How to Avoid Fake Sonic Merchandise Page 36
|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 & Coloring Books: 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
DONT DOWNLOAD "Sonic Mods" for Minecraft or anything else - They'll use stolen assets, may not even contain Sonic content, and can break the main game.
|Back to school? Back to bootlegs...
A rash of Bogus Backpacks appears on Amazon in fall season 2021. Everyone knows a garbage quality backpack can ruin the year with fraying straps, uncomfortable fit and flimsy construction that doesn't last. Bookbags take a beating, so it's important to have REAL products that are quality so you don't end up wasting money.
They're a waste...but fortunately, they're fairly easy to spot the fake and get a lesson about bootleg avoidance at the same time.
|The 3 bags on the left are a cinch to spot because they use the same art for all 3 items. There is NO creativity or "Design" involved, it's just steal, copy & paste then see who to trick into getting it. The art placement is ok (no wierd cut-offs) but also notice the total lack of logos or copyrights. A fake set.
The Sonic/Mario soccer pack is a single item but it falls for the usual issue "crop anything anywhere" and 'character cut-off'. Who wants an item that looks stupid with HALF of poor Donkey Kong? Tails also has an unfortunate ear just hanging out at the edge. Real products use real art composition so it doesn't look like a baby did a magazine clipping and plastered it onto something, like what's going on here.
*It is ok to publish about what fakers are doing wrong because it is proven that they don't read & also don't learn. But fans DO read, learn and avoid wasting money...so, time to post!
|It's back to bizzarre bootlegs with more stolen stupid art on...
A fake Tech Deck mini skateboard? It seems so. This seems to be "X Boy" the...what? It's obviously gotten Knuckles' stolen face, but what kind of stupid animal is this supposed to be? There's little round ears in a bandanna ball-cap combo, but then look at the long tail. It isn't a bear, and it isn't a rat/mouse. It is a fake that looks bad!
It is holding what appears to be a snowboard (snowboard...on a skateboard...) and a phone? a gun? What's that wierd black square? What's curious though, is that whoever ripped this off or kit-bashed fan art apparently put a little trouble in to design it. Notice the shoes have a star-bumper theme, and the necklace creates Knuckles' 'white strip' that he has on the chest. Usually fake things only put forth the worst of efforts. But then that starts up the question if whoever is actually designing, ,why not just design an actual all-new and appealing character? Discovered by
|Plush patterns gone wrong! A scary doll is made.
This bootleg doll has a football-shaped head problem. The oddly shaped head then in turn messes with the ear position (almost on the sides, too small) and does nothing to save it from 'big body' which makes it look dumpy. The worst part is the upside-down eyes though. The shine dot makes no sense at the bottom. The other issue is the lean of the plastic eye chips, they're "goat style" where they're tilting with the eye white and it looks horrible. (Remember Toy Island did and ruined action figures)
The hands, arms, legs and shoes seem pretty normal though, for an early era. If they had actually bothered to do a good job with the head (notice you can't tell how the spike are...or even if he has any!) this might have actually been able to pass for a real item. It's very odd how things can get so close but then that last bit of work is never done and you get this wacky thing. Discovered by Pichu97/charlie
|Bootleg Barf! What's even going on here?
EVERYthing's wrong and dumb! This is an ad for Feisu Shoes which is in China, and they're clearly like...really bad at stealing things which then makes you think they'll probably also be really bad at shoes. The image gets worse the more you inspect it so...let's go. Did a baby trace this? Who would even approve this rotten art? Uganda Knuckles looks more like something than this. The up hand is missing most of the fingers, the down is missing the cuff, the back foot doesn't exist, the up arm extends from a flap and the down one from part of the spike. WHAT IS GOING ON with the far-eye? It's got a ring in the white part? Other ear is faced the wrong way. Why is Padme Amidala's Royal Naboo space ship up there? (It is) Also, there's a soda & a juice box character dancing around in the corner which makes less sense because this is trying to sell a shoe....yet they cannot even draw a shoe. 100% terrible. Photo by Panda21
|A scam at Amazon!
Here's a phony figure bootleggers are trying to shill over at Amazon (who clearly didn't catch them at it yet...though they ought to be reported) This fake figure isn't super terrible because it is most likely based on one of the better/later Toys Island ones, however it is going wrong anyway. Look at the back of the head, what's with that extra...half a spike? It looks like scrap plastic is stuck on there. Then, of course, there's the loads of missing paint applications like for the shoe-heels, arms (which are now wrong/blue) and ears. The most obvious & worst one is that the whole mouth is missing so he looks really strange. Then, be sure to notice the cheap quality of belly dot paint so the color looks poorly over the blue. They mis-color the glove cuffs to yellow for some reason also. The body has likely been retooled so that the articulation would be excluded for the hips (on purpose--make it cheaper!)
|but when they did it, they messed up his back spikes and tail position. All these wrong things combine to make a fairly strange looking figure that is clearly fake...but the good head sculpt and ok body keeps it from becoming horrible or mutant at the same time. This is an odd one, so Amazon shoppers beware! Photo & owned by Massos00|