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Mego Knockoffs:. Insert Product Photograph Here. “The Other White Meat”. Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery…. Usually these products modeled some other companies better-known product(s) with some keen likenesses. Are made of lesser materials. May be marked or unmarked.

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Mego Knockoffs:

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“The Other White Meat”


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Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery…

  • Usually these products modeled some other companies better-known product(s) with some keen likenesses.

  • Are made of lesser materials.

  • May be marked or unmarked.

  • Forego most licensing, legal or not.

  • Typically sold in 5 & 10 type stores


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Some of the better known…

  • AHI, Tomland (Combex), Cipsa, Lili Ledi, Funworld, Paco, Popy, Tim Mee Toys, Lincoln International, Shindana, Bikin, Bogi, Kidbiz, LJN, Rainfall, Durham, Wee Win Toys…


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Riding their coatails…and more….

  • They used someone else’s creativity and ideas to sell their products, usually of a lesser quality, but not necessarily.

  • Some specialized in particular areas such as monsters, space creatures, religious figures, sports figures, ethnic groups, military figures, western heros, etc.etc..


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“Quality” Knockoffs…

  • AHI, Lincoln International, Popy, LJN

  • Nicer packaging/artwork/back of cards

  • May have been under license/used molds from other companies like Mego (Tim Mee Toys, Lili Ledy, Cipsa)

  • Articulation good, usually more than 5 points, body markings

“Not-So-Quality” Knockoffs…

  • Tomland, Larami, Astro Apes

  • Packaging usually lesser quality/back of card blank, sometimes just bags with header cards.

  • May be marked “Made in Hong Kong” only on packaging

  • Articulation usually poor, no body markings.


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Tomland

  • 8 Inchers:

    • Star Raiders (taken from Star Wars): 16 figs. Plus Glow in the Dark versions.

    • Creatures from Other Worlds: 4 figs.

    • Famous Monsters of Legends: 6+ figs.

    • Star Command: 16 figs.

  • Made 4 Inchers as well.


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Famous Monsters of Legend

Star Raiders:

Star Command:

Creatures from Other Worlds


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Who Inspired Us?

FLASH


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ZING


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GRAND


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WIK


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Now for the Brain Teaser….

DRAL


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Azrak-Hamway International

  • Knocked off Mego over and over incurring a lawsuit and eventually settling.

  • Ripped off other companies as well including packaging designs/artwork

  • Adventure Man vs, Action Jackson

  • Action Apeman vs. POTA

  • Official World Famous Supermonsters vs. The Mad Monster Series


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Dr. Zorma (Astro Apes)

Planet of the Apes Zaius

Dr. Zaius (Mego)

Star Ape Man (AHI)

TONG


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Planet of the ApesCornelius/Galen

Tong AHI

Artemis (AstroApes)

Mego


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Planet of the Apes Zira

Only Female POTA Knockoff????

Myra:


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Planet of the ApesSoldiers

Mego

Warrior Ape

(Astro Apes)

Tong AHI


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Don’t forget these…..


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AHI

Official World Famous Super Monsters!


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The Kresge Card

 AHI

MEGO 


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Lincoln International


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Calling Mr. Rock!!

  • Logically, I am sure you can figure out who he is supposed to be…It’s a lot easier than finding one.

“I see the resemblance…”


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Go West!!!

Tim Mee Toys-(notice Mego artwork!)


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AHI vs. AHI Rip-offs!

Inspired by….


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Some Made New Themes..

U.S. Revolutionary War

Universal Company

RT Toys

Spirit of ‘76


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Americana…

Fun World


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Some worked in ethnicities…

Shindana

KTAV Publ. House


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Wee Win Toys

Others in religions…

Rainfall


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Some other interesting items…


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Thank You….

Please send all carded Romulans to:

lmelogra@optonline. net


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