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.
Comments3 comments posted
These may not be the flashiest or most articulated type of toys made but I have a place in my heart for them because as a kid we couldn't afford the bigger better stuff like Transformers, Lionbot etc.
So while everyone had Optimus Primes, I had small plastic bootlegs of Xabungles, Dunbines, orguss, dairugger, golions, valkyries etc. my mom worked in an area in NYC where bootleg and japanese toys could be found. these types of bootlegs were EVERYWHERE.. and they were cheap. I still have em and love em. they held me over till my uncle got me a deluxe Daitarn and my stepfather got me Daltanias..grandma a yellow lion,followed later on by a Voltron 1 from my mom.. these were responsible for the unstoppable gokin spending that is my life today.
Im gonna see if I can find one of these now, I like it.
I'm glad this one came up. The box alone elevates this sucker. I believe there are some characters from the show depicted on the sides, but I could be mistaken. I had this guy a few years ago and eventually turned him around like I do with all boots, so it's nice to see him getting some respect on CDX.
Chachi is right, bootlegs toys are a gateway to the real thing like a licensed/ Americanized version can only hope to be.
I believe so. Bootlegs of original Super Sentai DX molds sometimes work better than their US counterparts. Take Dai Bouken for example. All the Gou Gou Gattai pieces from the bootlegs are similar in size to the Japanese version as opposed to the larger and bulkier US versions. The bootlegs did have Siren Builder but I failed to see any Dai Voyager bootlegs yet.