Review by JoshB
This is a bootleg of the small plastic and diecast Victora toy made in 1983. Besides being a lower quality, its nearly identical to the original. Sorry, no toy designer on acid bootleg here. But there are differences that make this boot worth getting.
While the original can be somewhat tough to find, the bootleg is pretty common, and cheap.
The box is completely original to this toy. Inside you will see that toy is actually packed with its limbs removed. The original did not have removable limbs, at least, not on purpose. Here its marketed as play value.
The package has some great engrish on it as well, with such classic phrases as:
"Directions to play the Albegas"
"Do not point the people when shooting the missile"
and my favorite:
"Press the button on the back, and the missile SHOULD shoot out"
It's as if the bootleggers knew that the toy may or may not work! Classic!
The toy features a diecast chest with plastic limbs. The front of the lower legs are also diecast.
Albegas is stuck in its Denjin Dimension (Alpha > Beta > Gamma) form, and is non-transformable. The arms are really nicely articulated and this toy even comes with a sword. This is interesting because the Victora version does NOT come with a sword. It appears that a hole was drilled in the hand of the bootleg specifically for this purpose. The sword included is of unknown origin, but it does not belong with this character.
Included with this toy are small, blue, chokable missiles. You load the missiles by flipping down the panel in front and inserting them, then they can be fired by pressing the button on the back. Contrary to the text on the back of the package, the missiles DO shoot.
This cheap, small Abegas toy is a nice little addition to your collection that can be had for under $20, and worth hunting down even if you have the original.
|Posted 26 May, 2009 - 14:38 by JoshB|