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Tomopop About Town: Miami Supercon's Bootleg Hell

3:00 PM on 07.05.2011 // Andres Cerrato

I decided to head on down to Miami Supercon yesterday, a decision I almost regretted. Like every other time I go to this convention, I found myself once again stranded in Bootleg Hell. Sadly, it was more plentiful then the last time. The classic bootlegs were there, because who doesn't love lead-painted Final Fantasy jewelry? Sure, it's no Thomas the Tank Engine, but the last time I checked, the Tardis only has 4 sides.

Join me after the jump as I Dante my way through Bootleg Hell.

[Editor's note: Andres took these pictures with his cellphone camera, which explains why they're not great quality. Then again, maybe these figures just suck that terribly that they wrecked the photos. - Brian]

I have yet to see anyone actually buy these, but yet I see them every convention I go to. I mean, who doesn't want a Geass on their hand?! Oh right, those who hate lead poisoning. But hey, maybe that girl will finally go out with you if you get her that Final Fantasy X box set.

It wouldn't be Bootleg Hell without Nendoroids. These were a bit different from the ones I'm used to seeing, as these aren't being sold as Nendos. They just took the mold and made them into static poses of the various pieces. They're worse than the ones I've seen before, as it looks like they've been made from fresh dough at the bakery. There were more of the same type of atrocities found for Kuroshitsuji.

I'm making the same faces, Ciel. Same faces.

We've been on a Sentai kick recently, so why not just grab some DVDs of some poorly-done HK subs or uncredited fansubs? Hell, they got VR Troopers on DVD! Screw the quality version available on Netflix right now, I want to watch VR Troopers in the same quality as I did as a kid: off a 3rd copy VHS tape with horrid tracking and the Fox Kids logo blurred out.

Okay, I'm think I'll go back to school, get a degree in advanced physics, invent a time machine so I can go back in time to punch myself in the face for going to this thing. Wait, never mind, there's a Tardis! If this works ...

Oh, for Christ's sake! Even the Tardis is a bootleg! There's a very simple design to a Tardis. It's a BLUE BOX! Yes, it's a rectangular prism with 6 total sides, that doesn't mean that you make it the blue hexagon. I just don't know how this even came to be. Just why. I need some gaming to cheer me up.

You know what? I'm out. At least I got a MSiA Elmeth and from what I can tell, it was the only legit thing anywhere at this con.

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