“Get ready to rummmmmmm-ble!” It’s the Fight of the Century as the knock-off contender Robot Finger Fighters vs (or goes up against) the Rock’em Sock’em Robots. But it may be hard to tell who is whom in this fake, copyright-infringed, epic conflict.
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is a two-player action toy and game designed by Marvin Glass and Associates and was first manufactured by the Marx toy company in 1964. I had this wonderful toy as a kid and loved it, though I rarely won! It features two dueling robot boxers, Red Rocker (my favorite) and Blue Bomber. The pugilists were mechanically manipulated by the players, and the game is won when one player knocks the head off of the opponent. Actually, the head just popped up, but ‘knocked his head off’ sounds more exciting! In the 2000s the toy company Mattel released a version of the game.
But it’s time to meet the challengers, The Red Ripoff and The Blue Bamboozle:
I challenge anyone to tell the two teams apart! It’s like they are twins, which is usually what a company is going for when it rips off the competition. Don’t believe me? Then check out the original fighters below:
Yup. Samesies! I hate to say it, but Greenbrier International Inc. is not new to the game of, let’s just say, imitation. See my earlier post entitled Questionable CARS 2 Finn McMissle Figurine and make your own judgement.
But for now, let’s have a closer look at the Robot Finger Fighters:
As you can see, you slip a finger through the loop at the bottom of the torso and use another finger, either from the same hand or the other one, to manipulate the arms. Thus you achieve real boxing action!
Unlike the original game, these finger versions don’t have heads that pop up. Instead, the heads move forward as you pull the lever down, and the arms spring forward, as seen below:
It’s pretty much impossible to decide a winner with these finger fighters. You just have to keep pulling the lever until one of you gets a finger cramp and simply can’t go on. I think that would be a ‘technical knock-out’.
Although this product is obviously a fake one, it is immensely fun to play with! Also, it would be easier to carry around with you. Just keep your favorite finger fighter in your coat pocket, and when you meet a fellow enthusiast, whip out your Red Ripoff or Blue Bamboozle and have at it! The other people at the bus stop will probably enjoy the show. Or move away slowly.
FUN FACTS: The text on the original Rock’em Sock’em Robots toy packaging suggested an outer-space backstory for the two robots. The red boxer is “the rollicking Red Rocker” from Soltarus II, and weighs in 375 pounds. The blue opponent, the “beautiful Blue Bomber”, the pride of Umgluck, weighs in at 382 pounds. Whereas “the reprehensible Red Ripoff” and “the blatant Blue Bamboozle” are from China. Where else?