Friday, December 12, 2014

Cheap Toy Month - Chap Mei, cheap toys going the distance!

A few years back I had only just heard of Chap Mei. It was one of several down times for Hasbro and their G.I.Joe brand. In it's absence, a large number of Joe collectors bought up cheap alternatives to Joe. One company was making junk figures, but so-so to almost cool vehicles. It's the vehicles that attracted collectors, and it was Chap Mei that produced them. Rewind even further back, and we see this:

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Star Wars knock off toy , Star Wars visuals on junk sword, Battle of the Planets visuals on camera toy, Gatchaman pistol...and a toy air conditioner! What?

While Chap Mei may have captured the pocket books of collectors in the early 2000's, I doubt they would have been as successful with a Han Solo pistol knock off. But who knows, there was a time when Star Wars toys were absent from store shelves, and maybe this would have been bought up too. I guess the real story here should that Chap Mei was even a company still producing toys 20 years after this ad was published.



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