Remember when the absence of serial numbers at the bottom of the box is a clear indication of a bootleg/knock-off/overrun figure for Play Arts Kai? Well, I DO, after all, i first brought it up here when i was an unfortunate victim of a local bootlegger HERE and also during another unfortunate close brush with the infamous "Zombie Snake" HERE. After those incidents i dedicated a portion of my time to guarding fellow collectors from bootlegs, establishing a database of tell-tale signs with the help of my PAK comrades. I got a happy ending though somehow since i was refunded by those 2 sellers and the vigilance never stopped from that point onwards...
|AUTHENTIC SOLID SNAKE - Similar to Cyborg Ninja, Fakes either don't have those serials or they are a lot bigger.|
|Battle Dress Snake from Peacewalker. Fakes don't have those serials.|
|FAKE RESIDENT EVIL 6 - notice how the serials look like they've been manually etched on the box, the font used is bigger as well. Photo from Mik Gawaran.|
|COMPARISON SHOT OF DMC3 PAKs: Authentic on the LEFT - deeper and smaller font and FAKE on the RIGHT - larger and shallower fonts.|
|COMPARISON SHOT OF PAK LARA CROFT BOXES. Lighting edited to make the serials more prominent. Authentic on TOP - notice the deep engraving. FAKE BELOW - large, shallow font.|
|Assassin's Creed 2|
The older Play Arts Kai lines employ the Serials you just saw above which are very easy to fake especially if you are not that familliar with how they should look. As for the NEW SERIALS below (currently used by Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Rising, DC Universe, HALO 4, etc.)...
In closing let me remind you to always be careful before buying and don't hesitate to ask around if you have doubts on the figure you are about to purchase. Share what you learn also to other collectors especially newbies so that those bootleggers will have less and less customers or targets.