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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.)
• 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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09 days agobobbyjonesbobbyjones
Muntoe (10 days ago) #13079512Yes you're correct about that :)
Looking at the listings they seem fine to me. Bootleggers do not tend to put the manufacturer in the title/description because they can get in major trouble if the items are not as described and all of these listings mention it's by Kotobukiya. Koto also does partnerships with foreign shops and sells directly overseas (their stuff is even on Amazon) so they likely have some sort of business deal going on. You should be safe and if not you can file a claim to get your money back because it would be false advertising if you did receive a fake product.


Well they assured me it was authentic so we'll see when they arrive
010 days agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
bobbyjones (10 days ago) #13035380EDIT: well I did some research it seems most all authentic (and unauthentic) figures are in fact made in china I didn't know this. Still fishy though might have to cancel.Yes you're correct about that :)

Looking at the listings they seem fine to me. Bootleggers do not tend to put the manufacturer in the title/description because they can get in major trouble if the items are not as described and all of these listings mention it's by Kotobukiya. Koto also does partnerships with foreign shops and sells directly overseas (their stuff is even on Amazon) so they likely have some sort of business deal going on. You should be safe and if not you can file a claim to get your money back because it would be false advertising if you did receive a fake product.
010 days ago (10 days ago)bobbyjonesbobbyjones
anyone deal with bigtrilobyte on ebay before? I just purchased 2 items that I thought were authentic but it seems on every one of his listings for Kotobukiya items the manufacturer is listed as china. [ext link ]

So I'm not so sure now. The pictures provided include the box which seems legitimate but I'm not so sure. The items were like 40% off.

These were the items
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EDIT: well I did some research it seems most all authentic (and unauthentic) figures are in fact made in china I didn't know this. Still fishy though might have to cancel.
011 days agoSilverDaKillerSilverDaKiller
Bonestick (11 days ago) #12990986Catxangel
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Help!!! This seller said all her stuff is 100% authentic, import from Japan. Anyone help me identify? Real or bootleg?


The usa on ebay usually do sell authnetic figures unless proven bootlegs. You should be safe!
011 days agoBonestickBonestick
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Help!!! This seller said all her stuff is 100% authentic, import from Japan. Anyone help me identify? Real or bootleg?
024 days agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
antoniaab (25 days ago) #12338235How do you report new bootlegs on the figure's page?Post them in here or alert the figure entry. There is text that says "Report" on every figure's page (next to "Add to my favorites").
025 days agoantoniaabantoniaab Cool Kid
How do you report new bootlegs on the figure's page?
027 days agoxKendoxKendo
I didn't know where to post this(since I couldn't find a specific thread for it) so I thought the comment section would be best, I'm sorry if it's not.

Anyway,
I bought a Gashapon/Caption Doll from "HongKongIcon" on eBay and this is the product I received (already mounted):
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I don't think it's a bootleg BUT I would love to get some input from someone else? Thank you!
029 days agoJenthehenJenthehen Otaku at Law
Is there actually a bootleg of this figure - item #12320 ? I think it may have just been confusion over differences in packaging between the different releases in different countries since it was originally a manga bundle. Thanks!

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