Star Wars Is Everywhere - Bootlegs

There's a lot of money to be made in Star Wars products - and for as long as there's been officially-licensed merchandise, there's also been bootlegs. They're not as common here in the US, but I've always found independently-owned New Zealand dollar stores to be a treasure trove of off-brand saga toys.

For the most part, these bootlegs try to circumvent blatant copyright infringement by either featuring a well-known character under a different brand name (like the KSZ "Space Wars" Kylo Ren above) or by coupling Star Wars branding with a completely unrecognisable character - like everyone's favourite Force Awakens character, Jason (pictured above).

Sometimes the placement is a little more subtle, intended to lend legitimacy to an otherwise unfamiliar product - like the Peizhi "Star Pioneer" set above. Other times, manufacturers are far more brazen, combining the Star Wars logo with actual (if horribly disfigured or miscoloured) characters from the franchise - as with the "Jedi Force" pack above and the lightsaber-wielding Ackbar below.

And then, every once in a while, you'll see some Star Wars imagery on a product that defies all logic - like the backpack above. I mean, we all remember the N-1 Naboo Starfighter being Spiderman's preferred mode of transport, right?

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