Fake figures are a problem for most figure companies, as they lose valuable revenue, and among them is Good Smile Company. Because fake figures are so prevalent and most people don’t even know the difference, they have launched a special page to teach people how to spot fakes, or bootlegs as they’re also known.

Some Nendoroids, such as the Eren Nendo in the image above, are a little bit too obvious. However, there are a few other figures that are a little bit more difficult to spot for the untrained eye. We’ve chosen one example each for Nendoroids, figma, and scale figures. Here are a few examples:

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku (2009)
(left side is the original while right side is the bootleg)

figma Kuroneko
(left side is the bootleg while right side is the original)

1/8 scale Ultimate Madoka
(left side is the bootleg while right side is the original)

So if you see a figure, first look at the boxart, and then the paint quality. Also look at the eyes if they are aligned properly. Always be aware if a figure is bootleg or not, because chances are, you may never get to resell them at a higher price because bootleg value doesn’t go up.

There are more comparisons in their fake listings website. Good Smile Company is also updating that very listing every now and then, so if you’re unsure of a figure you see in a store, you can always visit their website.

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