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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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08 days agoMuntoeMuntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・人・...
karararlo (13 days ago) #8912213(mfc link)
bootleg or not?
this also a figma of kiritsugu emiya but is different from the one linked above:
(mfc link)
again, bootleg or not?
would appreciate the help :) and thanks in advance
I can't tell but I do have to tell you that if you took these photos the proper category is "Figures" and "Loots&Boxes." Right now they are in the wrong category and I will have to delete your photos since they are a) in the wrong category and b) not linked to an item (mfc link)
09 days agoWaifuCollectorWaifuCollector
holy bootleg batman!

(ext link)

item #287693
013 days agokarararlokarararlo
(mfc link)

bootleg or not?

this also a figma of kiritsugu emiya but is different from the one linked above:

(mfc link)

again, bootleg or not?

would appreciate the help :) and thanks in advance
015 days agosakashisakashi
Pretty sure these re bootleg but wanted to confirm. If so I will put them on the bootleg seller listing.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Six-Piece-Set-Anime-Figures-The-Last-Naruto-/262389813015?hash=item3d17a6cf17:g:EUsAAOSwgApXCI1i
015 days agoRaylaSanRaylaSan
MadokaKaname (15 days ago) #8805211Ooh thanks a lot! I'm so glad I didn't buy her then, i'll keep the background image thing in mind. She was very cheap compared to the original but I think she's also quite expensive for a bootleg so I wasn't really sure at first.

I'm glad I was able to be of help.
As for her price, I think they purposely price them like that because of how rare her figure has become and how popular of a character she is.
015 days agoMadokaKanameMadokaKaname
RaylaSan (17 days ago) #8751020It is a bootleg.
All bootleg sellers use this sort of "at home" feeling as their backdrop.
The nice white backdrop with a beautiful green tree in the background, with over exposed lighting to hide the blemishes, it is customary.
Plus this is a hard to get figure, you won't magically find one for $50 currently.
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Both of these are bootleg images, can you see the resemblance to the backdrops they use to take pictures?
Official figure photographs usually use a plain background when presenting and photographing figures.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/aeonblue1457104333.jpeg
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-DbIvh9wL._SX425_.jpg


Ooh thanks a lot! I'm so glad I didn't buy her then, i'll keep the background image thing in mind. She was very cheap compared to the original but I think she's also quite expensive for a bootleg so I wasn't really sure at first.
017 days ago (17 days ago)RaylaSanRaylaSan
MadokaKaname (22 days ago) #8514802I've found a seller on Amazon who has quite a few figures I would like to buy but I'm not sure if I can trust it. He has a low rating but because he only has 3 feedbacks and they seem due to packaging issues or an item not arriving on time. I would like to buy the Kotobukiya Shiro he has listed, he has also included a picture of the box item #218050 (ext link) and also says "Quality Assurance, why are you hesitating?" but I'm struggling to determine if it's a bootleg or not based on the picture. All advice is welcome :)

It is a bootleg.
All bootleg sellers use this sort of "at home" feeling as their backdrop.
The nice white backdrop with a beautiful green tree in the background, with over exposed lighting to hide the blemishes, it is customary.
Plus this is a hard to get figure, you won't magically find one for $50 currently.

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Both of these are bootleg images, can you see the resemblance to the backdrops they use to take pictures?
Official figure photographs usually use a plain background when presenting and photographing figures.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/aeonblue1457104333.jpeg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-DbIvh9wL._SX425_.jpg

022 days agoMadokaKanameMadokaKaname
I've found a seller on Amazon who has quite a few figures I would like to buy but I'm not sure if I can trust it. He has a low rating but because he only has 3 feedbacks and they seem due to packaging issues or an item not arriving on time. I would like to buy the Kotobukiya Shiro he has listed, he has also included a picture of the box item #218050 (ext link) and also says "Quality Assurance, why are you hesitating?" but I'm struggling to determine if it's a bootleg or not based on the picture. All advice is welcome :)
022 days agoMadokaKanameMadokaKaname
sulty (26 days ago) #8334220I bought my Skytube Harumoto Sakura from Toy Zany iirc and as far as I can tell there are absolutely no signs of it being a bootleg. The price was £80 so that isnt too far off from the original yen price of 12.8k... Sometimes resellers do discounts when stock isnt going on amazon, (I'd imagine some figures stay in storage for years waiting to be sold at full price.)

She is legit, I'm so glad I found her so cheap :D

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