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2:00 PM on 07.25.2012

Action ponies from Taobao; prototypes or knockoffs?

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...

Rio McCarthy

Bootleg Hell: Snow Miku vs. Real Miku photo
Bootleg Hell: Snow Miku vs. Real Miku
by Colette Bennett

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 question of bootlegs came up. One disappointed audience member had purchased what he believed to be a real Snow Miku in the dealers room, only to be crestfallen when we pointed it out as a fake.

After the panel, he walked up to me and asked if I wanted the figure, since he didn't want to keep a fake. I agreed and took it, not because I intended to display it (my Snow Miku ships this week) but to use her as an illustration for any of you that are interested in seeing the difference between a fake and a real Nendoroid. I had never held a fake before, but after this experience, I was simply amazed at the low quality level -- it was much worse than I possibly could have imagined. 

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6:00 PM on 04.05.2010

Buyer beware, more fake Lily Nendoroids on the market

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...

Tim Sheehy

2:30 PM on 02.19.2010

Fake Puchi Vocaloid Nendoroids are Oh Wow Ugly

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...

Colette Bennett

9:00 AM on 01.05.2010

Knock offs of Transformers Classics Skywarp and Thundercracker surface

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...

Jonathan Tubbs

5:00 AM on 12.24.2009

A slew of Transformers bootlegs just in time for the holiday

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 ...

Jonathan Tubbs

1:43 PM on 10.03.2009

Beware of fake Saber Lilys in the wild

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...

Brian Szabelski

3:00 PM on 06.22.2009

Bootlegs of rare Kuroshitsuji figure show up on eBay

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 ...

Colette Bennett

2:00 PM on 04.03.2009

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

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...

Pedro Cortes

1:00 PM on 03.18.2009

Oh God Why: A Look Into Bootleg Hell

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 ...

Andres Cerrato

2:00 PM on 02.04.2009

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

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...

Colette Bennett