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Evil Stick

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


Not sure what they expected from an 'Evilstick'
Nov 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Bootleg Gundam photo
Bootleg Gundam

Bootleg Hell is now in your lawn with knockoff Gundam statues


With bonus Grendizer head!
Apr 26
// Andres Cerrato
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...
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FUNimation v. Anime Haus

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


Copyright infringement lawsuit filed in Texas
Mar 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

These are Attack on Titan figures you don't want


Extremely cheap in every way
Jan 14
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...

Knockoff MP-10 photo
Group plans to rebuild MP-10 and fix everything they found wrong with the original
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 planne...

Bootleg S.H. Figuarts photo
Bootleg S.H. Figuarts

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


More like Figufarts, amirite?
Oct 21
// Andres Cerrato
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...
Bootleg Scorponok photo
Bootleg Scorponok

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


And a handy guide to tell the difference
Aug 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Koto ARTFX bootlegs photo
Koto ARTFX bootlegs

Kotobukiya issues warning over fake ARTFX+ New 52 figures


It's like they're not even trying
Aug 05
// Andres Cerrato
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...
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Warning: They're already bootlegging Nendo Snow Miku 2013


Good Smile gives collectors a heads-up on the fakes
Apr 23
// Brian Szabelski
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...
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PSA: Good Smile Company has a big guide to bootlegs


Don't get fleeced, get educated!
Mar 28
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
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Bootleg sellers be aware: Funimation has it out for you


Funimation files lawsuit against Animeland and Think Art Media owner and 10 'John Does' for copyright infringement on merchandise.
Mar 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...

Bootleg Hell: The Journey 2 further depths of hell

Jul 02 // Andres Cerrato
Seeing bootlegs is sadly nothing new. I see the same ones from time to time (I'm looking at you Nendoroid L!) Sadly, they just come out each year in greater numbers. Booths continue to do it, whether out of ignorance or just plain greed, they prey upon unknowing, zealous consumers. One of the bootleg trends is now fixed-posed Nendoroids. They will take the various expressions and parts to use as a single figure. You can see those here with the HMO Miku as well as the Kagamine twins above.  The same is the case here with the Black Rock Shooter, Sebastian and Ciel Nendoroids. I would say that the Ace figures above are probably bootleg, not to mention the jewelry to the right. I've always wanted that watch from Soul Eater! Shame it doesn't actually exist. I'm also of the assumption that the "NO TOUCHING" sign is there to prevent the figures from falling apart, rather than theft. Here they're actually trying to pass off the fakes as Nendoroids. The exclusive Racing Miku Nendo that required a sponsorship of Good Smile Racing was just US$29.99! What a bargain! Madoka isn't safe either as you can tell by the row of fakes here. Kyuubey won't be pleased with this whatsoever. Those Miku keychains seem legit. I'm gonna be rocking these Black Rock Shooter and Hatsune Miku bags when I go back to school. I'm gonna be so BOSS this year. This was the highlight (lowlight?) of the show for me. If you remember the early days of 00s, some kept chiming on about an upcoming Dragon Ball project called Dragon Ball AF. It was never real and really just involved palette swaps of the existing characters and larger hair. I cannot begin to count how many people thought this was real in my high school days. Here in the flesh were figures from it. I have to admit, there's a kind of charm surrounding them. It's like the joke finally became real, if only to mock you. I wouldn't buy them, but there's a certain humor to having a bootleg figure of a bootleg anime series. I think I'll end on a low note here. Have at this Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta. The only thing worse than this figure is the picture I snuck. There are some more horrors that I chronicled in the gallery. See you the next time I venture into Bootleg Hell. 
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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 the...

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China's newest bootleg Gundam, the not RX-78 NT-1 Alex


Jun 29
// Andres Cerrato
China, how you never cease to amaze me.  In the latest saga of China constructing previously-created mecha for promotion of their theme parks, a new challenger has appeared. Encouraging you to take a seat and ride their ...
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iGear continues to release bootlegs in disguise


Feb 22
// Michael Muller
iGear, producer of what is certainly not Transformers merchandise, has made some big announcements this week. The company showed off three new products on their Facebook page: Presser, Hench, and a weapons upgrade set. P...
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Get a bootleg for buying iGear's Transformers bootlegs


Nov 17
// Jonathan Tubbs
When it comes to glorified Trasformers bootlegs, there's no one better at that than iGear. These are the guys that have brought us the smaller version of Masterpiece Optimus Prime, had plans to release a smaller Masterpiece M...

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