March 15, 2012 in Blogs and Reviews
The first time I saw a Nendoroid in a local anime store here in our country, I got excited and told myself that I’ll start collecting these figures for real. Then I went to one of my friend’s house to share what I found and I saw a Nendoroid on his desk and I noticed a slight different on what I saw on the store. So I dug deeper on the case and I found out that it was not just a slight difference. You can easilyidentify an original Nendoroid from a fake Nendoroid if you are well informed.
(If you want more information about Nendoroids, visit this link: What are Nendoroids?)
Here are 3 simple things that you may keep in mind:
1. The Price
You’ll find a lot of brand new Nendoroids in local stores that cost around PHP 600 ($13 USD) and you’ll probably think that you’re getting a good deal. Bluntly, that’s the first sign of a fake Nendoroid. The real stuff costs around PHP 1,500 ($35 USD). So don’t be fooled.
2. The Box.
Since you can’t open the product yet, this is the first thing that you must check when shopping for Nendoroids. Carefully inspect if the brand stickers are missing or legitimate (Imitations tends to copy the brand sticker too, but usually lacks quality). The box of fake Nendoroids is also usually discolored (too bright or too pale) and even have print bleeds.
Bootleg box(left) | Real box (right)
3. The Quality. Good thing that the box has a clear window so you can at least take a look at what’s inside. Fake Nendoroids has poor paint quality on several parts, and even have wrong coloring on worse cases. Several parts of the figure have chips around it which proves that it has low quality materials.
Bootleg quality (left) | Real quality (right)
If you’re not convinced enough, on how depressing a bootleg or fake Nendoroid can be, watch this short video: