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  • tharglet3 kuukautta sitten#77771914Funny you should mention this one - she's in an upcoming blog. Didn't realise she had variants though... I got one when the bootlegs first started kicking around... before the official was even released. Was going to do her as a one-off some time ago, but things happened, and I never did... so she gets to be part of this series.

    I'm curious to which of her versions you have. :) I would almost get N E C K , just for the joke value.
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    Maakie3 kuukautta sitten#77771709I had to grab a picture of my most favorite N E C K


    Funny you should mention this one - she's in an upcoming blog. Didn't realise she had variants though... I got one when the bootlegs first started kicking around... before the official was even released. Was going to do her as a one-off some time ago, but things happened, and I never did... so she gets to be part of this series.
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    tharglet3 kuukautta sitten#77754046I already own Isolation (but not completed it...) so couldn't really take advantage of cheap Alien.
    Yeah, necks on articulated bootlegs can be quite bad... and this one has giraffe neck in full force XD. Usually comes from the articulated neck piece extending into the head and lower neck on official figures so you don't get gaps, and then the bootleggers use the wrong joints which means the neck is too much on show. Or in this case... all on show as there are no joints to hold it in the right place. Oops!


    I'm a couple of hours in now. Surprisingly the game makes me very tired to play, I think because it's so dark? The references to the movie, the sounds and the Alien herself are awesome though!

    I had to grab a picture of my most favorite N E C K

    https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2018/04/23/1967252.jpeg

    This bootleg is a beauty in general, because there are so much variations on it.

    https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2018/05/31/1992312.jpeg

    Would you rather have seductive Shiro?

    https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/09/12/2297137.jpeg

    Or long face Shiro?

    Every bootleg seller has a different one, enjoy the roulette. xD
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    Maakie3 kuukautta sitten#77753982Interesting to see another Alien review from you! :D I celebrated Alien day by picking up Alien Isolation for $2. :3
    At first I thought 'hey the bootleg doesn't seem that bad except for the blue paint', but then I read 'static statue' and had to double check the picture LOL. Also the N E C K of the bootleg, damn!


    I already own Isolation (but not completed it...) so couldn't really take advantage of cheap Alien.

    Yeah, necks on articulated bootlegs can be quite bad... and this one has giraffe neck in full force XD. Usually comes from the articulated neck piece extending into the head and lower neck on official figures so you don't get gaps, and then the bootleggers use the wrong joints which means the neck is too much on show. Or in this case... all on show as there are no joints to hold it in the right place. Oops!
    3 kuukautta sitten
    Interesting to see another Alien review from you! :D I celebrated Alien day by picking up Alien Isolation for $2. :3

    At first I thought 'hey the bootleg doesn't seem that bad except for the blue paint', but then I read 'static statue' and had to double check the picture LOL. Also the N E C K of the bootleg, damn!
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    dtindcarea3 kuukautta sitten#77666375There was actually a bootleg on eBay that I was considering getting for two reasons: 1) as a experiment to see the quality or lack thereof, and 2) the authentic simply costs too much relative to its intrinsic value (one of those figures that is older and in limited supply).
    Yeah, can be tempting if an official figure isn't readily available. Have had that temptation before.

    dtindcarea3 kuukautta sitten#77666375
    But, when I read all the caveats that they had regarding the figure that they can't even guarantee the colors in the photos that they post in the ad, it seemed very foolish to me because if they can't even guarantee what the product will look like who knows if what you get is actually worth displaying.

    As there's no QC to really speak of on bootlegs, they do vary slightly between each other. Though I think it's mostly to kind of hoodwink buyers into thinking they have the right thing, by saying the product won't quite match the official photos they're trying to sell the product with.

    dtindcarea3 kuukautta sitten#77666375It makes me wonder if deception/lack of knowledgeable buyers are the only way for these bootleggers to stay in business because not even the bootleggers themselves have confidence in their own products. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration because I'm lumping all bootleggers together but still it mostly fits.
    Whilst people unaware of what bootlegging is probably forms a good chunk of their market, there's another chunk who simply can't afford the official thing (usually from countries with lower average wages). And then there are those who want figures, know they're buying knockoffs but don't care as they don't want to spend big money on official figures and don't care to.

    Saying a figure will turn out different isn't really exclusive to the bootlegging market - sites selling official figures will often have a note that says the photos are of the prototype, as things do change from the one-off to mass-production. Good companies have little to nothing change, others can be markedly different.
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    I see. Thanks for the responses. Yes, I see a lot of bootlegs on eBay and Amazon, and they usually have more in the descriptions.

    There was actually a bootleg on eBay that I was considering getting for two reasons: 1) as a experiment to see the quality or lack thereof, and 2) the authentic simply costs too much relative to its intrinsic value (one of those figures that is older and in limited supply). But, when I read all the caveats that they had regarding the figure that they can't even guarantee the colors in the photos that they post in the ad, it seemed very foolish to me because if they can't even guarantee what the product will look like who knows if what you get is actually worth displaying. It makes me wonder if deception/lack of knowledgeable buyers are the only way for these bootleggers to stay in business because not even the bootleggers themselves have confidence in their own products. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration because I'm lumping all bootleggers together but still it mostly fits.
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    dtindcarea3 kuukautta sitten#77662939Nice write up. You may want to add the MFC link. I think this is the item ITEM #165526

    See the related item link in the sidebar! Or the bottom of the page if you're on mobile. For my blogs, I'll link any relevant figures to the blog.


    dtindcarea3 kuukautta sitten#77662939
    Do you end up buying these things online? If so, I'm curious whether the descriptions of the bootleg version offer any disclaimers regarding color/quality/articulation. I've seen some ads where they are very up-front that it is a "China" version of the figure. And, they sometimes say that they can't guarantee that the coloring in the photos they post will match the figure. In particular, I'm curious whether the photos for the bootleg in the advertisement showed the light blue highlighting that is all over the bootleg figure because the blue highlighting that they did seems strange to say the least.


    Yes, I buy these online. I don't have any figure shops that near to me (legit or non-legit), so it would be hard to obtain them otherwise. The stores that sell bootlegs here will also charge ripoff prices for them (close or same as the official item).
    The listing didn't have much text to it at all - just a title "Crazy Toys Aliens Colonial Marines PVC Alien Action Figure Collectible Model Toy", and the "description" was pictures of the actual bootleg. Here's one of the pictures:
    https://i.ibb.co/rFCjymR/Crazy-Toys-Aliens-Colonial-Marines-PVC-Alien-Action-Figure-Collectible-Model-Toy.jpg
    So as you can see, you can see the dippy paint job. The site I usually buy my bootlegs from usually has photos of the bootleg product, but usually a hand-picked sample that isn't quite as bad as what you may get.
    The description disclaimers that you talk about are mostly seen on eBay, other sites don't tend to feature that so much.

    dtindcarea3 kuukautta sitten#77662939
    Also, did they mention anything about (lack of) articulation in the ad? It matters because I'd really like to know whether these bootleggers are in business simply to copy figures (to deceive) or to produce similar figures on the cheap (a somewhat more respectable business practice). It matters because if the bootlegger's goal is just to produce a similar but not a copy figure, then I don't think I would assume that every feature has to be identical.

    No, the titles usually end up keyword-stuffed, and I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of the sellers couldn't translate the words from English to Chinese. They just know what people search for, and put words in the title so people will stumble across it.
    From the site I buy from, there is usually no mention of the manufacturer. You also have to search by character name if you want something specific, as that's usually the only thing that survives the bootleg titling process - they don't want to stray tooo close to copyrighted terms. eBay is a bit more blatant, because they can be and probably need to be to get the customers.
    Bootlegger's goal is usually to make something as similar as possible as cheap as possible. Those goals do conflict, so you tend to get a lot of compromises on an articulated figure - but I found it funny they just chose to completely forgo the articulation entirely. The articulation on the official is a bit finnicky to get it to stand/pose, so with cheaper joints, it probably was a no-go and they went "fuck it". Or at least that's my guess. Could be the factory that decided to bootleg it didn't usually do articulated figures but happened to end up with it anyway and modded it to this end. Or any other reason.
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    Nice write up. You may want to add the MFC link. I think this is the item ITEM #165526

    Do you end up buying these things online? If so, I'm curious whether the descriptions of the bootleg version offer any disclaimers regarding color/quality/articulation. I've seen some ads where they are very up-front that it is a "China" version of the figure. And, they sometimes say that they can't guarantee that the coloring in the photos they post will match the figure. In particular, I'm curious whether the photos for the bootleg in the advertisement showed the light blue highlighting that is all over the bootleg figure because the blue highlighting that they did seems strange to say the least.

    Also, did they mention anything about (lack of) articulation in the ad? It matters because I'd really like to know whether these bootleggers are in business simply to copy figures (to deceive) or to produce similar figures on the cheap (a somewhat more respectable business practice). It matters because if the bootlegger's goal is just to produce a similar but not a copy figure, then I don't think I would assume that every feature has to be identical.
    3 kuukautta sitten
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