At the time, the prevailing feeling was that it was just a lazy, cheap bootleg/counterfeit figure.
After the Art reorganization, the #197 was labeled a “Tweak” and the case seemed to be closed.
Recently Chris K. (also known as dixiebull at LRG) has kicked the door back open. He sent in some additional Frankenstein-like Amalgam figures (FLAF’s), which will be added to the archive soon, but he made an interesting claim. He said:
I know that the robin mask figure is not an amalgam, but it came with the other figures I bought and is clearly part of the same line/release.
Below are the pictures he sent:
The appearance of these two new figures, plus the original green one, makes a brief comment from Ridureyu very interesting. He said:
Variances in lighting, and the high degree of variance in FLAF coloring, make it difficult to say with absolute 100% confidence they are all confirmed FLAF colors. However, it certainly looks like all of these odd #197 figures could match a FLAF color.
I have an orange one, if that helps.
What was once an odd #197 is starting to look like a previously undiscovered FLAF.
So what do collectors think?
Is this just a common bootleg “Tweak”?
Or is it a Frankenstein-like Amalgam Figure?
And if it is a FLAF, then we’re going to have to have another naming contest – which hasn’t happened since May of 2012. Finding that last contest also served as a reminder that Strong Men need to be added to the Masquerading M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures.
I’m not making a poll for this topic. I’m curious to know what collectors think – especially why they think it. Please post your thoughts in the Comments section below.