Knockoff Spotlight - Off-Brand Motorcycles
By Anthony Brucale
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
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!
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