Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bootleg Toys: Steel (A.k.a. John Henry Irons)

This figure entered the lair some time  now, and I never figured out what line this figure originally came from.Thanks to  jboypacman Bubbashelby and actionfig , I finally got on track with this one. Thanks, guys!

No original markings whatsoever (it´s a bootleg!), it is complete. The original owner had no idea what it was. The original figure should have a stamped text "TM 1997 DC Comics Made In China".

5 1/2  figure. Original is a Kenner product, 1997 from same year´s Shaq´s Steel movie. 

Figure: Steel (A.k.a. John Henry Irons). Man of Steel.

Included armor accessories/parts. Hardened steel armor suit and weapon.

Fits almost too good for a bootleg toy. A different mask from the original (open bottom half).

Status: Available for trade



  1. The only thing i can think of is Steel from DC Comics when i look at this figure. There was a movie they did of this character a while ago with shaquille O' Neal never saw it but i know it was made and i wonder if this is what this figure is suppose to be? His Bazooka looking weapon has a "Hammer" on one end which would make sense because Steel in the comics carries a long handled hammer. So this is my guess on it.

  2. Ok am 99.9% sure this is a STEEL action figure. I did some snooping around online and found images of most of the figures from this line. And this figure matches up with what i have seen. The mask seems different as most have a open month but everything else looks right. This could just be either a different version of Steel(There was several)or a actual STEEL bootleg which is strange in it's self to me. Check on Figure Realms and do a Google search of "1997 Steel" action figures and things should come up. : )

  3. My guess is that's Steel from the Shaquille O'Neil movie...Steel.

  4. WHERE DO YOU KEEP GETTING THESE RIDICULOUSLY COOL FIGURES FROM!?!?! :) Awesome figure JoMi,and now that i have contained myself...could that be a STEEL knock-off?

  5. Wow, thanks for your help guys! Having 1000s of figures and accessories around, I do a lot of research, but sometimes things won´t come up when figures are bootlegs or KO and the originals never crossed my ways. Thank you for your help, you really made my day! @actionfig, well, europe is a gold mine for bootleg figures. Especially in the late 80s and early 90s.


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