How To Spot Fake Japanese Figures

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Fakes are a problem in the world of collectibles. That’s why Japanese figure company Good Smile has a customer support page dedicated entirely to spotting pirated goods.

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The page updates on a regular basis, showing recent phoney items and how customers can spot them. The differences are sometimes small but noticeable. Other times, they’re big and obvious.

Below, are some recent fakes. The images with the red circles are the real deal, while the adjacent ones with blue Xs are not.

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For the comparisons below, the fakes are first.

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DISCUSSION

Wow! This is a great post, Brian. My friend Hiro was actually trying to educate me about this exact thing about 7 years ago in Akihabara. To this day, I still wasn’t really able to see what he was pointing out, but boy, did you make it clear as day.

I’ll definitely have a better eye now when I’m out and about. Thanks for this!