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
Red Resin Plastic Oddity Fake Thing 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
Blobby Fake Fat Super Sonic 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
Mash Up Ugly Blue Bootleg 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
Fatty Bad-Brows 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
Boxy Fake Shadow Plush 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.
Fake Call App 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
Wide Eye News Power Fake 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