How to Avoid Fake Sonic Merchandise Page 27
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.
Fighters Fakes Ugly Doll Pile It's an ugly Fighters Fake out! This terrible pile of plushes are all phonies...and it shows in their bad details & stupid looking construction.
Of course, because the original STF Plushes are still wanted, fakers are still churning out garbage hoping to fool people. However, with how bad these look, it's (hopefully) unlikely. Usually they're just trying to shove 'fake Fang' upon everyone, but this (now easily avoidable seller) has a whole set of bogus dolls. The Fang's hat is red, which is wrong (should be brown) everybody's face is pretty much messed up, Espio's chest shape is just a wierd stripe? Amy is suddenly a cone-head & there's just a mess everywhere you look. Which is fortunate, because no one wants to make a mistake. Photos discovered by: Joe
Missing Spikes Shadow Ugly Doll Uh oh, it's extra-ugly Shadow! These fakers had...completely no idea what they were doing when they made him. Look at the spikes! He's missing over half of them, and what he does have, is wrong anyway. Then there's the no-effort blobby wrong-fingers mitten hands, bad 'red brow' thing, giant nose, snarly expression, poorly sewn eyes & bad proportions. He's a mess of mistakes so be sure to stay away from this seller too, it's a total ripoff. Photos discovered by: Pichu97
Vintage White Fake Stamped Stocking A bogus Stocking is a recipe for an UN-happy holiday!
This is a tad unusual, as it is a vintage fake. Older than most, it was faked up (very, very likely in Japan) when this art & logo style was current. It's a plain white soft cloth Christmas Stocking, complete with ribbon hang loop and festive tassel. But, that's all it is. Someone took some stolen art work for Sonic & the logo & pasted it on. (With closer inspection, you can see all the edges are quite pixelated & poor looking since they scaled up a stolen graphic to fit onto the stinky stocking) Ordinarily (probable) iron-ons don't make it due to their 'its already everywhere on everything' nature, but this one was not only fairly unique but old as well, and likely not from the US or EU area which makes it a little noteworthy. Photo by: brony247
Fake Faces Earbuds Here are some fake earbuds.
Do they look familiar? They might, because they seem to be made from the Crocs-Decorator holes flat rubber items. As in, they took that fake item and re-purposed it into some lame earbuds when nobody cared about the stupid Crocs shoe things. They're actually slightly ok, but they leave out the shine-dot for Sonic's eye which makes them look flat/poorly and gives it away as a phony. Avoid bootleg electronics because it's generic junk that's likely to break fast anyway. Photo by
Fake Embroidery Patch Tails
Here is a fake embroidered patch.
It's meant to look like the classic Tails patch but as you can see it's kind of shabby and starts leaving off details & getting things wrong right away. First, he's only got 1 tail with 2 tips, his other shoe is orange, there's no gap under his arm, the mouth is orange because they were too cheap to change the thread and the shoe buckle is white where it should be gray. They got the pose, but because they're so cheap/poor quality all the left out junk and mistakes go shining through to make this bootleg look bad--and it is! No-good item discovered by:
Archie Covers Bootleg Backpack Looks like it's time to steal from Archie again...
This time with a bootleg backpack. This faker has stolen up a whole batch of Archie Sonic Comic covers and compiled them into a nasty mish-mash for this pack. It's supposed to look like a collage, but as they cut off all the signatures, credits & actual important bits to the art, it just comes across as more of a clutter. Notice also the "SatAM Robotnick" here too, a sure sign of a fake because everything was forced to stop using the likeness ages ago.
Because Archie lost the license to Sonic (or gave it up, it's unclear yet what happened in 2017) this company must have been thinking it was in the clear to just take all their efforts. This bag may turn up in "Anime Stores" that pop up in malls for the holidays with various official and bootleg gifts/items mixed together. Consider these places like you would Ebay, and shop with a careful eye. Photo by: Crystal SonicFan