Bootlegs and Knock Offs.

I was just reading an article that was talking about a man being arrested for selling 1,300 bootlegs. How common is this? Are there any resources to protect against this? Are there any grading/verifying agencies? Has anyone bought a Fake that they thought was original?

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someone would have to be pretty good at painting and casting for the effort to value ratio to be worth it, i would think. 


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over 11 years ago · Comment ·


GrimmShepard v at least in the case of designer toys, prints are another story over 11 years ago


Easily_Amused Do you think there is a lot of Fake prints out there? over 11 years ago


keegan a There are THOUSANDS of fake prints out there. I know some artists that make special holograms to stick on the back because other guys can fake those paper presses. over 11 years ago


Easily_Amused Suck. I knew the big names in the art world were faked. I just didn't realize that it has filtered down to the contemporary market too. over 11 years ago

I actually got an email from a company in China offering to make toys for me and one of the examples was a Munny with some designs on it. It wasn't anyones design that I'm aware of but there are definitely lots of knock-offs, and legit companies stealing other artists designs.

over 11 years ago · Comment ·


Easily_Amused You ever thought of adding a known bootleg library, that compares the orignal to the fakes? over 11 years ago


keegan a There were a couple of bootlegs in the library, but we decided to remove them because they were associated with an artist who was bootlegged, but it wasn't their work. So we decided to have a 'no bootleg' policy when it comes to straight copying production toys ... sucklord and the lot are different. over 11 years ago


Easily_Amused Mmmm... I wasn't thinking of the main library, I was thinking more of a caution these are known bootlegs and this is how you tell them apart separate library. over 11 years ago


keegan a That's why we created the 'bootlegs' conversation tag so we could warn people of various bootlegs out there but not have the item show up in the artists portfolio who was copied. over 11 years ago


Easily_Amused Unfortunately, it's not really being used... over 11 years ago


nick-kyle I remember knock off of qees being sold that had Tokidoki designs on it but clearly wasn’t an actual Qee. The bear design was off in its proportions. That was back in 2006, I think. 7 months ago

You just have to be very careful Amused, and make sure that you buy where possible from a verified dealer of art toys or an online shop. We do most of the time, and when we don't well *shrugs* sometimes one has to take a gamble ya know? But I've brought this issue up before with my housemate, how do we know it isn't a fake or a copy???

over 11 years ago · Comment ·


Easily_Amused I generally buy from stores, but I have picked a few things off of ebay too. Do you know if there is some sort of database maintained of what toys have seen knockoffs before? over 11 years ago

That's excessive, geez!

7 months ago · Comment ·

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