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Sometimes I Prefer Bootlegs, Here's WhySometimes I Prefer Bootlegs, Here's Why

CollectorCrazyCollectorCrazy11 months agoMisc
Sometimes I prefer to have the bootleg version of a figure.
Why?

Because there's no stress.

As someone who struggles with OCD and anxiety, if a figure is imperfect in any way, it completely ruins my enjoyment of a figure. For example, the box to my Samus figure got damaged one night after I stepped on a box of thumbtacks while the room was pitch black. Now I can't bear to look at it anymore. Each official figure must be treated like some sort of treasure, and I'm constantly paranoid the sun, dust, or a random act of god will damage it. It defeats the purpose of collecting - to enjoy it.

Don't get me wrong, 98% of the time I prefer the authentic figure. They're almost always higher quality.

But with bootlegs, they're cheap. Leave em' in the sun, put em' wherever you want, let them fall off a shelf, who cares! I once put glossy clear coat on a bootleg just to see how it'd look (both good and bad btw, the gloss makes dust stick). Why? Because I didn't care about it. I have the 1/4th Balalaika bootleg, and it's damn near indistinguishable from the original (I do NOT condone selling bootlegs as originals). But guess what? It fell off my shelf and got scratched and the gun broke. What did I do? I haphazardly glued the gun back together and stuck it back on my shelf. You are also able to customize them without fear of ruining an expensive figure. They're just fun sometimes.
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pomfie moeshit
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11 months ago
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I think I see where you are coming from. But a bootleg is not usually just a less quality copy of the original.

1) Most of the time, it smells bad because of the cheap paint
2) There is no guarantee that the material used meets health standards (no carcinogenic items etc)
3) Almost always tends to have ridiculously bad paint on the eyes

If I may be so bold to suggest, I think the real underlying issue here is that the original figures are just too expensive. So when you get these original figures, you feel the need to protect them. After all, you invested relatively heavily on them. With a bootleg, since you spend little, you don't feel too bad about possible harm that might befall them.

P.S. I think any sane person, regardless of OCD, would strive to protect their investment when the money spent is a large amount. While for some who are on the very rich side might consider these figures to be not that expensive, the prices are in the "very high" range for most of the general population. So I honestly think that the real issue here is the high price point for these figures.
11 months ago
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Tsumuro (14 days ago) #68295570I have OCD and anxiety too but I would NEVER buy a bootleg. I bought a dehumidifier that has a dust filter aswell and I put all my figures in cabinets. Nothing can fall off a shelf when it's behind a glass door. Expensive figures means you need to be more careful with how you display your stuff, simple. It's better to take better precautions and have an amazing collection you can be proud of than to be reckless and just buy crappy bootlegs to justify your lack of effort. Bootlegs are ugly and I would honestly never put one in my house. And no, they don't look indistinguishable from the original. Put them next to each other and it will become very obvious. If you need to glue something, use 2 component glue. It's an epoxy glue that works really well on plastic and is near invisible.

Woah I forgot I wrote this XD

My sentiments on this have changed I think. I'll agree I prefer to have the originals for the quality. I have gradually gotten less and less bothered by imperfections. Though they certainly still bother me. I think someday, I'll just re-buy any of the figures I have with imperfections. Even if it's at a loss, it's worth the peace of mind.

But I will say bootlegs have noticably gotten better. I don't know why, or who is making them, but the quality has definitely improved - specifically on the freeing, binding, native, and rocketboy bootlegs. Actually to the extent it kind of irritated me, because one figure I bought (Tsukushi) was an original, and I got it for a nice hunk of change. But after seeing the bootleg version, I realized that, while yeah the original was still higher quality, the difference in cost was not worth the quality added I don't think. I still like the figure, and so long as I enjoy it, that's all that matters.
14 days ago
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I have OCD and anxiety too but I would NEVER buy a bootleg. I bought a dehumidifier that has a dust filter aswell and I put all my figures in cabinets. Nothing can fall off a shelf when it's behind a glass door. Expensive figures means you need to be more careful with how you display your stuff, simple. It's better to take better precautions and have an amazing collection you can be proud of than to be reckless and just buy crappy bootlegs to justify your lack of effort. Bootlegs are ugly and I would honestly never put one in my house. And no, they don't look indistinguishable from the original. Put them next to each other and it will become very obvious. If you need to glue something, use 2 component glue. It's an epoxy glue that works really well on plastic and is near invisible.
14 days ago
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Kirito_ (11 months ago) #43080655Guilty as charged, I didn't bother sifting through all the responses to see Every single post or comment you made AFTER the initial post. I simply replied to your original post. No reason to post rude/attackish comments.
Though reading the extra quoted material, you pretty much just affirmed that it's the cost or difficulty to obtain of the authentic figure that makes you feel that way.


Of course cost plays a factor, why wouldn't it? But is it the main reason? No. The main reason is I don't respect the bootleg. An original is (typically) a finely crafted art piece. A lot of time, work, effort, and creativity went into designing the original, and creating it. A bootleg is just a cash in on somebody else's hard work. There's no love behind it, no passion, no pride in their work (ok maybe sometimes there's pride in their work. I've seen some pretty damn good bootlegs). But most of the time, it's just a bean counter trying to get more beans. This makes bootlegs great for being a paperweight, or a desk ornament, or for practicing painting. They go from art, to being a novel bauble.
11 months ago
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CollectorCrazy (11 months ago) #43077164Allow me to quote a previous comment I made, since you seem to struggle with reading before you write.

Guilty as charged, I didn't bother sifting through all the responses to see Every single post or comment you made AFTER the initial post. I simply replied to your original post. No reason to post rude/attackish comments.

Though reading the extra quoted material, you pretty much just affirmed that it's the cost or difficulty to obtain of the authentic figure that makes you feel that way.
11 months ago
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Kosura (11 months ago) #42965328You say that as if otherwise you're personally giving money to the artists and/or creators of the series. Let's be honest, we don't know where/who the money really goes to.
Most people here are just making up excuses to make themselves feel better about the choices they made, the choice to spent more money.
And heck, for figures I personally buy the officials because I have 2 figures, one bootleg and one official that clearly shows me the difference in quality. No other reasons. I'm not buying anything with my mind set on supporting the creators/artists.
That thought never crosses my mind even.
"I shall buy this figure to support the artist/creator of a series, that I may or may not like", no, I buy a figure because I want to have that figure. No need to make stuff up to make yourself sound better.
It's like going to a bakery buying bread to support the bread maker ... you buy it to have food, to survive XD
Comments (not just yours, person I quoted) on the matter of bootleg items are always so fricking hilarious. They make my day and they make me glad that I'm not more invested in communities like these XD
Not even just bootlegs but sometimes just comparisons between 2 companies. Most of the time people will start using "bootleg" as a word to describe one of em.
Ah this post calmed me down, I can now go to bed and rest easy XD


This man speaks the truth.

He's also as cynical and as critical as I am, good on ya'.
11 months ago
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Kirito_ (11 months ago) #42983112If someone wants to buy bootlegs that's their business. I for one don't like the quality of them; as well as the negative effects on the hobby counterfeit products can have.
Edit- just curious.
"As someone who struggles with OCD and anxiety, if a figure is imperfect in any way, it completely ruins my enjoyment of a figure" I'm confused as to how the bootleg figures are "perfect". Most have tons of imperfections with extremely low quality control. If you mean to say you are very protective of official figures due to cost, that makes more sense, but I think OCD or not many people prefer to take care of/protect things they purchased and care about.


Allow me to quote a previous comment I made, since you seem to struggle with reading before you write.

CollectorCrazy (11 months ago) #42929273Well not only that, but when you see the effort, work, and craftsmanship put into the originals, you don't want to act carelessly with them. Like a replica painting vs an original. But also, a lot of those figures are one and dones. Once it's damaged, it's difficult to replicate the quality when repairing it, or finding a replacement figure is nigh impossible.
11 months ago
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dymitr (11 months ago) #42940811If you feel that bootlegs are the way to go...perhaps you're not cut out to be collecting these figures. I can understand where you're coming from, but this kind of thinking only hurts others. Out of curiousity, do you apply the same standards in other facets of your life?! E.g. only buying clothing from thrift stores, since it us expensive as well and will deteriorate when worn <.<

Hey don't be bashing on thift stores now!

You can find good shit there!
I once got a $1200 stereo receiver for $13 at a Goodwill ;P
11 months ago
1pt
Daaaaamn.

I leave for a little bit, and come back to find the comment section has become a free-for-all!
11 months ago
2pt
Ruttsu (11 months ago) #42995435Literature? www.google.com/... ,
www.google.com/...
Yes I own one bootleg (Sader) the quality is horrendous
Good luck with your bootlegs.


Your first link unfortunately was too broad a search and mostly dealt with counterfeit drugs, makeup, tobacco and safety equipment.

Your second link was more informative. The most common health hazard cited is a choking hazard. That shouldn't be only be a concern for children. Faulty electrical circuits wouldn't apply to most figures but I suppose the ones with LEDs could explode on you.

Pthalates are probably a concern. They are only toxic when ingested, so they shouldn't be too much of a issue with figures but phthalates are widely used to soften plastics so water bottles have begun to worry me. The EU and US have restricted phthalates in children's toys with an emphasis on ones that can be placed in the mouth. Not sure if it's banned in Japan. They are anti-androgenic and a probable carcinogen according to the 2 studies published. 1 study was deemed to have insufficient evidence.

I couldn't believe that lead paint is still around and being used.

Sader is the worst of the worst! Using her as your bootleg comparison seems like you're setting the bar too low.

Of the 5 bootlegs I have bought, only 2 look good enough to display. I prefer authentic figures personally, but understand why people would buy bootlegs.

Thank you for the link. Guess my keywords weren't the right choice.

Edit: Not sure why you reported me for being offensive and promoting bootlegs. I think you misinterpreted my response and my stance on the matter.
11 months ago
2pt
Ruttsu as Ruttsu
thekaiser (11 months ago) #42965745That's a pretty condescending statement without anything of substance to back it. When I said outside MFC, I was referring to my training and practise as a physician, but I did look it up out of curiosity. My search results have a single MFC page about who makes bootlegs, about 7 results about how to spot bootlegs and then the health hazards of bootleg liquor. If you have any literature on the health hazards, please do share.
Do you own any bootlegs? Only the best bootlegs come very near the original and there are a few authentic products that are poorly made. The vast majority of bootlegs are trash though. >...< is the best bootleg I've seen, but there may be others. Your comment seems ignorant and incendiary so I thought you would benefit from the watching the video.
Literature? www.google.com/... ,
www.google.com/...

Yes I own one bootleg (Sader) the quality is horrendous

Good luck with your bootlegs.
11 months ago
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