Someone posted this in a facebook group last year and I have not yet found any info on it: what appears to be a knock-off Mighty Max pirate playset thing.
It seems even cheaper than Sammy Steel or Lovely Kitty, but it’s amusing nonetheless, and I dig the skull-n-crossbones compact design. Anyone have any info on this item?
I never thought I would get my hands on one of my mini-playset holy grails, let alone ALL OF THEM +1!
These things are beautiful labors of love courtesy of a naughty team of toymakers who spent way too many hours playing Street Fighter II in the 90s. Three levels from the game (and six of the original fighters) are lovingly recreated Polly Pocket style, with SNES controller compacts as a cute final touch — all absolutely without Capcom’s blessing, I gather. They’re actually called World Fighter, according to the awesome carded versions I was sent pics of (thanks, Karl!).
The figures are very cool knock-off reproductions of the characters, made from a tough rubbery plastic and articulated at the waist.
Match 1: E. Honda vs M. Bison!
A very cool bar scene with stereo speaker and barbell props. I have two of these after buying one from an ebay seller for an exorbitant amount, and then getting another for free when I bought the other two. I’m glad I shelled out the dough, ‘cos posting about the original purchase led to my getting the entire toy line. And who says social media is useless? Honda steals the show here: he’s well-sculpted and has an amazing paint job.
Match 2: Ryu vs Blanka!
Set in Blanka’s beloved Brazilian fishing village, we are treated to a cool alligator pit arena battle, with extra seats in case the other fighters come to watch. Ryu’s colorscheme is less Ryu and more Bolo Yeung I guess, but Blanka’s pretty much spot-on, if a bit yellow. I like how the people in the backgrounds of these sets are to scale with the fighters, too.
Match 3: Chun Li vs Guile!
Our final event takes place at the air base of Guile, which even reproduces the ace and his girlfriend cheering in the background. This set comes with the most stuff: a couple pipes, a set of guardrails, and a crate. Chun Li and Guile have the most accurate paint jobs, and the derpiest faces, but I love them anyhow.
Remember this little gal on the right? I was right that she is indeed from the Lovely Kitty toy line and its cousin-lines (Petite Princess, Pretty Pixies, Betty’s Club), but it seems it was used for the locket playsets. I got a carded one recently that supports this:
Here we see another non-articulated mini-Kitty (or mini-Betty in this case), striking a different pose. Makes me wonder if each set came with its own doll, or if they were randomly assigned like Mighty Max.
Turns out there are way more Polly KO’s than I anticipated — literally too many to name! Here are a couple of nameless knockoffs, the pieces of which may not always be accurate.
The first exhibits are a clamshell that comes in a couple variants on ebay and/or etsy, and two sets from a line sometimes simply referred to as “Dino” given the odd sticker on the compact. These scream “dollar store knockoff” if anything ever did, although I’ve seen far worse attempts at cashing in on Polly or Max.
The clamshell has a lovely scene inside: some sort of fantasy realm with a waterfall crashing down the side of a pink mountain. I have no idea if the mermaid doll goes with this set, but she seemed to fit right in.
EDIT: More info and guesswork found here.
EDIT: Identified! It is Mermaid Pocket Paradise, by the company Simba. More photos and details if I manage to win this auction.
The Dino and Dog compacts come from a toy called Pocket Land, apparently, evidenced by this pic of a carded set I totally forgot I had in my Knockoffs folder.
Dino and Dog open into an amusement park and minigolf course respectively. I was able to positively identify these two dolls and their vehicles as belonging to this toy line (thanks again, Patricia!). These sets are shockingly cute, and would almost fit right in with anyone’s legit Polly collection. The minigolf course is missing a couple flags and the fountain is broken, but the amusement park appears to be complete and intact.
Hinstar’s Small World – Pocket Paradise toys probably belong on this list, too. I have a separate article about them here.
I finally ordered the Lil Pocahontas from the My Little Fairy Tale line, and it’s got more surprises than I expected. I already called it the black sheep of the toy line, not actually being based on a fairy tale; and I mentioned how it’s the playset that proves these toys were knockoffs of the Disney versions of said stories.
But then it arrives in the mail, and wouldn’t you know it? It’s almost half the size of the rest! Even the dolls are at a smaller scale than Goldilocks, one of the smallest of the regular MLF dolls. Really caught me off guard, and it makes the tiny detailing of this set all the more impressive.
The landscape is impressively detailed and nicely colored, with a waterfall and creek cutting through the middle, and two different buildings to explore. The Chief doll is still my favorite part, with his amazingly detailed face. Pocahontas herself is pretty derpy with her distorted balloon head. I think this set is also missing an animal, since the deluxe carded version comes with two different animals.
I’ve inadvertently become a Polly Pocket collector thanks to Mom and Grandma finding a ton of Polly Pocket houses at an antique store for a ridiculously low $9 apiece. None of them had the people in them, so I’ve started populating my ghost town.
Four buildings so far, with a handful of inhabitants. It’s like when you build a village in Minecraft and have to bust your ass just to populate it. And the occasional nightmarish creature shows up out of nowhere.
EDIT: The town has grown considerably…