Yes, you read that right. Apparently, I’m not the only nerd who thinks Bruce Lee and, in particular, Bruce Lee’s appearance in Game of Death is the coolest thing ever. Whoever is behind the Industrial Toy Werks Super Powers bootlegs is obviously a fan, too. Oh, for more about this kooky series of customs, please see Julius Marx’s blog about his ITW Mirror Master. I’m not a Super Powers collector but I do love weird kitschy stuff, and so these things have caught my eye on several occasions. I know you’re squirming, Chip. Well, seeing as how I’ve done everything but dress up as Bruce Lee in the yellow track suit, it was only a matter of time before I finally picked up one of these customs.
I say the Industrial Toy Werks man-behind-the-curtain is a big Bruce fan because, out of all the characters he or she chose for the custom series, only Bruce Lee (“The Dragon”) is not a DC Comics character. That’s quite an honor. Deal with that, Chuck Norris.
But, like me, once he saw this shizz he was a disciple. I wanted to mimic this clip with my new Super Powers Bruce, but the only Kareem Abdul Jabbar figure I have is the 1988 Starting Lineup version.
All things considered, I got the ITW Bruce for a decent price but it still was a bit of a splurge. It was one of those items that from the second you PayPal the moolah you are counting the days for the box to arrive. When it did come I think my whole office heard the audible groan from my cube. Yup, one of Bruce’s arms came off in the package. Knowing this is a custom and assuming it wasn’t like this when the eBay seller shipped it out I figured I didn’t have much recourse. But I did contact the seller and, to my surprise, she agreed to send me a new one free of charge! (How many does she have???) I’ve yet to receive it but she did send a tracking number. Way cool.
So, since this one was broken and I will be getting a replacement, I decided to open it. This also gives all of us an opportunity to see how these customs are constructed. The torso is solid with just a hole straight through from shoulder to shoulder and another hole in the neck that goes straight down and intersects with the shoulder tunnel. The neck and arms have little metal i-rings that attach to a rubber band which holds these extremities to the torso.
The body for the ITW Bruce Lee is sampled from the Super Power Dr. Fate body. That was easy to identify thanks to the big ‘ol collar that is so out of place on the yellow track suit. You can also see the remnants of Fate’s Amulet of Anubis. And karate chop hand.
If Bruce Lee can take out Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Chuck Norris, Darkseid barely posed a challenge.
That victory earned Bruce an emerald fist bump and honorary Justice League membership.
Bing bang boom.