How to Avoid Fake Sonic Merchandise Page 26
|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.
|Sonic Boom merchandise getting popular? Better fake up some lame doll to try to capitalize...Here comes fake Boom Knuckles. He's missing some details, like his actual...big fists are small, no chest stripe & no spike 'bandages', but, it looks like the head is based off of a previous doll's pattern. (Fakers do have the ability to take patterns) He doesn't look super terrible, scary or lame...but he's also not good enough to substitute for the real thing. This is a tricky-er fake though, because it's not super obvious like some of them are. Photo discovered by: SuperSonic Gaming|
|Another Knockoff Knuckles to knock out of...wherever you fidn it because this one's got HANDS! And bad ones, at that. No official doll will ever have 3 fingers & any non-Boom Knuckles needs fists so these feeble fingers give this fake away right away. Then, the plastic eye pieces have no 'shine dot' anywhere on them & he doesn't appear to have a mouth. However, all the other details seem in-place and fairly ok, like proportion size, stuffing, & his classic style face/spikes. It's not a terrible fake, but with fingers, he's not fooling anyone.
Photo discovered by Pichu97
|A terrible game that actually got published to the app store...
But not for long! This is another one of those really shameless "double stealing" type fakes. They're not only ripping off Sega & Sonic, but they're also clearly filching from fans. None of the 'coloring book art' here is official, it's all stolen from kids who were just making fan art. For someone to try and make a buck off of fans' hard work is double terrible. Fortunately, the authorities in the app store tore this game down after a short while. Screen cap by Princess PandaLover
|What is it with applying eyes onto eyes and why is that so frightful?
This sad nasty fake Sonic is clearly suffering from the problem, with his ugly giant cartoon-plastic eyes stuck into his white eye-area. Of course, it's just a case of "stand alone" eyes for any cartoon generic plush being mis-used here, but they have the black borders of the self-contained eye. This makes them look much worse, because the whole white thing is Sonic's eye so he's got extra eyes in his eye...which isn't even done right anyway, the center part is very pointy & the too-big nose is distracting. It looks like it could be a feeble-fake copy of the old Caltoy Sonic plush (notice the shoe shape, un-attached socks & body/arm proportions) but the head is messed up. The ears are too small & there's no real sign of the spikes. It's an all around bad doll, no-matter what it is based on. Photo discovered by Pichu97
|Another fake doll with a bad eye problem, though this one's not as scary as the one above. It has solid black oval dots for the eyes, without the 'shine spot' or the actual proper shape. They're also a bit close together making the plush look somewhat crosseyed. However, that's far from it's only problem. The too-low ears have white instead of beige interiors, no fingers at all for the poorly done little mitten hands, a big nose, some kind of wierd 'under mouth' thing going on, and the 'belly dot' is instead attached to the neck instead of being a proper 'dot'. This doll though, likely isn't based on a stolen pattern like the one above, it's just a fakers' attempt to imitate Sonic. Photo discovered by Pichu97|
|Here are a bunch of bad bootlegs with...their eyes put on upside-down!
The plastic eye color pieces are all on upside-down on each of Sonic Tails & Knuckles here. The last one though, is a bootleg Silver. He's faked up off of a GE plush though, while the others aren't. This group of fakes together illustrates how bootleggers try different companies & styles of dolls to fake off of, to try and fool the fans. (And, fortunately, fail) Look at Knuckles there with all his fingers, then, Sonic's glove cuff is slid all the way up the arm like a bracelet, Tails's lower face is giant & going out of control & Silver is suffering from sloppy stitching, sort of poorly formed spikes, giant nose & badly set eyes. It's just un-quality stuff all around...which is fortunate because this motely crew isn't going to be fooling anyone with all the obvious errors. Photo discovered by Pichu97
|Well well well.
What nonsense do we have here? It's Squasho Sonic Bootleg doll! This stupid looking badly made doll won't be fooling anyone with its flattened head & blue arms. They did remember to add the buckles for his shoes, but they're in the wrong place. Also note the mitten hands with no fingers. With such a flat head and tiny ears he looks a little sloth-like.
There's a watermark here too for something called "Bakamoon" which, if it's the Japanese word is 'stupid moon', which sounds like just the place this doll would come from...and where everyone should avoid! Photo discovered by Pichu97
|Dragon City? More like Ripoff City!
This bogus game actually got published into an app store (so it qualifies for Bootleg, whereas free things don't) It takes the ripoff concept and combines it with copy-catting for double the rediculous results here.
First, they wanted to steal Spyro the Dragon, but they couldn't...so they just mashed other well known characters onto him to create these crummy dragons you see here. Of course, with Sonic's popularity, there had to be a 'Sonic Dragon' to hopefully fool kids into playing. It's "Bluebolt" here complete with round icon & single giant eye. But who else can you spot? Well there's a "Fire Mario" centaur looking thing complete with his hat, overalls & gloves. The Yoshi dragon is possibly the worst since it's upright and almost literally just a Yoshi with horns, they even made it green. Last is a sort of sphynx-like or lamasu-like human-headed knight/dragon combination who is probably like the old NES Ghouls' n Ghosts knight guy protagonist (its the oddest of the bunch but also the most difficult to pin down) Game discovered by & screenshots captured by Crystal SonicFan
|Here are 2 phony dolls that give themselves away as fakes in 2 different ways. First off is Amy where they have completely missed the boat on where to put her 'eyelash line' and gotten it totally detatched and on the surface of her eye whites. While the other details are ok, like the gold cuffs & nose shine dot, she also only has 3 fingers per hand because they're still not paying any attention.
Silver, on the other hand, has a tag for "added authenticity" in trying to fool people but...it's a Sonic X tv show tag and Silver was never actually IN the show. So the tag has the opposite effect, it actually flags it as a phony. His eye-shines are upside-down, and again, 3 fingers because they don't care, but otherwise the detail & even spike shape is ok. Both photos discovered by: Pichu97
|A fake makes its way into a movie scene?
It sure does...you can easily spot a bogus plush doll here in the background of this movie scene behind the gloomy man. Fakes aren't that common as props, but it can happen sometimes. (This is likely the 3rd instance Gear has recorded) It takes a sharp eye to spot them though. But why is this one here? It is in a movie named after Serbia (an actual place--that doesn't have much to do with the film) where only
|bad things happen at all times. So the wall art is bad, the doll is bad/goes by unnoticed and does nothing, the man is bad and characters only do bad things the entire time. Sometimes devices are made to damage things on purpose (a mouse trap squashes mice to death) and some movies are made to damage watchers on purpose due to malicious intent, much like the mouse trap. Screen cap discovered by Victoria Vaporeon|
|Far less common than the nasty fake iron-on is the embroidery fake.
This is an example of that complete with missing ear-interior color, wrongly positioned other ear, confusing fingers, fat boddy and kind of shabby stitching. This patch, like most fake things, is based on an acutal patch, but because they stole the art, it's certainly not as good. Details are slipping away or becoming muddied with wrong lines (a case of 'big body' spikes are thin and strange) and not so great stitching (the mouth line is attached to the edge rather than being properly finished/self contained, as is the ear-interior triangle) All this happens because fakers are only interested in churning out minimum quality quick to fool folks before they get caught. Fake patch spotted by: Joe
|How do these nasty fake apps keep getting into the Google Play store?
This one has since been caught onto & smashed by Google, as well it should be. The company "Draw Glow" made the bogus app "Coloring for Sonic Game" & put it up into the store. They stole all the line art they could find, didn't do a very good job of it, and then said it was an app. Of course, they had to color their 'example' down there as ugly as possible to try and throw Sega off the trail. (Fortunately, they failed)
Stuff like this will absolutely not hesitate to steal fan art too, and try to profit off the works of fans, which makes it even worse than just infringing Sonic for a dishonest buck. And, if it's rule-breaking enough to steal stuff, who knows what else malware could be included in the game itself? There's no telling how low it would stoop. Screen shot by Chey the Human
|Here's a lame Amy cap.
This bad hat uses the same crummy pattern the Sonic one did (it appears elsewhere on Avoiding Bootlegs) with the bad arch-shaped eyes that are too close together and floppy boring ears. They also get the ear interior wrong, it's white here, instead of beige. You can also see her 'headband' sticking up there in the background as it's not tacked down. The cap doesn't really look like Amy much, but these fakers don't care, as they add it to their tacky lineup. (This faker was more active in 2013 or so) Photo discovered by Pichu97
Well, that's a new one! But yes, it appears to be a red Sonic ripoff on the side of this shifty bus. It's mascot is poorly done, with random pointy lines, differently sized eyes & wierd colors, but it's way too 'Sonic resembling' to really qualify as trying to be it's own character....so it's certainly a ripoff. (Much like the frightful ogorki pickle creature) However, no one's yet busted the bus, so it's still driving around somewhere. Photo by Princess Panda Lover