These figures are cleverly made to look slightly like well known Super Heroes without having to pay super (hero) amounts of copyright. I see glimpses of Iron Man, Spider-Man and Hawkeye.
Some people may look down on such ”bootlego” budget figures at four Superheroes for a Pound. 25pMan anyone? The QuarterofaQuid Kid?
Buying legitimate Lego super heroes with their Marvel and DC franchise would cost considerably more.
Even the real Lego base plates are quite expensive – however in Poundland this grey square cost only a pound, much less than Lego would charge.
However these generic, unnnamed, slightly derivative super heroes have what my parents called “play value”.
Hopefully the imagination of a child will make them priceless and valuable, as set out in this lovely paragraph in the Little Wars chapter from John G. Garrett ‘s Model Soldiers – A Collector’s Guide, late 1950s:
These ones will sit happily on my desk alongside the first set as inspiration. Repeat after me – Never forget, tiny plastic Super Heroes “I am Joan of Arc; I am Napoleon; I am Ivanhoe” …
Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN blog on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 10 February 2019.
The same scene cartooned in Clip2Comic app as a tribute to comic artist Stan Lee 2018 RIP.
As my belated tribute to the late cartoon superhero creator and artist Stan Lee, I’m pleased to have finally tracked down a couple of sets of Poundland’s finest Superheroes.
I missed buying these figures a year or so back and have kept an eye out in Poundland ever since. Today they were back in store at £1 a box so I bought a couple of packs as an investment.
To escape paying franchise fees to DC Marvel and Avengers, Poundland have invented some new cut-price super hero figures of their own.
They come in four different main colours – red, blue, yellow and green.
Red Rage – all Red muscly bodysuit and face mask
Arrowhead – in Blue and red with and an arrow design on his face mask
Centrum – in Yellow bodysuit with worrying target on his front for villains to aim at.
Green Force – Green and red body suit and green face mask.
Thankfully although the Poundland Superheroes (designed by the Anker Group KFIG-PL) are nominally named, they leave their individual superpowers to your imagination.
Centrum sounds like he should be part of some disappointing and dull global or privatised utility company who fails to turn up on time and doesn’t complete the job to your satisfaction. His secret base has no answerphone service or point of contact.
Maybe Green Force is a gardening or lawn repair service superhero, able to restore your patchy lawn in return for cash?
I quite like the range of expression from smiley face to angry or aghast. You can of course swop heads, legs and bodies around.
Good to see some multiracial block figures as well. A couple of female figures might have been good – unless Red Arrowhead with the painted cinched in narrow waist Is supposed to be female?
Some female block hair might do a conversion job but they do have very odd block heads, unlike the Lego stud attached hair.
Lego heads swap onto the Poundland neck stud quite well and the hands carry Lego style accessories, tools or weapons well. They also stand up on Lego studs well enough.
Other cut price Superheroes are available …
Worth pointing out for pound store balance that UK high street budget retailer Wilko or Wilkinsoalso does their own “bootleggo” range called Blox with some attractive bulk packs of civilian and military figures, compatible with but a fraction of the price of Lego figures. There is a fun superhero girl or superhero fan with a Boom! t-shirt in the Wilko Blox set.
Compatible with other leading brick brands, these Poundland figures are four superheroes for a £1, compared to £2 to £3 for the average Lego superhero mini figure blind bag.
At 25p each, there are no accessories, but you can easily make your own superhero capes out of paper from a Lego template using fabric or paper and a hole punch for the head hole.
25p Man anyone?
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN (no comment on his cut-price super powers either a softer metal version of the Man of Steel) on 17 November 2018.
And finally here is an interesting YouTube compilation of the many graphic novel picture tributes drawn as farewells to the much missed Stan Lee (1922-2018)