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6:30 PM on 11.11.2014

Terrifying Card Captor Sakura 'Evilstick' discovered at US dollar store

A dollar store in Dayton, OH got some unexpected attention when it made the local TV news after a mother complained about a toy she bought for her daughter. She thought she was buying a princess wand, complete with bootleg a...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:45 AM on 04.26.2014

Bootleg Hell is now in your lawn with knockoff Gundam statues

We have visited Bootleg Hell many times before, but now it's leaving convention halls and trying to enter your home. You can put a lot of gnomes, various saints, and even the juxtaposition of the two previous entities in your...

Andres Cerrato

12:00 AM on 03.20.2014

FUNimation takes on bootleg merchant Anime Haus in US$500,000 lawsuit

I love seeing stuff like this in the news, mainly because I hate bootleg anime merchandise with a passion. This past Thursday (3/13) FUNimation filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in Texas against known seller of counterfe...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

5:00 PM on 01.14.2014

These are Attack on Titan figures you don't want

Everyone knows that Attack on Titan is one of the hottest animes out right now. Toys and other merchandise from that show have been in high demand. So of course it was only a matter of time before bootleg figures started mak...

Vanessa Cubillo

Knockoff MP-10 Prime to be better than the real thing photo
Knockoff MP-10 Prime to be better than the real thing
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Usually when you think of knockoffs you think of cheap plastic, messy paint, and broken parts. Certainly you wouldn't expect to hear 'better than the original', but that's exactly what Collection Kingdom says they have planned for Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime.

Numerous changes and adjustments are being planned to make a better bot and it's a pretty lengthy list of adjustments. 

  • adjust eye opacity
  • fix rubbing from the chest screws
  • fix loose fuel tanks
  • fix index fingers falling off
  • realign the chest doors
  • make the Matrix door easier to open
  • fix the way the legs close
  • fix rubbing from the windshield wipers
  • prevent stress marks on the legs
  • remove the black hole behind the translucent yellow on his pelvis
  • prevent sprue marks

They're planning a very no-thrills release of the figure with no box (likely just a cardboard mailer box), no trailer, and just his gun, ax, and Matrix for accessories. He'll be in Japanese colors (photos are of an early prototype) and is expected to be released in December, but nobody seems to know where to order or what the price will be. 

I'm not really crazy over knockoffs being done in this manner, but it is interesting that someone found so many flaws in the original that they felt the need to release their own. 

[via Tformers]

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10:00 PM on 10.21.2013

S.H. Figuarts have been bootlegged and are quite awful

Bootlegs can provide many things. Ranges of emotions from anger, to disappointment and even laughter can be derived from them. This is the case of the later for myself and these hilariously awful bootleg S.H. Figuarts DBZ fig...

Andres Cerrato

8:00 AM on 08.31.2013

Buyer Beware: There's a G1 Scorponok bootleg out there

The Transformers franchise is no stranger to bootlegs and knockoffs. They've been there since day one and still plague the series even 30 years later. The latest case in point is a new bootleg of G1 Decepticon Headmaster lead...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:30 PM on 08.05.2013

Kotobukiya issues warning over fake ARTFX+ New 52 figures

Bootlegs are the bane of the collector's existence, and once again, they've reared their ugly head out in the open. The target this time Kotobukiya's ARTFX+ Justice League New 52 figures. The bootleggers, a company by the nam...

Andres Cerrato

12:00 PM on 04.23.2013

Warning: They're already bootlegging Nendo Snow Miku 2013

Good Smile Company has put out an official warning concerning bootlegs of the 2013 Snow Miku Nendoroid, also known as Nendoroid Snow Miku — Strawberry White Kimono ver. It's not a surprise, per se, that these are alread...

Brian Szabelski

12:00 AM on 03.28.2013

PSA: Good Smile Company has a big guide to bootlegs

Here's a fact that should absolutely not shock you: Good Smile Company's products are popular. They're so popular, in fact, that they're often reproduced illegally and sold as bootlegs. And even the bootlegs are so popular th...

Tianxiao Ma

10:00 PM on 03.04.2013

Bootleg sellers be aware: Funimation has it out for you

Nobody likes bootlegs, they're the bane of our hobby. Especially bad are the ones that try extra hard to deceive the buyer (us) into thinking they're buying real products. Just as bad is the miscellaneous merchandis...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Bootleg Hell: The Journey 2 further depths of hell photo
Bootleg Hell: The Journey 2 further depths of hell
by Andres Cerrato

I feel like I do this too often to myself. Am I being a glutton for punishment? Do I get some kind of sick satisfaction from looking at this stuff? It's all wrapped up into something horrible that I do every year. I go to these conventions, knowing that they're not very good. I go to see friends; at least I tell myself that's the reason.

What I saw this weekend was hell. Bootleg Hell. I saw things I saw last year along with a fresh crop of crap. For God's sake (and my own), someone made Dragon Ball AF bootlegs. Join me on my journey into hell after the jump.

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