Yes, these are Chinese bootlegs, but they are irresistible ones...I was very surprised to see these pop up, as the people who produce "bootlego" have moved into lots of original directions. First up is Ultraman:
It goes without saying (or typing), but I certainly hope they produce some more of the Ultra Brothers in the near future. I ordered two of these figures, and I'm glad I did, because the dreaded Quality Control issues definitely come into play with a figure that has such a complicated paint job. I had to mix and match parts to make one passable figure...he's not 100%, but close enough. You will see the leftover parts shortly, in a photo below.
Next up is the Baltan:
I hope they don't go too crazy with villain kaiju, but Ultraman definitely has some great and iconic foes to be made. There is a design flaw in the giant claws, in that they won't insert completely into the arms, and with bootlego, if it "don't fit," you "don't force it."
Baltan attack! (Insert scary slow-motion laughing here.) Here you see some of the "factory error" parts that I couldn't use, including an Ultraman head that is so mangled and mispainted, it looks downright creepy!