Freelance writer Giaco Jake Furino has compiled this compelling interview for Vice's 'The Creator Project' to provide a revealing look at the world of bootleg Star Wars toys.
Furino talked to pop artist The Sucklord about his unique appropriated Star Wars action figures that offer a humorous look a some classic toy characters. The reinterpretations include a classic Storm Trooper done over in a vibrant hot pink 'Gay Empire' version, as well as the character of Boba Fett made to look like a classic Roman statue.
Furino's bootleg Start Wars piece also features a number of knockoff merchandise designs that were made to resemble characters from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Besides being poorly made, the figurines are also often incorrectly labeled, with names that hint towards the bootlegger's getting lost in translation while creating these knockoffs.