, but there’s a small slot where the sword accessory can slide into just like the bootleg toy makers show on the back of the package.

Here’s the sword…

The bootleg toy makers even threw in a playing card(?). Surprisingly, the character on the card actually matches the figure in the package. I bet somebody at the bootleg toy factory got fired for making that big mistake. How often does the card on a figure actually match the figure in a bootleg toy package? Why, hardly ever, that’s how often.

Okay, that’s it for this bootleg toy set. I don’t remember where I got it. But something tells me that this probably wasn’t meant for an English speaking country.

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Batbot Changer

July 29th, 2009 · Batman

For any folks who have written to me lately, I know I haven’t replied. But I promise I will. I’ve just been buried in work and visiting different parts of the country. It leaves me really, very little playtime. So when I am home, I prefer to go out and chase the ladies rather than sit in front of the computer. I promise I’ll get back to all of you who have written as soon as possible. 🙂

Recently, a visitor published a photo of his Batmobile Transformer on the Photo Gallery. Well, I remembered how much I loved that particular toy. So I dug it up for a brand new review.

Ladies and gents, behold the Batbot Changer…!

Now this package isn’t the same as the one posted in the Photo Gallery. But I know I have that set too. I just don’t know where it is. So if you’d like to see a variant on this figure, head over and check it out (sorry, you’re just gonna have to dig around to find it).
I left the price tag on this toy. It cost me a buck ninety nine back around 2000 I guess? I honestly don’t know how long ago I bought it. But it was cheap enough that I’ve got six of them stashed away.

The back of the card features some really simple instructions for transforming the Batmobile knock off into ‘bot mode. Even though it’s plain black and white, I like the simplicity of this card back.

Honestly? I have no idea what the sticker on top of the toy is supposed to be. I’ve looked long and hard and just haven’t been able to figure it out.

Now if anybody tries to tell you this isn’t a Batmobile knock off, then they don’t know what they are talking about. Just look at this! Ain’t it sweet? I hadn’t looked at this toy in a long time and I’ve forgotten how much of a favorite this is of mine. You should see my Batmobile collection. It’s pretty good sized now.

This review had to include the back end of this vehicle. Just so you can see that the bootleg toy makers even took the time to get the detail on the rear close enough to make you think you’ve got a Batmobile on your hands.

Stats! This thing measures in at about five inches in length. The height of the fins on the rear of the Batmobile are just over an inch. I thought about taking one of these out of the package and transforming it for you. But I’ve decided that if I ever need any trade bait, this baby will do. I mean come on, surely there aren’t too many of these things left in the world.
If I ever dig up the Batbot Changer in the other packaging, I don’t think I’ll be posting it. You’re just gonna have to go visit it at the Photo Gallery.

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Water Shooting Spidey

July 24th, 2009 · Spider-Man, Superheroes

I debated long and hard about buying this bootleg toy. I remember because the shopkeeper was asking for eight bucks for it and he wouldn’t budge on the price.
But one day I came in and his wife(?) was behind the counter. So I manged to snag this thing for six bucks!
Hah! Take that old man!

Excuse the first two crummy photos. N0 matter what I did, I couldn’t get a decent shot of this thing.

For a bootleg toy, this is  pretty impressive looking package if you ask me.Plenty of photos and text all over this thing. The box is actually well constructed and if you aren’t paying close attention (where are the copyrights and toy company name?), you could be fooled into thinking this is the real deal.
Honestly, I can’t stress how well made the box this is. By the way, the text in that blue blurb in front of the Spidey photo on the lower right front of the package reads “SUPER LIGHT & SOUND” Boy is it super too (note, my super is not capitalized)

Dang! This is pretty freaking awesome for a bootleg toy! The black Spider-Man with some golden eyes and spidey logo. What’s that? The spider’s head on the logo is a (gasp!) LED. Where ever did the bootleg toy makers come up with that idea?

Seriously folks, I can’t stress how dang cool this figure is. I haven’t bothered to check if this an actual bootleg of a real toy or not. But if it isn’t, then the bootleg toy makers came up with something that no kid could pass up. A Spider-Man figure that shoots water out of his weapons.

While the packaging is pretty cool, the text on the back is kind of descriptive. Here’s a mishmash of what’s on the back of the box…

I guess I don’t need to tell you how tall this figure is, do I? By the way, this figure also comes in RED. But I bought the black figure simply because I don’t have too many Black Spider-Man bootleg toys.

Well, the package does say this thing has SUPER LIGHT AND SOUND. So I would feel bad if I didn’t share with you just how super the light and sound really is. Here’s a vid for you to enjoy.

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One Ring To Rule Them All (part II)

July 21st, 2009 · Lord of The Rings, Movies

I seriously thought about making three separate posts of this Lord of The Rings bootleg toy set. But changed my mind. If you missed the first post of LOTR bootleg toys, you can find it HERE.
Today, I bring you Gimli and Saruman the White.

Okay, above you see the figures in their natural bootleg toy state. Yes, there’s no rhyme or reason to the card packed with each figure. How else would you explain the Gimli card that comes with Saruman?
Now not having collected this series, I’m betting Saruman didn’t come in a yellow get-up.

I actually kind of like this figure. Okay, he’s a little green, but so’s Shrek and the Hulk. Nobody makes fun of these guys. But I’m sure Gimli here is good for a small laugh. Still, the Hulk and Shrek don’t have Gimli’s cool red beard.  So take that!

Heh, I don’t know why,but whenever I think of Gimli, it brings me back to an old thread back on I had that thread bookmarked, but lost it. Now I can’t find the original post. But here’s a snapshot of something that always gives me a chuckle. If you’re familiar with the LOTR movies, you’ll recognize this.

Here’s Saruman…

I absolutely cannot figure out why the bootleg toy makers shaped the bubble the way they did. Is the globe Saruman holding going to expand? I just don’t get it.

Yes folks, these Lord of The Rings bootleg toys are pretty darn sad. I’d say it was a waste of my money to buy these things. But after digging them up, they are pretty darn cool for bootleg toys. I mean, come on! These are Lord of The Rings bootleg toys.

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