Yes, yes, I’ve fallen for many a bootleg figure in my older green days in the figure world. I was even conscious of the fact that my figures might be bootlegs too, but I was more concerned with getting the best price (broke college student). I didn’t think a little extra quality was worth all the stress and pain of hunting the figure down just to pay more. I also thought that eBay was my only source of anime figures back then too. Ebay almost always sucks for buying figures, but I must admit it’s an amazing way to sell figures. Well as you can imagine I’ve wisened up since then and avoid bootlegs like the plague. After all when I buy a figure I’m DIRECTLY supporting the anime industry in Japan. Anime over there functions almost purely as a commercial to sell products directly related to the series, shows have to PAY to be aired on stations at certain times (unlike in the US where stations buy the rights to shows). So when you buy the products associated from the show from Japan, you’re supporting what you love at the source.
Sorry I don’t have my mistake bootleg purchases well documented. I didn’t take as many good pictures as I could have before I purged my collection of them. The good news is that I managed to replace each and every bootleg (1/8) Figure with the real thing at retail (or lower) price! Although my Magic Knight Rayearth figures I just returned, I practically had to shove them back down that ebayer’s throat.
~Haruhi (Max Factory)
~Naruto Trading Figures (2 Sets)
~Bleach Trading Figure Set
I’ve really got to hand it to bootleggers though, they’re getting better. On the ToysLogic Forums we often get people popping in and asking if the figures they bought are fake. I used to be able to instantly tell, and recently there was one I had to lookover for a bit, something didn’t feel right about it but it took a while for me to find a key sign of it being bootleg. The tell tale sign that I saw is the discoloration of the joints (that you’ll notice on the Yuna picture).
Have you fallen for bootlegs? Or were you a straight shooter right from the beginning?