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Knockoff Spotlight - Off-Brand Motorcycles

By Anthony Brucale

I'm very hesitant to call these toys "knockoffs." Unlike your typical knockoff, these toys are made of high-quality plastic and diecast metal. And unlike your typical knockoff, these figures seem to be original designs instead of Transformers or Brave series rip-offs. So, for arguement's sake, we'll call these toys off-brand.

Apparently, these motorcycles come from the same line as the off-brand trucks some of you may have seen in your local Walgreens around Christmas time. Those were nice at 3/$12. These are incredible for anywhere near that price.

Aisde from the weight of the diecast metal, the first thing that catches the eye about these toys is the attention to detail on the molding. The toy-makers did a great jon in including everything from front brakes, hand brakes, speedometers, exhaust pipe, gas cap, and even a molded chain.

These aren't 4 exact recolors; the designers added a few touch-ups along the way. Two of the bikes, the blue and silver ones, have headlights and dotted molding along the rear different from the white-based bikes. All the figures have different heads, too.

The transformations on these guys are all the same though. Pull out the rear section and rotate it 180°. Flip out the lower sections to form the shoulders and straighten the arms accordingly. Place the shoulder lock across the back to stabilze teh arms (mistransformed in the photos: the shoulder lock is the piece sticking up on each like a bumper-car antenna). Pull the legs down and lock into place. Flip the front wheel forward and pop the head up from the gas tank and you're done. Simple, but nice enough.

But enough of my babbling. I'm sure you want to get right on to the photos, so here they are, enjoy!

White/Red/Purple
White/Red
Blue
Silver/Black

 

White/Red/Purple
White/Red
Blue
Silver/Black

Yeah, yeah, I know last month I said I'd be doing a piece on the Aerialbot knockoffs, but these were so cool, I just wanted to share pics of them with you all. Next month, I'll delve into some of the more interesting Aerialbot knockoffs I've come across over the years and hopefully a handful of other neat TF-rip-offs I've found. Enjoy these pics for now and stay tuned for next month's installment.

 

 

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