Is your Nendoroid a bootleg?

Do you want to know how to tell if your Nendoroid is a fake? Having come into contact with a bootleg Miku, I have a small handful of tips for you.

1. Look at the eyes. Legitimate Nendoroids have printed eyes. If the eyes are painted onto the figure, it’s a bootleg.

2. Was the box sealed? Real Nendoroids from Good Smile Company have a small clear sticker on the top and bottom of the box to keep it sealed.

3. Is there a hologram sticker on the front? Not all Nendoroids have a holographic sticker on the front of the box above the Nendoroid number, but a lot of them do. If there’s no sticker, there’s a small chance it’s a bootleg.

4. Is there a small sheet of plastic to hold the molding in place? In the legitimate versions of these toys, between the plastic clamshells there’s a thin sheet of clear plastic, which protects the figure and keeps it from shaking around in the box. This is very common for Japanese toys, and one reason I really love that Japan respects the idea that these are collectibles.

These are the easiest ways that I have found to tell the difference between a real one and a fake. If you’re at a convention and need to know, look close at their eyes! If they’re painted, beware! It’s a fake!

I hope this helps you out on your search for genuine Nendoroid figures.


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