Every once in a while, one of my readers comes across an unlicensed product that cashes-in on the image of the Blue Bomber. More often than not, these knock-offs take the form of toys -- cheap, plastic trinkets that litter the aisles at your run-of-the-mill dollar store. What makes these finds so fun is the crudely traced illustrations that adorn the packaging, usually taking the form of mutilated versions of the series' most popular characters. Today's find is no exception.
You can't go wrong with a good ol' fashion dart gun, but that Mega Man thing wreaks all kinds of wrong. The pistol-wielding hero certainly looks like Mega Man, but he's actually made up of a variety of parts from different characters. From the looks of it, the frame is heavily inspired by elements borrowed from Cyber-Elf X, a pinch of Leviathan, and a dash of other traits predominately found in the Zero series. Oh, and you gotta love that pose. It's so... aloof. He's just resting his right arm on his hip like it's no big deal, shooting at whatever.
My fascination with bootleg merchandise has shown us a lot of crazy things, and while Frankenstein Mega Man here certainly isn't the cream of the crop (that honor goes to Deflox Mega Man), it's a noteworthy addition to the wide and ever-growing world of Mega Man knock-offs. I'm all for sharing more of these oddities and should you ever come across one, please give me a holler!
Thanks for the submission, Matthew.