Here's one I'd almost forgotten about. I was in a local Big Lots, IIRC, back in January 2002, when I spotted a mattress. The fabric on it had a space theme, much like I've seen on children's mattresses since Star Wars came out back when I was just a kid. This one, however, didn't exclusively have knock-offs of Star Wars ships on it. It featured a variety, including this one:
Look familiar? It should. It's pretty obviously based on a Dire Wraith warship:
Whoever created this apparently drew from multiple sources. In addition to the Drakillar, there's also the Death Star and the Beauty, the heroes' ship from the early issues of Jim Starlin's Dreadstar. Here's a slightly zoomed out view. I'm sorry I didn't get a view of the entire pattern.
I'd guess they didn't know they'd actually be giving kids who were fans of an '80s, toy-based comic book nightmares because the bad guys had infiltrated their bed! (But okay, that's gotta be a teeny, tiny minority by 2002.)
Shifting gears, I'm worried about maintaining this schedule from here on. I'd managed to build up a queue of scheduled posts at first. Unfortunately, life got busy again and the queue is now almost drained. This post was written Sunday night so the blog wouldn't be missing a post come Monday morning after being weekly for so long. The post I'd planned for today wasn't getting written in the time that was left. It seems I've almost exhausted all the quick and easy topics and what's left are those that take more time to research, write, and/or scan. There will be a post in a week, because it's already done. After that, however, don't panic if it takes more than a week between posts. We'll see what happens.