This is a webpage I have always wanted to create to help warn folks about buying bootleg or knockoff Pokemon products. What is a bootleg or knockoff Pokemon product? Well it's basically when a product, such as a game or toy is created by someone without the permission of Nintendo or the creators of Pokemon and is sold for profit. I myself have been the victim of knockoffs before; I bought some Pokemon figurines from a variety store without knowning better. Some knockoffs are ok in quality, but most are very poorly made.
This page will list various knockoff products that exist to help you differentiate between an authentic Nintendo product and a fake. Knockoffs are bad because the creators of them are stealing money from Pokemon and hurting their image by selling cheap products, so don't support them. Most knockoff products are sold on eBay and in Chinatown in your city, so be careful! The sad thing is, parents are the ones who fall for this scam the most, so be sure to inform them if you want a certain Pokemon toy to make sure they are buying the real deal.
From first sight, this set of figurines looks pretty good, right? I mean, there are official pictures from the anime on the package, so it must be real, right? Wrong! The most obvious tip off is that Pokemon is referred to as Pocket Monsters, a frequently used term by bootleg products. These figurines also have a sub-standard paint job and where is the Nintendo "Seal of Approval"? Besides, the package looks nothing like something Nintendo would put out. The figurine of Meowth also looks nothing like him, a key give away that these are knockoffs.
These toys look a bit better than the ones above, but they too are knockoffs. For one, the shade of colors are off; a key indicator that Nintendo had nothing to do with these figurines. The figures also look out of shape; Nintendo would never let such shoddy products see the day of light.
These toys fit the traits of the bootlegs above: the figurines look deformed and Ash looks like the ape from Monkey Ball (or Monkey Balls as Tommy Tallerico calls it from Reviews on the Run; god bless your childish sense of humor). The biggest clue is that they are probably missing a Nintendo copyright symbol on their foot or back.
The biggest tip offs to them being fakes are that Brock is painted with eyes; I mean surely Nintendo would know better than to make Brock with eyes and Gary Oak and Misty are doing the same pose, a sign that the bootleg creators got lazy and used the same base mold.
Who painted this set, a 3 year old? Seriously, if you couldn't tell they were fake from looking at the shoody paint job, you need to get a better glasses prescription. Use some common sense people because Nintendo would never let this hit store shelves if they cared about their reputation for putting out quality products (excluding the Virtual Boy; everyone makes mistakes).
Well isn't this cute? Fake Pokemon figurines based on the characters from Pokemon Gold/Silver. This set is actually pretty good, but the only problem is that they are being sold on eBay, which is a big tip off. The best bet to getting authentic Pokemon products is to buy from the official Pokemon store, www.pokemoncenter.com.
How to spot a fake
- Figures are badly deformedThe paint job is poorly done
- No Nintendo copyright on the bottom or back of the figure
- The package says Pocket Monsters, not Pokemon
- Be wary when purchasing from eBay
The article above was in an April Fools edition of Electronic Gaming Monthly, so I'm pretty sure it's a joke, but it shows you how anyone can make up a convincing picture and sell something fake on eBay.