Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mall Knockoff Toys

The other night, my fiancée & went Christmas shopping at the Hamilton Mall in NJ. It's the first time I've been in a mall in... I don't even know how long!

Although the mall wasn't empty, there didn't seem like there was a lot of shoppers for the holiday season. It's evidence of the impact online shopping has had on brick-and-mortar stores, and malls, in particular.

Anyway, I was in one store, called Unique Gifts or something, with all kinds of useless crap to buy. I walked buy the toy racks and was pulled in against my will by the hilarious selection of cheap knockoff toys from China & other east Asian countries.

I have a soft spot for knockoffs & bootleg toys, mostly because of the ridiculous "Engrish" and horrible graphic design. I've had many years of experience designing toys, games, & their packaging- so it's amusing how bad some of the products & graphics on the packages can be.

Here are some of my favorites, I had to get photos of the funniest ones:

This was the first one that caught my eye: 
"Super Dino Force", Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combined with Jurassic Park dinosaurs.

 
 This one cracked me up- "Street Fighter: Man Wrestle"
Featuring Super MAN!

 
Low-budget Justice League: "Super Justice Force". 
The only weapon they need is the katana blade.
"Ultimate Fighter Hero" complete with Luchador mask, and ladder, chainsaw, & spiked bat accessories for ultra-violent play!

 
 "Universal Hero"
A ninja Capt. America ripoff with Wolverine Claws

  
No, this is not a Transformer, it is a "Universal Super Change Robot"!

 
Finally, an archery set with a knife & Native American stereotype thrown in for good measure.

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