Bootleg FindersBootleg FindersHunting bootlegs one figure at a time!

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: (mfc link)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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

View allForums (110)

View more // Comments (1138)

01 month ago (1 month ago)moonstarfcmoonstarfc
Kiera_Brand (1 month 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.
01 month 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.
01 month agoAquapearlXAquapearlX
Muntoe (1 month 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! =)
01 month agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
AquapearlX (1 month 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 :)
01 month ago (1 month ago)AquapearlXAquapearlX
Hi! I'm new to the look out for buying figurines and comparing it to a bootleg product.. But I was looking for an anime figure for my sibling for a gift. I was wondering if these sellers are good or legit to buy from.

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]

[ext link ]
11 month ago (1 month ago)TsungireTsungire
patoBravo (1 month ago) #15784167Hi guys, can you help me here? searching for a figma figure of Lucina, I found out 2 diferent types of box:
1st one: [ext link ]
2nd one: [ext link ]
As you can see, the text on the upper side of the box is not the same, do you think I found a bootleg or are they legit? Isnt it a bit odd to produce diferent boxes for the same product?


They are both legit, just different runs/ region box's differences.
The first link is the newer box, aimed more at direct distribution in North America.
01 month agoBloempjeBloempje Hunting my grails
01 month agopatoBravopatoBravo
Hi guys, can you help me here? searching for a figma figure of Lucina, I found out 2 diferent types of box:

1st one: [ext link ]

2nd one: [ext link ]

As you can see, the text on the upper side of the box is not the same, do you think I found a bootleg or are they legit? Isnt it a bit odd to produce diferent boxes for the same product?
01 month agoBloempjeBloempje Hunting my grails
11 month agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
RaynareAmano (1 month ago) #15525071If a figure is sold for $25 cheaper than other sites, where it's listed as $180, do you think it's fake?
I bought a figure from amazon of Neptune from Hyperdimension Neptunia, and the seller had a 97% rating based on 393 reviews. The seller is A-Style Japan, and according to them, they ship directly from Japan. The figure's box seems to be legit, with the company name on it and serial code matching the one listed on good smile company site, etc... However, my total was only $163 ($4.50 shipping), so despite all these things a legit figure's box should have, do you think this is bootleg?
No, just because a figure is slightly less expensive than other sites or listings it doesn't automatically mean it's a bootleg. Price fluctuations are extremely common in this hobby even from large webshops in Japan (AmiAmi, Hobby Search, etc.). Some second-hand figure websites have much larger discounts than what you described as well. Since they have such a high rating and are directly from Japan I would not be concerned about your figure; if you still aren't sure look to see if there is a counterfeit notice on the figure's page on here and compare your figure to bootleg photos. Amazon is great at refunds if an item arrives and is not as described.

View more comments

Bootleg Finders

Details

View moreMembers (2275)

View moreRelated Pictures (2468)

clamp chii chobits art_stormyamato ayanami_rei yamashita_shunya shin_seiki_evangelion yoshizawa_mitsumasa

View moreRelated Items (2544)