You see, many many many many years ago when I was a wee larvae, I had these two 4" action figures that I played with alongside my Star Wars figures, though I knew for a fact they weren't Star Wars because they weren't any recognizable character and they had these weird hollow rubber heads. One was this green guy that looked like a salamander wearing a hockey mask and the other looked like the shameful love-child of Jar Jar Binks and Barney the Dinosaur.
It turns out these guys were called Starroid Raiders, a line of action figures that tried to cash in on the popularity of Star Wars in the late 70's/early 80's. And let me tell you, they were weird as hell. They had this surreal aesthetic to them, as if Salvador Dali made a line of action figures. And their expressions were so goddamn charmingly derpy.
In recent years, I sought out to reclaim my lost childhood pals (whom I've discovered were named Toko and Wag), and let me tell you, these things command a pretty penny these days. I finally got them, and along the way acquired a good many others and plan to acquire more as my budget allows.
Anyways, been drawing these guys recently as well, adding my own spin on how I think they would look... and it got me thinking... the way I've been drawing them... those would make some awesome vinyl toys to sell on sites like Kid Robot or the like. I did a bit of research and found out the company that made the original toys still exists, but let the copyright lapse. Might save up some money to hire a copyright lawyer to find out if this is true and see if I can secure the rights. And if I can't, maybe design my own line of Starroid-inspired toys that are different enough to avoid copyright troubles.