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xSparkledustxxSparkledustx4 meses atrás
Hello!
I am a longtime lurker, but not very active user on this site. I'm hoping that'll change soon!

So way back in the beginning of my figure collecting journey, I fell into the traps known as bootlegs. To be exact, I had bought three. Those were:

-Megurine Luka nendoroid from GSC: ITEM #6596 (haven't gotten an authentic one yet)
-Lucy Heartfilia 1/7 from GSC: ITEM #117970 (have since bought an authentic one)
-Hatsune Miku - Romeo and Cinderella ver.: ITEM #78862 (keep your eye on this one; I'm going to be talking about it again later.)

That was a very long time ago, and I have learned a lot more about this hobby since receiving my first nendoroids for Christmas back in 2012. Safe to say, I don't collect bootlegs anymore~

Unfortunately however the story doesn't end there. I have recently started going to conventions with some of my friends, where I have purchased some merchandise that weren't figures (a realm I haven't really delved into before seriously before last year). Upon inspecting them again recently, I fear that they may actually be bootlegs, and seeing that caused me to reevaluate everything I currently own, which led me to questioning whether some of the figures in my collection really are legitimate.

So that's what this article is about today! I hope you guys will be able to help~

(Also I apologise in advance for the photo quality, I'm not super great at taking photos and my brain thought it would be a great idea to take these photos at night :p)

Let's start off with the figures.

(Some of them are kinda dusty, I haven't been able to properly clean them off :p)

-Kurosaki Mea 1/6 from Max Factory: ITEM #167145

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I had bought this off Yahoo Auctions through Buyee a while ago. I was pretty convinced that it was authentic, and I still am but the seller didn't have the original box, so I was never able to verify it 100%.

Momo Belia Deviluke 1/6 from Max Factory: ITEM #144400

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Same situation here, bought from Yahoo Auctions but the seller didn't have the original box.

-Hatsune Miku - Romeo and Cinderella ver.: ITEM #78862

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Yep, we're back here again. This is the one I was the most unsure about, as having bought a bootleg of it before has made me a bit weary of it. I had bought it from eBay, and I believe the seller was from Japan but it was kinda cheap, so I'm not too sure about it :/

Sakura Miku nendoroid from GSC: ITEM #104300

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This was another one I bought from eBay. Honestly it being from eBay is the only reason I'm weary of it, but you can never be too sure about these things I think :p

Sengoku Nadeko 1/8 from GSC: ITEM #31747

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This is the last figure on this list. This one was actually a Christmas gift, and the seller had cropped the photo in the item listing in such a way that you couldn't see the authentication sticker on the box. Although I haven't been able to find any record of a bootleg existing for this figure (I've checked Aliexpress and the like), part of me still worries about it so your help would be greatly appreciated here~

Now onto the items bought from the conventions.

Sakura Miku rubber strap: ITEM #323843

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This was the first one I bought, and the first thing I noticed was that the key ring itself was different (usually they're like black strings). Then I noticed that the green part of her cherry bow and her eyelashes weren't painted, and that there wasn't any sort of copyright information on the back. So I'm pretty convinced it's a bootleg, but I haven't been able to find much information on it online or any places to buy it from. Do you guys have any ideas?

Sakurauchi Riko rubber strap: ITEM #532935
Ohara Mari rubber strap: ITEM #532925

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Putting these two together because I bought them from the same stall. The thing that weirds me out about these two is that the Riko strap doesn't have any kind of copyright information on the back at all, but the Mari strap does? Are they both bootlegs? Does the copyright information on the back mean the Mari one is legitimate? It seems so weird seeing as I bought both of them at the same time from the same stall... anyway I haven't been able to find much about these two online either, so your thoughts would be appreciated here.

Nishikino Maki dakimakura cover: ITEM #382760

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So this one I bought from Yahoo Auctions through Buyee. I'm almost 100% sure this is a bootleg, and I might have even thought so at the time when I bought it but I didn't know any better back then, and I just made the blind assumption that anything I bought from there would be legitimate based on the fact that everything I had bought from there before that point was (I have since learned that is not the case, there are bootlegs everywhere). Anyway my question here is where would I go to find an authentic one? I don't know much about buying dakimakura covers so any advice you could give me here would be greatly appreciated.

That ended up being kinda long, sorry about that! I hope you guys will be able to help me!
If you need me to take some more photos let me know~
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kcf11174 meses atrás#76585544I bought my dakimakura cover from Mandarake. The shipping cost is rather inexpensive. I usually look for the opened item because they are 50% cheaper. You can find some authentic dakimakuras for about $50 to $60. A good quality 2-Way Tricot Lycra bootleg nearly costs as much on eBay. If you can distinguish bootleg vs authentic, Yahoo Auction is a good place for buying dakimakuras as dakimakura covers usually come in small packets. I rarely buy dakimakuras. I don't know much about buying dakimakuras. Some users gave some advice in the older posts. You may want to check it out if you are interested.

I don't know much about dakimakuras myself, so I wouldn't be able to tell a bootleg from an authentic one (mine was bought from Yahoo Auctions). I wasn't able to find the one I want on Mandarake, but I'll keep a lookout. Thanks for the advice!
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Nefere4 meses atrás#76584287I think scales are legitimate - frills on lingerie are outstanding, hair is nice looking, bases are not plain.
I'm not sure about Romeo and Cinderella's Miku - it's really dusty so it's hard to judge. I've checked photos of a bootleg uploaded on MPC (by 3 users) and the most common isuue with them are bubbles/blotches in glass shoe (like PICTURE #2334161 and PICTURE #2289996) and noticeable seams on legs (PICTURE #1805994) - I can't see them on your pictures. Like vallah said earlier, the quality isn't great - a brown paint on pillow's fills and hair strands on back looks meh but it seems like common issues with the figure.
I second Sakura Miku is official - colors are really nice, flower details on twintails are precisely finished and not chopped. I have a figma (ITEM #689124) by the same company and I'd say GSF QC is truly at a high level. Bootleggers don't bother with copyright information, and I've heard bootleg nendos have kind of shiny finishing.
The only indication that rubber straps are bootlegs is a lack of copyright information. They can look the same as official ones though. You may notice small paint and mold errors, like in Miku one. The topic was once discussed here: BLOG #41796
Can't say about dakimakuras, but here's some articles to read: BLOG #38602 BLOG #31838 BLOG #30950 I think it's official one if the daki was bought on Japan website and a print is sharp. If a material is 2-way tricot as it says on MFC page... you're very lucky to get her :)


Yeah the general consensus is that the scales are legit, I'm very happy about that! I was really worried about buying them, since the item listings were in Japanese it was hard to tell whether or not they were legitimate from the item descriptions.

I compared mine to the bootleg photos, and it doesn't seem to have the bubbling in the glass shoe? I know the bootleg one I bought before used to have that, so I'm hoping that means mine's legit.

I used to be really paranoid with buying any Vocaloid nendoroids, since for one thing I'd accidentally bought a bootleg Luka back when I didn't know anything about collecting, and to my knowledge they don't have any kind of authenticity stickers like most other nendoroids do? So I'm glad to know the Sakura Miku's legit!

The rubber straps look remarkably similar to the real deal, I had no idea they were even bootlegs at first until I noticed the painting flaws on the Miku. Out of curiosity I've since looked them up on auctions sites and stuff to find pictures of people who've sold them before to compare with mine, and they all had the copyright information on the back so I think that the two without the copyright are definitely bootlegs.

Thanks for linking me to those articles, they were very interesting reads! About mine, I bought it from Yahoo Auctions but I'm still pretty sure it's a bootleg (I've seen listings for authentic ones on there, they look very different to mine). For reference this was the one I got: buyee.jp/item/y...
It says in the listing that the material is 2way Tricot, but that doesn't mean it isn't fake though. Ah well I still like it, maybe one day I'll be able to afford an authentic one~
4 meses atrás
I bought my dakimakura cover from Mandarake. The shipping cost is rather inexpensive. I usually look for the opened item because they are 50% cheaper. You can find some opened authentic dakimakuras for about $50 to $60. A good quality 2-Way Tricot Lycra bootleg nearly costs as much on eBay. If you can distinguish bootleg vs authentic, Yahoo Auction is a good place for buying dakimakuras as dakimakura covers usually come in small packets so shipping costs won't be an issue. I rarely buy dakimakuras. I don't know much about buying dakimakuras. Some users gave some advice in the older posts. You may want to check it out if you are interested.
4 meses atrás
I think scales are legitimate - frills on lingerie are outstanding, hair is nice looking, bases are not plain.

I'm not sure about Romeo and Cinderella's Miku - it's really dusty so it's hard to judge. I've checked photos of a bootleg uploaded on MPC (by 3 users) and the most common isuue with them are bubbles/blotches in glass shoe (like PICTURE #2334161 and PICTURE #2289996) and noticeable seams on legs (PICTURE #1805994) - I can't see them on your pictures. Like vallah said earlier, the quality isn't great - a brown paint on pillow's fills and hair strands on back looks meh but it seems like common issues with the figure.

I second Sakura Miku is official - colors are really nice, flower details on twintails are precisely finished and not chopped. I have a figma (ITEM #689124) by the same company and I'd say GSF QC is truly at a high level. Bootleggers don't bother with copyright information, and I've heard bootleg nendos have kind of shiny finishing.

The only indication that rubber straps are bootlegs is a lack of copyright information. They can look the same as official ones though. You may notice small paint and mold errors, like in Miku one. The topic was once discussed here: BLOG #41796

Can't say about dakimakuras, but here's some articles to read: BLOG #38602 BLOG #31838 BLOG #30950 I think it's official one if the daki was bought on Japan website and a print is sharp. If a material is 2-way tricot as it says on MFC page... you're very lucky to get her :)
4 meses atrás
vallah4 meses atrás#76583670The quality of hobby stock ((I think that's the brand, too lazy to check and I have the LOL Miku from the same series as the Romeo and Juliet Miku)) isn't great, but overall I can't see any flaws ? She's probably legit as I remember seeing her cheaper quite a while ago, but now her price is up. Did she ever come in the sealed plastic container or was she used ? I can't see any glaring issues with her as the quality holds up to what it's actually supposed to look like lol

I can't remember if she was sealed or not, but I think she was used? That was probably why she was so cheap, haha.
The user photos for her look better than mine though so that was also partly why I thought mine might've been fake.
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lesser-robot-cat4 meses atrás#76583442Looks like you've got your answer for the Nendoroid. (I think she looks legit, too.)
When it comes to rubber straps, copyright info isn't always there. I've bought whole boxes of straps direct from manufacturers, and from series to series, sometimes in the exact same box, one or two straps had no copyright info on the back while others did. I think it's just a matter of where they were made, or maybe a QC thing that's not considered a big deal.


Huh, really? I would've imagined all of them would have the copyright stuff on the back... something I forgot to mention about the two Love Live ones however, is that the Riko one actually feels a little bit different to the Mari one (I don't know how, but it's noticeable). That leads me to believe it might be fake as well :p
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The quality of hobby stock ((I think that's the brand, too lazy to check and I have the LOL Miku from the same series as the Romeo and Juliet Miku)) isn't great, but overall I can't see any flaws ? She's probably legit as I remember seeing her cheaper quite a while ago, but now her price is up. Did she ever come in the sealed plastic container or was she used ? I can't see any glaring issues with her as the quality holds up to what it's actually supposed to look like lol
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Looks like you've got your answer for the Nendoroid. (I think she looks legit, too.)

When it comes to rubber straps, copyright info isn't always there. I've bought whole boxes of straps direct from manufacturers, and from series to series, sometimes in the exact same box, one or two straps had no copyright info on the back while others did. I think it's just a matter of where they were made, or maybe a QC thing that's not considered a big deal.
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xSparkledustx4 meses atrás#76583305
You're welcome but Nendoroids are big bootleg items at cons so now you know what to check for! Another sign is usually the base lacking the copy right - real Nendoroid bases are also frosted but when an item is in the box you can't see the base so that's hard to use as a telling point unless you buy it.
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Chibi-Jibs4 meses atrás#76583029Not sure about the Miku Romeo one but the scales look to be of pretty good quality and the faces are really nice.
For the Sakura Miku nendoroid if you check the box and the tape used to seal the top is round its real (it looks it from the pictures too). From my understanding apparently bootleggers use regular tape to seal nendoroid boxes and it's the easiest way to tell.


Thank you for your input! Unfortunately I know longer have the box for the Sakura Miku nendoroid, so I'm unable to check the tape on it (I have a habit of throwing away boxes for figures I buy :p)

Coffee4 meses atrás#76583060All the figures look pretty legit.
The Miku nendoroid even has the copyright on the base.
I think the Miku keychain is a bootleg as well as the Love Live strap without logo on the back.
The strap with the copyright and logo is most likely legit.


Yeah I was most worried about the keychains, it looks like all but the Mari one aren't legit (I can't find any photos of it online though so I was unable to check it that way). Thanks for the reply!
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