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    Plaid Stallions Toy-Ventures: Space Apes : Planet of the Apes Knockoffs?





    After a long break, I have another wonderful mystery box of Knock-Offs from the United Kingdom, this week we're going to meet The Space Apes, a series of action figures that seem to resemble the Mego Planet of the Apes figures but with some noticeable differences.

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    Wow!!!, I'm as equally excited as I am skeptical on these… please forgive the host of questions!

    Some observations… that header card includes the classic POTA (perhaps electronic, hard to tell) font and the imagery/type combo has been seen on some contemporary bootlegs and KO-tributes coming out of Mexico and Germany. In fact, the some of those are now 3rd-generation knock-offs (recasts/repaints) of the original 70's/80's bootlegs. So I'm finding weird mash-ups now combing pieces/parts across four decades, fun yes, but not always what the seller/finder claims them to be.

    Don't get me wrong, I love all this stuff and they could be 80's product, but the packaging has the look of a contemporary (90's – 21st C.) assemblage, and perhaps uses vintage bags(?). I've even seen people use vintage staples to keep the look consistent. Any thoughts on the header printing/paper?

    Zira doesn't *look* to be a factory second; from what's in the video she appears to a quite nice, well-kept Palitoy-Bradgate sleeveless variant (with head oxidation?). Ursus/Urko is far more curious with the odd head paint. Is the head typical (soft vinyl) otherwise and that white paint applied or factory mask? We already know those weapons types are well traveled. I'm curious if anything inside the package shows playwear/wear as the bags looks very crumpled.

    There's no way in hell I could resist opening these for an autopsy!

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    Honestly, I've bought a lot of stuff from this guy and from what I can gather from most of it is it's from the 1980s, the designs on the cards are really crude computer work. I understand the skepticism but I've known this gent for a long time and this stuff has been sitting in his storage for decades. He has oodles of legitimate old store stock as well, sometimes whole cases of eye-popping rare things. He doesn't do the internet at all, it's all been purchased from auctions for 30 years.

    The cards are definitely press printed and bear zero tells of any kind of inkjet or laser printer. There is no signs of play wear on Zira, i should examine her for any defect.

    The head on Urko is a vinyl rotational head but the eyes are botched, I didn't even notice the smile prior.

    I would not have made this video if i suspected for a minute that there were fan-made or custom in anyway.

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    First thing I noticed from my photos is Zira's boots both look like they were pulled from the mold too early.

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    ^^ I certainly can buy that. I've dealt with several Mexican seekers/sellers who have similar history of finding 80's stuff, even today. I always hoped there were more oddball Mego-style Apes figures out there, but up until his/your find those have only been legit in Mexico. Congrats on setting these free and I really hope some folks in the UK can add info/images now that there's a real reference point.

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    There is another Space Ape BTW, I saw a very quick snap of his stash and there was an Ursus wearing a jumpsuit of some kind. I'm dying to see it in better detail but I'll bask in these two for now.

    I'm waiting patiently too for someone to pipe remembering these, usually helps with the dating. When I launched the baggy Mego Superheroes video, about 4 different people pinpointed them to seeing them in the early 90s(!) pound shops.

    Then again, two years ago, my local dollar store got a mess of "Warriors of Virture" figures in.

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    Are these a mix of factory seconds and bootlegged parts? It is amazing there was still 70s factory leftovers by the 90s. Have you been able to check to see if the original markings are on the heads or body? Neat find.
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