How to Avoid Fake Sonic Merchandise Page 28
|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. Bootleg Avoidance HUB Page
|Another rotten effort doll is here...
This time it's a phony Shadow that can't fool anyone. The head stripe is so badly put together it makes a stupid looking arrow on his head. The ears are a total waste, the nose is huge, the 'eye shine dots' are sewn in at the bottom, wierd red ridge all the way around the eyes, and what's up with the fat lower face & big nose? It's also clearly a Sonic rip-off because that's who's body they used & just put white for the belly dot. It's like they're paying SOME attention, but then just botch the whole thing at the end. Very odd--but all right as well because it makes this trash easy to avoid. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Here comes a bad hat!
This is a semi-plush hat but it's pretty stupid. How is mutating Sonic's face into the shape of a ball-cap a good idea? It's not, and this hat proves it. It's clearly sewn oddly so it will look thick and mushy even on someone's head. The eyes are the wrong shape, with strange, long vertical eye shines. Having the nose & mouth on the brim makes his mouth actually locate ABOVE his nose which is super improper and odd. The whole thing is a fake mess. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Here's an odd little item.
It's clearly a modiefied Mickey Mouse 'mini' figure (see how there's no legs) that's also been painted to look like Sonic. You can still see Mickey's buttons, pants-line & mouse nose, as well as the circle ears. However, spikes, points to the shoes & 'eye brow ridge' have been added to get it looking more like Sonic. The paint looks really thick and rough too...almost like it's a fan item/fan-mod.
It's not terrible, but it's also clearly not Sonic. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Make walls worse with this ugly bad 'wall decor' of badly sculpted Sonic fakery. Wrong colors abound, as well as mushy sculpting for the eyes & hands. Photo discovered by Pichu97 /Charlie|
|This bogus plush is supposed to be pretty old, faked up in the earlier days of Sonic. (So, maybe a vintage fake) The pattern is clearly terrible, suffering from big body, undetailed hands, wrong shoes, and thick odd arms. The worst is the head though, with bizzarre mis-shapen spikes, no forehead at all/caved in looking & sort of a large squishy looking lower face area. The whole thing just looks messily made and bad. Hopefully nobody ended up with this lousy doll. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie|
|Bad pattern, bad fake.
Here comes blank-shoe bogus Sonic to ruin people's day since this one might be mistaken for the real thing in a claw-machine / ufo-catcher. The shoes are without buckle or stripe, though they're the right size/shape. His hands are pretty terrible though, with odd long cuffs & no fingers/just blobby mittens. The ears don't have borders & the mouth is at a wrong angle. Look at the spikes too...they're like flat triangle flaps on the back of the head. The tail is also sewn on pointing straight down (somehow? That's never really been an issue before) which also looks wrong. It's just riddled with mistakes. Why are there so many bad dolls? Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|This is a fake of a Sonic X doll.
You can see how they pirated the face pattern to a degree, and gave it a similar-looking 'x' tag to try and fool people. But then, look at the bad body that's football shaped & very long under the belly dot. The hands are overly simplified & the white stripe is coming off / arching over the top of the shoe because it isn't fastened & the shoe is made wrong. The eyes are also not positioned correctly, they're too far down/cut off by his face bottom.
How do these happen, is the real question. If they stole enough of the pattern to get a recognizable "X" doll, then why not just take the entire thing and clone it? Illegality isn't an issue here: they're ALREADY counterfitting something, so why not just counterfit the entire thing & make a clone? Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Dopey Garbage Ahead!
Look at these pathetic plushes & you'll lose all will to sew for the next day. These rotten attempts at a "Sonic" can barely be called such with how stupid and bad they look. These are barely even an attempt with some kind of odd split up nose, what looks like an effort at that 'double eye' problem thing & then finally something new that rarely appears: a split upper lip.
Some animals like cats & dogs have a split upper lip that goes right up to their nose-base...but why add something that it's super obvious that no doll ever has? There's a feeble try at a buckle, but then blue arms, fat neck, 3 or 2 fingers, awful ears & big body. These are just a mess of mistakes. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Here's a tacky sweater from...somewhere...
The "cat" on here is awfully suspicious. That's becase it's a fairly mal-formed trace of 'smiling Tails' the Japanese art. It's been changed a lot though, and switched to blue as well....so it's like....almost barely a bootleg, and really only a Sonic fan would probably recognize it. What's the word in the middle? Zdes? tdes? It's got to be something non-English written there--but why the big size letter "S" at the end? Why are the stripes such bad colors? Why trace art at all if you could just have a better drawing of some original cat character? This sweater is full of both fakery and random questions. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|As far as fakes go, this one is fairly ok.
It doesn't have a million glaring problems, but naturally there are a few. Sonic has rounded ears instead of pointed, the lower face is really big (again) and the hands are super small & odd looking, as is the nose. It's impossible to see if they left his mouth off. The fabric, however, looks fuzzy & at least fairly quality for both the blue & the shoes.
Certainly, some official plushes have looked worse than this one, but, as the lessons have taught on these pages not all fakes are always terrible looking. But this one seems to have a terrible fate! The big bendy Shadow is threatening him with a realistic looking gun. Push fakes away from stores & off shopping lists by keeping them out of your collection. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie