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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Play Arts & Play Arts Kai Bootlegs tell-tale signs

While waiting for a new figure to review (Play Arts Kai Kratos) i might as well create this partial list of all Play Arts (the older Final Fantasy-based line) and Play Arts Kai figures who are already bootlegged as well as the tell-tale signs that would help fellow collectors avoid being duped. Since i am no expert when it comes to the older Play Arts line (and i don't profess to be one, PA Kai perhaps) i enlisted the help of my comrades from the local Play Arts community in PTK (pinoytoykolektors) to help me out with this article.

I would like to give due credit to the following: Balthier - for the Play Arts bootleg list and the ultimate collector of Play Arts; Tri3dge - for his load of researched data and invaluable insight; Jeff1031 and Squall - for additional info. Hopefully, i can get the others involved so we can further expand this list.

Please note that this is not a complete list and we don't have data yet on the tell-tale signs of some figures, however, i will endeavor to provide updates from time to time. If this proved to be a hit then i will make this a permanent page in this blog site.  
Photo courtesy of Zelu1984 of FinalFantasyMerchandise.com
Photo courtesy of Zelu1984 of FinalFantasyMerchandise.com
LEFT - Original, RIGHT - Bootleg

Proceed to the list...

PLAY ARTS KAI figures with existing bootlegs 
General: Boxes are poorly made, the flaps usually open when you squeeze the box. The circular tapes are present but they do not close the flaps tightly. Serial numbers are usually absent but if present their font is bigger and they are not engraved deeply. For those with front covers (i.e. Kratos, Lightning-Knight, Nathan Drake) the front cover is made from a very thin cardboard and easily folded.

DCV Red Batman
Batman Red Variant -  no box (the NEW serials are difficult to fake so they are selling them loose instead). Missing paint details on his face (shading).
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Raiden -  no box (the NEW serials are difficult to fake so they are selling them loose instead). Matchstick shaped peg for the gun holster instead of the straight one found on the original. Thanks for the heads up Jayson Christopher San Diego. 
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Bane - no serials, poor paint quality especially on the skin parts, missing details on veins and color is redder than the original.
Super Street Fighter 4
Ryu (White Version) - Grey knees, no serials, poor box quality.
Chun-Li, Cammy, Akuma, Guile, Ibuki - different serials if they have any, check out for missing shadings on palms and forearms. Finish may be off-color too like Lara Croft.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Raiden - off color finish on the face - very pale and eyes are of poor quality without any gloss, no serials (take note, the new serials are difficult to fake therefore...) some bastards are selling them without boxes (i.e. eaten by termites or some shit like that, etc.)
Tomb Raider
Lara Croft - reddish face, low quality eye paint (no gloss and glaring black pupil), reddish skin. Serials look different (refer to bootleg DMC3 figures), dark Attention Box on top left corner instead of grey.

Devil May Cry 3
Dante &Vergil - DETAILS HERE
A. Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker
MGS:PW - Battle Dress Snake - Check out the signs HERE
MGS:PW - Kazuhira Miller - (reported by Uzi Enriquez) cross-eyed, no serial number on the box

B. Metal Gear Solid
MGS - Solid Snake - Check out the signs HERE
MGS - Cyborg Ninja - TCKUGAWA printed on the forehead instead of TOKUGAWA, missing articulation on the biceps, serial number beneath the box is shallow and font is different, loosely packaged similar to Solid Snake bootleg.
MGS - Meryl - Missing some flesh shading. No serials or shallow, manually engraved serials. 

C. God of War 3
GOW3 - Kratos - loosely packaged - original boxes are tightly packed, dirty blackwash on the face, off skin color finish. Some are being sold loose @ Ebay.

D. Uncharted 3
UC3 - Nathan Drake - loosely packaged also and the serials aren't very clear, wayward dark strokes especially under the eyes (looks like Elena punched Nate, hehe) 

E. Dissidia Final Fantasy
DFF - Cloud - matte hair instead of translucent, orange shade especially in the face area, low details on the eyes. shallow lettering on the box and no reflective silver finish when subjected to camera flash
DFF - Squall - orange/tan face shade, low eye details, crappy paint details on shirt and Griever pendant, no paint on the lips and scar.
DFF - Gabranth - no glossy finish on the armor  

F. Final Fantasy XIII-2
FFXIII-2 - Lightning - glossy silvery pink hair finish while original has semi-translucent pink hair, squarish right jaw, deep red lips instead of light pink, box has reddish pink shade instead of light pink, blurry picture at the back of the box. A variant has a deep silver red hair color. Quoting Tri3dge: "probably, 'bootleg' variant of Lightning, lol"
FFXIII-2 - Serah - the background of the box behind the inner plastic tray is color orange. Thanks sis Lightning Farron of finalfantasymerchandise for pointing that out.

G. Arkham Asylum
AA - The Joker - no black lines on the forehead and no dark shadings on the cheeks, the green hair on the forehead is thinner also.
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PLAY ARTS figures with existing bootlegs
General: All their boxes are made from lighter cardboard similar to cereal boxes and are poorly made. Misprints are common. Circular tapes are absent on most except for the Japanese version of Advent Children figures. The circular tape rule does not apply on those.

A. Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children
General: First issue figures packaging (i.e. the one with the extension on the front cover stating Final Fantasy VII Advent Children) are missing the word "ACTION FIGURE" and missing the RED "CAUTION" Box at the bottom most part of the box front. The stands included are also different.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. The US version on the left and the Japanese version on the right. Both of them are legit figures however.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. This is the bootleg Vincent, notice the absence of the "ACTION FIGURE" line and the RED "CAUTION" BOX. The font is also different.
FFVII:AC - Vincent - (see differences in packaging above)

FFVII:AC - Sephiroth - yellowish skin shade. Missing the box details i mentioned.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. Bootleg Sephiroth.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. Sephiroth with a case of Hepatitis.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. Take note of the different stand attached via a peg on the foot.
FFVII:AC - Cloud - missing pommel on his fusion sword, swollen cheeks, darker brown shade of lips as opposed to the pinkish/orange shade of the original 
FFVII:AC - Cloud with Fenrir - Matte finish of Fenrir, badly painted eyes for Cloud and missing points of articulation.

B. Final Fantasy VII - Crisis Core 
FFVII:CC - Cloud - glittery skin, matte yellow hair, swollen cheeks and decal quality eyes

C. Final Fantasy VIII
FFVIII - Rinoa - large necklace chain compared to the very small chain of the original, the feet don't turn but limited to tilting up and down, the paint of her duster is easily rubbed off, the knob on her neck when you remove her head is black as opposed to the skin colored knob of the original, eyes are uneven and sometimes cross-eyed, absence of pinkish blush shading on her knees and hand, thicker material used in her duster.
FFVIII - Squall - molded or shorter chain for his Griever pendant, Griever charm on his Gunblade is absent, paler color than original.


D. Final Fantasy X
FFX - Tidus - crappy paint on the face, no Zanarkand pendant. Differences in packaging, see below.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. larger space between Warning label and flap corner.
Photo courtesy of windcutterclare

Photo courtesy of windcutterclare. D@mn! that looks awful.
FFX - Yuna - single eye color instead of the right green eye and left blue eye, flowers on skirt has no white outlines.


E. Kingdom Hearts 2
General: All bootleg Sora figures are missing their trademark crown necklace
KH2 - Sora Normal - swollen cheeks and jaw, hair is lighter brown 
KH2 - Sora Final
KH2 - Roxas
KH2 - Axel
KH2 - Kairi


to be continued...

188 comments:

  1. I think the Dissidia Play Arts also have bootlegs.
    Here's a link:
    http://www.finalfantasymerchandise.com/blog/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1488&start=500

    There are pics of the bootleg at the bottom posts.

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  2. yup, i'll record those when i have the time again. thanks bro.

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  3. Good day sir. I have a question regarding the gabranth kai. Is the red print on the back of his cape faded as opposed to the more vibrant red print on the inside of his cape? Or should both red prints be vibrant? Thank you.

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  4. Good day sir. I have a question regarding the gabranth kai. Is the red print on the back of his cape faded compared to the vibrant red print on the inside of his cape? Or should both red prints be vibrant? Thank you sir.

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    1. you can check out the pic of my Gabranth here bro though i'm afraid it's not that sharp, i think it's not as vibrant as the one behind the cape since that part is hidden and so less expose to wear. as long as the box got serials and the armor has a glossy finish i think you're safe. http://jeri-reyes.blogspot.com/2011/08/play-arts-kai-dissidia-final-fantasy_30.html

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    2. The pictures are kind of blurry but it's ok. I'm almost positive mine's not fake. It's just that the reds on my gabranth's cape are noticeably different and it's been in that condition ever since i first took him out of the box. I was thinking maybe it's more of a qc issue (unless they painted the reds on the cape that way on purpose).
      Thank you very much for your help sir.

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  5. Wanted to know if there are any final fantasy xiii lightning figure bootlegs. I'm not too worried since mine looks great to me but im still a little concerned since its my first final fantasy figure. Thanks for any advice.

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  6. ^^no confirmed reports since, as far as i know, she's re-issued with an updated facial paint apps.

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  7. Okay thanks man. What about anything on the Rikku Yuna and Paine figures? I'm keeping up with a few on eBay right now and really need to know what to look out for on these. Thanks again!

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    1. As far as i know there are no bootlegs of the FFX-2 figures, you're safe with those.

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  8. One of the sets has only one barcode(with a serial) on the back of all the boxes and the other set has 2 barcodes on the back with serials but they are about 2 inches apart from each other on it. (this is about the yuna rikku and Paine figures again).

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  9. So what does each set mean? Are they legit either way?

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    1. i'm not sure, might need to consult with collectors of the older PAs. I never really collected those.

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  10. Any thing on the xii figures? Ashe and vaan mostly.

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  11. Weeks later... however I just received a Nathan Drake figure I suspect is fake from ozgameshop.com. The right shoulder popped out without any effort and the "wayward dark strokes" are definitely present; although so is the serial and "licensed playstation product" sticker. I am trying to get a refund on the basis of the shoulder but am hesitant to play the bootleg card unless I can find some proof. Where did you find out the signs of a bootleg Drake?

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    1. Hi, i'm so sorry to hear about your Drake, hopefully you can get the refund. Anyway, there is a local shop who's notorious for selling bootlegs. They usually admit that some of their goods are Class A replicas only. That's where i saw the Solid, Kratos and Drake "alleged" bootlegs. I easily spotted the difference since the Drake i currently have got good paint apps on the face area and it came from a reputable store. The one i saw got those dark paint on his face similar to the "alleged" Solid Snake bootleg. The box have the serial number and PS sticker but the packaging is very loose and the font of the serials looks different. The engraving is also very shallow.

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  12. So I've been looking into the AC final fantasy series and wanted to know the difference between the ones with the "advent children" logo at the bottom of the window box and the ones without it. I've seen that the ones with it are distributed by Diamond comics and that the warning label is only in one language(I've heard that's something that makes a figure authentic for it to be in three languages) so I was wondering if it is authentic to be distributed by diamond and put in one language?

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    1. to tell you quite frankly bro i am not really familiar with the AC figures, i only got a couple of those: Cloud with Fenrir and Sephiroth. All i know is that there are different versions depending on the area, there's a Japan release, i think, and UK/Europe though aside from the packaging i really can't tell the difference. What i can help you with is pinpointing which ones are authentic and which ones are bootleg. So far the only ones who got bootlegs from that series is Sephiroth, Cloud with Fenrir and Vincent.

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  13. I just got sephiroth from the AC series. So when it comes what is good to look for authentic wise?
    Also I got sephiroth and Vincent from the vii game series set and if you know anything on that I'd really appreciate the help! Looking at them they honestly look great but they have an Asia distributors sticker on the back located in hong kong. I've heard of fakes there but these look way too good for me to believe they are fake.

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  14. ^^can you post pics bro? the bootleg Sephiroth's skin color is sickly yellow instead of pale flesh tone and i've seen some with their eyes crossed. Vincent - i need to look it up but i've seen loose figs of those circulating around. The stickers are often good indicators of legit figs for the older Play Arts line.

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  15. I keep trying but it's not letting me post the link to my photobucket. Any other way I could send you them?

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  16. The sticker on the box says Asia Goal Limited I looked it up and they seem to be legit as a distributor but it's hard to say just because of my knowledge on hong kong and bootlegs coming around from there

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    1. looks legit to me, my earlier Play Arts Kai figures got those stickers as well.

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  17. ^^try imageshack.us, i use that for my photos on forums.

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  18. I tried but it's still not letting me on either website. I'll try to send links tomorrow somehow.

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  19. So I just received my AC sephiroth and it seems to look a bit different face wise (but I've noticed a lot of then look different than others) but it has a piece of scotch tape sealing the box instead of the usual circular tape andt it's skin tone is right and like a pale skin color instead of yellowish(so I don't see it being a fake) so I'm a little off. Any advice? Also it feels softer than all the rest so i don't know.

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  20. Hi jeri, I recently won a auction for a cloud fenrir set. I won it for $44 including shipping. I have not paid yet as i am a afraid that it might be a bootleg. I asked the seller and he replied that he "thinks" its authentic but has no knowledge about the figure. Can you help me? Is this a bootleg: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=221102806750&nma=true&rt=nc&si=fKDKhaS5aVOVl0Ix%252F3Rv2efTZMU%253D&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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    1. Hi Ilee, i think windcutterclare already answered your query, yes it seems legit to me also.

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  21. Oh god. Reading this made me search the net for pics of Play Arts Kai Gabranth so I could compare it to my own which I bought in February. And looking at this list it seems mine is legit. But lo and behold, the piece on top of his helm is attached backwards! And now I'm starting to notice the other signs such as poor paint jobs. Ignorance sure is bliss lol.

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    1. does it have a serial number engraved beneath the box? you may send me pics so i can check. Just post your email here and i'll get in touch with you bro.

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    2. It has a serial number engraved at the bottom of the box with the last four numbers slightly bigger and out of line than the first four letters, but I don't know if the engraving is deep enough or not. Other than that, the left hip's joint connecting it to the waist is kinda loose from the get-go, and that it's somewhat difficult to put the weapon in his hands (because of his damned thumbs) and like I mentioned before some scratches and paint fading off of his armor, which I assume to be just QC fail. Regarding the small piece on top of his helm, I just twisted it to its correct position and applied some transparent quick-dry strong glue LOL.

      I wouldn't bother you with sending pictures anymore because at this point I'm okay with it, fake or not. BTW I bought this months ago at a local store (somewhere in Greenhills, Metro Manila, Philippines) that's not GTO (which is where I buy my stuff now).

      This Gabranth IMO still looks so good even IF its a fake XD (the imperfections on the armor give that semi-realistic-ish feel) But thank you for this article, it opened my eyes and reminded me that if chicken eggs can be faked, then so do can these detailed toys.

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    3. the weapon of Gabranth is really a hassle to attach at times so your ire towards it is justified. To be honest i'm not really sure if there is a bootleg Gabranth since all the figs i've seen are legit albeit with QC problems.

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  22. Well maybe i can share some useful tips with you regarding legit and bootleg Play arts figures. Most of the details i know are about regular Play arts series, and i can tell that it's all in the box. First of all is the age warning, Legit PA's have something like "For ages 13 and up" while bootlegs have "for ages 14 and up". Another thing like this can be found on the back, where on legit copies you can read something like "Collect all figures IN THIS series" while in bootlegs it reads "Collect all Figures IN series". Also in the back always look for the JAN and UPC codes, legit copies have both of them and are close to one another, bootlegs have both of them or just one, and are separated from one another. As far as my experience foes with collecting this figures FF 8,ff7: advent children, and FF 10 are the series of PA's with bootlegs. And if by any chance one of you happens to know how to read and speak spanish, you can check this site, with some other tips that have helped me a lot when buying Play arts.

    http://japon-gozaimasu.blogspot.mx/2009/11/me-vieron-la-cara-figuras-truchas-la.html

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    1. thanks, i'll take note of your tips when i update this article.

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    2. What this poster has said to be bootleg or legit is very confusing. Going by the tips given here virtually my whole collection would be of bootlegs. :/

      Mine say "for Ages over 14 Years"
      "Collect all figure IN series"

      I've checked my FFVII AC and FFVIII and they're all like this. However, following all the pointers on your site Jeri, my figures are legit.

      I'm also skeptical that most of these could be bootlegs. The FFVII:AC figures I purchased very early when they first came out, from a reputable comic shop (This was just before or just after the release of the movie.)

      Please help out a collector. I'm left very confused.

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    3. ^^do you have pics sis? you can post your email here so i can get in touch with you. thanks.

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    4. Hi there, I left a reply but I haven't received an answer yet so maybe it didn't go through. My email is in my blogger ID but I can also email you the post with photos.

      Thank you!

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    5. i replied on the bottom most post in this article. anyway, will send you an email. thanks.

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  23. I collect both final fantasy and MGS figures from PA KAI...my MGS figures have a serial number at the bottom flap of the box but my FF VII Cloud and Sephiroth figures does not have any. The figure though looks perfect and the box looks authentic than those other poorly printed boxes of PA figures I see being sold in divisorias side walks. I already forgot where I got them...can I post their pictures somwhere so it can be checked?

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  24. sure, just leave your email here then i'll contact you or if you are a member of PTK just PM me there, strider_iamaru. Thanks.

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    1. gtfilter21@yahoo.com great blog site sir! I'll take some photos of them tom...Thanks and more power!

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    2. thanks bro, glad you like the site. I wanted to do a Meryl review but i'm yet to get her. Anyway, wait for my email. thanks.

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    3. I'm still waiting for your e-mail bro...I can't seem to sleep over my Sephiroth figure and my Cyborg Ninja. I don't want to have bootlegs in my collection. My PTK registration is still for approval. TIA!

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    4. sorry bro, been busy. emailed you already.

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  25. Hi there.

    Are there any fakes of KH Cloud?

    Also, are there any box indicators for the FFVIII line? I'm having some trouble determining if my FFVIII Squall is fake or not. Griever chain looks good along with the charm at the end of his gunblade.

    Thank you

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  26. ^^i am not sure if there are KH Cloud bootlegs since we don't have data on those. For the FFVIII series i don't have box indicators but if your Squall's Gunblade got its Griever charm then you should not worry.

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  27. May bootleg bang Balthier? Nakabili kasi ako sa Shoppesville ng 800, no box at stand.

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    1. i'm not sure, i will have to check with the FF PA collectors. got pics?

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    2. No pics right now, sorry. I'm still having my camera fixed.

      Thanks.

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    3. I spotted a bootleg Balthier at BT.
      The paint on his brown armor is faded and uneven
      The color of images behind the box is dark and high in contrast

      I was going to pick either Balthier or Kadaj but I chose Kadaj instead because it's authentic.

      Oh, I spotted a bootleg Sora (KH1) too.
      The back of the box shows KH2 Sora instead of a KH1 version

      Hope this helps. ^^

      Now I have a question, does bootlegs of Selphie and the FFX-2 girls exist?

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    4. Thanks for the tip Jesse, yeah i'll include those when i do my update on this list. Anyway, i think there is a bootleg Selphie though i'm not sure where (or if i did) saw one online before. As for the FFX-2 girls, nope, there are no bootlegs of those.

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    5. This isn't really my pic but my Balthier looks very much like this: http://i49.tinypic.com/15xbf4.jpg

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  28. ^^hmmm, that looks legit to me bro. any old PA collectors here? d@mn, PTK is still down.

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    1. Here's another that looks very similar to mine: http://i48.tinypic.com/5p4unl.jpg

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  29. Hey the pictures of the so called tidus bootleg are mines. The one pic that has 4pics of tidus, the top two are mines and the bottom two are someone elses' idk, but I should get some credit for taking those pic. Also, the pic of the Tidus's box is mines, and it was commented by the people at finalfantasymerchandise.com to be official. I'm not sure why you said the letters were two far apart though. I actually just bought a for sure official tidus and am now comparing that tidus with the tidus that i bought a long time ago which is the so called bootleg tidus which is seen in those two pics. The boxes of both are exactly identical(except that little spacing at the top you kinda pointed out but, that just might me an imperfection idk), and they both use straight tape at the top corner rather than circle tape, the official one actually uses a fatter straight tap compared to the so called fake box. Everything is very closely identical. I would say like those people on the forum that it is official box. But I did notice that the blue background in the box was a more darker blue color rather than the baby blue color of the official box, but i don't know if that could be cause of time since i've had the fake one for so long now, but its quite a big differnce in color so maybe time could not have change it so much especially since i didn't ahve it in sunlight that much and the other parts of the box were not affected. I honestly thought my tidus figure was official and was just really imperfect, because I couldn't find any other pics of one that looked like mines or of any other bootlege tidus, but i guess i can see that now since there is another person who owns a bootleg tidus too. i might make a quick video on youtube about this comparison just for the heck of it.

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    1. thank you for pointing that out Logan, i'll make sure to put your name on the credit. those pics were forwarded to me only by windcutterclare. by the way, do you wish to advertise a blog site or any other site of yours? i can link them to your name when i do the update. thanks.

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    2. I actually don't have anything else so it's fine. Thank you for offering to do that though.

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  30. Are there any known bootlegs of Fang from Play Arts Kai Vol.2 for FFXIII ? Everything on my figure seems perfect, even the faces which I normally have gripes with even for any Play Arts authentic figures. The only problem seems to be a slightly darker colored piece of plastic joining the shoulder to the arm (well, I should say wrapping the top of the arm). For some reason mine is darker colored than the rest of the skin on the figure. I've checked pictures online and this does seem to be normal, except that it's really hard to tell in photos because the lighting does sort of affect the way the colors look. Any information on this would be awesome!

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    1. nope, there are no known bootlegs of Fang. You can breathe easier now.

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  31. Thanks! Good to know I didn't get something like that. Her spear doesn't detach in two like I've seen in some reviews, but I suppose the one I got could be an early version/ prototype. For the price I got her at I wouldn't be surprised.

    Anyway thanks again for the timely reply, it is greatly appreciated!

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    1. errr...her spear doesn't detach? that's weird. how's the paint job?

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  32. Hi! I went back to BT last week to check up that Balthier Play Arts figure. I want to correct what I've said here last time. The Balthier figure is authentic, I double checked it, it just got old and not well taken care off that the quality of the packaging and figure wore down. So in short, there's no bootlegged Balthier figure. Sorry guys.

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  33. Hi there! Im the guy from Chile again :)
    I wanted to know if there are bootlegs versions of FFVII Crisis Core's ZACK figure? Im interested in one I saw online but it was cheaper than usually listed on ebay (less than 100 US) so...Im worried, since Im very interested in it thank you

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    1. Hey Cesar, how are you doing? As far as i know there are no bootlegs of Zack so you're safe. I suggest you ask for actual pics of the item though.

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  34. any news on Vanille, Fang and Serah Farron (XIII version ) Playarts kai bootlegs? cuz I'm planning to get one online and I'm really afraid if I'll be getting a bootleg or not >< any indication on the boxes? so I could tell if it's a bootleg or not

    please reply to my facebook account :)
    https://www.facebook.com/DodongJanJanLiao

    it would really mean a lot to me

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    1. they don't have bootlegs bro, enjoy!

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    2. but the paint job is not that good but their faces are well sculpted like vanille's beads they are not painted well, or maybe it's SE's quality control?

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    3. do you have pics of the figures? you can leave your email here so i can contact you. thanks.

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    4. I don't have a photo I just saw it on a gaming console shop at ayala

      just send it to me through Facebook :) I'm always online
      my FB address: https://www.facebook.com/DodongJanJanLiao

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    5. the painting of the beads are like this but the face is nicely sculpted

      http://myfigurecollection.net/image/Artemisia1301519051.jpeg

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    6. same face as this

      http://myfigurecollection.net/image/Fangers1344499171.jpeg

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    7. looks legit to me, must be SQEX QC. check out the palm, knees, elbows. She should have that faint pinkish shade on her flesh. bootlegs rarely give attention to small details like that. Also, the serial number rule doesn't apply to FF13 PAK though they do have a serial number engraved on the backing card(board), bottom flap, inside the box.

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  35. yeah she has that on her knees and elbow, so it must be a legit playarts kai I was just curious because they were selling her cheap for about 1,600php only that's why I got curious eheh xD thanks for the help

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  36. I bought last month at GH Play arts FFX Auron and FF7AC Vincent They only selling it for only 1,250php per piece, I thought It was fake but checking every details, its was authentic so I think not every store in GH with cheap price means bootleg

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    1. well, i get stuff from GH from time to time as well and i don't think there is a claim that all cheap stuff there are fakes. 1.25K each is a pretty fair price if you ask me. congrats on getting those.

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  37. I agree. There's usually a PA sale at some of the hobby shops in Greenhills. Just got my Yuffie AC there for just 950. Also saw Kadaj AC and Crisis Core Aerith for the same price. All authentic. Sometimes you just gotta look. :)

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  38. Hello~ May I ask whether bootlegs of FFXIII series do exist or not?
    I've got myself a Snow Villiers quite recently. Plus, I'm new to this Play Arts line.
    I'd like to know whether Vivi from FFIX and Reno from FFVII AC have bootlegs too.
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. As far as i know there are no bootlegs of Vivi and Reno as for FF13, there are reports of bootleg Lightning but i haven't seen those though i have reasons to believe that there are bootlegs of Snow and Hope.

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  39. Hello. Just a quick question: are all the PA Kai - Bleach in market authentic? Ichigo is quite pricey now (6k in GTO) so I'd like to do a little research to safeguard this investment. :)

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    1. yup, there are no bootleg Bleach figures specifically Ichigo. 6K? That's ouch though.

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  40. Yup. Medyo rare na daw kasi yun that's why they sell it so high. -_- Thanks! I'll be able to get the three figures kung ganun :)

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  41. Hi. So I was looking around sulit.com.ph and I stumbled upon this second-hand figure which was for sale. I'd just like to ask your opinion regarding its authenticity, based on this picture:

    http://cdn2.sulitstatic.com/images/2013/0104/050017484_0450523696ed4f1d0c86c97947f71bf27bf1d6e19da77b49d.jpg

    I don't think it's as bad as the bootleg Sephiroth posted above in your review, but still, it feels like it's not authentic. I've seen authentic Sephiroths and I can say the face sculpt is more handsome than this; and they don't seem to 'shine' :)

    Thanks for your help. :D

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    1. Looks authentic to me, the shine is missing since the lighting's kinda dark and no flash was used. Who's the seller by the way?

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    2. squallleonhart ata. anyway i've looked it up again, sabi niya hindi daw authentic. price is good though. and he's selling his other figures as well na orig naman. :)

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    3. well it's a good thing if the seller admitted that it's a bootleg, seems like he's got no intention of ripping someone off. It's really hard to tell from the lighting, need to do a closer inspection of the item.

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  42. Hi sir :) can I ask a question? is there any BOOTLEG Final fantasy play arts kai mini?????

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    1. no reports of those yet but if you spot one that looks weird kindly send me pics so i can investigate.

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  43. Hello,
    I was looking at this auction and I can't seem to tell if they are fakes. I asked the seller if they had ever been opened/removed from package and he said no. Vincent's head is turned to the side and it looks funny?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/111000637025?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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    1. looks legit to me, the packaging's legit unless of course someone made the effort of placing a bootleg Vincent inside a genuine box (happened before). ANyway, the seller claims it's MIB so i think it's ok.

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  44. i got the DMC3 dante figure from ebay seller. look like a bootleg, crappy paint job around the eyes and hands, hands got mold lines, joints are too loose. if you need pictures, feel free to contac me at : sickout@gmail.com

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    1. i'll get in touch with you bro, thanks

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  45. Hello i just ordered a play arts kai meryl and im feeling nervous now because im not sure if there are bootlegs of her. If so please let me know, im terrified of bootlegs. The seller was from amazon called collecttoys.

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    1. hi Valden, unfortunately, there are reports of a bootleg Meryl. Initial findings are: off color finish on the face and missing the flesh/orange details. can you send me the link of the seller and are they using actual pics or stock photos of their product?

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    2. I dont know how to send alink but yeah theyre using a stock photo. It said in description that it was an official square enix product. I got it for 49.99 i really didnt think thered be fakes. I really hope i dont get a fake. Is there any details i should look out for if its the real one? Like does it always mean its real if the instruction little sheet inside is under the bubble and folded in half? Or what serial number should i expect.

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    3. They are using stock photos but in amazon thats normal. But the description under the comment area for the vendor said; brand new, oficial licenced square enix product. They mispelled official with one n instead of two. But the ratings for the vendor are good. But is there any details i should look out for in the real one? Like what serial number, gloss sticker or matte. Or that detail that if the little instuction paper is under the bubble of the figure and folded it means its real? Please let me know what i should look for in a real one. Im sorry if im messaging you too much.

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    4. no other confirmed reports aside from crappy paint job, i would have to see your figure before i can tell.

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    5. Okay, so the paint on the face is crappy. No orange brushy looking paint for skin shading and i literally just read in a comment fir the Meryl review i didnt see before. Is it also true if her tank isnt glossy its a bootleg?

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    6. When i get my figure, estimated in another day or two. Ill give you my email and send pics if i can. Would you be able to tell even if its still in the box?

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  46. Im sending this message again only because im not sure my last one sent but. Oh my god, im freaking out about it, im now regretting canceling my catwoman kai figure for meryl. It was using a stock photo but the description under the comment section for the vendor said; brand new, oficial licensed square enix product. Official was spelled with one f instead of two.

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    1. just send me pics once you get the item and i'll take a look. and to answer your previous questions, yes, usually when something should be glossy and it's not then most likely that's a bootleg but that is no 100% accurate so it's best to check out the figure first.

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    2. Thank you, it should be here friday ill take pics of her to see your confirmation. Im gonna leave my email so you could message me, that way ill be able to reply with the pictures when i take them thank you so much again. My email is: osvaldovinos3608@gmail.com email me when you can, just a hey or hi so ill have a message to repky to :)

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  47. What's up? Are there any bottlegs of CC Zack Fair? I want to be certain before purchasing from an online seller. Thanks.

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    1. no reports of a bottleg Zack but there are lots of scammers offering one for a very low price.

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    2. Thanks. That seems to be the case. No meetups either. Better get one from a legit source, I guess. :)

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  48. hi there.. i'm planning to buy a PAK lightning ffxiii in GH. It is already loose on its box and they already removed the circle type masking tape which is a common thing on authentic PAK. They are selling if for 2.5k. how can i tell if it is a bootleg or not...

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    1. so that's FF13 not FF13-2 Lightning right? 2.5K for an LIB FF13 Light is way too much. DB's selling those for 1.5K only, GTO's out of stock though.

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  49. Hey i got my play arts kai meryl today. Everything "seems" good but i might just be paranoid. There are light orange shading on her skin and chest but not as noticable as your meryl. Her tanks a "bit" glossy mostly when under light or pictures with flash are taken. Generally shes not as shiny as yours but not completely matte either. I dont know if its normal for her to have slight little scratch looking marks on her pants generally around her calves or upper legs. The articulation on her feet where it swivels sideways were extreamly tough but i think its just the paint. As far as the box goes if its fake it could've fooled me. Its just like my other two play arts kai boxes. It even has the exact engraving font for the serial number. Oh and her 25th anniversary sticker is glossy, it scared me because you said on your review of the bootleg snake that it should be matte. Please send me an email or give me yours so i can try and send some pictures i hope would confirm and ease my stress on this. My email is; osvaldovinos3608@gmail.com

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  50. I dont know if you got me message earlier today regarding my play arts kai meryl. I received her today and though many things makes me feel shes authentic just probably a little different due to manufacturing, i would still like your thoughts on her. Please email me or give me your email so i can send pictures. Thank you. My email is: osvaldovinos3608@gmail.com

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  51. I am so thankful for these posts!!! I just bought a Star Ocean Figure of Edge and a Shepard Figure of Mass Effect. My Star Ocean figure is still in shipping process, but my Shepard came... I am so worried it might be a knock off.... I know his face is not the best.. but I love Mass Effect and I dont care I wanted it so bad!!! But I really hope its not a knock off!! There is the engraved code on the bottom flap and it has the Square Enix info on the bottom of the box, also on the bottom of his foot he has a copyright symbol followed by EA International. Is there anyway he could be a fake or does the info I gave you sound like a legit figure. This is the FIRST square enix figure I have boughten, I love them tho, Im just starting to collect them. Next is Cloud... But now I am so worried about bootlegs its making me rethink the collection. Anyways does the info I gave you guys sound like its legit?? I got him from hobby hunters on amazon. The ingraved code on the bottom flap made me feel better but is there a chance he could be a knock off?? Please help I am loosing sleep over this. (not kidding) I hope someone still checks this thread, very helpfu;l and I thank the creator of the thread... And I have no idea how my google ID comes up as Fantasy magic Ive never used that name, strange...) well thank you again for this helpful thread, I hope my Star Ocean Edge is not a bootleg......

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    1. Hi FM, first let me welcome you to Play Arts Kai collecting. 2nd relax, just leave your email here and i'll get in touch with you - let's take a good look at the Commander. 3rd - i don't think there is a Star Ocean bootleg.

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  52. I can also send pictures if anyone can spot a bootleg, I do think mine is authentic because of the ingraved numbers on the bottom flap and the Square Enix info on the back... But like I said this is the first Play Arts figure I have ever boughten (new to collecting them) But now that I know there are bootlegs around I am worried because I cant stand being duped or tricked lol please help

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  53. I forgot to leave my email so I am terribly sorry for the triple post, I am nt trying to flood the forum, so if a Mod could just add it to my last post that would be great!! Thank You in Advacne :) My Email is benko916@yahoo.com Please email me if u can help me decipher if I bought a bootleg or not. Thank you!

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    1. no problem, anyway, this is my personal blog so don't worry about mods. sent you an email.

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  54. Thank You for the help with my Shepard, Now I can pose him and breath easy :) This blog rocks!! Great help and advice and everything, very good info!!

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    1. happy to help you buddy, i'll see you around.

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  55. Hey does anyone know if Auron from Final Fantasy X has a bootleg figure out? I rally want to buy him from this website but the website is known for selling bootlegs and I am still pretty new to figure collecting, if anyone knows please let me know via this blog or email me at benko916@yahoo.com, Thank you very much :)

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    1. i don't think so Patrick but Auron is notoriously fragile, i've heard numerous stories about his arms breaking. i suggest you wait for the Kai version, i have a gut feeling that we'll see another Auron...

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    2. Actually there are Auron bootlegs out there, check de Tidus signs already provided on this site, they are the same for Auron and Yuna PA.

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  56. If I want to buy the japanese version Advent Children Sephiroth, what signs do I have to look for to determine that is authentic?

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  57. Hi Jeri. I just want to thank you for making this Blog. It gives me additional confidence in buying Final Fantasy Play Art products. I've been following the details you've mentioned in spotting Authentic and bootlegs since the first day i started collecting FF. There are numerous times that a seller almost fooled me in buying their what they say "AUTHENTIC" items and your blog saved me from that. Keep it up. Your Blog is already saved on my browser so expect my visit every now and then.

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  58. How do you know that the Advent Children Sephiroth (japanese box) is authentic?

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    1. AFAIK there are no bootleg Sephiroths from the Jap edition, however, if it's an LIB item you may want to check what the actual figure looks like since it's possible that he's repackaged. Please refer to the pics above.

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  59. Are there any Lightning (FFXIII not XIII-2) bootlegs that you know of? I've seen people selling the figure on Amazon/eBay but I'm always leery when they use stock photos instead of posting pictures of the actual figure you're buying.

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    1. There are for FF13-2 Lightning, usually one side of the jawline is bigger than the other. As for FF13, no reports of a bootleg yet.

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    2. I ask the sellers, but I doubt any of them would own up to it being inauthentic. The XIII Kai doesn't have the translucent hair that the XIII-2 does, right? And is it me or does this one look fake: http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-Lightning-Action-Figure/dp/B002R0DQ8Y/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3F4S8NNO8HYTQ&coliid=I6SCWITAEAPVZ compared to http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-XIII-Play-Kai/dp/B003MPDIBI/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3VHJ0O2HMAOFG

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    3. I ask the sellers, but I doubt any of them would own up to it being inauthentic. The XIII Kai doesn't have the translucent hair that the XIII-2 does, right? And is it me or does this one look fake: http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-Lightning-Action-Figure/dp/B002R0DQ8Y/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3F4S8NNO8HYTQ&coliid=I6SCWITAEAPVZ compared to http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-XIII-Play-Kai/dp/B003MPDIBI/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3VHJ0O2HMAOFG

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    4. Yes, the translucent hair applies to the FF13-2 version only,

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  60. Do you know if there are any Lightning (XIII not XIII-2) bootlegs? I've seen people on eBay and Amazon selling the figure, but I'm always incredibly leery when they use stock photos instead of pictures of the figure itself.

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  61. Hey dude, wanted to help with the list! Just saw a FFVIIAC Tifa Lockhart figure on ebay with that same bootleg box. Looks like shes getting herself some knockoffs as well!

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  62. Hello Jeri!
    Umm.
    I have made an order over ebay for a Solidus and a Meryl PAK. I opened the package today and, though I asked the seller for authenticity, some things seems different from my Fox and Snake figures. The sticker seems glossy and the "gray splashes" seems different. Meryl's painting seems different too. The seller didn't have any negative feedback apart one, and it's about shipping. When I emailed him, he told me: "These are authentic from the manufacturer. All the products are direct from the manufacturer or from their authorized distributor."
    Well yeah...since i'm not sure, I just thought I'd give you my email here so I can send you pictures and you can maybe help me to check?
    Here: speedpouel@hotmail.com

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  63. I have been looking for rikku play arts FFX2 figure for a looooooong time and i finally found one now im scared if the price was to amazing ....anybody know of any bootleg figures for this one please help my name is Albert but im posting as anonymous

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    1. Hi Albert, there are no bootlegs of FFX-2 figures, you're good to go.

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  64. Please help does anybody know of any FFX2 Rikku play arts bootleg figures i love my rikku but afraid to find out shes fake

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    1. Relax, there are no bootlegs of FFX2 figures

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    2. Thanks for the response jeri i accidentally posted twice because i did not know if my first post went thru lol thanks....(love my Rikku)

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  65. Hi!

    Are there any reported bootlegs of FFXII Ashe Play Arts Kai? I'd really love to get one, alongside with Dissidia Gabranth! Speaking of Gabranth, I'm kind of worried about it as well. I've seen one in a local store, and it's hard to see the gloss (or lack thereof) through the box.

    Here's a photo of the Ashe PA from a seller : http://forum.lowyat.net/uploads/attach-17/post-347817-1314802481.jpg

    Any input would be most helpful. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, i'm yet to see a bootleg Ashe but the ones on the pic looks authentic to me.

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    2. Hey, thanks for the reply! You have a great blog here :)
      I'll be sure to come back here to keep myself updated. I can help contribute some info or photos once I get my hands on the Playarts :P

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  66. Bro is there a bootleg version of Kingdom Heart Sephiroth exist? Course I'm very concerning bout the figure since I wanna get if so badly. If there's a bootleg for this figure can you show me the detail picture of the bootleg version packaging for it? Thx and much appreciate it.. :)

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    1. i don't think so bro. i haven't seen one yet.

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  67. O is it ok for me to get it? Course last time I did bought the bootleg sephiroth and I was kindda worried bout it.

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  68. Well is it safe for me to get one? Course I wanted to have it so badly :-(

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    1. if you can request for a pic you can send it to me so we can take a look. just leave your email here so i can get in touch with you. thanks.

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  69. Yup I'm still waiting for the picture from the seller, :) will let you know again once I've got it :)

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  70. Bro this is my email t6303@yahoo.com . Can ya email me so that I can send you the picture :) thx

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  71. Great blog, dude. There's a lot of good information about these figures, so I was just wondering if you happened to know anything about bootlegs of the original Serah Farron figure.

    Thanks for the post!

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  72. You probably already knew this, but legit PAK & PA figures always have "for ages 13 and up" on the packaging, instead of "14 and up".

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  73. Hey! The picture of Tidus FAKE Square Enix are mine! XD
    However, good job with this informative post :)

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  74. Hi!
    Found potential Meryl bootlegs on eBay

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221250168050?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    The boxes are missing 25th year anniversary sticker so I don't know is this bootleg or some variant. Any help is appreciated.
    THX!

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  75. hi need your opinion
    i bought 2 PA Kai Revengence Raiden White and normal version.
    i realised my normal version head is smaller compare to the white version.

    is it supposed to be this way?

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  76. this is my email
    i email you the pictures.
    ridzuanmasror@gmail.com

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    1. i'll get in touch with you tomorrow buddy

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  77. hello, did they released a play arts squall w/o arms and legs rotation? the pendant is short but griever charm on gunblade is present

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  78. Hi Jeri, Will we see a review for the new Play Arts Kai Final Fantasy Figures (Vincent, Yuffie and Rufus)? I would really like to know its Pros and Cons. Thanks!

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    1. we will see bro, right now Vincent is the only one on my hit list.

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  79. Hi Jeri, may gusto lang sana ako itanong regarding sa mga FF play arts ko. Just want to make sure orig sila at hindi bootleg. Here's my email quoideneuf_ekang@hotmail.fr I'll send the pics to you via email na lang if that's okay. Thanks

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  80. Hey Jerry, how have you been man? I've been waiting patiently for Lightning Return Play Arts Kai I pre ordered last summer!! I can not wait for her to arrive!!!! Hey By anychance do U collect Figma? I just recently started collecting Figmas, and I have to say I really like them, the only thing that bugs me about them is there size other than that, they seem really good. Anyways just thought I would say hi, and see your doing man :) Hope to hear from you soon, feel free to email me whenever you like benko916@yahoo.com I have to take pictures of my collection so you can see how much its grown by!!!! Since my first figure until now, my collection has really grown!! Anyways talk to you later man Hope all is well with you :) :)

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    1. hey buddy, it's been a while. yeah, i'd love to see your collection. btw, you can join us here https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAKCOLLECTORS/ . see you around buddy.

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  81. http://www.finalfantasymerchandise.com/blog/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1488&start=600

    blue letters on play arts kai boxes

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  82. are there any bootleg of SF figures? i'm planning to get a black ryu but i'm afraid i might get a bootleg copy

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    1. non AFAIK bro but if there are some in Divi then chances are there are BLs of that fig.

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  83. Hi! is there a bootleg of PAK TDR Catwoman in the market?

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  84. Hi just wondering if there were actually any reports of bootleg copies of Meryl in the market? Or is it safe to say that all of them are genuine?

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    1. there are BL Meryl figures afaik buddy but i'm yet to get my hands on one. to be safe make sure there is a serial which is consistent with the other pre-MGRR serials.

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  85. greetings my friend.. :)

    just info..

    my friend just got bootleg PAK cat woman, he bought from the seller in new condition (mint in box)

    signs as follows :

    - thinner cardboard material (box)
    - paint lipstick and paint mask is very messy
    - no shading on the face (pale)
    - bottom cheeks slightly truncated and untidy
    - neck color different from the color of the face
    - black paint on the collar is very messy and the black paint is spread to the neck
    - toy plastic quality is very different from the others legit PAK (smell and plastic material)

    (sorry for my english cause i don't speak english language.. :)

    thanks.

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  86. i've got my raiden mgs 2 without gun hoslter, i bought him on new condition, but the paintjob app, serial number is legit.. is that bootleg or just bad qc ?

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    1. BL Raidens are usually sold loose since the new serials are hard to fake. i think you got one with QC issues. the sword on mine came bent inside the scabbard actually

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  87. Hello
    I purchased 5 Play Arts Kai Nippon Yasan.com by the seller and the seller AmiAmi.com 1
    Some of these PAK had the double circular adhesive on the bottom of the box.
    I do not know if Square Enix has never had these problems but the sticker looks original.
    I have not opened the box and I do not know if you get it.
    One of them even has the number engraved twice.
    If you want I can send you photos. I would also like to know if these codes are accurate

    Final Fantasy VII Yuffie SZBJ1309
    Final Fantasy VII Rufus SZBJ1309
    How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?

    Resident Evil 6 Helena DGTC1309
    D and T are in a position lower than GC 1309
    Resident Evil 6 Leon DGTC1309
    Same code written several times but in the same position
    Again, How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?

    Final Fantasy X Yuna DGTC1401
    The T is lower and smaller and 401 is written so light that almost no one reads.
    Final Fantasy X Tidus DGTC1401
    Again, How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?
    Can you help me to understand if are they bootlegs?
    Thanks

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  88. Hello
    I purchased 5 Play Arts Kai Nippon Yasan.com by the seller and the seller AmiAmi.com 1
    Some of these PAK had the double circular adhesive on the bottom of the box.
    I do not know if Square Enix has never had these problems but the sticker looks original.
    I have not opened the box and I do not know if you get it.
    One of them even has the number engraved twice.
    If you want I can send you photos. I would also like to know if these codes are accurate

    Final Fantasy VII Yuffie SZBJ1309
    Final Fantasy VII Rufus SZBJ1309
    How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?

    Resident Evil 6 Helena DGTC1309
    D and T are in a position lower than GC 1309
    Resident Evil 6 Leon DGTC1309
    Same code written several times but in the same position
    Again, How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?

    Final Fantasy X Yuna DGTC1401
    The T is lower and smaller and 401 is written so light that almost no one reads.
    Final Fantasy X Tidus DGTC1401
    Again, How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?
    Can you help me to understand if are they bootlegs?
    Thanks

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  89. Hello
    I purchased 5 Play Arts Kai Nippon Yasan.com by the seller and the seller AmiAmi.com 1
    Some of these PAK had the double circular adhesive on the bottom of the box.
    I do not know if Square Enix has never had these problems but the sticker looks original.
    I have not opened the box and I do not know if you get it.
    One of them even has the number engraved twice.
    If you want I can send you photos. I would also like to know if these codes are accurate

    Final Fantasy VII Yuffie SZBJ1309
    Final Fantasy VII Rufus SZBJ1309
    How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?

    Resident Evil 6 Helena DGTC1309
    D and T are in a position lower than GC 1309
    Resident Evil 6 Leon DGTC1309
    Same code written several times but in the same position
    Again, How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?

    Final Fantasy X Yuna DGTC1401
    The T is lower and smaller and 401 is written so light that almost no one reads.
    Final Fantasy X Tidus DGTC1401
    Again, How can two Play Arts Several have the same code?
    Can you help me to understand if are they bootlegs?
    Thanks

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  90. Sorry for the late reply comrades, been busy, no new reviews or anything. please join our group Play Arts Kai Philippines Trading Group http://facebook.com/groups/PAKPTG . i can answer your questions there. thanks a lot for the support.

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  91. Hello
    Unfortunately I do not use facebook, I can send photos by e-mail?
    Can you answer here to see if these are original or bootleg PAK?
    Thanks

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  92. Hello
    Unfortunately I do not use facebook, I can send photos by e-mail?
    Can you answer here to see if these are original or bootleg PAK?
    Thanks

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  93. Comrades if you can leave your email here i'll get in touch with you regarding your inquiries, i still hope you can consider using FB since it's easier there and also to keep in touch with other PAK collectors. i don't mean to brag but we have a strong PAK community here in the Philippines that is also open to other non-Filipino collectors. Heck, we even have members from SQEX. See ya comrades and hope to hear from you soon.

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  94. Hi
    My mail is squallalfredo@inwind.it
    Since I must to buy tomorrow Kaz and Meryl, Can I get their codes?
    Has Kaz DGTC1107?
    Has Meryl DGTC1209?
    Thanks

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  95. Hi
    My mail is squallalfredo@inwind.it
    Since I must to buy tomorrow Kaz and Meryl, Can I get their codes?
    Has Kaz DGTC1107?
    Has Meryl DGTC1209?
    Thanks

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  96. Hey folks, just wondering if you can help me confirm the authenticity of a Kazuhira Miller figure I bought on eBay recently. I didn't consider the possibility of it being bootleg when I bought it, but reading this page has made me wonder. Things I've noticed;

    -The replacement head has blue eyebrows and and the eyes are badly painted

    The paint job is worse in certain places, .e.g. Miller's sleeves have some skin tone paint on them

    -No serial number anywhere on the box, unlike the two other Play Arts figures (MGS2 Raiden and Female Commander Shepard) I bought retail

    -The replacement hands don't quite match the colour of his arms

    -The head comes off a lot easier than on my Raiden figure, a bit too loose

    Was I duped?? I could get a refund easily as the seller is in my city and I'm covered by consumer protection laws, I just wanna be sure. I'm actually not unhappy with the figure, but I don't want it if it's a knockoff.

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  97. Btw (sorry) my email is talbycooper [at] gmail [dot] com

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  98. will get back to you the soonest comrades kinda busy, on my way out of PAKs actually but i'll anser your questions as soon as i am able.

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  99. Also, as a general note comrades it's not the characters on the serials you should watch out for but the way they are etched on the boxes.

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  100. Jery​​, like I already said, my email is squallalfredo@inwind.it
    I bought Meryl and Miller on ebay. Can I give you the name of the seller and see if the PAK are bootleg? I saw that the code is written Miller very small and black. I think it's original, but its code is DGTC1107. I contact many ebay sellers and the code seems to be just that. But I've seen here on the blog that Ezio Auditore has the same code. As for Meryl is DGTC1209, this seems original. Can you give me a help? Could you post pictures of the PAK code you have, so even if you buy online is easier to prevent bootleg.
    I hope you can help me soon.

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  101. Jery​​, like I already said, my email is squallalfredo@inwind.it
    I bought Meryl and Miller on ebay. Can I give you the name of the seller and see if the PAK are bootleg? I saw that the code is written Miller very small and black. I think it's original, but its code is DGTC1107. I contact many ebay sellers and the code seems to be just that. But I've seen here on the blog that Ezio Auditore has the same code. As for Meryl is DGTC1209, this seems original. Can you give me a help? Could you post pictures of the PAK code you have, so even if you buy online is easier to prevent bootleg.
    I hope you can help me soon.

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  102. Jery​​, like I already said, my email is squallalfredo@inwind.it
    I bought Meryl and Miller on ebay. Can I give you the name of the seller and see if the PAK are bootleg? I saw that the code is written Miller very small and black. I think it's original, but its code is DGTC1107. I contact many ebay sellers and the code seems to be just that. But I've seen here on the blog that Ezio Auditore has the same code. As for Meryl is DGTC1209, this seems original. Can you give me a help? Could you post pictures of the PAK code you have, so even if you buy online is easier to prevent bootleg.
    I hope you can help me soon.

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  103. Hello
    I also bought Jun Kazama Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
    Your code is right, but it is written in the above DGTC1303 than normal. Can it to be a bootleg?

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  104. Hello
    I also bought Jun Kazama Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
    Your code is right, but it is written in the above DGTC1303 than normal. Can it to be a bootleg?

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  105. Help me guys, I just bought a FF13 2 KAI Play Arts second hand Serah together with Lightning.

    I don't have any doubts with Lightning, but I was very disappointed how Serah looks.

    Anyone wants to help me check this out? I'll send some photos to you. Thanks.

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