With Toy Fair 2016 quite behind us, and Seibertron back to a stable connection, we have a couple of wrap-up posts about the event, to close off in style - starting with some knock-off products and items on display at the Javits Convention Center, where Toy Fair is actually located (Hasbro is in a separate building at the Times Center nears Times Square). Check out a sample of the gallery featuring Remote Control transforming "Combiner Wars" Megatron Tank and an Age of Extinction Drift Helicopter, Legends Class toys and oversized Rescue Bots Roar and Rescue Dinobots (Heatwave, Chase, Blades, and Boulder) click through to access the full works, and take a look at the embedded YouTube video too!
Fellow Seibertron.com user shajaki has spent quite some time figuring out all the differences between the Takara Tomy MP-10A Bathing Ape Convoy and its unfortunate knock-off counterpart. As some collectors may still be on the hunt for this redeco, we're sharing with you all the guide put together to figure out whether you're looking at the real deal or not - check it out below!
Alright folks! I have been driving myself nuts over this figure. At first because of the cost. Then because of the picture perfect KO. I've been researching a bunch over the past few days, and feel I have enough findings to finally make this thread. so here we go!
Down there are some pics of the legit box. Now, I work in a chemical plant. And any given thing we have (received or blended by us) has a "lot" or "batch" number mainly to keep track of when and where things are made. Well apparently toys are no different. If you check on the bottom of the MP boxes (or elsewhere on any other TF) you'll find the lot number. I surmised that while they (the KO'ers) have counterfeited the box, they didn't go so far as to stamp the box with that number like Takara did. Turns out I was right.
You'll see that the bottom right of the box (of the legit Takara version) has a stamp with "G1214". And if what I know about lot number is true, the 14 at the end probably means "made in 2014", but I digress. I think most figures of the same type and mold will have the same lot number, especially on such a limited run like this. So all legit MP BAPEs should have that number.
Below this, is the bottom of the KO box (I'm not bothering with other angles cause they're the same as the legit). You'll notice a couple differences, mainly that there's no bar code, and no lot number stamp. And BOOM. You just confirmed a sealed BAPE to be a KO.
The legit BAPE uses the MP10B (Black Convoy) variation of the mold, which has the (molded) Autobot insignia removed, so both shoulders are smooth and clean. The left shoulder is where said insignia should be, but the BAPE logo is there instead, and the right one has nothing.
The KO was molded from one of the original MP10s, and thus has the molded Autobot insignia on the left shoulder. so in turn the bape KO has something on each shoulder. the bape logo is on the opposite shoulder it should be, because of the molded insignia is obviously still there.
In closing, I hope this helps cause I wasn't able to find this info anywhere else. Being able to tell if something is a KO or not is pretty easy in hand, but in the age of internet buying you really have to be careful. And while most people selling these KOs clearly state what they are, it doesn't mean there won't be someone trying to pass one off as the real deal.
As many of you know a knock off G1 Scorponok has hit the market, and site sponsor Robotkingdom has provided a quick write up and some comparison images. If you're in the market for a authentic G1 Scorponok you might want to take the time to look over the information below.
Here are some comparison Photos of the KO Scorpronok.
Without checking the product in personal, it may be difficult to distinguish the difference between original G1 and KO.
Below listed some points that might help to recognize their difference.
1. KO Overall material is a little bit gross while original features plain plastic. KO version material is more like a normal plastic toy material...
2. KO features screw on both sides of the head while original feature pin.
3. KO have Scorpion legs use screws while the original one use pin.
4. Sculpture on Original item is clearer.
5. The eye sculpture of Headrobot is difference.
6. Sculpture on the cannon is different.
7. The sculpture on KO Chromed parts are damaged.
8. Visible bubble on the KO version chest and hip paint job.
Hope these informations are helpful and don’t mistakenly buy KO version as authentic one. Enjoy!
Discovered recently on Actoys.net, the counterfeiters are at it again. Knock Off Masterpiece 12 Lambor's are aparently ready for distribution. These unliscensed reproductions will likely suffer in both quality and precision. If you are still in the market for MP 12 Lambor/Sideswipe, you may consider sticking to reputable dealers such as our site sponsors or other well established online retailers. The accuracy of this particular KO seems quite high and with a convincing package, it will be tough to distinguish the difference. We will post any noticeable differences as soon as they can be identified to help ensure you are getting the real McCoy.
Additionally, Masterpiece 10 Optimus Prime and MP 13 Soundwave's may also be under development. If you see a price that is too good to be true...
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It's not unreasonable to hold hope that with the recent release of Encore Fortress Maximus, that his rival Scorponok will also see a release.
However it seems that other, less scrupulous parties seem to be getting one to market sooner if Toymoda is to be believed. In addition to a healthy stock of Transformers-related items, Toymoda also has several knockoff replications of other G1 figures, such as Cyclonus, Shockwave and a Computron giftset. Scorponok has recently been added to its system with a release date of July.
Seibertron.com will pass on more information as more information becomes available.
This auction on eBay has been selling knock off Human Alliance Barricade figures, and it seems there are multiple sellers doing it.
They all claim to be knock offs, and none try to hide it. The quality is in question since no one seems to have one in hand, but based on appearances alone, this is an exact 1:1 duplication of the real figure.
Be careful when buying, don't get ripped off by a "good" deal. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. With Human Alliance prices going for tidy sums on eBay, a price below $50.00 for such a figure should be an instant red flag.
Remember those Takara Toys"R"Us Japan exclusive campaign battle blades for DOTM Striker Optimus Prime? They were given away to customers who purchased 3,000 Yen in Transformers products at Toys"R"Us late last year, and command a premium price on the secondary market. If you're in the market for a pair of these and stumble across what seems like a really good deal make sure they're authentic and not knock offs. Two different groups are planning to produce knock off versions of these exclusive blades.
Authentic sets came packed with paperwork from Takara.
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