New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware!

New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware!

Friday, March 16th, 2007 9:45pm CDT

Categories: Toy News, Collectables
Posted by: GetterDragun   Views: 22,480

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We know that there is a G1 knockoff Prime out already, but there is a new knockoff out where they fixed the issues with the box! The original KO had a Grey border along the top of the box, which was the giveaway, the new KO does not! The only way to tell is that the background goes straight across on the new KO box, where as on the real one, the border is not perfectly straight across.

Here is the auctions on Yahoo Japan (you might need to log in to see it):
http://page13.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/r35645824

Here are the images for reference:

Original KO:


New KO:


Real G1 Prime:

Credit(s): GetterDragun


This article was last modified on Saturday, March 17th, 2007 6:31pm CDT

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Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55690)
Posted by Agamemnon on March 16th, 2007 @ 9:47pm CDT
Would the borders around the pictures also be a give away?
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55691)
Posted by DISCHARGE on March 16th, 2007 @ 9:48pm CDT
Thanks for the tip. I've seen a lot of those on ebay recently and was pretty sure they were knock offs. Any time an influx of any Transformers appears online in pristine boxes buyers should beware and use common sense.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55697)
Posted by 1337W422102 on March 16th, 2007 @ 9:55pm CDT
Be vigilant, mates. Thanks for the heads-up, GetterDragun!
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55703)
Posted by Ninja Sixshot on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:08pm CDT
i still cant tell a ko from an original. sad huh?
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55720)
Posted by 1337W422102 on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:23pm CDT
Ninja Sixshot wrote:i still cant tell a ko from an original. sad huh?

Then stay away from eBay, or whatever other auction sites these crooks are trying to sell these bootlegs on.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55722)
Posted by Ninja Sixshot on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:26pm CDT
well i dont even buy from any online retailers so i think im safe(unless they put them in some stores)
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55725)
Posted by Noisemaze on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:35pm CDT
And now that it has been reported, they'll fix it again!
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55734)
Posted by GetterDragun on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:50pm CDT
I was wrong, the notch isn't the way to tell as later G1 Primes didn't have it. This is just like the swoop I guess, no way to tell.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55755)
Posted by Super Megatron on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:24pm CDT
Nothing new. This is just a way to take money from people with an obsession for certain toys or characters that shouldn't worth more than $20 and milk their money for it. Nothing wrong with buying a used Optimus Prime or for that matter, who cares if it is a KO or not. It's just Optimus Prime, not like they haven't made a bijillion versions of it already.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55759)
Posted by GetterDragun on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:38pm CDT
Super Megatron wrote:Nothing new. This is just a way to take money from people with an obsession for certain toys or characters that shouldn't worth more than $20 and milk their money for it. Nothing wrong with buying a used Optimus Prime or for that matter, who cares if it is a KO or not. It's just Optimus Prime, not like they haven't made a bijillion versions of it already.


Cause if you are expecting an original, it sucks to know you got ripped off with a fake.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55762)
Posted by Mighty Scorponok on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:54pm CDT
Thats good to know, but if the difference is so minor, then i suppose not to many peoplewould care. Unless someone was to buy one from e-bay or so... or beeing a ie hard collector...
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55764)
Posted by Mighty Scorponok on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:55pm CDT
Yeah, nd i mean bussiness wise, its still a really good made KO anyway...
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55766)
Posted by skyrinkfusion on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:59pm CDT
do all the KO have 1980s as the copyright date on the toy and box?

also, I still dont understand why Hasbro and/or the police wont crack down on these companies...it cant be THAT hard to crack down large shipments of these things being manufactured in a huge factory
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55850)
Posted by shortround on March 17th, 2007 @ 12:39am CDT
Wow there getting more sneaky about these things.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55856)
Posted by vectorpaulie on March 17th, 2007 @ 12:41am CDT
And here i thought id seen alot of Ko's but i swear it looks almost like the real thing now i wonder the first Ko of g1 optimus has warped wheels does this one havem too or do they have it right to a T this time???
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55927)
Posted by hyperconvoy69 on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:06am CDT
By the beard of Zeus! That's diabolical! Seriously though, its a good thing we get these updates.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55934)
Posted by Dark Ops on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:15am CDT
You know... I rather like knockoffs sometimes. You know the kind: the ones that you can spot a mile away. These though... These are /counterfeit/, and that's just wrong.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55945)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:39am CDT
You think hasbro would do something about this. They are useing there trademarked names and designs. Unless hasbro is getting a cut from the bootleged figures. That would be the only reason why hasbro would let it happen. Seeing as how hasbro makes a lot of money with the Transformer brand. And also has there ever been a Rodimus Prime bootleg? I remember a few years back there were alot of Mint Japanese Rodimus Primes on ebay. Were they just re-issues or were they fake? Because i got on for $35.
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55948)
Posted by PrimulArchangel on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:48am CDT
People been selling these on ebay for a while now , they list right in the auction listing that its a knock off and they still make a few hundred off them.. I would buy one myself but not for more then 30$ for a KO but that will never happen because people pay hundreds or them.. I buy alot of knockoffs because there cost is cheaper then buying the real deal and most of them look great with repro lables on them.. My first knock off was a G1 Jetfire , all plastic but looks great in the lineup..
Re: New G1 Prime Knockoff Out! Buyer Beware! (55964)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on March 17th, 2007 @ 2:30am CDT
i buy KO from time to time too. some are good, some are crap. but the point of a KO is that its a cheap fake. great for families with little cash, great for kitbashers and repainters. great if you want to play with your tf, and not give 2 shits if it breaks because again, it is a cheap KO

but the fact that people are now allowing these counterfiet peices to pass buy, and pay a shit load of cash for them is utterly heinous and wrong.

no way should a cheap, inferior grade, POS that has a 1 in 4 chance of actualy being decent be selling for over 100, or close to it.

the problem is, hasbro and takara reps probably arent trained to sopt diffrences between rip offs and genuine deals. plus, neither are actualy selling this toy anymore, so they wouldnt have reason to look for them. the best they could get them for is trademark infringement.

in fact, i think we should all start selling emails to hasbro, or mention this atthe hasbro panel at botcon.

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