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I-Mockery Pays A Visit To Olvera Street
by: -RoG-

I recently took a little day trip to Olvera Street here in Los Angeles. In addition to being the oldest area in L.A., it's pretty much the epicenter of all things awesomely Mexican. Whether you're going there for a Dia De Los Muertos or Cinco de Mayo celebration, some tasty victuals, piñatas, pottery, or some hilarious bootleg toys, Olvera Street is guaranteed to entertain. I took plenty o' photos while I was there, so today I'd like to share with you a little bit of what I saw. On with the show...


When you first arrive, it just looks like a few carts selling food and novelties.


He left before I could snap a photo, but there was a kid who could play a mean accordion right in front of this big tree.


If you want a photo of yourself riding a life-sized stuffed donkey, Olvera Street is definitely the place for you.


I should've bought a poncho.


And here be the oldest building in Los Angeles. Considering how old it is, it's in pretty damned good shape if you ask me.


The first of many bootleg toy packs. I'm pretty sure The Incredibles never teamed up with the Incredible Hulk.


It's true! THIS IS BATMAN! HE WILL CATCH ALL BADDY!!


Another great thing about the bootleg toy packages is they'll use random artwork from movies and other unrelated toys.


Notice the package describes this set as: "Spiderman & Superman & Hulk & The Naruto & Batman & Ironman."


It's good to know that Buzz Lightyear will lend a hand when the Incredible Hulk can't handle things.
Gotta love the random photo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Raphael, on the package too.
Super Special Heroes indeed!


Octo-Spidey??? I'm no huge comic fan, but I'm pretty sure that's not his name.


"ALL WARRIORS IS SUPER JUSTICE!"


If you fall for this blatantly obvious gag, you don't deserve to be shocked... you served to be electrocuted.


Hooray for generic Power Rangers!


Ginni the self-proclaimed "best welcome gift for the children". It's a fact, so don't even try arguing it.


Poo with a flaming mohawk never looked so adorable.


I'm pretty sure that koala bear wants to murder somebody... or already has.


As you can see, I was in luchador heaven.


So many Mexican wrestling masks...


...oh so many


...er


...ok that's more like it. Spidey was a damned good wrestler in case you didn't know. Just ask BONESAW!


NOT a lucha mask!


This is the mask I decided to take home. It's so pretty... oh so pretty.


Well, it is pretty until I put it on. Then it's just scary. Even better.


Baskets filled with switchblade knife combs and rubber snakes. Sometimes the world really is an awesome place.

There's still more to see from Olvera Street!
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Reader Comments

Clap if you love Dynamo
Feb 5th, 2009, 04:37 AM
Gotta love the knock off toys, I got a bunch of "Fighter GT" figures that look suspiciously like a certain set of well know Japanese animation toys that I found at a dollar general. I Stop at these dollar stores now and then to see what knock off toys they have this week.
Member
Feb 5th, 2009, 06:00 AM
I keep misreading the sign, but it's okay because "Crab Bags" would also be enticing.

The packaging for all the knockoff superheroes and Power Rangers (because they surely can't count as actual superheroes) are among the greatest things I've seen.
Riot Control
Feb 5th, 2009, 07:20 AM
Hah, it's hilarious to see how my Mexican brethren is still selling tons of luchador masks, the staple of many markets. I fee however that it looks more like a halloween sale... Perhaps that's what dragged you there after all, -RoG-.

And, by the way, I am damn sure that the Beastly Fist Corops package has a mistake with the spelling of the name... I can see it says Beastly FLst Corps.

As for the InterChangeRobot Convoy, well who knows! Maybe his name is Transfo after all.
taco loving zombie
Feb 5th, 2009, 08:39 AM
lol we have a market like this every sunday over here i love going cause i find bootleged movies knock off toys and pretty much everything. the clown mask is a lucha mask there was a team of wrestlers who were all clowns and they had all thosse mask eventually
is hopped up on goofballs
Feb 5th, 2009, 10:47 AM
I could swear I've seen that first bootleg toy pack somewhere...maybe Matt over at X-E had one at some point?
The Ugly Puckling
Feb 5th, 2009, 01:44 PM
Correcto, Rizzo.


And fantastic article, by the by, really funny stuff.
skank pronger
Feb 5th, 2009, 02:36 PM
"Transfo" appears to be based on the mold of the Stunticon leader. Can't remember his name.
Member
Feb 5th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Yeah and just in case somone was living in a cave, convoy is prime's name in japan. "Interchange" refers to what we would call the interstate.
As u wish...
Feb 5th, 2009, 04:44 PM
wow, this place beats the crap outta Juarez here!! plus, u dont run the risk of getting shot by drug czars!! (or do u??)
Pickled Patriarch
Feb 5th, 2009, 04:56 PM
DarkfireTaimatsu, I thought it said "Crab Bags" too when I first saw it! It's cuz it was drawn in such light marker colors. I wish they were Crab Bags... there's no way I would've forgotten those.

Silver, hehe yeah I think it is spelled incorrectly as "FLst Corps". Even better!

HowardC, yeah I actually reviewed one of the Optimus Prime Japanese "Convoy" toys a while back... the Optimus Prime Pepsi Convoy to be exact! Check it out.
the axe and the smasher
Feb 5th, 2009, 06:36 PM
I see those super hero sets all the time here in Atlanta. If you take the hulk toy out of the package, he'll have no painted ass. Just green hulk butt for all to see.

The k.o Convoy looks like an extremely goofy Motormaster with Menasaurs head attached.
Last of the Time Lords
Feb 5th, 2009, 07:49 PM
Those bootleg packages are so dumb they hurt to look at.

But when you think about it, "Transfo" is actually pretty clever. Any kid looking at it will think it's the word "Transformers" covered up by the truck, and that they should buy it because Transformers are cool. But when Hasbro sues the company for violating their copyright they can just look all innocent and say "What? This toy is clearly named 'Transfo'". And while the truck on the front may look like Optimus, it could just be a truck. No way to prove otherwise.

Now I'm not certain if these toys were produced by devious masterminds of infringement, or if they just got lucky.
Forum Virgin
Feb 5th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Oh cool! Chango, the Santeria god of passion, war, thunder, lightning, masculinity, and female fertility.
Member
Feb 5th, 2009, 09:36 PM
I want those Lucha Masks and one crystal ball wielding Reaper.
Oh, hi.
Feb 5th, 2009, 09:59 PM
The knock-off toys made me laugh so hard. xD
The Magnificent Bastard
Feb 6th, 2009, 12:42 AM
I love the "Superheros" packs.

From now on, I'll consider Mr. Incredible, Raphael, Naruto, and Buzz members of the Justice League!

Actually, after "Final Crisis" (which I didn't read) they very well could be!

Also, love how "Super-Warrior: Ninja-force" featured all the "Turbo" Power Rangers (Or "Carranger", in Japan).
grants but one wish
Feb 6th, 2009, 12:47 AM
its like a neverending stream of badly made, yet hillarious cheap knockoffs!
except the chess set, that looked pretty cool

DarkfireTaimatsu: are you sure? a crab bag sounds like something i'd rather avoid...
Member
Feb 6th, 2009, 01:59 AM
greenimp: Nah, crabs are adorable little buggers. Almost as cute as lobsters, but stubbier.
Member
Feb 6th, 2009, 05:18 AM
Rog, that was hilarious. Yet another reason I need to win the lotto so I can take a road trip that-a-way.
The Power of Grayskull
Feb 6th, 2009, 03:18 PM
I really really want that Vader T-Shirt. For some reason, to me, it's the epitomy of awesomeness and I must have it. Any chance of you grabbing one for me when you go back for the grab bags Rog? I'll email you and work out the details if you don't mind.
grants but one wish
Feb 6th, 2009, 04:36 PM
DarkfireTaimatsu: i was actually reffering to the other kind of crabs... the ones that are no fun at all
Riot Control
Feb 6th, 2009, 11:16 PM
greenimp: Yuck...

By the way, the Spider-Man that is on the first photo depicting a bootleg toy pack seems to be so shocked about the "Catch all baddy" line that he is just staring to it in disbelief.
Tinker tailor sailor scry
Feb 7th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Oh man, Naruto, Batman, Spider-Man and Iron Man in the same toy package? And I thought the bootlegs at the nearby Chinatown mall were bad, hahahaha.....

I want one of those Luchador masks.
Can't touch this
Feb 7th, 2009, 08:00 PM
I simply MUST have that Vader shirt that proudly proclaims "Soy el padre, Mijo". Also one that would say "El NOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
Mr. everywhere
Feb 7th, 2009, 11:57 PM
i absolutely love the fact that "the naruto" is willing to fight beside batman and such.

and not to sound like an anime nerd or anything but they even got the wrong naruto generation in there.
The Magnificent Bastard
Feb 8th, 2009, 04:34 PM
LOL! Hey I didn't even notice that, but you're right!

And yeah, I kinda wish that it would be easier for American and Japanese comics companies to arrange crossovers with each-other. Because, if only Marvel and DC would team-up with Shônen Jump, I would love to see Naruto fighting alongside those guys.
Freelance Product Tester
Feb 8th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Rog, you really should do another El serpento piece. I loved those.
Forum Virgin
Feb 9th, 2009, 03:05 AM
I think these jumble-sale type reviews are my favourite on this site. I mean, where else can you read about Frida Kahlo figures, ZZ top skeletons, awesome Vader shirts and bootleg superhero toys?
(Although X-Entertainment already reviewed the bootleg toys)
RoG, I salute you.
pickled
Feb 9th, 2009, 04:59 AM
Man, that street is awesome.
ion is good
Feb 9th, 2009, 05:11 PM
superman naruto and hulk ? ps i am a man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Feb 10th, 2009, 02:00 AM
Its like an alternate-ethnic chinatown shopping district. I love those sorts of places.
Who? Me?
Feb 10th, 2009, 09:14 AM
Don't laugh---I've actually seen those tequila flavored candy worms (or whatever they are) in a candy store in my area. (That store's closed now, but that's besides the point.)
Forum Virgin
Feb 11th, 2009, 05:30 AM
At the local county fair last year, someone had a few knockoff toys like these, but while I'll pay $1 for them at my local supermarket, I almost refuse to pay close to $20 (I think) for them. On the first one, I notice it says "This is Superman! He will world!" Does it say "save the" under the Batman logo on the left side?

I love how they colored Spidey's eyes black with silver around them in the Naruto package, instead of the other way... looks like he's stoned.

Elite Ranger: The four on the left look like Dino Thunder/Abaranger (especially the white one). Can't tell on the other two, too much glare (but the silver one looks like Titanium Ranger, possibly, from Lightspeed Rescue).

I think I picked up some "Super Warrior Ninja Force" figures at recently-mentioned supermarket, though they looked slightly differently designed.

Another thing about skeleton ZZ Top: They have an extra guitarist!

I definitely want one of those fortune teller reapers.

Beastly FLst Corps: Jungle Fury/Gekiranger knockoff.

So... are the Transformable Robots called "A Tower of Strength" and "Steel General"?

Vader t-shirt definitely looks cool, as has been said.

The unicorn's plastered with Mystic Force/Magiranger artwork, but I don't recognize it from any of the shows.

Very funny post, reminds me of the mass garage sale articles (which I always get a good laugh out of whenever I re-read them).
King of AWESOME!
Mar 6th, 2009, 10:50 PM
I wanna get a Lucha mask! Too bad I live in Canada.
The stank on the hangdown
Mar 17th, 2009, 12:16 AM
I used to BE an Elite Ranger...I'll just say that we punked out Power Rangers regularly.
Forum Virgin
Mar 19th, 2009, 05:43 PM
My Christmas tree will be as awesome, because I actually bought the green skull with the orange flowers. I must have been just minutes behind you.

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