Crime Busters come out of the United Kingdom and seem to from the late 70s or early 1980s. They one of many Knock Off series that make use of discarded or left-over suits from Ideal’s Captain Action. This kind of item popped up until the mid-1980s.
The figures themselves appear to be lower quality knock-offs of Tommy Gunn ( Gunn was a UK take on G.I. Joe and many would argue, a knock-off himself) all adorned with a Crime Buster logo and a white version of what appears to be a Batman take. Not a bad way to spend your 99 pence.
Toy-Ventures Crime Busters Episoe
This is obviously the Captain Action outfit, easily the most produced Ideal suit. The cape and the bag prohibit me from seeing if there are any rips or runs in these suits, making them more obvious factory seconds.
No surprise to see a Batman outfit in the mix, Ideal likely produced millions of these during the “Bat-Mania” of the 1960s.
The Phantom was another series 1 Captain Action suit that produced in high volume.
The Boots themselves are copies of the original Captain Action designs, crudely painted, these boots really got around in the 1970s and are sort of the “gold standard” of crude dollar store toys for the era.
Mego Knock Off Head Quarters is our Facebook group dedicated to such things as the Crime Busters, it’s straight toy discussion and nothing but.