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Bootleg FindersWhat bootlegs have YOU bought?

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  • MelodyRegular Boarder
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    9 years ago
    Do bootleg pokemon cards count? XD Lawl Not with figures though!
  • MissKioshiRegular Boarder
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    I have to admit (it's quite funny actually) that my one and only bootleg figure happens to be a nendoroid L also! I already had a Light nendoroid and bought a L nendoroid to keep him company but as soon as I unwrapped it I noticed it was a fake. It's not terrible but I would rather have had a real one. I got a price refund luckily.
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  • spicy-wolfRegular Boarder
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    9 years ago • Updated 9 years ago
    I recently fell afoul of milkybank on eBay. (Cue thunder-flash; ominous music.)

    I figured it was high-time that I treated myself to some new statues, so I went browsing for bargains and started pondering options. Two that caught my attention were Kotobukiya models of Fuyuki Miharu and Akemi Hasegawa from Pia Carrot.

    Now, I've never really come across Pia Carrot before. I mean, I was aware of what it was, but I'd never actually done much more than read about it on Wikipedia and seen it referenced a few times here and there.

    However, I've never gone wrong with Kotobukiya, so I was all, "Two Kotobukiya statues? For £4.45 each? DO WANT!" So I did. Click, bought; click, bought. There was also a Max-Factory statue of Ignis from Chaos Gate as well, listed at £9.95, and as it was one I'd always kind of wanted, I got that as well.

    In my defense, I justified the low prices. "They buy wholesale," I reasoned. "The Kotobukiya ones are probably on sale because they're from 2001, and the Ignis one has box damage and her glasses are missing, so that's probably why they're so cheap."

    Two weeks later, all three arrive on my doorstep. "EEE!", I exclaimed. However, upon getting them out of the box, my initial "EEE!" became more of an "Ehh...?"

    While the statue of Akemi wasn't too bad, the painting on Akemi was bad enough to swiftly think that something was seriously wrong here. I mean, you should see it: her hands look like they've been burned in a fire, and her hair just kind of fades to white at the top of her head, like it's been bleached or something.

    As for Ignis... well, the box fell apart as soon as I got it out of the bubble-wrap. I mean literally fell apart. It was so sad it was funny. Her sword was also missing, and some of the painting was just damaged somehow. I can't explain it. Aside from that and a chronic case of shiny skin, she wasn't that bad, though.

    However, the Pia Carrot ones? They had to go. So, back up they went on eBay - I was getting rid of them; gone for good; get out of my house. That was until Bethykin sent me a message on eBay, asking one simple question: "Are these genuine, or are they bootleg?"

    I'd put as much detail about the quality of the items in the eBay description, and also mentioned that they were from China from a seller named Milkybank. I'm glad she sent me that message because I was like, "I... don't know, actually."

    So Beth linked me to myfigurecollection.com (you might have heard of it; it's pretty awesome), did a bit of research on my behalf, and confirmed that milkybank were notorious bootleggers who like to claim that their stuff is 100% genuine; and I discovered that all three of the items were bootlegs, and I cancelled the eBay auctions there and then.

    There's no way I could sell bootlegs to people. I'm too decent a person. :/

    Anyhow, I've recently complained about them to eBay. I doubt anything will come of it, but you never know... and I don't take kindly to duplicity. So, that's my sad tale of how I came to discover bootlegs (after many years of collecting and selling, no less!); but also a happy tale of how I found MFC. :)

    TL;DR: milkybank are terribad. Lesson learned. o/` How could this happen to meeee...
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  • MuntoeLover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・Moderator
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    Yeah, at least you didn't spend a HUGE chunk of money to find out they were bootlegs...and now you have this website! xD If the figures aren't too terrible, someday you could always convert them to other characters if you have the time and patience. Bootlegs aren't always a lost cause!
  • spicy-wolfRegular Boarder
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    MuntoeYeah, at least you didn't spend a HUGE chunk of money to find out they were bootlegs...

    True enough. :)

    I imagine that, compared to some other people who found out about bootlegs the hard way, I got off relatively easy. I received a message from eBay today as well, telling me they're going to seriously look into "milkybank" and their bootlegging ways.

    They'll probably just get off with a warning, but... it's a start.

    They called them "Action Figures" though. I almost feel insulted. ;_;

    As for the Pia Carrot statues, I'm going to give them to my little sister. She doesn't care if they're bootlegs or not. :D
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  • drowranger☆keelerleah☆Very Important Boarder
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    My only experience with a bootleg was one of the very first figures I got (a Square Enix Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji). I bought him from ebay before I was even aware that there were bootlegs.... I just figured that since every figure of him on ebay was that cheap that that was simply their price.... it didn't occur to me that they might have been ALL fakes... ^^;

    I learned my lesson though and no bootlegs have made my way to my home since. I'd rather pay big bucks for the real thing then dishing out a small portion of that for a fake.
  • blackrockshooterRegular Boarder
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    I just found out about bootlegs on ebay about a few months ago. I bought a shana figma off of eBay for 30 with shipping and handling. when I found this out I kind of died when I thought that my figure could be a bootleg. Lucky me it was in perfect condition J
    the only bootleg I got was a Mikuru key chain, lets just say she died in the mall when she fell of her hey holder
    also does anyone know if toylet.net sell legit figures? If not what cites do for a good price or some cites that have regular sales
  • AmpzrRegular Boarder
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    9 years ago • Updated 9 years ago
    My only bootlegs where Ciel Phantomhive Prop Plus -- Morning ver. and Sebastian Michaelis Prop Plus -- Polite. Actually I bought them off this sites sales page earlier this year. I didn't think I had to worry about them being bootlegs since no bootlegs in listed as one of the rules. As soon as I opened them I could tell and I did some research to make sure. I was right. The member said oh they were so well made that they didn't think anyone would mind...of course I did because I thought I was purchasing authentic items. We ended up working it out and I had contacted admins too. They got banned from the sales section which I did feel a little bad about because we had reached a compromise. They did knowingly sell bootlegs on a site that says no bootlegs and didn't mention it though. The site might have been more forgiving if it had happened in the forum instead of the main sales page.
  • Sukisho816Regular Boarder
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    The bootleg I think I have is of Hitsugaya that I bought at a con for $12(I think), what tipped me off to the bootlegedness is that his wings don't fit in the slats for them and the box printing is pretty bad. figure/3341_hit... , either that or he is a really badly made figure.

    I would never willingly buy a bootleg, though.
  • iceminxRegular Boarder
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    I have some Mermaid Melody PPP bootlegs. I got them because they were under $3 and so that I could make a bootleg comparison photo. ^_^
    I actually LIKE the knock-off figures from Sailor Moon, Pichi Pichi Pitch, etc. that are not bootlegs of existing figures but new knockoffs made for the Chinese market.
  • RakkitonboRegular Boarder
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    Something like the Mermaid Melody + Ojamajo Doremi figs maybe? :-D
    (I too think they are cute anyways :-D)
    I had some Ojamajo Doremi keychains in kimono, but I am absolutely sure they were bootlegs as weell, but very cute anyways.
  • zeroryoko1974Regular Boarder
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    My only one AFAIK I got off ebay, was a BRS big gun figure. My winning bid was 26 dollars lol. She looks ok for the most part
  • KajiKingStarzkyRegular Boarder
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    I have two boot leg Saber figures, but they are high quality for a boot leg so I don't mind.
  • RPGMaster9CRRegular Boarder
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    I havent bought any bootlegs, but I've have seen one in my local anime store, shame on them
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  • poonkRegular Boarder
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    A comment I read last week about the licensor's logo always being on a figure's base somewhere had made me doubt my Kuroshitsuji Sebastian Nendoroid which, sure enough, only has "Made in China" on the bottom of its clear base. *sigh* I got him from eBay vendor gorgor216 in May for $19. I tried to be so careful, looking at the comments here in this site. I thought my key would be the casual comment that it looked like the boots didn't have painted mouths whereas the legit figure did. My figure does have the painted mouth but it looks like that may not be the litmus test (unless by some miracle he is real-- anyone who's got a confirmed legit figure care to tell me what his base says?). It's frustrating because he's the only Nendoroid I've got so I have no one to compare him to for shine/paint/box-printing quality, etc. My only consolation is at least he was under $20 (S&H was free) and if he's a boot he seems like a pretty well-made one.
  • MuntoeLover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・Moderator
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    9 years ago • Updated 9 years ago
    Yeah, looking at the signs and what you've described he is absolutely not legit. The base of my Sebastian nendoroid has a copyright sign and a bunch of Japanese writing (like スクウェアエニックス or Square Enix in Japanese) and some other stuff. Below THAT is the Made in China sign.

    The one huuuuuuge warning sign for bootleg nendoroids is the price. Anything under $20 (or even $25 sometimes) absolutely screams bootleg, since the retail price for many nendoroids is at least 3000-3500 yen (around $34-37 dollars). Personally I paid $45 for my Sebastian nendo, and that was before the re-release. Anyway, looking at his ebay website...everything also screams bootleg. The prices are low, his logo is everywhere, white backgrounds, he's in Hong Kong, etc. (here's some bootleg Vocaloids which are atrocious, you can totally tell they're not legit: cgi.ebay.com/Mi...) Uhh, that AND his name is listed on the front page of this club of notorious bootleg sellers.

    Avoid Ebay like the plague, and ONLY go there as a very last resort. If you still want a legit Sebastian luckily he is being re-released and many legit websites he is still open for pre-order (such as AmiAmi here: www.amiami.jp/s...).

    Not much more else to say then I'm sorry that you were swindled. I made a list of things that can help you pick out bootlegs in the future in this thread if you wanna check it out: club/139/&p...
  • FabfabRegular Boarder
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    The only bootleg I ever bought was the Max Factory Harui Suzumiya, but it was a choice: the original was too expansive, while I found the bootleg at the price of 5$ from China. But it was a very bad figures, so I eliminated it and I bought the less expansive Kotobukiya version of Harui... :D
  • setsunyanRegular Boarder
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    The only bootlegs I have are some Code Geass Voice I-dolls. I bought them before I was really "into" figure collecting and just got gashapons at conventions. Well this was also at a convention but I guess I had been lucky up until that. They were really cheap (probably around $12 for a set of 5) and it was before I knew what they ever were. When I got home and opened them I noticed they were very bad quality, but I just assumed since they were trading figures the quality was not supposed to be high. I went online and did some research and discovered that yes, these were fakes ^^' they didn't even have the sound base.

    But those are still the only bootlegs in my collection. I am very cautious and I guess I'm just good at spotting bootleg sellers.

    I would never voluntarily buy a bootleg, it's not worth the low price.
  • Captain_WaruiRegular Boarder
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    Mine was Gothic Lolita Asuka...one of my first figures, so I had no idea until I looked closely at her face and determined she looked different from the online photos.
  • YorunoRegular Boarder
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    I have a Saber trading figure that has never existed in the official line - when I ordered it I couldn't imagine someone would take pains making a bootleg of a plastic figure! My only big-sized bootleg seems to be Caren Ortensia - yes, Fate/Hollow Ataraxia again. I know several people who have exactly the same figure, the box seems all right... yet there's still something about her that makes me suspicious. Or is this just bad quality?
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