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PsycosaiyanPsycosaiyan6 days ago
I know there probably are clubs with this type of problem somewhere on this site, but I haven't one that specifically covers my scenario.

So while procrastinating my 4th semester project I was browsing my collection, especially the old stuff. Then I noticed on my Figma-032 Cheerleader Suzumiya Haruhi didn't have the sticker anywhere on the box.

The figure was bought from a store in Guanzhou china (and I know a lot of already there will raise red flags but hear me out).

^^^ Even I was very skeptical at this in the beginning, but thing is everything from the to quality of the figure itself seems pretty damn legit. And this was bought back in 2013. From the feeling of the box to the quality and resolution of the texts and images matches that oh a real figma, I even tried comparing it to Figma-034 Summer Haruhi. And everything looks, feels and smells legit compared to my summer Haruhi which I actually did buy from a trusted vendor and actually did have the sticker.

One thing it did have though, was this AAA Anime Distribution sticker on the back of the box

Now the bottom line of this is:
TBH I don't really care if IT IS fake or not. It's one of those old figmas, and they weren't exactly any good except having show accurate face sculpts. But I just WANT to know why that sticker wasn't there on this one, was it mistake? was different distribution policy or if it's just damn good replica of a real Figma-032.

anyone knows?
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Worstluck6 days ago#78153783Don't know for sure but here are some stuff I came up with:
1. Fake figmas from that period of time are ridiculously bad. I don’t think any “good replica” existed. Sculpts are usually deformed, paintjobs are usually very bad, and they usually stinks due to bad plastic and paint. Also the joints are loose or stuck, or both, and break easily. Anyone can tell the difference between bootlegs and legit ones.
2. AAA Anime Distribution sticker appeared on a box from mainland China is kinda crazy. Back in 2009, the local distributor of figmas was ALTER Shanghai (Yes, that ALTER), figmas distributed by them would have an ALTER Shanghai sticker. Chinese parallel importers dealing with figmas won’t choose US as their source. They mostly just imported these from Japan. At that time, figmas imported that way usually didn’t have any distributor or importer sticker on the back of their boxes.
3. Usage of licensing sticker changes from time to time and from region to region. Sometimes figures released outside of Japan could have different licensing stickers, sometimes they added an “outside of Japan only” mark on it, and some old releases did missing any licensing stickers at all. I don’t how this thing was released in US, so may be an owner of this from US can help you better. May be this one was released in US by AAA missing licensing stickers. You just happened to got it from the other side of the pacific, that’s all.
4. As this is an old figma, you can check the base to see whether it is a legit one or not. Bootlegs from that time came with bases with no copyright or licensing information printed.
Ok yeah I just checked it was ALTER SHANGHAI and not AAA Anime distribution. And I've said I've double check everything and tried to compare it to the Figma-034 even the base. And everything seems fine. This why I found it weird that the Figma-034 had a sticker but not the Figma-032.
6 days ago
Don't know for sure but here are some stuff I came up with:
1. Fake figmas from that period of time are ridiculously bad. I don’t think any “good replica” existed. Sculpts are usually deformed, paintjobs are usually very bad, and they usually stinks due to bad plastic and paint. Also the joints are loose or stuck, or both, and break easily. Anyone can tell the difference between bootlegs and legit ones.

2. AAA Anime Distribution sticker appeared on a box from mainland China is kinda crazy. Back in 2009, the local distributor of figmas was ALTER Shanghai (Yes, that ALTER), figmas distributed by them would have an ALTER Shanghai sticker. Chinese parallel importers dealing with figmas won’t choose US as their source. They mostly just imported these from Japan. At that time, figmas imported that way usually didn’t have any distributor or importer sticker on the back of their boxes.

3. Usage of licensing sticker changes from time to time and from region to region. Sometimes figures released outside of Japan could have different licensing stickers, sometimes they added an “outside of Japan only” mark on it, and some old releases did missing any licensing stickers at all. I don’t how this thing was released in US, so may be an owner of this from US can help you better. May be this one was released in US by AAA missing licensing stickers. You just happened to got it from the other side of the pacific, that’s all.

4. As this is an old figma, you can check the base to see whether it is a legit one or not. Bootlegs from that time came with bases with no copyright or licensing information printed.
6 days ago
You really need to take some pictures and show it to us.
6 days ago
Companies like AAA Anime and Ultra Tokyo Connection are distributors. The AAA Anime sticker will only be on the figures they distributed.

You should try looking for the Kadokawa Production sticker. It should be a little roud holographic silver sticker on the front of the box.
6 days ago
and I've doubled checked everything:
This one DOES have underwear
This one is NOT hyper mobile
This one does NOT have overly shiny/reflective joints
6 days ago
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