Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#671 IMPERIAL CHINA – MUDSLINGER and SWINDLER (Around 1997)


MONTH OF THE BOOTLEG AND THE KNOCK-OFF AT TOYS FROM THE PAST!

Imperial China is the only text that can be read in these figures. I guess they were made by the late 90s in very short batches, because I haven’t seen much and on the internet there are no resources on them.


The only I know is that there are several micromasters knock-offs but the colours may differ a bit from the originals, and they are even smaller, maybe 20% smaller. They are even smaller than the smallest transformers ever released by Hasbro or Takara, so, all in all, nice collector pieces.



My two robots are Mudslinger (Off-Road Patrol) and Swindler (Race Car Patrol), although there are also some jets from the Air Strike Patrol and other cars from the Race Car Patrol. Some can be seen in this page: http://www.builtstlouis.net/tf/mmkos/imperial.html

FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: MUDSLINGER and SWINDLER
  • Toy Line: IMPERIAL CHINA
  • Year: Around 1997
  • Company: Imperial China (China)
  • Size of the figures: 2 to 2.5 cm

2 comments:

  1. OOOhhh! shiny shiny plastic lovelyness!

    Might be larger vend-size/price capsule toys? Imperial did supply gum-ball machines with rubber 'things' in the 1970's?

    H

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    1. Hi Hugh!
      That was a very hot tip... I didn't think of that, but it might perfectly be the case.

      The original TF robots were made in 1989, so these are from the 90s. I am dating them "late 90s" because of the other toys in a lot, so not sure if it is really the same "Imperial"?

      Thanks!

      BR,
      Juan

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