As a lifelong Freddy fanboy, I've built up quite a collection of Krueger swag over the years, from action figures to makeup kits, gloves to DVDs. And like a true hardcore fan, I am always on the hunt for new pieces to add to the collection. Because half of my living room being cluttered with toys and even a lifesize Freddy statue simply isn't enough.
One of the more interesting and unique areas of Freddy merch are the overseas bootlegs, of which there are many. A couple different bootleg Elm Street films have been released, and Fred's had his fair share of oddball unlicensed toys, gloves and masks. With such a popular character, it's only natural that everyone wants to make a quick buck off the likeness, and sometimes all they've gotta do to avoid copyright infringement is to simply not use the words Freddy or Krueger in the description or title of their knockoff product. Nope, that's not Freddy's glove...it's a Fright Glove. That's not a Freddy mask. It's just a burnt up old man in a fedora!
Thanks to eBay, my collection has just received its very first bootleg Freddy toy, and I couldn't possibly be any happier about this addition to my own personal Elm Street. Hailing from Spain, measuring 3 inches tall and weighing no more than a couple ounces, I present to you...
...el hijo bastardo de un centenar de locos...
(if that doesn't mean what I think it means, blame Google translator)
SPANISH FREDDY KRUEGER!!
How cute is he?! I'm honestly not even sure which aspect of Spanish Freddy is most endearing; is it the one rolled up sleeve? The v-neck sweater? The red eyes? The dual razor gloves (capped off with red nail polish)? A combination of all four? Whatever it is, Spanish bootleg Freddy is a true treasure, and a perfect example of why bootlegs are just so damn charming. Something about them being so close and yet so far to the real thing that makes them even more awesome than the real thing. The logic behind that statement makes sense to me, so don't question it.
From what I've gathered about this little guy, he was released in 1992 over in Spain by a company called Yolanda, as part of a set of 24 different PVC monsters in a collection called Super Monstrous. The other 23 were your run of the mill monsters like a skeleton and a zombie, with the majority of them based on movies made well before Freddy's time, like Frankenstein, Dracula & The Fly. A true honor for a more modern day icon like Freddy to be included with those legends, if I may speak on his behalf!
A seller from France has a whole bunch of these Super Monstrous PVC figures that he's selling on eBay, both as a collection and individually. He still has 4 of the Freddy figures available, for $7 a piece, but I made him a $5 offer on mine and he went for it. So if you want one for yourself, go ahead and place a $5 offer, and I'm sure he'll bite!