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Action ponies from Taobao; prototypes or knockoffs?

Jul 25
// Rio McCarthy
Well, it's nothing new to find knockoff toys around, especially not on the Internet. Though sometimes it's actually hard to tell whether you're looking at a knockoff, or if perhaps it's a prototype for an actual line of toys...

Bootleg Hell: Snow Miku vs. Real Miku

Aug 05 // Colette Bennett
function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("", "mplayer", "550", "305", "8", "#000000"); so.addParam("wmode","transparent"); so.addParam("swliveconnect", "true"); so.addParam("allowscriptaccess", "always"); so.addParam("allowfullscreen", "true"); so.addVariable("pid", "tomo001"); so.addVariable("siteId", "383"); so.addVariable("videoId", "182415"); so.addVariable("file", ""); so.addVariable("pageUrl", document.location); so.write("flashcontent_383_tomo001_single_182415"); } getVideo();I feel like the level of detail (or lack thereof) in a bootleg is hard to explain until you get it in your hands, hence our video here. But, I'm going to try to communicate what I experienced with photographs as well. First, let's get a look at the real, genuine thing -- the original Miku Nendoroid officially made by Good Smile Company.She just lights up a photo, doesn't she? Now, let's take a really close look at the fake Snow Miku in the same position.This Miku does come with the same face as the one above, but I find it unintentionally funny that this one has a less excited face -- like "Hey, look at much I suck." And she does. You can clearly see rougher texture in her eyes and the front of her hair here, which looks smooth on the original Miku. But that's not where the quality issues end.Once again, a look at the top of the real Miku's head, which is clean and free from defects (except that one scar where I dropped her. Whoops).Note the weird plastic nub visible in the seam line between bangs and hair here, which I also talk about in the video up top. I beheaded the bodies (how gruesome!) so you could closely look at the detailing on the shirts by the collars. Snow Miku's is very smudged looking, while the real Miku's is crisp.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't seem to capture on film the weird shininess that the fake faces have. You'll just have to see for yourself. It's funny how holding them in your hands, you can tell so easily. However, it does show here that Snow Miku's teeth are unpainted. Attention to detail!In the end, the less discerning collector may not mind owning a Nendoroid that falls apart frequently, especially if all they plan to do is display it on the shelf and never take it down. I personally like to play with mine and find the constant falling apart issue an inconvenience. Anyway, here's hoping that this guide is helpful and shows off some of the key differences between a real and a fake. Thanks again to our guest at the Otakon Collecting panel who provided this bootleg so we could use it for scientific study!  

You know the word on bootlegs: they're terrible, no one wants them, etc. And we've brought you news from the world of bootleg hell before. But when I attended Otakon this year, during our Collecting Figures panel, the questio...


Buyer beware, more fake Lily Nendoroids on the market

Apr 05
// Tim Sheehy
Back in October of last year, Good Smile posted regarding some imitation Saber Lilys that hit the market a tad early. They shared with us a number of photos to help consumers with keen eyes spot the differences righ...

Fake Puchi Vocaloid Nendoroids are Oh Wow Ugly

Feb 19
// Colette Bennett
Thanks to the always-sharp eye of wcloudxkumo, we got a look at some of the ugliest fakes I've seen in some time today, and I simply had to share them with you, gentle readers. Not that you'd buy them if you saw them, because...


Knock offs of Transformers Classics Skywarp and Thundercracker surface

Jan 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
If you're a collector of Transformers, beware of the latest of knock offs that were posted on the ACToys forum. The rare Classics Skywarp and the even rarer Botcon 2007 exclusive Classics Thundercracker are now being distribu...

A slew of Transformers bootlegs just in time for the holiday

Dec 24
// Jonathan Tubbs
Nothing says happy holidays like getting that Transformer you've always wanted. That is until you realize that it is a bootleg or knock off. The person who got it for you had good intentions. It's the fault of those who have ...

Beware of fake Saber Lilys in the wild

Oct 03
// Brian Szabelski
Good Smile's Saber Lily is a figure many people want to add to their collections, and a few have already appeared on eBay and other sites. There's only one problem with that, of course: Good Smile hasn't shipped their Saber L...

Bootlegs of rare Kuroshitsuji figure show up on eBay

Jun 22
// Colette Bennett
A Danny Choo user with a sharp eye caught this bootleg of the Square-Enix Sebastian figure from Kuroshitsuji on eBay recently. if you saw our review of the original Square Enix Static Arts version, you already know that this ...

A trip to bootleg hell, or why you should be careful at cons

Apr 03
// Pedro Cortes
A couple weeks back, several Tomostaffers visited a festival at a Japanese garden that happened to have a dealer room. Normally, this would make us titter in delight, however, there was something wrong. Something wasn't right...

Oh God Why: A Look Into Bootleg Hell

Mar 18
// Andres Cerrato
There is no worse feeling in the world than realizing what you have purchased is in fact, a bootleg.  The only feeling that somewhat mirrors this is buying a figure that looks like a bootleg.  This case here is one ...

Spotted in the wild: wow, that's one ugly Yoko!

Feb 04
// Colette Bennett
While reading Danny Choo this morning, I stumbled across the visage of horror you see above, which was snapped by Dancing Queen from How A Girl Figures on a recent trip to Mexico. Spotted at the TNT GT3 con, it seems there we...

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