Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Swap Meat: Fantas-Trick 4

This is what this is supposed to look like.

"Swap Meat" is a term used to describe toys that have been returned to the store with some or all of their contents removed or swapped out for something else. It should go without saying that this practice is illegal and you shouldn't do it!

If you think of a boxed toy as a sandwich, the packaging is the bread and the toy is the delicious meat within. I like the food analogy, because just as in the culinary world, not all Swap Meat is the same cut of beef. If you start out with prime rib and end up with a bologna sandwich, that's a pretty lousy swap.

In this case, the swapper removed the original toys and replaced them with his own hand-painted custom versions. It's like a dish prepared by young children on Mother's Day. The bacon is smothered in jelly and the eggs are equal parts yolk and shell. But it's the thought that counts.

I can't place Mr. Fantastic or the Invisible Woman, but Thing is unmistakably Killer Croc from Kenner's old Batman: The Animated Series toy line painted orange.

I'm not sure what's going with H.E.R.B.I.E., but he looks droopier here than he did in his original condition.

Have you found Swap Meat in the aisles? Send your photos to aisleshowyou@gmail.com.

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