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Old 10-17-2006, 01:37 PM   #41
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Well then wouldn't you expect the quality (paint, articulation, etc.) to be virtually identical to the "regual mass market toys"?
You mean like the quality packaging job Playmates' factory has been doing for the last few month putting figures onto the wrong cards or packaged with the wrong inserts? The factories are going to produce according to the standards required by their clients. If the client happens to be a bootlegger who doesn't care about the quality, neither will they.

But the real reason I suggested that thes bootlegs are coming from the same basic factories as the official versions is the logistics of producing so many figures. Many of these bootlegs show up nation wide, albeit in limited numbers. Realistically, they have to have production runs in the thousands. You aren't going to make a thousand figures without some substantial equipment. It would also make sense since such a factory would have ready access to molds to use in bootlegging. Even if companies like Playmates keep the molds after their production runs are over, there are likely to be early molds that were disgarded due to quality issues or older molds that have reached the end of their useful life span. A factory or factory worker could keep such molds and use them for bootlegging.

This could also help explain why you often see bootleg toys cast in strange colored plastic. If you are trying to make a quick buck at the factory, would you pay to buy more of the appropriate colored plastic or just use whatever you have left?

As for why the articulation may differ. It seems fairly apparent that at least some bootleg toys are made from new molds. And again, who would have the most access to the equipment and experience to make new molds? I would think a factory that produces toys to begin with would be a likely suspect.

Agin, this is all just spectulation on my part. But from an economic standpoint, the most likely person or group to have the opportunity, the experience, the equippment and the resources to not only make and ship toys on a large scale, but to do it on the cheap, would be a factory that already produces those same toys.
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Old 10-27-2006, 02:44 PM   #42
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Re: Random light up red bulbs in bootleggs

I was reciently at one of our pathetic bootlegg dollar stores and found a Spiderman action figure bootlegg that has one of those EXACT light up features.

We tend to forget that, while these are just a joke over here, other countries sell them because no one can possibly afford them, especially since most of the price must be import fees.
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:18 PM   #43
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Hey can we get a moderator to change the name to "The official Bootleg Toy Thread" and sticky this thread? Awesome thread, I forgot it existed (I think the name threw me off, "bootles"?).
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:24 PM   #44
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Hey can we get a moderator to change the name to "The official Bootleg Toy Thread" and sticky this thread? Awesome thread, I forgot it existed (I think the name threw me off, "bootles"?).
That's a great idea, Ectocooler -- a one-stop shop for all things bootleg would be pretty sweet.
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Old 10-28-2006, 04:43 PM   #45
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(I think the name threw me off, "bootles"?).
My bad .

I got the fourth Extreme Sports turtle in the meantime. Will post pics soon!
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:48 AM   #46
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Here we go:



A pretty neat figure, like all the others in this series, except for the fact that his legs/knees bend both backwards and away from the body, so putting him on the bike is quite hard.
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:02 PM   #47
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Update! For roughly $6, I found this multipack:



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The turles are made of plastic (not rubber)* and therefore they can't hold their veapons. However, I don't care since now I finally have a Foot Soldier!

*Note the obligatory red light on the Turtles' chests

Also, I'm not sure if you can see it, but in the bootom right corner it says: "Dark Malfasaint"... Sounds French to me!
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:05 AM   #48
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:54 PM   #49
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never seen that kind of packaging before
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:02 PM   #50
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I decided to repost my old bootleg photos. Here you are Ectocooler.

I'll start with one of my favorite sets. Ninja Tortoise. They are miniature versions of the original 88 Turtles. Everything is the same even the articulation. Here's a comparison shot:

http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...Comparison.jpg

TORTOISE DON
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...oise%20Don.jpg

TORTOISE LEO
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...oise%20Leo.jpg

TORTOISE MIKE
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...ise%20Mike.jpg

TORTOISE RAPH
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...ise%20Raph.jpg

Next is another one of my most favorite series Karate Turtles.

WHITE SET
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...hite%20Set.jpg

BLACK SET
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...lack%20Set.jpg

TWO PACKS
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...wo%20Packs.jpg

SPLINTER
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...s/Splinter.jpg

GIANT SPLINTER
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...20Splinter.jpg

Here are the Talking Turtles. I guess I did have the full set afterall Ecto. I honestly could not remeber but the photo jogged my memory. The dealer had 3 of them originally and the last one I found on eBay.

http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...king%20Set.jpg

Here are some funky ones. I like the accessories from the Yellow Turtle.

PURPLE
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Purple.jpg

ORANGE
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Orange.jpg

YELLOW W/ Large Blister Package
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...llowBubble.jpg

YELLOW W/Regular Package
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...llow%20Box.jpg

SPLINTER
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...20Splinter.jpg

The Turtle Warrior set. I finally completed the set!

LAND
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Land.jpg

SEA
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Sea.jpg

SKY
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Sky.jpg

And some Misc stuff:

TURTLES FIGHTERS
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...20Fighters.jpg

JUMP ATTACK RAPH
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...p%20Attack.jpg

LITTLE RUBBER LEO
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Rubber.jpg

PVC Set
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/PVC.jpg

WEIRD PUZZLE
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/Bootlegs/Puzzle.jpg

Some old group shots. There's some different stuff in there. Turtles on Skateboards others on Motorcycles, my loose Karate Turtles, etc. I really like the large Raphael in there. I wish I could find the other 3 Turtles.

ONE
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...Group%2001.jpg

TWO
http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...Group%2002.jpg
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:30 AM   #51
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Man, those are soooo awesome TMNTgal....thnx so much for posting your bootleg collection...I LOVE the Karate white/black series...just seeing all your goodies makes me wanna start getting into botties..thnx again...
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:08 PM   #52
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Now that TMNTGal has posted in here I think this is officially the bootleg
master thread. Everyone has posted great bootleg pics in here.

Now I just wish those awesome knock offs were as widely available as the original toys. The search continues for the talking turtles...

Well I did some eBaying and this was the only ko worth noting, I almost didn't post this but it seems like the entire figure is translucent, maybe I'm just seeing things:


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Old 02-10-2007, 05:39 PM   #53
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I want bootleg turtles!!!

so I checked on ebay, and found this!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/11-KARATE-TURT...QQcmdZViewItem

I aint gonna buy it though, frankly I cant afford it right now...

is that 'Funky ones' an original mould? I dont recognise it as being a copy from offcial figs... they look so cool! in one of the RPGs in the RPG thread, I created a new turtle, called Tortuga (yeah I know, highly original) and he had the same weapon as the yellow one!

The karate turtles are great, how cool is the packaging?!
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:25 PM   #54
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Someone should seriously sticky this and call it "The Official Bootleg Thread." These pics are just so damn entertaining!
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:01 AM   #55
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Someone should seriously sticky this and call it "The Official Bootleg Thread." These pics are just so damn entertaining!
Yeah, I second that...we need a Mod in here STAT!!
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:14 PM   #56
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Another interesting find a few days ago. Playmates didn't care enough to give us Jim Lee Leo but the bootleggers did.

http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...0Lee%20Don.jpg

http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...0Lee%20Leo.jpg

http://home.earthlink.net/~tmntgal/B...Lee%20Mike.jpg

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Old 03-01-2007, 09:32 PM   #57
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Although it's worse quality I HAVE to have that figure! Where did you find it tmntgal and are there more?!!?!?!?!

Do you know if that's Leo's original mold? I have Jim Lee Raph but I could barely tell if that Raph was using the same mold, the legs seem the same but the upper body being painted green threw me off. If it is the same mold I think I would invest in equipment and stuff to cast it so that everyone can get one in better quality. I've seen people cast he-man figures and gi joe parts that were never actually released at retail but prototypes were produced.
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Old 03-02-2007, 06:19 PM   #58
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They are goofy looking but I got them anyway. I do like the card art. There was actually enough on the pegs to get 2 sets. There were a couple extra Donatello's but I felt I got enough. I'd be willing to trade my extra set.

These are much smaller than the playmates version and no where near as detailed. They're just enough to pass for the Jim Lee style.
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Old 03-10-2007, 03:21 PM   #59
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Found this on eBay Germany. It's one of the wackiest bootlegs I've ever seen:

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Splinter a Robin hood.... Donatello sticking his tongue out...
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