Apr 25, 2017


I have fond memories of going to the drug store and getting foil bags of Crazy Bones figures.

I remember trading a Crazy Bone for a Pokemon bouncy ball at the playground. Ah, late nineties nostalgia!

The character Music (from the Mutants series) has a Princess Leia hairdo and a planet on its dress. This could be considered a knock-off, an homage, or a parody. It comes in different colors.

Crazy Bones were always a bit too wacky and silly for my taste, but I was a real sucker for little figures (like Z-Bots, M.U.S.C.L.E., Monster in My Pocket, etc). Later, Crazy Bones got revamped into sleeker, less goofy looking figures, getting closer to meeting my preferences. The old series' logo used to sometimes say "Go Go's Crazy Bones", though I'd just call them Crazy Bones. The revamp series is the opposite; it's primarily known as Gogo's. One of these nifty  Gogo's figures is named Jelly, and it looks like Darth Vader!

These also come in a bunch of different colors. Here's a lighter green one.

Here's a sticker with a blue Jelly figure on it.

I gotta go back to the playground and see if I can trade some of my Gogo's for some Jelly color variants. I'll meet you at the slide!


A very basic metal pin of Darth Vader from the waist up. Not too shabby looking for a bootleg/knock-off kind of thing. I saw an R2-D2 pin like this, too, although it was an image of the entire droid. Off hand, I'm not aware of any others from this set.

I can't say wether this backer piece of metal is the one that originally came with Vader, but if it's not chances are it looked very similar.

Apr 24, 2017


I went to a Dollar Tree store on December 31, 2015 and found a line of space toys called... Space Toys.

I'll start with the best item from the line: a cloth vest that's obviously inspired by Darth Vader!

This hooded cloak is kinda neat.

I like how the photo on the package doesn't try to make the cloak look cool, they give you a fair warning.

Of course there's lightsabers. There's no space toy line without lightsabers. Often a line of cheap sci-fi toys is comprised entirely of light-up swords.

And the sabers usually come in different colors. This one comes in a blue, red, and green handle. Why do I fall for variations every time? They were only a dollar each, I couldn't resist!

On September 15, 2016, I went back to the Dollar Tree and saw they had different, smaller handle sabers. I only bought the green one, but in this photo I took at the store we can see these baby swords also came in black and blue. It seems like there'd also be a red one, but I didn't see one. 

I wish I bought the black one to sample that variety, but it had been months since I bought the big sabers so I couldn't remember which colors I had. I ended up choosing green because I've always felt like that was a good bootleg color for some reason.

 Check out these "Space Blasters".

There's a mask, chest plate, and arm bands. I don't really see any Star Wars relation here, which is too bad.

When The Force Awakens was new, I was hoping dollar stores would be inspired, so I kept an eye out. As I walked into the toy isle and first spotted the Vader vest, I shouted like Unkar Plutt, "That's mine!"