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Fakery and junk abounds when bootleggers think they can get away with knocking off Sonic the Hedgehog!
Fight back by educating yourself on what NEVER to buy with these pages of photos and tips!

Remember, you vote with your money...any buying of fake junk only supports and encourages them to make more. Wouldn't you rather have awesome official items? Wouldn't you rather enjoy cool good quality stuff you know you can depend on? If you want the real deal, bootlegs are never the way to go.
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. The quality is usually low, leading to items which may break or wear out. Fake items may also be unsafe. Remember, bootleg makers are only after your money. They don't care at all about Sonic the hedgehog and are only out for a quick buck. Don't waste your money! Buy official SEGA Sonic things only, look for copyrights, and demand the real deal.
Iron On Transfers Submission: CLOSED (every single art on the internet can be one of these, know that it exists & if it's a transfer of any type it IS A FAKE.
Shadow Fake Artsy Tee Not all bootlegs are terrible looking junk.
This is illustrated here with this Shadow fake shirt. (Presumably, it's black and white, but the whole photo has no color so...) Shadow is illustrated in a shiny style with various designs all over him & some sparkles around his fingers. The art is designed after a stock-piece.
Another thing to beware of on bootlegs is that these theives have no problem robbing fans of their art in the effort to make a profit.
If they're not afraid to infringe Sega, they're not afraid to infringe hard-working fans who come up with nice designs.
Big Brother Fake Tails Sign
A bootleg...sign?
Seems so with "Big Brother" Tails the stolen bogus mascot they've got here. Whatever this place is, they couldn't think of a mascot of their own, so they ripped off Tails...literally! They ripped his tails off & added blue...pants? That are pulled up to his armpits? They left the rest of this CG sprite alone, it seems, aside from dressing him in a tacky way & removing the tails. The only hints here are the word "Copiadora" & a floating calculator & some maybe notebooks or something at the top. The whole thing is pretty strange because why write "Big Brother" in English if nobody's going to know what it means on your sign. This is a strange, stolen sight. Photo discovered by Victoria Vaporeon
Naruto Hockey Sonic Bike Seat Not since Harry Potter Obama has there been such a mashed-up bootleg!
Step aside Harry Potter Obama, because here comes Naruto Hockey Sonic! And he's on a bike-seat, no less! Naruto never played hockey & bike-hockey doesn't exist so what even is this? Nobody knows...but they did take some time to draw some odd hockey equipment onto poor Sonic here, like a strange cut-out helmet to fit him & some sort of shin guard looking things. But why write Naruto on there? Nothing here makes sense...but that's nothing really new for bootlegs either. Fakers are so often desperate to fool people, they'll combine sevreal "things that are regarded as popular" together into one, hoping that they'll mix to create some sort of irrisistable item ...but just getting something absurd instead. Oh well, at least it's zany to look at! Photo discovered by Victoria Vaporeon
Red Potato Fake
What's this red potato!
A horrible looking red Sonic fake is here, with big blue shoes & hanging out with a bunch of other phony plushes. Everything here is plain terrible, looking like it was either crossed with a potato or made by one. Theres barf lightyear, a terrible Shreck, dumb looking Donkey, probably a horrible Jessie & it looks like a pig from Angry birds. The fake Sonic is just droopy and bad, with reddish eyes, mishapen belly dot, legs sewn onto almost the same place on the body & tiny mitten hands. None of this stuff will be fooling anyone with how terrible it looks...but it is sort of funny to see. Photo discovered by Victoria Vaporeon
Bart Bootleg Sonic vs Simpson Double the bootleg bounty with this dumb game!
It's "Sonic vs Simpson" and both characters are equally ripped off. Look how international it's trying to be though, tons of languages over there to choose from: but none of them can choose quality.
The Sonic is pretty mutant too, missing a finger, yellow eyes & blue arms. It looks like some kind of bike racing game, but with stolen (of course) Sonic backgrounds.
Sadly, this game is real enough and got published (criteria for appearing on bootlegs, it had to be available & trying to trick people into thinking its Sonic) but hopefully either the Simpsons or Sega spotted it and got it torn down. Photo discovered by Victoria Vaporeon
Space Runner Tee
Unintentionally funny bootleg tee!
This tee appears here because it is NOT an iron-on or decal based shirt. It's actually mass produced / professionally/factory done like ordinary/real shirts. It features a 'cutie type' fake Sonic original art where he only has 2 spikes for his head, and the middle part that separates (ish) his "eye" is completely missing. This gives the character 1 huge square eye with 2 pupils. This isn't Sonic's
"Space Runner"! And it even has a slogan! "I'm Out There!" The background has a line art of modern running Sonic with sparkles, but his head is replaced with a 'space runner' head. Actual thought was put into the design, as not all bootlegs are just junk, but this guy is clearly trying to trick people into thinking he's Sonic. Still, the effect is a little funny since the character is silly looking. Yes Space really ARE out there. Though maybe you ought not to be. Photo discovered by Victoria Vaporeon