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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: (mfc link)

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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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02 days agoIEatAppleIEatApple
do people ever sell bootleg products on here?
010 days agoKeiraKoneko38KeiraKoneko38
arisutan (15 days ago) #17289120don't suppose yall know of anyone who COLLECTS bootlegs? i know these people exist! i was tricked into buying a bootleg at a con and wanna get rid of it lol

This happened to me! I was at a convention and bought a VOCALOID Good Smile blindbox. the box was legit, but I'm not 100% sure if the figure is. It looks like it is but the shines on the eyes look like they're fading, and the highlights on the hair as well.
015 days agoarisutanarisutan やれやれだぜ
don't suppose yall know of anyone who COLLECTS bootlegs? i know these people exist! i was tricked into buying a bootleg at a con and wanna get rid of it lol
022 days agoDardDrakDardDrak
Muntoe (23 days ago) #17113928A heads up that

Oh, thanks for the answer, Muntoe. Yeah, looks like I was worrying for nothing, because I asked the seller about that and she sent me 4 messages explaining everything about the origin of the item - she even sent the invoice from 2014 when the figure was bought at HobbyLink Japan.

The only problem with the item it's that her hand it's too open and can't hold the umbrella very well, but it's a beautiful figure anyway.
023 days agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
DardDrak (23 days ago) #17113367Hi guysA heads up that Imgur blacklisted MFC - any links that you post from there will not show up here if people click them.

I took a look at your photos and I wouldn't worry at all, it looks fine. This figure doesn't even have a known bootleg: item #169342 All of my figures are from sources like AmiAmi, HS, etc. and almost all of them have the Made in China text - the vast majority of figures are like this because that's where the workshops are.
023 days agoDardDrakDardDrak
Hi guys, could you help me identify if this figure from the Beach Queen's series it's a bootleg? The figure itself looks very good, but it's written below her base that it was made in China - I know that some autentic figures are made there, but I have 2 other figures from this series and both of the were made in Japan.

I paid EUR 48,00 for her on Ebay, and the seller it's from Italy and has 100% feedback. I can post more pics if you want.

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Thanks for the help.
02 months ago (2 months ago)moonstarfcmoonstarfc
Kiera_Brand (2 months ago) #15912237Please tell me, is all porn (dakimakura) goods of Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters bootleg? I am trying to make a list of bootleg sellers on amazon the seller is called YHS-YO and sells dakimakura and those rope clothes things.
I collect some dakimakura and typically the R18 dakimakura are doujin goods, unofficially made by groups in Japan (circles). They are technically unlicensed, but they're not "bootleg" in the same way bootleg figures are, because there is no officially licensed counterpart to them. The artwork for these dakimakura are generally produced by the circle themselves. They can be compared to doujinshi (fanzines) and other doujin goods.

Now, there are also bootleg dakimakura - those are made by chinese factories, they take a scan of the original dakimakura and make a cheap copy of it (usually in a fabric like peach skin)

If the dakimakura is an original one printed by the circle in Japan that originally designed it and made the artwork, then it's not a bootleg, just unlicensed doujin goods.
If it's shipping from China, says "peach skin fabric", etc, then it's a bootleg of the original dakimakura, even if that original dakimakura was unlicensed in the first place.
02 months agoKiera_BrandKiera_Brand
Please tell me, is all porn (dakimakura) goods of Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters bootleg? I am trying to make a list of bootleg sellers on amazon the seller is called YHS-YO and sells dakimakura and those rope clothes things.
02 months agoAquapearlXAquapearlX
Muntoe (2 months ago) #15899011Hello! Before you buy anything please read over this thread: (mfc link) There are common signs of bootlegs and a list of sellers that sell bootleg products. Some of them were already in the list, others I will add shortly.
Every single link you posted is a bootleg product because the price is too low, material is low quality, and the seller says they are "Chinese versions" (a.k.a. not authentic). Here is the price you should expect for the real figures: [ext link ], [ext link ], [ext link ] If price is a concern then maybe you want to look into Nendoroids? They are pretty popular for beginner collectors: item #235669, item #415005
Hope that helps a bit. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any other questions :)


Hi! Thank you for showing me the links and explaining to me how the links I found weren't good.. Wow. I can't believe it. But I really like the Otakumode site you recommended me. I love it and they seem to have a lot of cool, awesome stuff! I will look into the Nedoroids too for another option. They have a good price range for me and look very adorable~ <3 I will be sure to send more questions if I have any I am unsure of or need a good pair of eyes to assist me. Thank you again and have a nice day! =)
02 months agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
AquapearlX (2 months ago) #15884505<snip>Hello! Before you buy anything please read over this thread: (mfc link) There are common signs of bootlegs and a list of sellers that sell bootleg products. Some of them were already in the list, others I will add shortly.

Every single link you posted is a bootleg product because the price is too low, material is low quality, and the seller says they are "Chinese versions" (a.k.a. not authentic). Here is the price you should expect for the real figures: [ext link ], [ext link ], [ext link ] If price is a concern then maybe you want to look into Nendoroids? They are pretty popular for beginner collectors: item #235669, item #415005

Hope that helps a bit. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any other questions :)

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