folks! This column is dedicated to the documentation and preservation
of Toyland's dirty little secrets...the cheesy knockoff! These are toys
that are outstandingly, flamingly unoriginal, and dang proud of it!
Some of them are recent, but occasionally we'll dip into the archives
for a classic bit of fine aged cheese.
"What exactly is a cheesy knockoff" you ask? well, it's a toy that is
created to mimic the success of another toy, usually one that has been
wildly successful. Some of the cheesy knockoffs are simply "close relatives"
to successful toys, while others are downright actionable infringements
of copyright. Most fall somewhere in between.
We're not here to glorify the cheesy knockoff, we're just think that
some of them are so goofy that they're worth pointing and laughing at.
In no way do we intend to encourage impressionable youth to attempt
to create their own Cheesy Knockoffs.
Some of you may remember the Cheesy Knockoff of the Month from the now
defunct magazine, Toy Trader. That was me writing that, and I'm glad
to be part of the MasterCollector Online team so I can bring you the
cheesiest of knockoffs! There is another magazine running a "Knockoff
of the Month" feature now, but that's just a cheesy knockoff of this