At least once during your childhood, you probably got a knockoff toy as a gift. Some well-meaning relative (let's be honest, usually your grandparents) tried to buy what you asked for, but instead came home with some cheap, Taiwanese version of your favorite toy. While a lot of these toys were just as good, as a child it's hard to appreciate getting a "Spader-Man" action figure.
But hindsight is 20/20, and now that I'm older I wish my parents had bought some of these outrageously silly toys.
Each one is clearly trying to copy a popular series, but as you can see there's something lost in translation...
1. The Mighty Car
The iconic GMC Vandura driven by America's favorite soldiers of fortune is a part of TV history. But, does it include a giant Mr. T, popping his head through the roof and swinging an axe around? We think not.
2. Super Robot Thomas The Train
Even as a child, Thomas the Tank Engine would put me to sleep. Unless you were the kind of kid who really loved trains, this show was like Ambien for toddlers. If the show were more like this toy, where Thomas and his friends combine to form a Voltron-style fighting robot, it probably would have held my attention.
3. Star Wars Episode I - Han Solo
Ah of course, what Star Wars fan could forget Han's classic appearance alongside Darth Maul and C-3PO. We should probably just give this toy-maker credit for picking 3 characters from the same series.
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