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KotiKlubitClub #139

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Bootleg Finders
This club is dedicated to finding bootlegs and preventing people from buying them. What's a bootleg? Broadly speaking, it refers to any item/media/etc. that is reproduced and sold without licensing or taxation; it is an illegal business! Many places sell bootleg figures and media because they are cheap to reproduce and have a bigger profit turnover. Sellers take advantage of both new and old collectors alike with this business. The goal of this club is to educate and prevent members of My Figure Collection from falling for bootlegs.

If you find products you think are bootlegged, are not properly marked in our database, or aren't linked here please post or let a MOD or ADM know so we can change it.

For an ongoing list of Ebay bootleg sellers please check this thread: club/139/discus...

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Some common signs of bootlegs and a bootleg seller:

• Price too good to be true (e.g. $40 USD for a figure that normally retails for $100-$150 USD)
• Shiny, fake plastic looking skin or parts
• Noticeable seams, details seem to be missing, parts may not be molded correctly, eyes look different than original figure
• Lack of a holographic sticker (may or may not be true, some official products lack official stickers as well)
• Jointed figures (Nendoroid, Figmas, Figuarts...) may appear loose or like they're about to fall apart
• Seller lists other known bootleg products or other large amounts of cheap merchandise (jewelry, electronics, etc.)
• Seller's username is a combination of random letters/numbers (e.g. 1327198, xmg50427867-4)
• Listing does not state the company or that the figure is legitimate. They may use phrasing such as "China version, China original, China homegrown product", terms such as "new PVC statue, PVC figure, 100% High Quality Brand New", or nothing at all
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Seller: deadlychaser

www.ebay.com/us...

Pictures were blurry and small so I asked him if the figures were authentic from Japan. No boxes but I won them cheap during auction so I went ahead with it. Bought 5 figures. Received all 5 today. Every single one of them is fake.
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Wanted some help b/c I've been searching for this model by 1000toys and this seller on Amazon is selling it for $77. The retail of it (shipping included) was $150, Amazon has free shipping. This seller seems to have mixed reviews with their body kun/chans and is based in China. So I'm a bit wary that it might be a bootleg... I'm not sure if they're even covered by Amazon either. I'd appreciate the help!

Link: www.amazon.com/...
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Hey I just wanted to let you guys know that there's a company claiming to have Japanese import products from Kotobukiya on Amazon, called COLLECT TOYS. The first issue I saw with them is that they are selling their bootleg for the same price as official figures, even a bit more in some cases. For example, they are selling Steins;Gate: Kurisu Makise PVC figures for $108 alone.
Link: www.amazon.com/...
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Platinum (1 kuukautta sitten) #44803669I've never heard of, seen pictures of, or read any review that mentions an alternative face. Mandarake is a reliable store/chain that specialises in secondhand goods, so I wouldn't worry about it being a bootleg unless you're super unlucky (they only sell genuine stuff unless someone made a mistake). Everything in your pictures seems to add up, though you don't really show any good pics of the figure itself -- unless your figure looks off (ex. low quality), I highly doubt you have a bootleg.

I don't think so either. I just got really confused because the people on this page were adamant about it, and I'm just not sure if I've made this huge mistake or something.
Here's a little album of some pics I snapped of her (still with her plastic on since I have to transport her home from Japan in two months and want to make sure she's as well packaged as possible) and she looks completely fine to me?
users.v4.php?cu...
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Minaginagi (1 kuukautta sitten) #44800594Hi there, I'm writing here to ask because the group that I wrote to in confusion became a real dick about it. I recently purchased the Tony Megurine Luka figure from Max Factory in Mandarake in Akihabara a few months ago. The figure comes in original box (I'll attach some pictures) and has a verification sticker and everything.
However, the people in this group are claiming that the figure comes with two interchangeable faces. My version of this figure doesn't. So I immediately went to the Goodsmile product page and the mfc page, and could not locate any information about a second face. Is there anyone who can help me verify whether I have a bootleg or not?
(I've uploaded them to my page so hopefully here's a link)
users.v4.php?mo...

I've never heard of, seen pictures of, or read any review that mentions an alternative face. Mandarake is a reliable store/chain that specialises in secondhand goods, so I wouldn't worry about it being a bootleg unless you're super unlucky (they only sell genuine stuff unless someone made a mistake). Everything in your pictures seems to add up, though you don't really show any good pics of the figure itself -- unless your figure looks off (ex. low quality), I highly doubt you have a bootleg.
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Hi there, I'm writing here to ask because the group that I wrote to in confusion became a real dick about it. I recently purchased the Tony Megurine Luka figure from Max Factory in Mandarake in Akihabara a few months ago. The figure comes in original box (I'll attach some pictures) and has a verification sticker and everything.
However, the people in this group are claiming that the figure comes with two interchangeable faces. My version of this figure doesn't. So I immediately went to the Goodsmile product page and the mfc page, and could not locate any information about a second face. Is there anyone who can help me verify whether I have a bootleg or not?
(I've uploaded them to my page so hopefully here's a link)
users.v4.php?mo...
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I might be starting up a bootleg quick review series for anyone who needs reference when buying online.(bootlegs are so easy to come across here, hence why I want to help)

Heres the first EXQ Figure vid up. Hope it helps someone
youtu.be/eBNewB...
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Is it okay to buy figures on Lightinthebox? Because I found one that is normaly about 100€ And on the lichtonboxpage page 80€ and Saled on 50€ but one bootleg of this figure hasn‘t Little figures sended with it someone Writer. But the bootleg Has also ni Little figures in it. And I First thought it Coups be real but then i found Out it‘s a chinashop :( And someone also explaned their Boxes often come to their homes destroyed and that‘s also a sign for Fake.I‘m so sad I can‘t get that cheap figure Now. What do you mean?
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Jenthehen Otaku at Law
Ok I have some super noob questions considering I’ve been collecting for over 9 years, lol ... I’ve just never been that into Nendoroods until recently.

I found a Nendo Jibril ITEM #591628 at a con and it seemed so suspect that I didn’t buy it. No authenticity sticker and the plastic seemed cloudy and the quality of the figure I could see through the box was not great. I posted a pic of a similar looking one from eBay (although that seller claims authenticity...)

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Jenthehen1535254730.jpeg

There isn’t a known bootleg of her, so maybe I’m just being paranoid?

I ordered her secondhand with the goodsmile bonus and she looks great so far through the box, but no authenticity sticker! Pics -

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Jenthehen1535815252.jpeghttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Jenthehen1535815243.jpeghttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Jenthehen1535815262.jpeg

Seller was in the US and guaranteed authenticity and it does include the bonus, which wouldn't make sense without it being authentic, right?

Then also, I just ordered Emilia ITEM #549360 from Crunchyroll and I was like OH MAN she doesn't have a sticker either! So this one is obviously legit since it's from Crunchyroll (and it looks great), but I've definitely seen boxes with the sticker on the front!

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Jenthehen1535815271.jpeg

So am I just an idiot who didn't realize sometimes nendos DON'T always have a sticker? I just always though GoodSmile used them all the time.

Is it that the versions sold by US retailers don't use/need them since there isn't a licensing issue with the show in another country?

Teach me about Nendos ... suddenly I feel like a nerve-wracked noob about these bootlegs since nendo ones are SO prevalent. I'm an expert on scales / non-scale models, but just never was bitten by the nendo bug until a few have recently caught my eye!

Thanks, all!
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would someone be able to help me legit check a miku figure? :)
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