BOOTLEG: Huaan “Superman” Pen – China (2017)

One day, I stopped at a gas station, walked into the food mart to get a drink and pre-pay for the gas.  While at the register, I looked to my left and noticed a shelf of small plastic containers filled with wrapped character pens.  Now because I am who I am, I immediately saw the “Superman” pen.

This is a standard cheaply produced pen with a “Superman-like” rubber character.  Technically, this character has…

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BOOTLEG: “Super Hero” figure set – China (2004*)

Here is a carded Super Hero figure and accessory set from China. The set features figures of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and The Hulk. The Superman figure comes with an alien looking rifle that presumably can shoot a dart. Batman, sadly, has no accessories unless, of course, the blue alien looking backpack thing was intended for him. Spider-Man has a red rubber web and Hulk has a huge futuristic automatic rifle.

Both the Superman and Batman figures are re-sculpts that were clearly loosely based on…