Wolfman Jake wrote: fenrir72 wrote:
Usually they'll get their "secondary" market source locally. And iirc, bbts got a batch of KO Metroplex before Encore was released a few years back. So the item is as good as it's source.
A Japan based source has a bit of a higher credibility over a non Japanese.
Unfortunately, the cassettes (I did some searching too)are not available in a certain site I usually get them.
Even here, they are not available.http://jungle-scs.co.jp/sale_en/
Ryan iirc, posted some Japanese sites he has purchased from. Try pm him. Who knows you might get lucky.
Just for clarification, by "as good as it's source," you mean to say that if the source is a Japanese retailer, it's far more likely that it's genuine and not a knock-off/bootleg than would be from a Chinese or Hong Kong store? Or are you saying something about the quality of the knock offs themselves? I'm a bit confused.
Also, is there any way to readily tell the knock off Masterpiece cassettes from the real deal?
I trust the Japanese more unfortunately. Language barriers aside. (Nothing against the Chinese as I too had great dealings with them (aliexpress vendors for example tells you they actually sell the KOs), in ebay, well you are taking a risk. So if its from Japan, the source would also be their local collectors. In HK or China, the risk is much higher they maybe KOs. (Btw, this isn't "racial profiling" but simple triangulation
QC of KO MPs? To use Lambor as an example, I got mine from RK. It's like the 3rd pressing if you count the first 2 for the JP market. So mine is legit.
But the KO Lambor are soo good that even the hologram looks real. You'll only find out if you open them and check their ugly mugs I'm afraid.
I was also contemplating at buying a KO MP Ratbat as I can't justify buying Soundblaster just for him. But based on feedback, there are some paint apps missing.Unless the little details will bug you, a KO is indeed an alternative.