After going after and shutting down notorious Bootleg Gundam manufacturer, Dragon Momoko, Chinese police have now set their eyes of China’s largest bootleg maker, Daban. Police raided multiple factories and warehouses belonging to the bootleggers, and arrested a total of nine suspects during those raids. These raids happened across Guangdong and Fujian provinces.
Daban is quite known (and notorious) in the Gundam modeling community and has copied plenty of Bandai’s Gundam plastic models. They boast of “excellent workmanship” and “accurate copying” of Bandai’s GunPla products, and sell them at up to a fifth of the original price. This has been quite popular for many Gundam enthusiasts, however, it should be noted that Daban’s plastic quality is quite infamous for being poor and for easily breaking. Not to mention that their pegs don’t fit as easily as Bandai’s.
Bandai has filed copyright infringement cases against them, and with the help of Guangdong and Fujian police, they finally made those raids. In total, the police raided 230 million yuan worth of fake merchandise between those two provinces.
Bandai has been going after bootleg companies for years now, even shutting down Dragon Momoko. Daban may be the biggest bootleg manufacturer in China right now, but they are just the latest in a string of raids against these bootleg companies across the country.
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