Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Cloud Car Pilot
Most bootleg figures are of a fairly low quality; they're shoddily molded in plastic that looks like it'll crumble given even the slightest touch. These figures from Brazil, however, are pretty nice. They're cast in lead (I think) and constructed so as to allow for some movement of the limbs. And let me tell you, these things are heavy; you could really injure someone by throwing them.

First we have Chewbacca. There isn't much to say about this figure, but notice how it differs from the Kenner version that's placed beside it.

Next up is Darth Vader. It looks as though this bootleg was at one point painted all black, but much of that paint has been worn off. I like how the figure's light saber accessory has been transformed into some kind of metal whoopin' stick by the bootleg process.

This Cloud Car Pilot is definitely my favorite of this lot. I don't think the body parts even belong with this figure. Are those the arms to Luke Hoth? And what's with that diamond belt buckle thing? If you walked onto the school yard with this toy, I guarantee you'd get beaten up. Kenner's Cloud Car Pilot was goofy looking enough. But this doesn't even look like a Cloud Car Pilot. More like some kind of twisted roller derby contestant.

Lastly, here's a shot of the figures' sides. Their limbs are affixed with screws.

It's unknown whether these items originally came in some type of packaging, but I'd wager that they didn't. Lead is fairly easy to work with, so it's possible these were made by a crafty individual who thought it'd be a good way to turn a quick profit.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Gonzalo Diaz-Faes
Film:Return of the Jedi
Licensee:Model Trem
Category:Toys / Action Figure Related / Small Action Figures (Bootleg)


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