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
|Just what is this oddball thing?
It's described as a 'red resin', but it highly unlikely to be made of resin because resin is hard but also fragile when it is thin. Something like this would easily snap. More likely it's some transparent red plastic. But why does it exist? It's just super strange! Let's begin the analysis...
First off the head is one of the old Toy Island Sonics, the one where he was looking up from the "X" flipper thing. (Probably why it doesn't fit on the body at all, giving it a super long wierd looking neck) Notice that the ear interiors are black too. Then we've got the Boom bandanna, hinting that it's a Boom body but did any of those have a swivel waist? And then the bandanna is yellow & not brown. The arms have no elbow joint...and who's gauntlets are those? (and why) Next there's transparent red shoes but yellow socks. And it's big too! Look at the battery there for scale. Just for good measure, someone's given him a strange sword. This thing is just a long list of mis-matched wackyness. Photo discovered by BagelOfTime
|Super Sonic is faked less than regular Sonic...perhaps because he's seen less in games & the yellow isn't as 'popular' as the blue.
However, this unpopular trash no matter what is a terrible rendition of modern (note the red eyes) Super NOT Sonic. Look how fat, blobby and round the body is. The edges are wide & the belly dot is small. He also has super short legs and arms. The gloves have odd, large cone like cuffs. Where are his spikes? Why is the head so spherical? Where are his ears? No one knows because they don't care about this fake. Sure it has the details like properly done shoes with buckles, normal coloring & an actual ok (ish) expression...but the general over-all bad construction messes it up. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Don't want some stupid all-red mash up failure figure?
DONT try a blue one instead! It's still no good. This is the same thing as that stupid blue 'acryllic' (its not) figure above, but this time the whole thing is cast in a semi-transparent blue material. This means the shoes are blue too, because it is (always in both instances) too lazy to paint the shoes right.
This time though, you can see what kind of package the figure comes in. Packaging is generally uncommon for fakes because it adds another layer of expense to the item. However, in this case the packagin is wrong too, the figure is attempting to be either Boom or Modern, but it uses the classic logo and some stolen 'classic-like' poor CG of a Sonic face. Then, they applied trashy filters to it to change the color. Notice that the weapon (whatever it is) DOES come with the figure. It's generally expensive too, at over 10 dollars. Photo discovered by BagelOfTime
|Uh oh, here comes Fatty Bad-Brows the phony!
This bogus doll has a stupid looking case of 'big body', but it's made extra-bad looking by the overly small belly dot. Then, it's clear there was some confusion going on when you see the wierd cave-man bad 'brow' thing that's going on. It somehow goes across the whole upper part of his forehead? Skipping the eye divider area? That just looks odd. Next, the eyes aren't evenly placed, one's much lower & listing off at an angle. The nose is big, the ears are wilted and it's copped that lame "cone finger" poorly hand design. Look how far apart the legs are spaced too. This dumb doll is just a phony wreck of bad features. Discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Here's a lil' oddity.
This very boxy plush is a phony Shadow. However, at a glance, this isn't terrible. It would certainly fool many people if it appeared in a UFO catcher / prize machine. He's very boxy, short & compressed. The details are all there (oddly enough) but upon close inspection you start to see things wrong with him. First, the ears are on the sides of the head, their position is totally wrong. The eyes have the shine-dot at the bottom (why???) The white chest fur piece is wrongly shaped, the glove cuffs are all ridden up the arms because they didn't bother to sew them on. He also only has 3 fingers per hand & a bizzarre flappy 'eye ridge'.
|That white area on the right-side photo isn't a photoshop blooper, it's actually an all-white paper tag that the doll comes with. Notice it does have a cloth tag too, which marks him as a "Sonic X". (Usually no one wants to own up to a fake maker) This is another of those interesting items that could certainly trick at a distance, but falls apart a bit up close. Discovered by BlueEyedBandit Jr.|
|If a bogus app actually makes it into a real app store...it can make it onto Avoiding Bootlegs here at gear--and this bogus calling thingy is just one such item.
Some company has made a useless app that...what, fakely gives you phone calls from famous characters? Why? But, as a part of the usual tricks, they choose Sonic to headline things because he's so famous. Also naturally, they use stolen art, this time from a fan Mugi Mikey to build their game/app/whatever you'd call this. No one's off limits from rip-off artists (sadly).
As with any app, always look for Sega copyrights & other signs of official items before buying / downloading. Unlike with a phony plush, a bogus app can actually wreck things on your device so you want to stay safe & far from fakery. Discovered by Clintendo
|If there's a real item...
Sometimes there's a fake of it. In this case, this disgusting doll is a fake off of the "News Power" plushes that were sold in China. (Made in China for China audience in the 1990s) Naturally the ripper-offers botch up the pattern with their cheap tactics...and so we get this frightening fake. The body & legs are too fat and short, there's only 3 fingers per hand, the nose is mutating, the head is just oddly shaped & they've totally botched the 'brow' thing into a square. What's worst is where the plastic eye chips are applied (in a wall-eyed-too-far format) and that they're way too small. This makes the doll just a sad disaster that would likely frighten kids. Discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Mix and match? More like mix and MASH with this ugly Amy doll....
Whoever made this rotten rip-off had (probably) some ancient Amy pattern laying around that was no good, so they tried to hide it by throwing on her modern dress. It didn't help. As you can see this doll has the classic black eyes, & classic 'shoes' (It's only a feeble attempt at her classic sneakers) but the simpler modern dress. Also note the 3 fingers which guarentees this is a bogus item. Her ufly flappy and wrong spikes/bangs don't help anything.
The monkey-like giant mouth and big nose are also messing up even more. Notice the key ring though...with it's size you can tell that this is a small doll. Rarely is a fake this rampant with rotten errors but...here it goes. Discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|This doll is a real oval oddity!
Sonic's head is shaped almost exactly like an egg. The ears are way too low on the sides of the head...and where are the spikes? You can't even see an indicator/hint in the shadow cast behind the doll...so where are they? What makes it stranger is that the fabric looks like the same plush/fuzzy quality as some normal plushes use. The whole thing isn't un-quality, just the pattern is super strange. Also note that the black plastic eye pieces have been sewn on upside-down, with the shine-dot on the bottom. No offical plush will do this.
This is likely to be a 'stolen pattern' plush ripped off of a normal company & altered a bit somewhere along the line. The arms are too short, there's a bit of big-body going on...but the shoes & gloves are a fine/normal size and shape. This one is a bit of a puzzler. Discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Here is a somewhat mysterious bootleg metal enamel pin.
What does it mean? The ugly, stupid 'red Sonic' character is saying "Strike One" in a speech bubble. (More like 3 strikes, just throw this thing out in the bin) Written at the bottom is "Cal Dist 62 F.V.S.L.L." ) Or maybe one of them's an I with poorly font.
Changing a character's color doesn't mean you didn't steal it! This thing is a rip off, no-matter which organization it's for. They have also changed the shoes & did a worse job with the wilted ears, giant mouth and...what happened to one of the spikes? It's a mystery that some organization big enough to brand their stuff and pay for pins would steal Sonic graphics & uglify them. What is Cal Dist 62? Photo by ClintonPOW
|What do you call a fake Lego mini-fig?
How about a Bootlego, because that's what these things are! First seeing Sonic, Shadow...and even Super Sonic you can be like "hmm, maybe it's ok" and then you get....Knuckles the red hedgehog. NOPE. Clearly, some Chinese company is at it again, giving the same stolen hedgehog head to their generic little mini-fig-fake bodies & adding a 'gold ring' to try and trick people. While they did bother with Knuckles' shoe colors (surprising) and Shadow's frown....the generic heads are an insta-deal breaker faker. Discovered by ClintonPOW
|This fakeing company actually has a name, and that's "Kid Galaxy".
This small, noodle-nosed ugly Sonic plush isn't constructed very well, but the first give-away that it's a phony is that it only has 3 fingers on each hand. NO official plush EVER has the wrong amount of fingers. Sega wouldn't sign-off on something so obvious/inaccurate. However, they're trying to be extra tricky as they've stolen a paper tag/art to use to try and trick people. Look at the checkered border there...it's VERY similar to the Caltoy tag that is official. This tag-copy practice is more common around the Sonic X era, but it did happen classically as well. His shoe soles & borders are black as well (which they never were) & the eye plastic pieces are on upside down. The shabby socks & poor glove cuffs, plus bad sculpting all lead this fake into ugly doll territory. Photo by
|More trashy dolls!
And this time they're all faked up by the same nasty company. Each one has poorly done glove cuffs that just slide up the arm or leg/sock and look bad. Sonic has the upside-down eye-shines (again) & oversized lower face plus badly placed ears and spikes. The Tails has been seen before (by itself) it has a huge lower face that's spread out
|and strangely flat/wide. Look at the small body with too-big belly dot & tiny shrivelled arms. Silver's not much better...sure they got his details in but the bad face & tiny body with bad cuffs mess him up. Knuckles sports an unusual mutation: look at his shoes, they have 9 dots instead of 6. (Usually bootleggers don't put anything extra but this one makes an exception to be wrong-er. Why bother making these? Are they supposed to fool folks by being in a claw machine/UFO catcher? They're too small to be any other sort of prize. Photo by Pichu97/Charlie|
|Now here's something a little unusual.
Instead of those 'zillion in 1' carts, or the usual portable system fakery, this is a bootleg Genesis cartridge of JUST Sonic 2. So what's the problem? Chinese bootleggers got so hype for the S2 release, they ripped off a rom of the early build of the game, put it on here, stole the art from a magazine & pasted it on too, then sold it. The attempt was to capitalize on the hype and say they 'somehow got the game early' and get people to buy it. Well: disapointment would ensue because early builds have lots of problems that aren't worked out yet, and would likely only serve to spoil the game for a future, real play-through, or take up money that could be better spent on the real game, once it released.
|Most bootlegs are just 'the game, but stolen' or 'the game, but mashed with some other game', which makes this unusual. They could have had a real ruse going though...but they cut off the top of Sonic's head & poorly cropped the title words/graphic so it just reads "HOG" which a legitimate designer would never do. "The build on this cartridge is actually the demo discovered by Simon Wai." Image is courtesy of Barver on BootlegGames Wiki|
|Now that horrible Ogorki Pickle thing can have a 'friend'...
Because here comes "Corn Flakes" the super generic mascot for Zolote foods....Corn Flakes in Sugar Glazing. This is another one of those "They didn't steal him but whatever it is shares too many elements". In this case it's a blue hedgehog character....with green eyes....and white gloves...who has beige arms/face. However, it also goes to show how different you can make something from Sonic while still ripping off elements on purpose to give the character familiarity. This hedgehog is more realistic with a long snoot, whisker dots, many individual spikes and 2 eyes.
He's almost NOT a bootleg because it's not directly trying to fool people into thinking this is Sonic Cereal....but he's too similar to just ignore all the elements of. Photo discovered by BlueEyedJoe