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Posts tagged mattel
IT’S CONTEST TIME!!!
We want YOU to take a picture of your motu bootleg or motu-related knock-off in a weird, crazy environment and post it on our Facebook page!
The wackiest figure in the weirdest location WINS!
AND WHAT DO YOU WIN???
ONE mystery MOTU bootleg from our personal collections!
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The winner will ONLY be announced after we reach 300 LIKES and we aren’t that far, so we need YOUR help to SPREAD THA WORD!
The contest will stay open here for about a week or two, so pull out ur cameras, dig up those crazy creepy bootlegs and knock-offs and TAKE US SOME PICS!!!
Mexican MOTU Memorama Game -
Here are scans of a Mexican MOTu memory/matching card game.
This art was one long perforated sheet and each game included two copies of the full art sheet.
Each square of art can be pulled apart along the perforations.
Once all the squares are separated, you flip them over and the players take turns picking a square.
The object of the game is to pick matching pairs then discarding them, resulting in the winner having NO cards in his/her hand.
The art on these is pretty unique, a little dated and very very cool.
Some serious herbs must have been in play while these were being drawn up! LOL
All the wacky non-MOTu characters are awesome!
Beowulf, Deathlok from marvel Comics, Mantis from DC Comic’s New Gods Series, El Mago, Monty…LOL so fuckin strange!
This art was also used in sections of 3 as header card art for many Mexican MOTU bootleg figures (i’ll be featuring those in future posts, so stay tuned!)
In the meantime, enjoy this awesome, crazy art!
Mexican MOTU-style Hellord bootleg -
From the bright, bold colors to the varied mix and match of parts from outside lines; this figure is a great example of the Mexican MOTU bootleg.
His torso, arms and crotch/legs are from the heroic MOTU male (He-Man)
His head is from the Hellord character from Soma’s Fantasy World MOTU knock-off line.
The head is a little small on the neck but still looks cool.
He has Beast Man’s armor and his spear and shield are from the Fantasy World. (they look great with the MOTU body!)
All parts of the figure and his accessories are molded in colors with no additional deco, except for the head.
That red deco on the face and the dark purple at the top of his head are pretty striking (especially against that bright green torso and lavender armor.)
Mexican Prince Adam bootleg -
Next up is a kickass Mexican Prince Adam.
Just like the official vintage Prince Adam, this bootleg uses all of the He-Man parts.
This one has full arms molded white, no skin deco for the hands.
His hair, face, and boot deco is all super stripped away, really show it’s age.
This one looks the exact size as an official MOTU vintage figure, it def stands apart from many of the others that are a generation (or two) smaller.
A close-up inspection of the reveals alot of contaminants within the plastic the figure was molded.
You can see it in the white especially, some spots having a dirty or yellowed look.
This figure just FEELS vintage!
Another cool cool addition to the collection
Mexican Mer-Man bootleg -
No armor, no weapons, old and pretty beat up….AND missing his right arm!
But i had still to own this figure!
Mer-Man was one of my favorite characters from the old vintage MOTU line, so i couldn’t turn this guy down LOL
He is molded in a green color that is way brighter than the teal-ish official vintage version.
I think this color pops better, especially with the bright yellow belt/crotch.
The only painted parts are his bright red beady eyes and white teeth.
The bright red eyes look pretty creepy (a much more serious look since he is lacking the pupils that may give the vintage figure a slightly goofy look)
He also has the Hairy torso as opposed to the standard heroic torso the official figure had.
This figure stands apart from some of the other Mexican bootlegs due to the articulation.
Pivot joint at the neck, shoulders, waist and LEGS!
This is probably from a specific line of bootlegs, that leg articulation is a pivot and cut slightly lower on the upper most part of the thigh (so the ball part that attached inside of the crotch sockets is now molded as one part with he crotch.
It looks a little odd, but i actually prefer this articulation over the NO articulation at all on many of the other Mexican boots.
Overall, this is a very simple figure and he is missing alot of parts, i’m sure, but he still feels very striking.
Mexican He-Man bootleg -
It just gets more and more grotesque! LOL
Here is an awesome Mexican He-Man bootleg figure.
His arms and legs are full of messy parting lines and extra scrap material from mold separations that was never trimmed.
The figure looks a generation smaller than the official vintage He-Man.
His waist articulation has been assembled way off-center.
He’s outfitted in red from chest harness to belt/briefs and down to his boots.
His hair is a pale yellow and his eyes and eyebrows are marked with a swiped bit of black paint.
This figures LOOKS vintage, it is poorly made but is pretty solid and just has an air or the era it was produced….ya gotta love it!
Mexican MOTU-style Conan bootleg -
Now, this figure is nothing more than a He-Man repaint, but still, it’s pretty effective.
If it was done up as an officially released figure it could have been a pretty sick.
Like give him a sculpted necklace or something.
But alas, this is a bootleg, so take a look at the cheap-o hideousness of this figure and enjoy! lol
The figure came bagged with this art card behind it featuring some kickass Conan art.
The figure itself is pretty simple, and falls in line with many Mexican bootlegs.
I have seen much better paint jobs than this one, but this still get the idea across.
Dark black hair, silver necklace with red circular gem painted around his neck on the torso, brown briefs and boots with a pale yellow belt and boot trim.
The arms have some distortion inside the shoulder so they don’t fit 100% correct on the torso, but what else what you expect here! lol
The assembly of torso onto crotch/legs is also off center, but still tight.
I don’t have any weapons for this figure, but am sure he came bagged with something.
I do have his falcon (eagle? hawk?) though
It looks like the Silverhawks hawk but without the foot part.
The bird is molded in a reddish orange.
A great addition to any MOTU collection, this Conan could look kinda cool next to He-Man and the other Masters….that would DEF be the case if painted up to the quality of a standard vintage MOTU figure.
Mexican MOTU-style Cowardly Lion bootleg -
Gotta love them wacky Mexican MOTU bootlegs! LOL
This is my fave piece from my collection…sooo friggin weird!
I think 1975 Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion Mego doll head was bootleged and used here.
The head is a pretty sweet fit, it doesn’t look too large on the body.
He has the heroic male torso and arms cast in a flesh color and crotch/legs in white.
The legs have some pretty messy parting lines along the sides.
He has Beast Mans’ chest armor in a BRIGHT pink.
This one arrived with a brown He-Man axe (not sure if that’s the weapon he was originally packaged with)
He looks like he’s ready to bust some heads on the yellow brick road! LOL
Mexican Man At Arms bootleg -
I love this bootleg version of Man At Arms!
From the Skeletor armor to the paint scheme he just has this evil barbarian vibe to him.
He has all the same parts as the vintage figure, but with none of the armor.
The boots and briefs are a pretty faded brown and the belt is silver.
The grayish color of his gauntlets and armor are stripped almost completely.
His red helmet really pops in contrast to the rest of the fig.
He has his vintage mace molded in black and silver shield.
Waist articulation is fairly tight.
His left arm is pretty loose, the right one is ok.
Pretty simple figure, but just another example of what a different coat of paint will do, he looks NOTHING like the official vintage figure and really feels like a new character, pretty sweet!
Mexican Zodac bootleg -
From south of the border comes another hideously charming hunk of junk plastic! LOL
Here is a cool Mexican Zodac bootleg.
The sloppy paint applied to the figure is nastily stripped away in spots and the parting lines from the mold separation on the arms and legs are super messy.
Zodac’s classic armor is molded to this torso like seen on other Mexican boots.
The figure is molded in a flesh colored plastic that is close to the original MOTU figure but has a hint more of red in it.
His armor, helmet, boots and briefs are all a bright red and are complemented with yellow details every where else.
There is a really funny “ketchup & mustard” vibe to him cus of the colors…and those black googley eyes painted on don’t help much to the immense task of taking this figure seriously! LOL
This one has a hot pink/magenta MerMan sword for an accessory (it looks pink in this pic)
Not sure if the original figure came with the accessory or if it was given to him later, he still looks cool holding it!
Articulation is fairly tight and the pieces fit snuggly.
The waist is assembled a bit off-center, not too bad though, i’ve seen worse. lol
Mexican Skeletor bootleg -
There are many glaring characteristics of the Mexican MOTU bootleg.
We have covered a few previously and here you can see a another.
Check out the body sculpt.
Besides copping off the MOTU molds for many bootlegs out there, THIS body was also used!
The body is taller and slightly bigger than a vintage MOTU figure.
The crotch articulation, belt detail, clunky rain boots with short toes gauntlets are all unique attributes to this sculpt.
Not really sure where this body was originally used, i haven’t seen it anywhere else but on this style of Mexican bootleg.
The head looks to be a crappy copy of the original. Looking at it from the side view, you can see Skeletor’s hood come to a coned point upward. There’s some very awkward distortion ocurring here.
I’ll be going into more detail on this style of Mexican bootleg in future posts so stay tuned!
Polish Skeletor bootleg -
This Polish boot has a pretty cool ghost vibe, love that white face in the hood.
Its very very low tech but still has a great deal of charm to it
The Polish MOTU bootlegs in this style are blow molded.
Each part of the figure is blow molded hollow and assembled pretty close to the vintage MOTU articulation.
The legs are on a pivot joint and cut slightly lower, with the top of the MOTU leg now attached to the crotch.
The paint deco is usually very simple, with the body/arms/legs all molded in one color and the head semi or fully painted.
The combo of parts is pretty sweet.
Skeletor here has his standard arms and legs but with a Battle Armor He-Man torso.
He has MerMan’s armor (minus the fin bow thingie at the belt line)
The body looks pretty spot on to the size of a standard MOTU figure but some modifications have been made here.
The flared shoulders on the armor are shorter and have been filled to one solid piece and the head looks to be a new sculpt.
The detail and shape are pretty off when compared to a standard Skeletor, so i think it is probably not a distortion in molding but just an inferior sculpt created trying to copy the original.
Mexican rubber Trap Jaw bootleg -
Mint in package rubber Trap Jaw from Mexico!
The header card looks to be cut from the card of some other toy product, folded over and stamped with the words “He-Man”
Peeking into the side of the header you can see artwork for some military figures on a battlefield scene.
Like the other rubber bootlegs, this one has another striking combo of bright colors.
He has Skeletor’s arm and legs, the Heroic hairless torso and crotch.
It looks like the chest armor and arm were just flopped around to the reverse side, kinda of like a Bizarro Trap Jaw! lol
I have no clue where the axe arm attachment is from, but it looks cool on him.
He comes with a baby blue translucent MerMan sword as an accessory.
Again, i can’t really tell if these are “officially” released bootlegs or some other type of fan project/custom.
Seeing a figure in package just kind of raises a few more questions.
Still, it’s a badass piece, i haven’t seen too many Trap Jaws in bootleg form.
Guerreros Del Espacio -
This is one of my favorite bootleg lines pulled off the MOTU sculpts.
Made in Argentina, the Guerreros Del Espacio line of figures took some of the MOTU body parts and added modified heads and unique weapons and armor to create their own characters.
I think the parts may have been modified a bit.
You can see the articulation added at the top of the boots and the legs have been molded as part of the crotch piece.
While the hero character’s boots look pretty close to He-Man’s, you can see the villain’s boots are a total resculpt.
I love the packaging colors and the layout, with the other characters in the assortment arranged in the background behind the figure in the blister.
This line just continues to prove how great the MOTU buck parts are and how they can be utilized over and over using clever part combinations.
Check out those other character photos, they created some fun, cool looking original characters. Some may be copies, but they still look pretty sweet alongside the vintage MOTU line.
So far these two are the only ones i have been able to track down, if anyone knows of other available, def drop me a line!
Mexican Jumbo bootleg He-Man -
Another type of bootleg product that seems to be solely done in Mexico are blow molded Jumbo figures.
Blow Molding is a very cheap way to produce plastic product.
You get a very lightweight, hollow piece as the end result.
All of the Mexican Jumbos are Blow Molded.
You can find jumbos of many different brands from Star Wars to Thundercats to RoboCop and Superheroes.
One of the most common pieces i have seen available is the Jumbo He-Man.
I have several of them and will be covering each in separate articles here.
This one is still sealed in its bag and header packaging.
The figure is about 14 inches tall and stands fairly well on his own.
He has swivel articulation at the shoulders and waist.
The through hole in his right hand was never punched out, looks pretty cool to see the raw, rushed, untouched piece.
This one came with just a sword, but i have seen others that have both sword and shield.
The figure is molded in a peach color and has very few deco applications (quick and simple!)
Since some of these Jumbos are common and inexpensive to attain you will also find custom painted versions out there (for example; a He-Man painted up perfectly in the Faker style or like the original He-Man)
This scale and style are one of three different scale jumbo MOTU bootlegs produced in Mexico.
Other versions and variants will be covered in future posts!