Well, it looks like a lot of low quality bootleg figures were shipped from Hong Kong to the United States. Fortunately though, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized the shipment, which contained around 86,400 of them. When they arrived, they had the label of “plastic furnishing articles”, and had around 15 boxes of them. However, you can already tell that they’re fake at first glance…
According to the CBP, the shipment was worth approximately US$603,936 if they were authentic. They seized the figures for violating U.S. intellectual property rights laws, as well as being a choking hazard for young children. The US government agency also warned people that counterfeit toys such as these “tend to be coated in excessive levels of lead paint”. Unfortunately, they haven’t tested them for how much lead these figures contained.
The official CBP website also cited that the People’s Republic of China, as well as its territory of Hong Kong, have been the main source of counterfeit goods. The items seized from the country take up around 83 percent of intellectual property violations that the CBP handles.
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