|How to Avoid Fake Sonic Merchandise Page 3|
|Avoiding buying phony Sonic items may become harder as technology increases.
So Sonic Gear is here to point out the fakes and the bootleggers so you only get the real deal when you're looking for Sonic the hedgehog stuff to collect!
Remember what a 'bootleg' item is:
It is an unofficial or unlicensed product being sold to the fans- by NON FANS. These can be home-made or made in a factory. They are not approved by the company who holds the license and are NOT made to any standard.
Do NOT BID/BUY from ToyGalera on Ebay. They have only FAKE ReSaurus figures. (bad quality/ they break) They also ship broken items, and leave bad feedback. These are ALL risks of dealing with fakers online. Be alert.
|Bogus Junk Page 1 * Bogus Junk Page 2 * Bogus Junk page 4 * Bootlegs 5* Bootlegs 6 * Bootlegs 7 * Bootlegs 8 *|
|Let's start off with some lameness!
Here's a bootleg tag of some kind. It looks to be a nasty yellow card with some Sonic knock-off on it. Besides the terrible color, there's lots wrong with it, including Sonic having a pale face-front which makes him look like some sort of odd ape. Then, is the finger he has raised the -middle one-? Also it suffers from noodle arm, big-body and double stripy shoes. This tag is a great way to say you -heart- horrible quality!
|The "olympic games" phonies are at it again!
This time they're attacking Shadow with a nasty keychain. The top bag tag may look official, but it is not. As you can easily tell, it's way off model. Shadow's shoes don't even match, one is melty, and he has a huge fat stupid potato-body. He's also semi-styled like GBA SonicBattle --which had nothing to do with the Olympic Games. Also note his red arms and scrunched up hand. This thing is totally trash! Sega has been contacted regarding these things, but apparently some nastyness is still escaping them onto Amazon and in a few stores in the USA.
|This thing is so boogleg it's wacky!
This is some sort of bizzare mixture of Sonic and Tails. Stails? Taic? Who knows! The product is a toothbrush...but since it was so ordinary, they decided to spice it up with this crazy art mixture. First, they cut off all of stock-art Sonic's spikes, added 1 of Tails' tails (which is re-colored) and then tacked on some wierd hairy stuff to the edge of Sonic's face. Otherwise, he remains unchanged...it certainly makes quite a strange sight! One that most people won't buy because it's so obviously bogus. (really though, it's a bit creative to super duper mix up the characters together like that--though the result is not appealing) Photo discovered by: Rae_Logan.
|Likely Fakery Warning:
This pin is HIGHLY LIKELY to be phony. It shows up on Ebay every so often, from Australia. Why? They changed almost Everything about Sonic for the pin. Real merchandise may have 'themes' but they don't generally go so far in altering his look. Gloves have bows, he has a bandanna on, he's wearing pants, a belt, and no mouth. There's also no copyrights or "Sega" stamped anywhere on it. Supposedly from 1997, but by a pin company that makes licensed Olympic Games pins. However...there were no Olympics in 1997...Pin discovered by Frizo
|Remember the "5 o'clock Shadow" clock from Bootlegs Page 1? Well here's the real-life equivelent. Once again, they've thrown in all the hallmarks of fakery, dumb personalization, art from different eras of Sonic, and stolen-off-comics art mixing in with Sega stuff. (see Super Sonic, he's off Archie comics)
Again, this is some cheap bogus clockworks with a likely paper disk with the Sonic characters slapped on there, as well as whatever name. Well the Terminator is free to terminate this "Conner"! It's nothing but a phony.
Discovered by: Streakthefox
|Every so often, an item will come along where someone went to A LOT of trouble to create a fake. This is one of those items. Here, someone has really taken their iron to a Jean Jacket. By ironing on a mess of decals, they've attempted to create Sonic merchandise. But they failed! Just a few things for you to note, though...
Discovered by Streakthefox
|First off, they'd of been better off if they'd just skipped the right-side sleeve. A hallmark of fakery is different-era art mixing things up. That's CLEARLY a classic Sonic in that circle, and he NEVER appears alongside "Sonic X". They've just dumped it on there.|
|Next, they were super careful to cut off all Sega or Sonicteam copyrights. You'll see no rightful credit here! (because it's bogus) Also, you'll notice you don't see much "Jean fabric" items with simple heat/plastic iron-ons on them. Why not? Because like water and oil, these things don't mix! Denim is a rough and tough fabric. It's not suitable for having things ironed on...STAY that way! They rub, crack and peel easily away from this tough cloth. What good is a $40+ dollar fake jacket you can't even wear because it'll get ruined? No good at all. Keep fakes out of your collection.|
|Stickers are easy to fake.
And to prove it, here's this sticker of Sonic on a motor bike of some kind. In this case, all they had to do was have someone draw some reasonable fan art, shove it on sticker-paper in a printer and start churning them out and marking up the price!
However, it seems they're always up to no-good that gives them away. First off, look at Sonic's super-tiny hands. He doesn't have enough fingers, either. Then, he's got a blue noodly arm, and one really big ear. How does his body work on the right side of the bike? And once again, there's no copyright or Sega stamp anywhere to be found. At least no one would want this bad art to be tricked into getting this sticker. Discovered by StreakTheFox
|Some stolen sprite stickers. Whoever is out to make a fast buck robbed someone's sprite-capturing efforts (likely some Sonic fan) and has placed them on sticker-paper with terribly dull or tacky (yikes-green) backgrounds. Yeah, Sonic and Tails standing around on beige. Whoopee. Super Sonic of course appears because few official items exist of him. Discovered by Streakthefox|
|There's definetely something FISHY here!
And it's this fake fishing game. Like the headphones before, someone had a totally un-interesting item & is trying to use Sonic's likeness to sell it! Here, they've taken an early Sonic Adventure-era Sonic art, eliminated a couple of his fingers, drawn splotches onto his shoes, closed his pupil & added a lame excuse for a fishing-rod to his hand. Of course, this has nothing at all to do with Sonic, they're just throwing him on. Seen at Publis Supermarket by TrueBlue149, Photo by: Rhia
|More from the "Junk you could make yourself" (but didn't because it's lame) area.
Here's a "Coloring Book" where you can't even see the pages. (hint: because they're likely butchered stock-art) Billed as a "party favor" these tiny (about 5 inch) books have like...5 pages of nasty 'art' for you to color, and are personalized by a company with a printing press and a penchant for taking your money! The natural bootleg "Red Flags" show up here: Personalization, a mix of art from different eras, the obvious lack of 'sega copyright' and the refusal to show anyone what's inside.
Discovered by Streakthefox
|Here's a fake Shadow Keychain.
They've ripped the art off of the Shadow game, complete with his pose and gun. This is a higher-end bootleg too, as the keychain appears solid with the graphic fairly well integrated. But this is no guarentee that the metal won't flake and get ugly really fast, or the design could be frail and chip off all over the place. (Plus, what about lead?) The sellers of this have a ton of other copyright infringing items on their other keychains (obviously they're some sort of factory) so just avoid this when you see it on ebay. It's not an official Sega collectible. Photo discovered by: larryinc64
|Oh fakers, when will they learn?
Throwing STOLEN art everywhere on some lame item doesn't make it the real deal. These guys aren't even TRYING. They ripped off literally ANY Sonic graphic they could find...from SA1 Sonic to 3D 360-era Shadow mingling horribly with ancient Sonic Drift GameGear graphics (running over his foot, no less) to make this junky, cluttered pillow...with "your names" on it. Yeah, the Engrish really polishes this off...onto the "Do not want" list! Discovered by: catalanoarts
|Here's a 'room sign'. Yeah, some garbagy piece of plastic with the usual stolen art shoved on it. This time it's the Sonic 360 trio on "Conners Room" (no, we couldn't afford a capital "S"!) They bothered to put in the logo...but it's still just a bootleg. And notice how paranoid people are that someone is going to steal their badly cobbled together art that they put watermarks on it? Yeah, ANY Sonic fan|
|can put together something better than that stupid pillow case. So at least now you know who NOT to buy from on ebay. That's right "123KIDZ" is a bootlegger. Discovered by: catalanoarts|
|Here's a bogus embroidery Sonic.
They can 'embroider this on a pillow case with your name'. Well, a machine can! Embroidery is the art of tiny stitching to make pictures. Ordinarily, it's very difficult and time consuming. However, newer model sewing machines can download a photo and make it for you. That's what's going on here.
This is another thing that waffles the line between 'fan' and 'factory', they're still turning out un-offiical Sonics for a profit...but they're doing it rather slowly. Still, they're also ripping off Mickey Mouse & Disney on other auction items, so they won't be around long...Discovered by: catalanoarts
|Unfortunately, 'skins' are easy to fake.
They're simple tough-plastic stickers that give your consoles or portables a new look. However, companies with sticker machines can easily turn out low-quality company-un-approved fake ones...like this! Here's a Shadow skin for your GBA SP.
You can tell it's fake right away, becaue of the 'color invert' art (yeah, his eye is beige!) that official products wouldn't use.
What are the dangers of fake skins? They come off easily, aren't worth the money, may harm system-paint, may be frail/easy to ruin, and are usually tacky. Photo discovered by Memeki
Sonic ReSaurus Fake Spotter's Guide
DO NOT BUY "No accessories" or "open item" or "NEW" ReSaurus Sonic figures on Ebay. It is 99% likely that they are fake and will have 0 collectibility worth. They also have problems. Pirate companies have gotten ahold of the moulds and are going wild ripping people off on Ebay. Don't become a victim by losing your money! Use this guide to spot phony figures and report the seller to Ebay ASAP.
1. The fakes are almost always sold in the set of Ski Sonic, Amy, E102, and Big.
Guide by: Memeki Photo found by: Memeki
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